Daily Round Up – 15/07/2021 – Lions Team News

Published by Christie Gilmartin15th July 2021

Hooker Will Biggs Joins Bedford Blues

Former Hartpury AASE & BUCS player Will Biggs has joined up with Championship Rugby Side Bedford Blues. The 24 year old impressed in his 16 appearances for Birmingham Moseley, in their last season, before Covid interrupted. Bedford are busy building their squad for next season and they have a superb track record in developing players, so keep an eye on Biggs over the next couple years.

Will Biggs:

“I am very excited to be joining Bedford Blues. I’ve heard nothing but good things about the club and I can’t wait for the season to begin.”

Cornwall Confirm West Stand Plans

The development of The Stadium For Cornwall at Mennaye Field has continued and now more detailed plans of the West Stand have been revealed. Check out the new updates HERE.

Doncaster Bring In Two Former Pirates

Doncaster Knights have signed former Cornish Pirates duo Maliq Holden and Harry Davey, for the 2021/22 Championship Rugby season. The two have been consistent performers for the Pirates, over the last few years and they will strengthen this solid Doncaster side. 22 year old Utility Back Davey, joined the Pirates from Yorkshire Carnegie in 2019. The former England Under 18s player was limited to just 10 appearances, due to injury and Covid disruptions. He will be looking to get some more action next year. Maliq Holden was the most improved Pirates player of 2020 and it was a surprise to see him leave. The 25-year-old wing/full back is a former Netherlands junior international who has also represented England Students and Bristol United in the A League. Fans will enjoy these signings for sure.

Maliq Holden:

“Having played against the Knights last season it was very clear the team was ambitious and going places. When Bodes spoke to me about coming to play here it was an easy decision.

“The first week of pre season has been outstanding and I already feel like I am part of the squad. I’m excited about the season ahead and playing with this group and look forward to playing in front of the Knights fans soon!”

Another Young Wasp Signs Extension

21 year old Centre Will Simonds has signed an extension to his deal with Wasps and joins a growing list of youngsters to recommit. The exciting young talent has plenty of development left and will be hoping to add to his four first team appearances in the coming season and learn of the likes of Jimmy Gopperth and Malakai Fekitoa.

Wasps Rugby Men’s Head Coach Lee Blackett: “We are very pleased that Will has agreed a new contract with us.

“Will is a very promising player, but he has had a few unfortunate injuries in his young career, that have hampered his game time. We are confident he can put them behind him, and we will see him flourish in our exciting backline in the coming season.

“We are all looking forward to seeing him develop further in the coming years.”

Glasgow Warriors Bring In McCallum

Glasgow Warriors have brought Scotland International Prop Murray McCallum into their squad, on a short term contract. The 25 year old Front Row has already joined up with the squad, as they prepare for the newly revamped United Rugby Championship. The talented prop brings both set piece skill, as well as a presence around the park. He has spent the last five seasons with Edinburgh.

Leicester Tigers Announce Women’s Programme

Premiership Rugby side Leicester Tigers have announced the formation of a Women and girl’s Rugby Programme to begin later this year. They have appointed former England international Vicky Macqueen as Head Of Rugby. They are now working on the logistics of forming the new set up and will announce further details soon.

Tigers chief executive Andrea Pinchen: “inspire women and girls of all abilities to get involved in the game, and to provide an opportunity for them to wear the Leicester Tigers shirt”.

They have also advertised a number of job roles within the club, which you can check out HERE. We will be bringing back our weekly recruitment article soon, so keep an eye out for that.

Gloucester Sign Namibian Back Row Conradie

Gloucester Rugby have signed Namibian Back Row Wian Conradie. The 26 year old has arguably been the standout Number 8 in Major League Rugby this season, with the New England Free Jacks. Conradie initially agreed to join the Dallas Jackals in the MLR, before they postponed their first season due to Covid interruptions. The combative ball carrier somehow went undrafted in the Jackals dispersal draft, but was later picked up by the Free Jacks and what a move that turned out to be.

He is exactly the sort of player that Gloucester need and will bring some top class ball carrying. He continues to improve with each year and their is no telling how much more he could develop. This move is testament to how far Major League Rugby has come in such a small space of time and players moving between the MLR and major European Leagues looks set to become the norm. Conradie is comfortable across the Back Row and this will be his second taste of England, after a spell with Championship side Doncaster. He has represented his country 19 times and was a part of the 2015 and 2019 Rugby World Cup squads.

Alex Brown:

“Wian is a hugely promising prospect who we have identified as having real potential to perform in the Premiership.

“We wanted to strengthen our backrow options and Wian is the exact sort of player that we want to bring into Gloucester Rugby. 

“His physicality and work rate make him an exciting signing and we expect he will be a much valued member of the squad.” 

