Daily Round Up – 03/08/2021 – LA Giltinis Win The MLR
LA Win The MLR
Matt Giteau showed his absolute World Class ability to help lead the LA Giltinis to the Major League Rugby Shield. The Giltinis had been the form team throughout the competition but Rugby ATL had beaten them earlier in the season, so this game could have gone either way. The Giltinis were on home soil though, with a massive and loud crowd at the LA Coliseum. The atmosphere was superb and fitting of such a big game. In big games like these, big players step up. Matt Giteau really showed his big game ability and his full box of tricks. He set up the Giltini’s first two tries for American Winger John Ryberg, who was at his powerhouse best out wide. Adam Ashley-Cooper was also heavily involved, showing his telepathic link with Giteau. Chuck in two fellow Australians in Billy Meakes and Dave Dennis putting in solid shifts and it was always going to be a tough ask for Rugby ATL. The game finished 31-17 to the Giltinis.
Many people have complained about the Giltinis filling their roster with stars, but it has lead to some excellent rugby, which has attracted a lot of fans. Their roster isn’t exactly all foreign imports and plenty of local stars have shone this season, with the likes of Ryberg and Ryan James really catching the eye. This has been a fantastic season of Major League Rugby, in such a tough time for the world. This league is going to go from strength to strength, so pick your team now.
Henry Trinder Joins Ampthill
Former Gloucester Rugby star Henry Trinder will join Ampthill Rugby as player-coach next season. The 32 year old Centre had been playing his rugby in France, alongside Nick Abendanon, at Vannes. They finished runners up in the PRO D2 behind Perpignan and now Trinder will be heading back to England. Ampthill are over-achievers on a relatively small budget, but being extremely competitive in the Championship. Trinder still has supreme quality as a player and will use this as his chance to step into a future coaching role. Great signing.
No All Blacks Wellington Test This Year
The All Blacks have shifted their test this year and will no longer play in Wellington, costing the local economy millions. NZ Rugby confirmed Tuesday that the All Blacks will play the Wallabies in back-to-back tests in Auckland on August 7 and August 14 – Wellington was originally scheduled to host a Bledisloe Cup test on August 28 – and will also play their two Rugby Championship tests against Argentina in Australia.
Kaihea Promoted To Brumbies Squad
Loosehead Prop Fred Kaihea has been promoted to the Plus500 Brumbies squad for the 2022 Super Rugby season. The 22 year old made his Brumbies debut last year and will now train as a full fledged squad member and push for more appearances. Kaihea was part of the ACT’s National Title winning team in 2017, and has represented the Brumbies at U16 and U20 level, playing alongside current Brumbies Darcy Swain, Len Ikitau and Ryan Lonergan as a 17-year-old.
“I’m extremely proud to be joining the Brumbies Super Rugby squad, full-time.”
“Living out my dream last season, getting to play Super Rugby was an incredible moment for me and my friends and family, and it only made me want to work harder to continue to pursue that dream.
Erasmus Faces Misconduct Hearing
Springboks Director Of Rugby Rassie Erasmus faces a misconduct hearing following his comments in the week leading up to the second Lions Test. Erasmus was very critical of the officiating in the first test and World Rugby have stated that the officials are the backbone of our game.
“Without them there is no game,”
“World Rugby condemns any public criticism of their selection, performance or integrity which undermines their role, the well-established and trust-based coach-officials feedback process, and more importantly, the values that are at the heart of the sport.”
Australian Sevens Team In Trouble
The Australian Sevens Rugby Team are being investigated following trouble on their flight back from the Japan Olympics. The Australian Olympic Committee was made aware of incidents involving the men’s rugby sevens team and the Olyroos on the Japan Airlines flight on July 30. It’s believed the behavioural issues were alcohol fuelled.
Louis Deacon Joins The England Women’s Coaching Team
Former Leicester Tigers Lock Louis Deacon has joined the England Women’s Coaching Team, as the new Forwards Coach. Deacon joins from Coventry RFC and takes his place in the Red Roses’ coaching set up alongside head coach Simon Middleton, backs coach Scott Bemand and Amy Turner, England’s nominated coach for World Rugby’s coaching internship programme. The six time Premiership Title winner has impressed since stepping into coaching.
“It’ll be a new challenge for me and while I have enjoyed my time with Coventry I am looking forward to working with Simon, Scott and Amy as part of the Red Roses coaching team.
“There’s such a lot of talent in the playing group and this role will give me the opportunity to continue to develop my coaching.
“It’s a big year with Rugby World Cup in 2022 and I can’t wait to get started and help build towards that.”
British & Irish Lions Team News
A number of changes from Warren Gatland, as the Lions look to clinch the series.
British and Irish Lions: Williams; Adams, Henshaw, Aki, Van der Merwe; Biggar, Price; Jones, Owens, Furlong, Itoje, A Wyn Jones (c), Lawes, Curry, Conan
Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, Vunipola, Sinckler, Beard, Simmonds, Murray, Russell, Daly
Springboks Team News
Injuries to Faf De Klerk and Pieter-Steph Du Toit have lead to changes for the Springboks.
Springbok team: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Cobus Reinach; 1 Steven Kitshoff, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 3 Frans Malherbe, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 5 Lood de Jager, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 7 Franco Mostert, 8 Jasper Wiese.
Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Marco van Staden, 20 Kwagga Smith, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Morné Steyn, 23 Damian Willemse
Corey Baldwin Rejoins The Scarlets
22 year old back Corey Baldwin has returned to the Scarlet for the 2021/22 season. The former Wales Under 20s player is capable of playing Centre or Wing and made 22 appearances for the Scarlets in his first spell. Baldwin left to join the Exeter Chiefs in the summer of 2020 and went on to win the Premiership and European Titles. Baldwin would have been frustrated at the playing time he got at Exeter and will be looking to cement a starting spot for the Scarlets.
“I’ve missed being in and around my home club and being part of the Scarlets family and I’m excited to be back,”
“It’s been fantastic to be out there again training with boys this week.
“It’s an exciting time for the club, there is a great buzz about the place and it is clear Scarlets have ambitions to be competing with the top sides in the new United Rugby Championship and in Europe.
“There is a huge amount of talent in the squad and I am looking forward to competing for the jersey.
“I’d like to thank Exeter for allowing me to return to my home club and wish them well for the season ahead.”
Sinckler Citing Dismissed
Kyle Sinckler is free to play in the third test, after his citing for biting was dismissed. Sinkcler had been accused of biting Franco Mostert in the second test, but denied the charge.
World rugby Statement:
“Having reviewed all the evidence, the committee deemed that on the balance of probabilities, it could not be satisfied that the player committed an act of foul play,”
“On that basis, the committee dismissed the citing and the player is free to play again immediately.”