Daily Round Up – 08/02/2021 – Championship Rugby Fixtures
Leicester Tigers Release Two Players
Leicester Tigers have released Lock Blake Enever and Prop Facundo Gigena, as they continue to change their squad, under new Head Coach Steve Borthwick. Gigena joined Tigers in January 2018 from Argentinian Super Rugby team the Jaguares. The 26-year-old has made 45 appearances since his debut in an Anglo-Welsh Cup win over Cardiff Blues at Welford Road in January 2018. He has been linked with a move to London Irish of late. A move that seems increasingly likely, since Sekope Kepu left London Irish.
Tigers have also agreed terms with Blake Enever, allowing the second-rower an early release from his contract with the club to return to Australia. Enever joined Tigers in July 2020 from Australian Super Rugby team the Brumbies and has made six appearances.
Leicester Tigers Head Coach Steve Borthwick:
“We thank Blake for his efforts while part of the club and wish him well in his next chapter.
“It hasn’t played-out how we originally hoped and, in these early stages of a new journey, we are making tough decisions for long-term benefit of the club and re-shaping the squad in the way we believe best suits us moving forward.
“This decision would not have been taken if we not had the faith in depth we have in the second-row ranks at Tigers, as well as the plans we have in place to add to our group from next season and beyond.
Mulipola Will Be Staying At Newcastle Falcons
Samoa international Logovi’i Mulipola has signed a two-year extension to his contract with Newcastle Falcons. The prop has made 41 appearances since joining from Leicester Tigers in 2018 and has been an ever-present in the Premiership side this season. The hugely popular Prop, had been linked with a move to French side Genoble, with the club even going as far to announce the move on their Twitter. It has now been confirmed that Mulipola will be continuing with the Falcons, after signing this extension.
Championship Rugby Updated Fixtures
Championship Rugby have confirmed their new revised fixtures. Operating under the elite sport framework, teams will play each other home or away producing 10 competitive matches over 11 league rounds. This will be followed by a two-leg play off final (home and away) between the top two placed teams in the league to determine which will earn promotion to Gallagher Premiership Rugby for the 2021/22 season provided it meets the current Minimum Standards Criteria. London Scottish felt unable to participate this season but will return in the 2021/22 season. As a result, there will be one bye week per team and three reserve weekends (3/4 April, 8/9 May and 5/6 June) during the season. Given the possibility of no crowds being allowed for some of the season, and wishing to take Greene King IPA Championship rugby to a wider audience, it is hoped to stream as many of the matches as possible.
Scotland Call Up Three More Players To Six Nations Squad
Uncapped Edinburgh pair George Taylor and Charlie Shiel, along with Glasgow Warriors prop D’Arcy Rae, whose sole cap came in 2019, have been called into the Scotland squad as they prepare to take on Wales this weekend. Ewan Ashman, Blair Kinghorn, Jamie Dobie and Rufus McLean, have been released back to their clubs.
Sekope Kepu Leaves London Irish
London Irish Prop and Australian International Sekope Kepu has been allowed to leave the club, for personal reasons. Kepu outlined the nature of his predicament to Director of Rugby, Declan Kidney, over recent weeks and this weekend confirmed that he felt he had no option but to return to New Zealand citing personal family health reasons – which will remain private – for his decision.
Declan Kidney: “Whilst we are desperately disappointed, in these unprecedented times, we understand the human element of Sekope’s situation.
“We wish Sekope and his family well – and thank him for his contribution to the club.”
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Connacht Rugby Vacancy
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