Daily Round Up – 14/10/2020 – Wasps Covid Outbreak
All Blacks Duo Return For The Force
Western Force have continued their exciting run of announcements. This time, it is the return of former All Blacks Duo Richard Kahui and Jeremy Thrush, for the 2021 Super Rugby AU season. Kahui is a World Cup winner in 2011 and one of the most experienced Backs around. He can play in the Centres or on the Wing and has already made an impact at the side. Kahui initially joined for the 2020 season, but has now signed a further one year deal. Thrush has 12 All Blacks caps, including appearances at the 2015 World Cup. With over 100 appearances for the Hurricanes, Thrush brings real leadership and experience to this side. He joined the Force in 2019, after an impressive stint with Gloucester in the English Premiership. The Second Row is a real leader, at this franchise and will help bring them through this next stage in their story.
“It’s great to be committing to another year with the club. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here in Perth at the Force,”
“My family and I have felt so welcomed by all the players, they’ve made it so easy to transition into the club from day one.
“We’re a very ambitious club and we’re moving forward in the right direction to make the Force and rugby in WA as strong as possible, that’s what really excites me.”
Whitelock Doubt & Josh Ioane Call Up For New Zealand
All Blacks Lock Sam Whitelock is a doubt for their second Bledisloe Cup fixture against Australia. The veteran Second Row picked up a Head Knock, in the 16 all draw, at the weekend and has experienced subsequent headaches. He will be monitored and a decision will be made at a later point. They have not called up a Lock replacement, due to having existing cover and the return to training of Scott Barrett. Barrett has been out for some time and would be struggling for match fitness, but it is welcome news nonetheless.
Barrett’s brother Beauden was a late withdrawal from the first test and was due to be the starting Full Back. He has been struggling with an Achilles Tendon problem, but has been tipped to replace Ritchie Mo’unga in the starting Fly Half shirt. Barrett trained alone today and it is unclear whether he will be fit to play. Mo’unga has also been struggling with a shoulder problem. It is just a stinger for Mo’unga, but due to the two having knocks, Highlanders’ Fly Half Josh Ioane has been called up as cover. The one cap All Black had a strong end to the 2020 Super Rugby Aotearoa season, after returning from his own injury problems.
Campbell Magnay Back For The Rebels 2021 Campaign
Melbourne Rebels have confirmed that Back Campbell Magnay has re-signed with the franchise. The 23 year old started four of his five Super Rugby Au games in 2020. Magnay had an impressive youth career, being the youngest player to appear in the inaugural NRC season. He also appeared at the 2015 Under 20s World Championships, with the Junior Wallabies. Magnay spent three years with the Queensland Reds and two with Japanese Top League side Suntory Sungoliath, before joining the Rebels. He is developing into a quality player and the Rebels will be happy to have kept hold of him.
Melbourne Rebels Head Coach Dave Wessels:
“It’s great to have Campbell recommit to the club. He’s an important and influential member of the team. He’s still young and we’re excited about what he can become in the next few years if he continues to work hard and enjoy his rugby.”
Two Year Deals For Coaching Duo At The Tahs
NSW Waratahs Head Coach Rob Penney has been busy finalising his coaching team for the 2021 Vodafone Super Rugby AU Championships. Penney has given two year deals to existing coaches Chris Whitaker and Jason Gilmore. The pair will join Forwards Coach Matt Cockbain, in staying at the club, through to the end of the 2022 season. Whitaker joined the club in 2018, after previous coaching spells with French clubs Stade Français and Montauban. He is a Tahs favourite, after over 100 appearances as a player and will continue as the Attack Coach. Gilmore is a more recent addition, after only joining this season, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. He has now relinquished his role as Junior Wallabies Head Coach and will continue as the Defence Coach, until 2022.
“They’re both the sort of guys you love to have around your team,”
“Two highly experienced coaches – with varying backgrounds – both excellent operators who come to the table with different ideas and philosophies to help shape the direction we’re taking as a group.
“Gilly’s contribution to our defence has been fantastic since he arrived and I think everyone can see the way in which Whits has influenced our attack over the course of the season.”
Springboks Given 48 Hour Rugby Championship Deadline
SANZAAR have given South Africa a 48 hour deadline, to confirm that they will be attending the upcoming 2020 Rugby Championships. The tournament is set to start on the 31st of October and takes place over six weeks. The Springboks were due to arrive in Australia this week and would have to spend two weeks in quarantine. The South African Rugby Union have been concerned with player welfare issues and limited preparation time.
Major League Rugby Round Up
Check out our round up of the latest news from Major League Rugby, as Old Glory DC set up new academy and player pathway. Elsewhere, plenty of teams are continuing to build, by signing new players and re-signing existing talent.
Wales Kit Release
Naoupu & O’Driscoll Called Up To World Rugby Interim Committees
Ireland’s Sene Naoupu and Brian O’Driscoll have been added, along with an array of talented coaches and players, to World Rugby’s Interim Committees. The news comes shortly after that of Joe Schmidt’s appointment to World Rugby High Performance Manager. More information can be found here
Covid Outbreak At Premiership Finalists Wasps
Wasps can confirm that seven members of the playing department, three staff members and four players, have returned positive tests for COVID-19.
The Club’s medical team were informed of the test results following the latest round of the PCR COVID-19 screening programme.
All seven, who are in good health overall, are now self-isolating and so are their close contacts. They will continue to follow Public Health England and Premiership Rugby guidelines and protocols. The Club have taken the decision to cancel training for the remainder of this week as an added precautionary measure.
Everyone at Wasps send their best wishes to the players and staff concerned.
The Club’s COVID-19 contact tracing, measures and protocols, which remain rigorous, will continue to be adhered to.