Australia Ring The Changes For The Third France Test

Dave Rennie has made seven changes to the starting XV that lost to France in the second test of this series. Livewire Scrum Half Tate McDermott gets the starting nine role and fans have been waiting a long time for this. Check out the team news below.

Wallabies 15-1: Tom Banks, Filipo Daugunu, Len Ikitau, Hunter Paisami, Marika Koroibete, Noah Lolesio, Tate McDermott, Isi Naisarani, Michael Hooper (c), Lachlan Swinton, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Darcy Swain, Allan Alaalatoa, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, James Slipper

Reserves: Jordan Uelese, Angus Bell, Taniela Tupou, Matt Philip, Rob Valetini, Jake Gordon, Matt To’omua, Reece Hodge

Lions Team News To Face Stormers

Marcus Smith will make his frist Lions appearance after being called up as cover for Finn Russell. What a year it has been for the young pivot. He led Quins to a Premiership Title, earned his first England caps and now a first start for the Lions. You know for sure that he will take this next step in his stride, as he has with every other so far in his career.

British & Irish Lions team to play the DHL Stormers at the Cape Town Stadium
Saturday 17 July 2021 (kick-off 5pm BST)

15. Stuart Hogg – captain (Exeter Chiefs, Scotland) #783

14. Josh Adams (Cardiff Rugby, Wales) #836
13. Elliot Daly (Saracens, England) #822
12. Robbie Henshaw (Leinster Rugby, Ireland) #824
11. Duhan van der Merwe (Worcester Warriors, Scotland) #841

10. Marcus Smith (Harlequins, England)
9. Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors, Scotland) #843

1. Rory Sutherland (Worcester Warriors, Scotland) #840
2. Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, England) #851
3. Tadhg Furlong (Leinster Rugby, Ireland) #818
4. Adam Beard (Ospreys, Wales) #852
5. Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs, England) #845
6. Tadhg Beirne (Munster Rugby, Ireland) #838
7. Hamish Watson (Edinburgh Rugby, Scotland) #847
8. Jack Conan (Leinster Rugby, Ireland) #839

16. Jamie George (Saracens, England) #819
17. Mako Vunipola (Saracens, England) #787
18. Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors, Scotland) #848
19. Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys, Wales) #761
20. Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, England) #849
21. Gareth Davies (Scarlets, Wales) #850
22. Chris Harris (Gloucester Rugby, Scotland) #844
23. Louis Rees-Zammit (Gloucester Rugby, Wales) #846

Fiji V All Blacks Team News

Flying Fijians Squad:

  1. Peni Ravai
  2. Sam Matavesi
  3. Mesake Doge
  4. Temo Mayanavanua
  5. Leone Nakarawa {c}
  6. Johnny Dyer
  7. Mesulame Kunavula
  8. Peceli Yato
  9. Frank Lomani
  10. Ben Volavola
  11. Nemani Nadolo
  12. Eneriko Buliruarua
  13. Waisea Nayacalevu
  14. Setareki Tuicuvu
  15. Kini Murimurivalu


  1. Mesulame Dolokoto
  2. Eroni Mawi
  3. Leeroy Atalifo
  4. Albert Tuisue
  5. Kitione Kamikamica
  6. Moses Sorovi
  7. Teti Tela
  8. Manasa Mataele

All Blacks Squad:

1. George Bower (2)
2. Codie Taylor (57)
3. Nepo Laulala (30)
4. Scott Barrett (41)
5. Samuel Whitelock (124) – captain
6. Akira Ioane (3)
7. Ardie Savea (49)
8. Luke Jacobson (4)
9. Aaron Smith (98)
10. Richie Mo’unga (23)
11. Sevu Reece (9)
12. David Havili (4)
13. Anton Lienert-Brown (49)
14. Will Jordan (4)
15. Damian McKenzie (29)

16. Dane Coles (76)
17. Ethan de Groot (1)
18. Angus Ta’avao (15)
19. Brodie Retallick (82)
20. Shannon Frizell
21. Brad Weber (8)
22. Beauden Barrett (90)
23. Rieko Ioane (35)

Lions Take First Tour Loss

The British & Irish Lions lost 17-13 to South Africa A last night. This was their first loss from the tour but many have taken positives from the performance. This was one hell of a South Africa A side and the game had a Test Match feel to it. The Lions got some solid performances and will be happy to have had some serious competition in preparation for the real tests. Tom Curry and Maro Itoje were superb and will have put themselves in the frame for a starting test spot. One thing the Lions will have been reminded of is the serious quality of Cheslin Kolbe. It is hard to plan to defend Cheslin Kolbe, but this would have been a reminder of the fact you cannot switch off for one second when he is around.

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