Daily Round Up – 18/11/2020 – Quins Sign Scrum Half
Harlequins Sign Scrum Half Lewis Gjaltema
Harlequins have announced the signing of talented, young Scrum Half Lewis Gjaltema, for the 2020/21 season. The English qualified nine has joined from Mitre 10 Cup side North Harbour, in New Zealand. The 22 year old will link up with the Harlequins squad and compete with their existing Scrum Halves, for a spot in the matchday 23. Harlequins currently have Danny Care, Martin Landajo, Scott Steele, and Jack Stafford on their books. Gjaltema has put in some impressive performances for North Harbour this season and looks to be a very intriguing acquisition, for both now and the future.
Gjaltema has had a successful career to date, considering he is only 22 years old. He was a New Zealand Schools Barbarians representative, before progressing to the New Zealand Under 20s Wider Training Group. The former East Coast Bays player has been involved in the Auckland Blues Wider Training Group and trained alongside new teammate Joe Marchant. Gjaltema had been on Harlequin’s radar for some time, following his performances for North Harbour, and recommendations from Leon McDonald (Blues Head Coach) and Joe Marchant.
Ireland Team To Face England
James Ryan is given the captaincy of a little changed side to face England. Keith Earls and Bundee Aki make their way into the starting line-up, alongside Fly Half Ross Byrne.
Warren Abrahams Appointed Wales Women Coach
The Welsh Rugby Union have appointed former USA Women’s Sevens Coach Warren Abrahams as it’s new Women’s Fifteens Coach. Abrahams becomes Welsh Rugby’s first Black Head Coach and it will be his first Head Role in the Fifteens game. Abrahams impressed with the USA, England Men’s Sevens and the Harlequins Academy, before getting this role.
“This is a hugely exciting time to be part of the Wales Women programme and we have an opportunity to do something very special in the next 12 months and beyond,”
“It’s my first international 15s head coach role at this level but I feel I’ve seen, experienced and learned enough to create a high-performance environment that provides memorable experiences.
Sinoti Sinoti Leaves Newcastle Falcons
Newcastle Falcons Winger and fan favourite Sinoti Sinoti, has departed the club, with immediate effect, for personal reasons. The Samoan International is a big loss, this close to the season, but Newcastle are pretty strong in that position, with the likes of Adam Radwan. Sinoti has been at the Falcons for the last seven years and has thrilled fans with his sidestepping and unique running style.
Newcastle Director Of Rugby Dean Richards:
“It’s not hard to understand why Sinoti is so popular with our supporters, because he plays the game with a smile on his face and is always looking to be a positive attacking force.
“He has been part of some big moments for us during his seven years here including our fourth-placed Premiership finish in 2018, two huge games at St James’ Park, Heineken Champions Cup wins over Toulon and Montpellier, being shortlisted twice for Premiership Players’ Player of the Season and being selected in the Premiership Team of the Season.
“It is obviously a shame to see a player of his ability move on for personal reasons so close to the start of the Gallagher Premiership season, but we thank him for everything he has done during his time here and wish him and his family all the best for whatever lies ahead.”
Solomon Alaimalo Signs For The Highlanders
The Highlanders have announced the signing of Chiefs Back Three player Solomon Alaimalo. The exciting outside back has signed a three year deal with the South Island club, which will take him through to the end of the 2023 Super Rugby season. Alaimalo impressed in a struggling Chiefs side, during the 2020 Super Rugby Aotearoa season. He sustained a bad injury, in the act of scoring a try, that has kept him out of the current Mitre 10 Cup competition.
The Auckland born 24 year old came through St.Bede’s College, before signing for Mitre 10 side Northland, in 2016. After two years at Northland, Alaimalo spent a season with Tasman. A move to Waikato followed and his impressive form, lead to a Super Rugby call up, with the Chiefs. The Winger/Full Back spent the last three years with the Chiefs and recorded 21 tries in 44 games. He made his debut in 2017, but it has been the last couple of seasons, where he really cemented his spot as a starter. He has everything you want in an outside back and his pace is a real asset. Another shrewd signing by the Highlanders, who are building nicely for 2021.