Daily Round Up – 11/11/2020 – Super Rugby AU Fixtures
Super Rugby AU Fixture List
Australia’s Super Rugby AU Fixture List has been confirmed for the 2021 competition. The ACT Brumbies will be looking to defend their title, after their 2020 win. Take a look at the full fixtures below. The announcement quickly follows that of New Zealand’s Super Rugby Aotearoa and will we end up seeing a show down between the two champions?
All Blacks Prop Get Three Game Ban
All Blacks Prop Ofa Tu’ungafasi has been handed a three game suspension, following his red card against Australia. The ban is due to a high tackle on Wallaby Winger Tom Wright, in the 23rd minute. Australia’s Lachlan Swinton was also sent off for the same offence and was given a four week ban.
“With respect to sanction, the judicial committee deemed the act of foul play merited a mid-range entry point of six weeks, due to World Rugby instructions that dictate any incident of foul play involving contact with the head must start at mid-range level,” says the ruling.
“However, taking into account mitigating factors, including the fact the player has pleaded guilty at the first available opportunity and has a clean judicial record, the player was entitled to a 50 percent reduction.”
Duncan Weir Starts For Scotland Versus Italy
Scotland Team To Face Italy:
15. Stuart Hogg CAPTAIN (Exeter Chiefs) – 77 caps, 14. Darcy Graham (Edinburgh) – 13 caps, 13. Chris Harris (Gloucester) – 20 caps, 12. Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors) – 13 caps, 11. Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh) – 2 caps, 10. Duncan Weir (Worcester Warriors) – 28 caps, 9. Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) – 34 caps, 1. Rory Sutherland (Edinburgh) – 9 caps, 2. Stuart McInally VICE CAPTAIN (Edinburgh) – 39 caps, 3. Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 31 caps, 4. Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors) – 14 caps, 5. Jonny Gray (Exeter Chiefs) – 58 caps, 6. Jamie Ritchie VICE CAPTAIN (Edinburgh) – 20 caps, 7. Hamish Watson (Edinburgh) – 34 caps, 8. Blade Thomson (Scarlets) – 6 caps
16. George Turner (Glasgow Warriors) – 9 caps, 17. Oli Kebble (Glasgow Warriors) – 2 caps, 18. WP Nel (Edinburgh) – 38 caps, 19. Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs) – 7 caps, 20. Nick Haining (Edinburgh) – 4 caps, 21. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Exeter Chiefs) – 12 caps, 22. James Lang (Harlequins) – 4 caps, 23. Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh) – 23 caps
Wales Team To Face Ireland
Wales Team To Face Ireland:
1. Rhys Carre (Cardiff Blues (10 Caps), 2. Ryan Elias (Scarlets) (15 Caps), 3. Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs) (49 Caps), 4. Will Rowlands (Wasps) (2 Caps), 5. Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys) (140 Caps) (CAPT), 6. Shane Lewis-Hughes (Cardiff Blues) (1 Cap), 7. Justin Tipuric (Ospreys) (77 Caps), 8. Taulupe Faletau (Bath) (78 Caps), 9. Gareth Davies (Scarlets) (55 Caps), 10. Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints) (85 Caps), 11. Josh Adams (Cardiff Blues) (26 Caps), 12. Owen Watkin (Ospreys) (23 Caps), 13. Jonathan Davies (Scarlets) (83 Caps), 14. Liam Williams (Scarlets) (64 Caps), 15. Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets) (91 Caps)
16. Elliot Dee (Dragons) (29 Caps), 17. Wyn Jones (Scarlets) (26 Caps), 18. Samson Lee (Scarlets) (42 Caps), 19. Jake Ball (Scarlets) (46 Caps), 20. Aaron Wainwright (Dragons) (23 Caps), 21. Lloyd Williams (Cardiff Blues) (28 Caps), 22. Callum Sheedy (Bristol) (*Uncapped), 23. George North (Ospreys) (96 Caps)
Leicester Tiger Sign South African Prop De Bruin
Leicester Tigers have added South African Prop Luan De Bruin to their squad for the 2020/21 season. The 27 year old has joined from the Cheetahs, where he made over 50 appearances. The experienced Front Rower, made his Super Rugby debut in 2014 and can play both Loosehead and Tighthead. He is a versatile and physical player, that will add some real bulk to this Tigers front row. De Bruin will now quarantine for the next two weeks, before joining up with the rest of his teammates. He joins a number of new recruits, that will boost the Tigers 2020/21 Premiership squad, including Jasper Weise, Matias Moroni, Joaquin Diaz Bonilla and Richard Wigglesworth.
Meanwhile, David Williams will remain on loan at Leicester Tigers from Nottingham Rugby for the 2020/21 season. The wing joined Tigers on loan from the Championship club ahead of the resumption of the 2019/20 campaign and made four senior appearances. A Tigers Academy graduate in 2014, Williams made his senior club debut away to Exeter Chiefs in August and scored his first senior try for the club during the final weeks of the campaign.
Rotherham Titans Confirm They Will Not Play Any Rugby This Season
Rotherham Titans have provided an update to their fans and sponsors. In the statement they inform fans that they will not take part in any rugby that does not lead to promotion/relegation this season. With the recent news that there will be no League rugby, this means that they will not play any rugby at all this year. It is sad news, but these are decisions that clubs have to make at this point. Please take a look at the club’s crowdfunding pages, if you can help in any way.
On the Rugby side, this has been extremely difficult; for a long time there was a lack of certainty around next season from both the RFU and government. Now that we have a clear announcement that there will be no league rugby this season, and due to the recent lockdown announcements, we have made the decision not to take part in any competition that does not result in promotion or relegation, and therefore we will not be playing any rugby this season.
As you will all be aware, the sudden loss of income throughout this period has left Rotherham Titans under severe financial pressure, and we are doing everything we can to secure a long-term sustainable future for the club. We wish to thank everyone who has helped; through the Crowdfunding appeals, by buying face masks, by coming to the Clubhouse and buying beer and food, and by trying to support us through these difficult times.
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