Daily Round Up – 13/07/2021 – Premiership Fixtures Released
Premiership Fixtures Released
Bristol Bears will host Saracens on the opening fixture of the 2021/22 Premiership Rugby season. The season will begin on Friday the 17th of September in front of the live BT Sport cameras at 7.45pm. The match at Ashton Gate will be one of three live games on BT Sport on the opening weekend. Champions Harlequins start the defence of their title on the road as they travel to Newcastle Falcons where former coach Dean Richards and former players Mike Brown and Nathan Earle are set to be waiting for them in the north-east. The season will be the first season to be contested by 13 teams and the extra team will mean that clubs will be dealing with two bye weeks this season. For full fixture details click HERE.
Bristol Bears Director of Rugby Pat Lam:
“It’s great that Bristol Bears will host the competition curtain-raiser and better still that we will have fans back at the stadium again. Having the opportunity to welcome Saracens back into the Gallagher Premiership will be a fantastic spectacle for our fans and BT Sport’s audience too.
“A capacity crowd at Ashton Gate, under the lights on a Friday night, always creates one of the best atmospheres in the country so we’re excited about getting underway.”
Quade Cooper Denied Australian Citizenship
Former Wallabies Fly Half Quade Cooper has been denied Australian Citizenship, despite representing the country 70 times on the International stage. Cooper was born in Auckland and still holds a New Zealand passport, but he moved to Australia when he was 13 years old. He went on to feature in two World Cups for the Wallabies and won a Super Rugby Title with the Queensland Reds. His citizenship has interrupted his career once before, when he was denied a spot on the Australian Olympic Sevens team. This current issue appears to be due to Cooper having played abroad (Japan) in recent times, yet it still seems pretty farcical behaviour.
Bedford Blues Bring In Alex Woolford
Bedford Blues have signed Forward Alex Woolford from rivals Coventry. The 28 year old came through the Northampton Saints Academy, so will be well versed with the Goldington Road outfit. Woolford made 28 appearances in three seasons at Coventry and this move to Bedford will allow him to also continue work outside of rugby. The powerful Lock will be looking to nail down a regular first team spot at the Blues.
“I’m delighted to be joining such a prestigious club as Bedford Blues. After speaking to Mike and a few of the guys already in the squad or those who have played here previously, it was a no brainer to move to Goldington Road.
“I was instantly excited by the prospect of playing here in Bedford in front of what I already know is such a big and passionate fan base.
“I’m looking forward to meeting all the staff and my fellow team mates shortly for what will hopefully be the start of an exciting and successful season.”
Exeter Announce Preseason Fixture
Exeter Chiefs have confirmed they will play a preseason fixture, at Sandy Park, against Irish tyros Munster Rugby. The game will take place on Saturday, September 11 at 3pm and there could potentially be a full capacity crowd at Sandy Park. Exeter play their first home Premiership against Northampton Saints on the 25th of September and kick their campaign off away at Leicester Tigers (18th September).
France Secure Win Over Australia
France have won a fixture over Australia, in Australia, for the first time in 31 years. They came so close last weekend, but were let down with some poor game management at the end. This time, it was France who nicked it late. Full Back Melvyn Jaminet, who kicked well all night, slotted a late penalty to snatch the win. It was another well fought game between both sides, who have produced two excellent spectacles so far. The tour is now level, at one win a piece, with one more game to go. The sides will return to Melbourne for the final game of their three-match series on Saturday.