Daily Round Up – 08/12/2020 – Steve Diamond Departs Sale
World Team Of The Decade Released
The Teams of the decade have been picked, by a panel including Sir Clive Woodward and Brian O’Driscoll. They have also selected the player of the decade for Men’s and Women’s 15s and 7s. All Black legend Ritchie McCaw took the men’s fifteens prize, with French Fly Half Jessy Tremouliere taking home the Women’s prize.
James Stokes Returns To London Irish
Outside Back James Stokes has returned to London Irish, until the end of the 2020/21 Premiership season. Stokes joined midway through last season and made 11 appearances for Irish. He fitted in seamlessly and did not look out of place playing Premiership rugby. Stokes plays Full Back, but his versatility sees him on the Wing when needed. He is a player with the sort of skillset that would allow him to play most backline positions if needed. Most recently, Stokes has been playing for the Miami Sun, at the inaugural Bermuda World Tens Series.
London Irish Director Of Rugby Declan Kidney:
“We are happy to welcome James back to the club after his time in Bermuda”
“He was brilliant with us last season and he’s slotted seamlessly back into our squad since his arrival back at the club.”
3 Key Players Re-Sign With Otago
The Mitre 10 Cup format could well change next year, with a potential North and South split, to save money on travel expenses. This could be a real shake up to the competition and it’s players. For now though, there is good news for Otago, as they have re-signed three of their best Backs, for one more year. Josh Ioane, Jona Nareki, and Vilimoni Koroi have all signed new deals. That is some serious talent stacked up there. Ioane and Koroi had mixed Mitre 10 Cup seasons, form wise, but they are superb players. Koroi will be competing with New Zealand 7s next year, as they go in search of Olympic Gold. Ioane, along with Nareki, will be back with the Highlanders for Super Rugby Aotearoa.
Otago Coach Tom Donnelly:
“Vili, Josh and Jona have been a massive part of our team’s success over the last few seasons,”
“They are extremely exciting and talented players, we are stoked that we will have them back again in the blue and gold jersey for another season.
“We know that our fans love to see them play each week and so I think it’s fair to say that we are all looking forward to seeing them in action in 2021.”
Steve Diamond Leaves Sale With Immediate Effect
Sale Sharks Director Of Rugby Steve Diamond, has left the club with immediate effect. The 52 year old has stated personal reasons, for his leaving and he will take some time to plan his next challenge. Diamond was appointed in January of 2011 and has built this club to be a real contender at the top level, once again. So far this season, Diamond’s side have won two of their three Gallagher Premiership matches. Skills and Attack coach Paul Deacon has stepped up to the Head Coach role, for now, while the club plan their next move. This is a real surprise turn of events, with Sale in such a good place at the moment.
“After 10 proud years with Sale Sharks I have taken the decision to step away from the business.
I feel that this is the perfect moment to hand over to someone else, given the club is now stable and in a great position to compete at the highest level.
We have acquired a world class training facility, built an academy that is the envy of many premiership clubs and constructed a squad that can win tournaments and trophies at domestic and European level.
I know Simon and Ged will continue with the progress we have made together, and I now look forward to taking some time out and planning my next challenge.”
Dwayne Peel Joins The Cardiff Blues Coaching Team
Ulster Coach and former Wales International Scrum Half Dwayne Peel, will return to his home region next season. He has signed a long term contract with the Cardiff Blues, as a Senior Assistant Coach. Peel spent two seasons coaching at Bristol Bears, before joining Ulster. The 39 year old is in his fourth season, at the Irish club and has worked wonders with them. There have been noticeable improvements in that Ulster side, in recent seasons and Peel definitely played his part.
“I am really excited to come back to Wales with this opportunity at Cardiff Blues, which was impossible to turn down.
“I have really enjoyed my time with Ulster Rugby and remain incredibly grateful to everyone at the Kingspan Stadium. I feel like I have made a good contribution in Ulster and we have developed an attractive, all round style of play.
“But to come back home to Wales and play a part in developing the next generation of players is really exciting. Cardiff Blues have a wealth of young attacking talent and enormous potential.
“I remain full committed to Ulster for the remainder of the season and I’m determined to leave with success before joining Cardiff Blues.”
England To Host South Africa & Australia Next Year
England will host an unnamed emerging nation, on the 6th of November, before facing both Australia and World Champions South Africa. It will be a real test of where this England side our at and some fantastic spectacles at Twickenham. England face Australia on the 13th of November and South Africa on the 20th of November.
England Head Coach Eddie Jones:
“These will be some good games of rugby and tough tests for us as we work to improve as a team,”
“South Africa are world champions and we’ll be looking to benchmark ourselves against them.
“Australia are rapidly improving, have a lot of new talent coming through and good coaches like Dave Rennie and Scott Wisemantel, who we know well.”
8 Ex Players To Bring Legal Action Over Head Injuries
Former England and Northampton Saints Hooker Steve Thompson, is one of eight players, who will bring legal action to the relevant authorities, over the long term damage of head injuries. Thompson is now struggling with early onset dementia, following his career in rugby. Thompson is one of three players named, the others being Alix Popham and Michael Lipman, who will each file claims against World Rugby as well as the RFU or Welsh RU, depending upon where they played their rugby.
“When you look back, if someone got a dead leg or a hamstring, it’s like they can’t train. But if you got a bang on the head it was like, ‘don’t worry, you’ll be alright, you’ll get over it. Just get back in there’.
“That was happening a lot of the time. If someone got a stinger to their shoulder they’d say, ‘we’ve got to make sure we manage that’. They went from having rehab, which is after you’re injured, to prehab, to stop you getting injured and pulling muscles.
“There was nothing for the head. When you look at it, they had evidence, they had everything there, but nothing was being done.”