Daily Round Up – 22/01/2021 – Danny Care New Quins Deal
Japanese Top League Cancels First Four Rounds
The first four rounds of the new Top League season have been cancelled, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Thursday. A new format for the season is expected to be announced soon.
Japanese Top League Statement:
“Thinking all players — whether or not they have tested positive or been in close contact to those infected — should be thoroughly prepared to enter the season, we will establish a period of adjustment,” said a post on the Top League website.
Doncaster Knights V Saracens Cancelled
Saracen’s second fixture of the Trailfinders Cup, against Doncaster Knights, has been cancelled. The decision to forfeit the game was made by Saracens, after a series of positive coronavirus cases.
Trailfinders Cup Statement:
Following Saracens’ weekly PCR Covid-19 testing programme, two players returned positive results with a further 16 members of the Saracens squad having to isolate due to contact tracing.
It means Sarries are without 34 players for the match at Castle Park on Saturday because of injury, suspension and isolation and are therefore unable to field a side despite every effort.
As a result of the cancellation, the Knights will be awarded four points while Saracens will receive two.
Bath Rugby Club Statement
Bath Rugby were recently made to close their training ground and undergo a deep clean, due to positive coronavirus tests. It has now been revealed that those tests were erroneous and the training ground can reopen.
Yesterday afternoon the Club was informed that an error had occurred in the Randox laboratory and that following routine retesting, 18 of the original 19 positive results were in fact negative. The Club has been in regular and close communication with senior representatives from Public Health England throughout this time and in particular over the last 24 hours as we have worked to understand the details regarding the Randox testing error.
We, advised by Public Health England, are now confident this was a discrete error and that the revised test results are correct. However, as an additional surveillance measure alongside the Randox testing programme, independent Public Health testing will also be undertaken for Bath Rugby players and staff over the next 24 hours.
Benetton Treviso Sign Rhyno Smith
Italian side Benetton Treviso have signed former Cheetahs Utility Back Rhyno Smith, on a three year deal.
Danny Care Signs New Harlequins Deal
Harlequins have announced that club legend and Scrum Half Danny Care, has signed a new deal with the club. The deal will prolong his fifteen year career with the capitol side. Holder of the third most appearances in the Club’s history with 289 games, behind only fellow England and Harlequins legends Mike Brown (340) and Chris Robshaw (300), Care made his senior debut in 2006 against Gloucester. He is rapidly closing in on an exclusive list of just two players to have worn the Quarters on 300 occasions.
“I’m delighted to extend my stay at the club I love for another year. I can’t wait to see the best fans in the world back at The Stoop and make some more memories with you all very soon. Stay safe, everyone!”
Glasgow Warriors Return For Jamie Bhatti
Glasgow Warriors have announced the return of Prop Jamie Bhatti. It is a return to his home side, after a year with Edinburgh and a recent stint with Bath Rugby. The 27-year-old loose-head follows in the footsteps of Duncan Weir in returning to Scotstoun ahead of the new season, whilst Scotland stars Scott Cummings and Sam Johnson – along with young talents Tom Gordon and Jamie Dobie – have also extended their contracts with the Warriors in recent weeks. Born in Stirling, the former Stirling County and Melrose man made his Glasgow debut away to the Scarlets in November 2016 and went on to make 47 appearances in a Warriors shirt. He will return for the 2020/21 PRO 14 season.
“I’m buzzing to get back to Glasgow and play for a club that I’m hugely passionate about.
“I left Glasgow with some of my best rugby memories and finished playing in that Guinness PRO14 final at Celtic Park in 2019.
“I was playing the best rugby I’ve ever played when I left the club and I can’t wait to return and kick on.
“I really rate Danny as a coach and I’m looking forward to working with him and the other coaches full-time.
“I can’t wait to get back to Scotstoun.”