Daily Round Up – 20/05/2021 – Australia World Cup Bid
Michael Cheika Joins NEC Green Rockets
Former Australia Head Coach Michael Cheika has joined Japanese Top League Side NEC Green Rockets, as their new director of rugby. He took a consultancy role with Argentina in September and helped guide Mario Ledesma’s side to their breakthrough 25-15 win over the All Blacks in the Tri-Nations last year.
“I’m very excited to be joining NEC in this new role,”
“Together with the company, the coaches and the players we will aspire to bring back the DNA of the NEC Green Rockets to bring pride and enjoyment to the whole NEC community.
“I look forward to working hard together with everyone to orchestrate a brighter world for NEC rugby and rugby in Japan.”
Australia Launch World Cup Bid
Australia are looking to become the hosts of the 2027 Rugby World Cup. They face competition from a number of other countries, including strong bids from the United States and Russia. The Australian bid projects over 200,000 international visitors and over two million attendees for the 2027 tournament, if the bid is successful. It would feature 20 nations and 48 matches over seven weeks and be played at between eight and 10 venues.
Challenge Cup Final Teams
Leicester: Steward; Porter, Moroni, Kelly, Nadolo; Ford, Wigglesworth; Genge, T Youngs (capt), Cole, Wells, Green, Liebenberg, Brink, Wiese
Replacements: Clare, De Bruin, Heyes, Henderson, Reffell, B Youngs, Henry, Murimurivalu
Montpellier: Bouthier; Vincent, Goosen, Serfontein, Rattez; Lozowski, Paillaugue; Forletta, Guirado (capt), Haouas, Verhaeghe, Willemse, Ouedraogo, Camara, Becognee.
Replacements: B du Plessis, Rodgers, Lamositele, Duguid, J du Plessis, Reinach, Pollard, N’gandebe
Darcy Graham Signs New Edinburgh Deal
Scotland Winger Darcy Graham has signed on for more with capital side Edinburgh. The 23-year-old has scored 17 tries in 39 games for the Pro14 side and nine times in 19 internationals, including a Calcutta Cup double at Twickenham. The length of the new contract has not been disposed, but it is apparently a long contract and should see him play a lot more rugby in an Edinburgh shirt.
Edinburgh Head Coach Richard Cockerill:
“Darcy is a player of undeniable quality and finishing ability,”
“He’s a textbook example for all the young Scottish kids out there of how the game remains one for all shapes and sizes and that, through hard work, you can make to the top of your game.
“He joined our academy from Hawick, which we all know is a town and club famous for producing quality rugby players and has developed – and continues to develop – his game really nicely.
“His speed, footwork and skillset make him nightmare to defend against so it’s great he’ll be with us for the foreseeable future.”
Agen Sign Saracens Centre
Saracens former Harlequins and Ealing Trailfinders Centre Harry Sloan will be heading to France next season. The powerful former England Under 20s man has signed a two year deal with the recently relegated side.