Daily Round Up – 12/02/2021 – Premiership Relegation Scrapped
Premiership Relegation Scrapped
The RFU Council have announced that Premiership relegation will be scrapped for the current 2020/21 season. The move was made after Covid-19 has caused major disruption to the season, with many games being cancelled, including this weekend’s game between Newcastle Falcons and Northampton Saints. BT Sport had raised doubts over scrapping relegation and losing that jeopardy at the end of the season. Further discussions ill be had, over whether ringfencing will continue in the coming seasons and further information will be announced over the set up of next season. After a vote passed on Friday with a “strong majority”, the league will expand to 13 teams next term, with one side promoted from the Championship.
• Gallagher Premiership Rugby is expanded to 13 teams for the 2021-22 season
• No relegation from the Premiership into the Championship, and no relegation from the Championship into National One
• Promotion into the Gallagher Premiership remains for the winner of the Championship, provided the winner of the 2020-21 Greene King IPA Championship is eligible for promotion under the current Minimum Standards Criteria
• The new structure has unanimous support of the Premiership Rugby clubs
Harlequins V Leicester Tigers
QUINS: 15 Mike Brown; 14 Louis Lynagh, 13 Joe Marchant, 12 Andre Esterhuize, 11 Aaron Morris; 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Danny Care; 1 Joe Marler, 2 Scott Baldwin, 3 Simon Kerrod, 4 Matt Symons, 5 Stephan Lewies, 6 Archie White, 7 Will Evans, 8 Alex Dombrandt
Replacements: 16 Elia Elia, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Glen Young, 20 Richard de Carpentier, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Brett Herron , 23 Ben Tapuai
TIGERS: 15 Freddie Steward; 14 Matías Moroni, 13 Jaco Taute, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Kini Murimurivalu; 10 Zack Henry, 9 Jack Van Poortvliet; 1 Luan de Bruin, 2 Julián Montoya, 3 Joe Heyes, 4 Tomás Lavanini, 5 Calum Green, 6 George Martin, 7 Cyle Brink, 8 Hanro Liebenberg
Replacements: 16 Tom Youngs, 17 Nephi Leatigaga, 18 Dan Cole, 19 Harry Wells, 20 Tommy Reffell, 21 Ben White, 22 Johnny McPhillips, 23 Dan Kelly
Exeter Chiefs V London Irish
Exeter: Hodge; Cuthbert, Hendrickson, Devoto, O’Flaherty; Simmonds, Maunder; Hepburn, Yeandle [capt], Williams, Witty, Skinner, Ewers, Capstick, Simmonds.
Replacements: Innard, Kenny, Street, Armand, Lonsdale, Townsend, Skinner, Whitten.
London Irish: Stokes; Loader, Rona, Hepetema, Hassell-Collins;, Jackson, Meehan; Goodrick-Clarke, Creevy, Chawatama, Mafi, Simmons,Donnell, Cowan [capt], Tuisue.
Replacements: Matu’u, Dell, Hoskins, Nott, Rogerson, Cooke, Phipps, Brophy Clews.
Worcester Warriors V Wasps
Warriors | 15 Chris Pennell, 14 Perry Humphreys, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Ashley Beck, 11 Nick David, 10 Jamie Shillcock, 9 Gareth Simpson, 1 Ethan Waller, 2 Isaac Miller, 3 Nick Schonert, 4 Graham Kitchener, 5 Justin Clegg, 6 Ted Hill (C), 7 Matt Kvesic, 8 Cornell du Preez.
Replacements | 16 Beck Cutting, 17 Marc Thomas, 18 Richard Palframan, 19 Andrew Kitchener, 20 GJ van Velze, 21 Michael Heaney, 22 Fin Smith, 23 Oli Morris.
Wasps | 15 Matteo Minozzi, 14 Zach Kibirige, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Jimmy Gopperth, 11 Josh Bassett, 10 Charlie Atkinson, 9 Sam Wolstenholme; 1 Tom West, 2 Tommy Taylor, 3 Kieran Brookes, 4 Levi Douglas, 5 James Gaskell, 6 Brad Shields, 7 Ben Morris, 8 Tom Willis.
Replacements | 16 Tom Cruse, 17 Ben Harris, 18 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 19 Theo Vukasinovic, 20 Sione Vailanu, 21 Ben Vellacott, 22 Jacob Umaga, 23 Michael Le Bourgeois.
Newcastle Falcons V Northampton Saints
Game has been called off due to a Covid-19 breakout at the Falcons.
