Daily Round Up – 01/02/2021 – Premiership Fixtures
Championship Season Under Threat
There are many reports circling that the RFU Championship season may be under threat. It has already been delayed, but is due to start soon. However, several clubs have voiced their worry over the cost it will take to order Coronavirus testing kits. Before the first lockdown in March 2020, already cash-strapped Championship clubs were told that their £534,000 central funding from the Rugby Football Union was to be cut by £288,000 per club by the start of the 2022-23 season. At the moment, the season is still due to go ahead and clubs are ramping up their preparations.
Georgia Squad To Face Russia
The Lelos’ coaching staff have named the extended squad for the February 7 match against Russia. This will be the final match of the Rugby Europe Championship 2020, which got postponed twice and will kick off at Mikheil Meskhi Stadium at 15:00 on February 7 2021.
Props: Zurab Zhvania (40 caps, 55 points), Ushangi Cheishvili (uncapped), Beka Gigashvili (18 caps, 5 points), Giorgi Nutsubidze (uncapped), Giorgi Melikidze (22 caps, 10 points). Hookers: Shalva Mamukashvili (78 caps, 50 points), Jaba Bregvadze (62 caps, 15 points), Giorgi Chkoidze (13 caps, 5 points). Second Row: Nodar Cheishvili (27 caps), Lasha Jaiani (6 caps), Giorgi Javakhia (4 caps), David Gigauri (6 caps, 5 points), Ioseb Gusharashvili (uncapped). Third Row: Giorgi Tkhilaishvili (60 caps, 60 points), Beka Saginadze (17 caps, 15 points), Sandro Mamamtavrishvili (uncapped), Irakli Tskhadadze (uncapped), Mikheil Gachechiladze (12 caps, 10 points), Nika Sukhashvili (uncapped), Tornike Jalagonia (4 caps). Half Backs: Vasil Lobzhanidze (56 caps, 40 points), Gela Aprasidze (29 caps, 24 points), Mikheil Alania (1 cap); Tedo Abzhandadze (20 caps, 118 points), Luka Matkava (uncapped), Giorgi Babunashvili (uncapped), Lasha Khmaladze (85 caps, 53 points). Backs: Merab Sharikadze (71 caps, 60 points), Aka Tabutsadze (7 caps, 30 points), Otar Lashkhi (uncapped), Deme Tapladze (5 caps, 5 points), Mirian Modebadze (13 caps, 30 points), Tamaz Mchedlidze (60 caps, 35 points), Temur Kokhodze (uncapped), Soso Matiashvili (30 caps, 152 points), David Niniashvili (2 caps).
Tim Cardall Signs New Deal With Wasps
Wasps and former Northampton Second Row Tim Cardall, has signed a new deal with the Coventry based outfit. The towering Lock had been linked with a move to Premiership rivals Gloucester, but has now committed to Wasps for another stretch. The 24-year-old has made 25 appearances for Wasps since joining Wasps’ Senior Academy for the 2018/19 season from Nottingham Rugby. Last season the powerful second-row appeared 16 times in Black and Gold, including impressive performances in the Gallagher Premiership away wins at Saracens and Worcester Warriors.
Wasps Head Coach Lee Blackett:
“We are thrilled that Tim has agreed a new contract with us.
“Tim has been a vital member of the strong group of locks at the club, as well as being a very popular member of the squad.
“He has had a really good last 12 months and shown a great appetite to learn over the last few seasons. We are all looking forward to working with him further in the coming years.”
Bedford Blues Get Influx Of Northampton Saints Players
Bedford Blues have continued their partnership with Premiership side Northampton Saints. Their preparations for the coming Championship season have been given a boost, as 12 Saints players will be heading to Bedford to train. They will no doubt have the opportunity for plenty of playing time, within Bedford’s small squad and it will be beneficial for all parties involved. A familiar name to all Bedford supporters, Connor Tupai, makes up part of the Northampton contingent alongside Lewis Bean, Reuben Bird-Tulloch, Callum Burns, Karl Garside, Ethan Grayson, Dani Long-Martinez, Ollie Newman, Ryan Olowofela, Ed Prowse, JJ Tonks and Tui Uru.
Northampton Saints Head of Academy, Mark Hopley:
“I really believe that you have to play to develop. You can train as much as you can, but there’s no way of implementing that learning without a game scenario to put it into. We’re really eager for our young players to go to Bedford, gain experience, make mistakes, plan, learn and review – because that is the best way for them to learn.
“A huge advantage of this too for their development is the opportunity to go and learn to do things a slightly different way. There are some brilliant coaches at Bedford in Mike Rayer, Alex Rae and Paul Larkin, and they won’t play exactly the same way that we do here, but that’s also important experience for our players going into that environment.
