Daily Round Up – 16/07/2021 – Busy Premiership Clubs
Dane Coles Ruled Out Of The All Blacks V Fiji Test
All Blacks Hooker and try scoring machine Dane Coles has been ruled out of the next Fiji Test with injury. He has been replaced by Chiefs Hooker Samisoni Taukei’aho, who will be looking to earn his first cap. The 23 year old has risen through the Chiefs ranks over the last couple of seasons and came into the All Black squad as cover for Asafo Aumua. The Tongan born rake is now in line to earn his first All Blacks cap in front of his home crowd.
England Captain Ludlow Banned For Kneeing Opponent
Gloucester and recent England Captain Lewis Ludlow has been banned for kneeing Canada Prop Jake Ilnicki. He will miss three club games against Ealing, Hartpury and Northampton. The offence carried a starting point of a six-match suspension, which was subsequently reduced by two games by the player’s admission of foul play. Ludlow’s sanction can be reduced by one further game if he completes World Rugby’s head contact process coaching intervention programme.
Taranaki Bulls Reveal 2021 Squad
2021 Yarrows Taranaki Bulls squad:
Bradley Slater, Donald Brighouse, Jared Proffit, Kyle Stewart, Michael Bent, Millennium Sanerivi, Reuben O’Neill, Ricky Riccitelli, Fin Hoeata, Jesse Parete, Josh Lord, Johnny Faletagoa’i-Malase, Lachlan Boshier, Mitch Brown, Mitchell Crosswell, Pita Gus Sowakula, Tom Florence, Josh Jacomb*, Liam Blyde, Logan Crowley, Stephen Perofeta, Daniel Rona, Daniel Waite, Lukas Halls, Meihana Grindlay*, Teihorangi Walden, Jacob Ratumaitavuki-Kneepkens, Jayson Potroz, Kini Naholo, Vereniki Tikoisolomone*.
Three More Commit To The Reds
The Queensland Reds have been busy tying down their young talent to new deals of late and now three more have committed. Seru Uru and Ilaisa Droasese have both signed through till 2023 and Lawson Creighton has committed for next season. Uru and Droasese both impressed last season, with some electric displays from the Fijian Duo. Uru’s form for the Reds saw him called into the Wallbies training camp and his future looks very bright. Lawson was unlucky to miss out on last season, after he suffered a leg break playing premier rugby for Brothers.
“I’m excited to stay in Queensland for another two seasons,”
“I’ve got a lot of good mates here. As a group we all want to build on this year’s success moving forward together.”
“I’m very grateful for the opportunity to re-sign with the Reds,” Droasese said.
“I was very proud to wear the Queensland jersey this year. I’m excited to stay at the Reds with some good friends and continue to develop my skills under the coaching staff here.”
Riekert Hattingh Signs Two Year Seawolves Deal
Seattle Seawolves Captain and talisman Riekert Hattingh has committed for two more seasons of Major League Rugby with the former champs. The recently capped USA International has been one of the most consistent performers in the MLR since it’s inception and he is the driving force behind this Seawolves side. It has not been the best season for the two times champions and Hattingh will be looking to steer the ship in the right direction in 2022.
Gloucester Rugby Bring In Prop Elrington
Gloucester Rugby have continued their recruitment drive for the 2021/22 Premiership Rugby season. They have boosted their prop ranks by signing London Irish Prop Harry Elrington. The former Loughborough University Loosehead has been developing nicely at London Irish. Gloucester Director Of Rugby George Skivington will know him well, form his time as coach at London Irish and Elrington will bring an extra physical dimension to their front row stocks. The signing follows on from that of Second Row Will Britton and Back Row Wian Conradie.
“Harry is a big prop who will add real physicality to our front row. The scrum is a hugely important part of our game and bringing in another prop makes sense as we prepare for another season.
“He’s a powerful scrummager who is coming into his prime so we’re really looking forward to see him push on when he gets here.”
Gloucester have also confirmed that they will face Ealing Trailfinders in a preseason double header. Travelling down to London, the Cherry and Whites will play Ealing on Saturday 28 August before welcoming them to Kingsholm the following week on Saturday 4 September for the return fixture.
Wasps Confirm Coaching Shake Up
Wasps have confirmed a shake up to their first team coaching staff, as well as their academy and transition coaching group. Interim England Skills Coach Ed Robinson has joined at the clubs new skills coach. He had previously been working as Attack Coach for Jersey Reds. Current transition and skills coach Matt Everard has been appointed as the teams new Defence Coach, with the incumbent coach Ian Costello returning to Munster. Taking over from Everard as part of a new-look first team coaching group for next season, that already includes full-time Scrum Coach Neil Fowkes, are Scott Barrow and Richard Beck. Wasps have also announced that former Bath Fly Half Alex Davies has joined the club as Under 18s Academy Coach.
Men’s Head Coach Lee Blackett: “I am delighted that we are adding some quality coaches in Ed and Scott to the Club, and these are fantastic new opportunities for Evs and Richard in roles that I am sure they will thrive in.
“Evs’ transition to Defence Coach has been planned for over two seasons. He is a fantastic coach and has worked extremely hard to prepare himself to take this role. Everyone at the Club is excited to see how he can transform our Defence over the next season.
“Ed is someone I’ve known for a long time. It was no surprise to me that Eddie Jones chose for him to be involved in the last two England camps. He will be mainly in charge of our skills programme, but he will also assist with our attacking coaching and look after our attack off lineout and scrum.
South African Lock Joins Stade Français
Sharks Lock JJ Van Der Mescht has joined French Top 14 side Stade Français for the coming season. Van Der Mescht joined the Sharks in 2018 and his most recent outing was against the British and Irish Lions last week.
Sharks CEO, Dr Eduard Coetzee said: “We are obviously very disappointed to lose a young player with JJ’s ability.
“He has immense potential, and we hope that this move to France gives him renewed motivation to work on his fitness and discipline. Our best wishes are extended to him for this next chapter in his career.”
Leicester Tigers To Play Scarlets In Preseason
Leicester Tigers will play the Scarlets in the second of their Pre-season fixture list. The Welsh Region will be heading to Welford Road for a pre-season fixture on Thursday, September 9 at 7.00pm. The match is the second confirmed pre-season game for the Tigers, with an away fixture to Championship Club Jersey Reds confirmed for Friday, August 27.
They Have Also confirmed that England under 20s Back Dan Lancaster will be joining the club next season. Stuart Lancaster’s son shone during the recent England Under 20s campaign and would have been interesting a lot of Premiership Clubs. Lancaster is comfortable at Fly Half or in the Centres and joins from Leeds Tykes.
Harlequins Promote Nine Players To The Senior Academy
Harlequins have announced that nine players will be promoted into the Senior Academy and will train with the Senior squad. There are two forwards and sevens backs in the new crop of Senior Academy players.
Harlequins Academy Manager Chim Gale: “We’re thrilled to welcome a talented and promising group of nine players into our senior academy ahead of the 2021/22 season. This is an exciting group of young men that are driven and keen to take on the opportunity to learn and develop their game alongside our senior players and coaches.
The New Senior Academy Players:
School: Wellington School
Club: Rosslyn Park
School: Seaford College
Club: Wimbledon Warriors RFC
School: Whitgift School
Club: Rosslyn Park
School: Hampton School
Club: Richmond RFC
School: Epsom College
Club: Cobham RFC
School: Wellington College
Club: Wimbledon RFC
School: Epsom College
School: John Fisher School
Club: Streatham – Croydon RFC
School: Whitgift School
Club: Rosslyn Park