Ireland V France
Ireland: Keenan; Earls, Ringrose, Henshaw, Lowe; Burns, Gibson-Park; Healy, Herring, Porter; Beirne, Henderson (capt); Ruddock, Van der Flier, Stander.
Replacements: Kelleher, E Byrne, Furlong, Dillane, Connors, Casey, R Byrne, Larmour.
France: Dulin; Penaud, Vincent, Fickou, Villiere; Jalivert, Dupont; Baille, Marchand, Haouas; Le Roux, Willemse; Jelonch, Ollivon (capt), Alldritt.
Replacements: Bourgarit, Kolingar, Atonio, Taofifenua, Cretin, Serin, Bouthier, Thomas.
Saracens V Doncaster Knigthts
Saracens: 15 Elliott Obatoyinbo, 14 Ali Crossdale, 13 Dom Morris, 12 Duncan Taylor, 11 Rotimi Segun, 10 Manu Vunipola, 9 Aled Davies, 1 Richard Barrington, 2 Tom Woolstencroft ©, 3 Vincent Koch, 4 Joel Kpoku, 5 Tim Swinson, 6 Callum Hunter-Hill, 7 Mike Rhodes, 8 Andy Christie.
Replacements: 16 Kapeli Pifeleti, 17 Eroni Mawi, 18 Josh Ibuanokpe, 19 Ollie Stonham, 20 Toby Knight, 21 Tom Whiteley, 22 Harry Sloan, 23 Will Hooley.
Knights XV | 15) James Kane, 14) Aaron Reed, 13) James Newey, 12) Harry Strong, 11) Howard Packman, 10) Billy McBryde, 9) Gus Warr, 1) Bomber Hislop ©, 2) Ben Hunter, 3) Joe Jones, 4) Will Britton, 5) Jerry Sexton, 6) John Kelly, 7) Jack Rouse, 8) Jack Davies.
Replacements | 16) Conrad Cade, 17) George Roberts, 18) Andrew Foster, 19) Matt Challinor, 20) Conor Joyce, 21) Reiss Cullen, 22) Mark Best, 23) Sam Olver.
Coventry Rugby Team To Play Jersey Reds
COVENTRY: 15 Louis Brown; 14 Rob Stevenson, 13 Andy Forsyth, 12 Will Owen, 11 Callum Sirker; 10 Dan Lewis, 9 Pete White; 1 Toby Trinder, 2 Nic Dolly, 3 Alex Gibson, 4 Nile Dacres, 5 Cameron Jordan, 6 Adam Peters, 7 Tom Ball, 8 Ryan Burrows (capt)
Replacements: Suva Ma’asi, Sam McNulty, Luc Jeannot, Phil Boulton, James Harper, Alex Woolford, Sam Lewis, Ben Nutley, Mario Pichardie, Joe Snow, Kieran Wilkinson, Evan Mitchell, Tom Emery, Rob Knox, Louis James, Joe Brock
Bedford Blues V Ampthill Double Header Announced
Bedford Blues And Ampthill Rugby Club, will play a double header of Home and Away rugby.
Ampthill v Bedford Blues, Saturday 20th February, Kick Off 1pm at Dillingham Park. Click for live stream.
Bedford Blues v Ampthill, Saturday 27th February, Kick Off 1pm at Goldington Road. Click for live stream.
Both matches will be available to watch LIVE through the club’s respective online streaming platforms at £10.00 per fixture per stream.
Jersey Reds Sign Trio
Jersey Reds have confirmed a trio of exciting signings, ahead of the coming Championship Rugby season. Jersey have been known for their recruitment in recent years and have signed players with potential, helped them develop and a lot of the time move on to the Premiership or elsewhere. Back row man Tim Grey, scrum-half Cameron Nordli-Kelemeti and fly-half Bader Pretorius are the Reds’ latest additions and are training with their team-mates prior to the scheduled start of the Greene King IPA Championship season in March. Grey was born and bred in Yorkshire before moving to North Wales at the age of 16. He helped his club RGC 1404 win the WRU National Cup in 2017 and earned an opportunity to join the Cardiff Blues on a short-term deal in 2019. He was also selected for the Welsh Under 20 squad in 2016 before injury ended his hopes of national selection. 21-year-old Nordli-Kelemeti has moved to Jersey on loan from Gallagher Premiership side Newcastle Falcons, where he was part of the Academy squad dating back to his time at Durham School. Johannesburg-born Pretorius moves from South Africa to Europe for the first time to join up with the Reds. The 23-year-old was most recently with Port Elizabeth-based Southern Kings, one of the South African sides in the Guinness PRO14, and previously with the Golden Lions in Jo’burg.