Werner Kruger To Retire
Scarlets Prop Werner Kruger has announced that he will retire, at the end of the current season. The South African international prop has made more than a century of appearances for the Blue Bulls province, Bulls Super Rugby side and also the Scarlets, having been a key member of the squad since his arrival in West Wales five years ago. Capped four times by the Springboks, Werner has made 122 appearances in a Scarlets jersey and was part of the squad that clinched the Guinness PRO12 title in stunning fashion in 2017.
Premiership Rugby Fixtures
Friday 26 February 2021, 19:45 – Sale Sharks v Exeter Chiefs (AJ Bell Stadium) – BT Sport 1
Saturday 27 February 2021, 13:00 – Bristol Bears v Leicester Tigers (Ashton Gate) – BT Sport Extra 2
Saturday 27 February 2021, 15:00 – Newcastle Falcons v Harlequins (Kingston Park) – BT Sport Extra 2
Saturday 27 February 2021, 15:00 – Wasps v London Irish (Ricoh Arena) – BT Sport Extra 3
Saturday 27 February 2021, 15:15 – Gloucester Rugby v Worcester Warriors (Kingsholm) – BT Sport Extra 1
Sunday 28 February 2021, 13:00 – Northampton Saints v Bath Rugby (Franklin’s Gardens) – BT Sport 2
Friday 05 March 2021, 19:45 – Leicester Tigers v London Irish (Mattioli Woods Welford Road) – BT Sport 1
Friday 05 March 2021, 20:00 – Sale Sharks v Newcastle Falcons (AJ Bell Stadium) – BT Sport Extra 1
Saturday 06 March 2021, 15:00 – Bath Rugby v Exeter Chiefs (The Rec) – BT Sport 2
Saturday 06 March 2021, 15:00 – Wasps v Gloucester Rugby (Ricoh Arena) – BT Sport Extra 1
Saturday 06 March 2021, 17:15 – Worcester Warriors v Bristol Bears (Sixways Stadium) – BT Sport Extra 1
Sunday 07 March 2021, 15:00 – Harlequins v Northampton Saints (Twickenham Stoop) – BT Sport 1
Friday 12 March 2021, 19:45 – Bristol Bears v Wasps (Ashton Gate) – BT Sport 1
Saturday 13 March 2021, 12:30 – Newcastle Falcons v Bath Rugby (Kingston Park) – TV TBC
Saturday 13 March 2021, 14:30 – Exeter Chiefs v Harlequins (Sandy Park) – TV TBC
Saturday 13 March 2021, 14:45 – Northampton Saints v Sale Sharks (Franklin’s Gardens) – TV TBC
Saturday 13 March 2021, 15:00 – Gloucester Rugby v Leicester Tigers (Kingsholm) – TV TBC
Sunday 14 March 2021, 13:00 – London Irish v Worcester Warriors (Brentford Community Stadium) – BT Sport 1
Friday 19 March 2021, 19:45 – Newcastle Falcons v Wasps (Kingston Park) – BT Sport 1
Saturday 20 March 2021, 14:00 – Harlequins v Gloucester Rugby (Twickenham Stoop) – TV TBC
Saturday 20 March 2021, 14:15 – Bath Rugby v Worcester Warriors (The Rec) – TV TBC
Saturday 20 March 2021, 14:30 – Exeter Chiefs v Leicester Tigers (Sandy Park) – TV TBC
Sunday 21 March 2021, 15:00 – Northampton Saints v Bristol Bears (Franklin’s Gardens) – BT Sport 1
Sunday 21 March 2021, 15:00 – Sale Sharks v London Irish (AJ Bell Stadium) – TV TBC
Friday 26 March 2021, 19:45 – Gloucester Rugby v Exeter Chiefs (Kingsholm) BT Sport 1
Saturday 27 March 2021, 14:00 – Bristol Bears v Harlequins (Ashton Gate) – BT Sport 1
Saturday 27 March 2021, 15:00 – London Irish v Bath Rugby (Brentford Community Stadium) – BT Sport Extra 1
Saturday 27 March 2021, 15:00 – Worcester Warriors v Northampton Saints (Sixways Stadium) – BT Sport Extra 2
Saturday 27 March 2021, 16:30 – Wasps v Sale Sharks Ricoh Arena BT Sport 1
Sunday 28 March 2021, 15:00 – Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons (Mattioli Woods Welford Road) – BT Sport 1
Nick Timoney Signs New Ulster Deal
25 year old, Dublin born, Back Row Nick TImoney, has signed a new two year deal with Ulster.