Daily Round Up – 18/01/2021 – Glasgow & Edinburgh
Tamati Ellison Joins The Crusaders Coaching Team
The Crusaders have confirmed the appointment of a fifth coach for the 2021 Sky Super Rugby season, with former All Black and Hurricanes utility, Tamati Ellison, joining the squad today. Ellison will fill the coaching position vacated by Mark Jones, and will assist with team defence and position-specific player development.
Crusaders Head Coach Scott Robertson:
“Tamati is well-respected on and off the field, and we’re excited to have him add his expertise to our coaching group this season.
“He’s a man with a lot of mana, and I know he’ll make a significant contribution, sharing the experiences he had throughout a long playing career as he makes the transition to coaching.”
Three NZ Teams To Compete In A Preseason Fixture
The Chiefs, The Blues and The Hurricanes will take part in a game of three halves, as the teams prepare for the 2021 Super Rugby Aotearoa season. Upper Hutt’s Maidstone Park will play host to the Gallagher Chiefs only pre-season fixture against the Hurricanes and the Blues on Saturday 13 February. The fixture will take place three weeks before the Gallagher Chiefs first Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa fixture on Friday, 5 March. That weekend, the Gallagher Chiefs play the Highlanders from 7:05pm at FMG Waikato Stadium.
Queensland Reds Announce Full Squad For 2021
The Queensland Reds will be looking to go one better next year, after reaching the Final of the inaugural Super Rugby AU competition in 2020. They have announced an exciting squad for 2021, including a number of potential young stars. Check the full squad out below.
Reds head coach Brad Thorn:
“It’s great to keep a consistent group – both players and staff, heading into the 2021 season.
“Close to 90% of our guys have come through the system here in Queensland which we’re really proud of.
“The majority of this group have been together for nearly five years now and they’re all mates. They care about the cause here at Queensland and we’re all looking forward to the year ahead,”
Blair Kinghorn Signs New Edinburgh Deal
Edinburgh and Scotland Back Three player Blair Kinghorn, has signed an extended contract at the capital club. The 24 year old has scored 23 tries in 94 appearances for Richard Cockerill’s side. He will be looking to add to his 25 Scotland caps, but faces stiff competition from the likes of Stuart Hogg. Kinghorn is a classy player and his new deal will be welcome news to Edinburgh fans. Edinburgh have been busy of late and are moving to boost their side, as they go in search of titles.
Rory Best Takes On Informal Role With Ulster Rugby
Former Ireland and Ulster Captain Rory Best will take up a mentoring role for the Ulster young players and Academy. Best retired from rugby in 2019, but has always stayed close to his former side. It is always a smart move to keep players like Best within your club; with all the knowledge they have.
Glasgow Warriors Sign Former Munster Pivot Ian Keatley
Glasgow have signed PRO 14 veteran Fly Half Ian Keatley, on a short term deal. The 33 year old has some of the best stats in the competition history, scoring 1,524 points over 13 years in the competition. His signing will add competition to the squad and allow Head Coach Danny Wilson to try some different combinations, including playing Peter Horne in his preferred position of Inside Centre.
Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Danny Wilson:
“Ian has been a fantastic player over the years for Munster, Connacht and more recently at Benetton.
“His experience will be great from a performance point of view. He will also be invaluable to the development of our young players, including the likes of Ross Thompson, and also enable us to look at Pete [Horne] in his natural position of inside centre.”