Daily Round Up – 18/05/2021 – Busy Day For Worcester Warriors
Sad News Of Multiple Player Retirements
There has been some disappointing news as a number of young players have been forced to retire over injury concerns. Ospreys hooker Scott Otten has announced his retirement from professional rugby with immediate effect. The Swansea-born forward has been advised to retire on medical advice. Otten, 26, who has been with the Ospreys for a decade, suffered a career-ending neck injury against the Dragons in January. Fellow PRO 14 player Stephen Fitzgerald has also had to hang up his boots, due to an ongoing knee injury. The Connacht back three player had three surgerys on the knee, but it has not been enough to save his career.
On similar but slightly different news. Scotland International Alex Dunbar has opted to retire, in order to focus on his farming endeavours. Sadly, his career has also been cut short by injury, but the 31 year old will be putting down his boots and picking up his wellies, as he continues work on his family farm. The 31-year-old scored seven tries in 31 international appearances between 2013 and 2018. Dunbar spent almost a decade with Glasgow Warriors before moving to Brive, a French club, in July 2019.
Brumbies Lock Down Talented Young Lock Frost
Super Rugby Side Plus500 Brumbies have tied talented young Second Row Nick Frost, to a new deal. The former Canberra Vikings player has a bright future in the game and this is a good bit of work by the Brumbies. The 21-year-old, 206cm lock has been in excellent form, starting the Super Rugby AU final at blindside flanker before running on at lock against the Crusaders last Saturday night in Christchurch.
Nick Frost: “I’m really happy to be staying with the Brumbies for at least another year.”
“Working with Dan (McKellar) and Laurie (Fisher) has been huge for my development the last couple of years, and I’m really enjoying my time at the club and in Canberra.
“We have a special group here, we’re very tight-knit and I’m excited to stay and help contribute to the ongoing success at the club.”
Humphreys Signs New Deal As Quartet Join Worcester Academy
Consistent Utility Back Perry Humphreys has signed a new deal with Worcester Warriors. He can play across the backline and his strong all round skillset allow him to slot in anywhere. He joined from Leicester Tigers in 2014 and has been a key member of the squad since.
Head Coach Jonathan Thomas.
“I’m delighted that Perry has extended his contract. He has been a hugely consistent performer for the club since he came here in what was my last year as a player,”
“He has an excellent strike-rate as a wing and his all-round game and his fundamentals are really solid.
“There will be strong competition for places next season but I know that Perry will be working very hard to be part of an exciting back line.”
In other Worcester news, a talented group of players have joined their Three Pears Academy. The Academy has produced a huge number of quality first team players in recent years, including captain Ted Hill. Lock Cheick Kone, hooker Finn Theobald-Thomas, scrum-half Tom Miles and wing/full-back Tobi Wilson, will now become members of the Senior Academy at Sixways. See The Full Article HERE.
Greg Peterson Signs New Two Year Deal At Falcons
Newcastle Falcons and USA Eagles Second Row has signed a new two year deal with the club. It is just reward for his hard work and top class stats for the side, in the Premiership this year. The towering lock has been a mainstay of the Falcons pack this season, taking his appearance tally up to 30 having joined the club straight from Rugby World Cup 2019. Australian-born Peterson came up through the New South Wales Waratahs system, moving to the northern hemisphere to play club rugby with Leicester Tigers, Glasgow Warriors and Bordeaux-Begles.
“It’s a really nice city here, the people are great, my team-mates and everyone at the club are awesome, so it was an easy decision,” said Peterson.
“I just think there’s a great culture up here, and when I look at the ability we’ve got within our squad it’s really exciting to know I’ll be involved with that for at least the next couple of seasons.
“Whichever way I looked at it the best option seemed to be to stay here, and we love the place as well as the rugby.”
James Cronin To Leave Munster
Munster Rugby have confirmed that Prop James Cronin will be leaving the side at the end of this season. The 30-year-old prop has made 142 appearances in red and scored 20 tries since making his debut against Leinster in April 2013.
James Cronin: “It’s with great regret that I announce my time with Munster Rugby will end this summer. It’s been a dream of mine to represent my province since I threw on my first jersey as a 6- year-old kid and I take great pride in knowing I’ve represented my province 142 times and my country on 3 occasions.
“I have made many life-long friends in my time playing here and have learnt so much from some great men, most notably the late Garrett Fitzgerald and Anthony Foley, and I thank everyone that I’ve worked with from my days in the sub academy to the current day.
“I want to say a special thanks to my family and friends who have always been with me for the highs, but also the lows, that come with professional rugby. To all the Munster fans also a big thank you.
Worcester Warriors Snap Up Talented Coach Jonny Bell
Worcester Warriors have snapped up talented Defence Coach Jonny Bell, from Glasgow Warriors, as they continue to build for next season. The former Ulster man will be charged with getting the best out of eye catching new recruits like Scotland Winger Duhan Van Der Merwe.
“It is with sadness that I have had to make this decision,”
“After what has been an incredibly challenging year, it has underlined the fact that my family’s happiness is more important than anything.
“My family have struggled to settle in a new city under the very difficult circumstances that COVID has created, and I am fortunate to have been given the opportunity to take them back to a place they have regarded as home for the past six years.
“This move also affords me the opportunity to work once again with Alan Solomons and be part of his exciting plans for Worcester Warriors.
“I am hugely grateful to Danny [Wilson], Al [Kellock] and all the players and staff at Glasgow Warriors for their friendship and support during the year and I thank them for supporting this difficult decision.”
Scarlets Vice-Captain Signs New Deal
Scarlets Vice-Captain Steff Hughes has put pen to paper on a new deal with the Region. The 27-year-old centre is in his eighth season with his hometown club and is closing in on a century of appearances.
“I remember going to watch games at Stradey [Park, Scarlets’ former home stadium] when I was young and I’m hugely proud to pull on the Scarlets jersey,” he said.
“Signing a new contract was an easy decision to make.”
Six Nations Under 20s Fixtures Announced
2021 U20 Six Nations Championship Fixtures:
(All games at Cardiff Arms Park)
Round 1, Saturday 19 June:
- Scotland v Ireland, 2pm
- England v France, 5pm
- Italy v Wales, 8pm
Round 2, Friday 25 June:
- England v Scotland, 2pm
- Italy v France, 5pm
- Wales v Ireland, 8pm
Round 3, Thursday 1 July:
- Scotland v Italy, 2pm
- France v Wales, 5pm
- Ireland v England, 8pm
Round 4, Wednesday 7 July:
- Italy v Ireland, 2pm
- France v Scotland, 5pm
- Wales v England, 8pm
Round 5, Tuesday 13 July:
- England v Italy, 2pm
- Ireland v France, 4.45pm
- Scotland v Wales, 8pm.