Daily Round Up – 22/07/2021 – Championship Rugby Fixtures
Jersey Bring In Front Row Recruit
Jersey Reds have signed Loosehead Prop Huw Owen from Welsh Premiership side Pontypridd. The 27 year old will be making the step up to a professional rugby environment for the first time in his career. He has gone the long route to get to that level, but he is coming into his prime years as a prop and has shown real development in recent times. The Reds are renowned for developing top quality Props and Owen could be the next cab off the rank.
Mouthguards To Be Used In Concussion Research
The use of ‘smash mouthguards’ will be used to help tackle the concussion problems in Rugby Union. Check out the video explaining this new project on Sky Sports HERE.
Jed Holloway Returns To Boost The Waratahs
Versatile Lock Forward Jed Holloway will return to the NSW Waratahs on a two year contract. Holloway already has 58 caps for the franchise and returns after a spell with Japanese Top League side Toyota Verblitz. New Head Coach Darren Coleman has been a busy man, as he builds his squad for next season, while still trying to steer the LA Giltinis to the MLR Shield. Jed Holloway is a top recruit to get on board and will bring both experience and leadership.
In other Australian based news, Prop Harry Lloyd is heading to the Western Force. It will be his second spell on the west coast and joins from fellow Super Rugby side the ACT Brumbies.
“Ever since I started playing rugby, I wanted to be a Waratah. The team gave me a huge opportunity 10 years ago, and I’m extremely grateful that they are willing to take another chance on me now,”
“I think both the Waratahs and myself have a lot to prove next year, but I believe we have all the pieces to make it happen. I learned a lot from some great people in Japan, and I’m excited to join the team and start putting that together”
“DC (Darren Coleman) has nothing but success on his record, he is a proven culture builder. To see what he has built at the Giltinis and to hear the hype he has brought to rugby in America in one year is amazing. I have no doubt he can do the same at the Waratahs next year”
Championship Rugby Fixtures Released
The Championship Rugby season is drawing ever closer and the fixtures for the season have no been released. The competition will be played over 22 rounds with the final matches scheduled for the weekend of 19 March next year. The league will consist of 11 teams in the upcoming season after Saracens secured promotion back to the Premiership and with London Scottish returning to the league. A new title sponsor for the Championship is actively being sought as Greene King IPA’s sponsorship of the league finishes on 31 August 2021.
RFU Director of Performance Rugby Conor O’Shea added: “Clubs and the league’s organisers did a brilliant job staging the Championship this season, given all the challenges presented by the pandemic. We’re all looking forward to the upcoming season and the fixtures coming out will provide a focus for clubs as they plan for their first games.
“We are proud of our partnership with Greene King IPA which has been in place since June 2013. I’d like to thank them for their support of the Championship during this time as the first title partner of the league.”
Bedford Bolster Front Row Options
Bedford Blues have signed another front row forward, after the recent addition of Leicester Tigers Prop Osman Dimen. They have now brought in Loosehead Prop Joey Conway. The 23 year old is a former Ireland Under 20s player and Munster Academy man. Most recently starring for UL Bohemians; where he made his first steps into rugby and has been captain for the past two seasons
“I’m delighted to be joining Bedford Blues and experiencing the Championship for the first time.
“Everyone speaks so positively about what it’s like to be at Goldington Road on a Saturday afternoon and that’s something I’m really looking forward to next season.
“Alex Rae has huge amounts of experience in the league, both as a player and a coach, and I can’t wait to start working with him. The Championship is an extremely competitive and tough division, but I’m really excited about testing myself.”
Attack Coach Leaves Scarlets
Scarlets can confirm that attack coach Richard Whiffin has left the club by mutual consent.
Having arrived at the Scarlets from Gloucester Academy in 2019, he spent two seasons as part of the coaching team at Parc y Scarlets.
Scarlets general manager of rugby Jon Daniels:
“We would like to thank Rich for his whole-hearted commitment to the Scarlets over the last couple of years and wish him well for the next chapter of his career.”
“It has been a pleasure to coach such a great group of players these past two years. We have enjoyed some great moments and stand out results, most memorable for me were great away wins at Connacht and Bath and the atmosphere at the Christmas derbies. I wish the players and club the best of luck for the upcoming season.”
Doncaster Add Midfield Duo
Doncaster Knights have added some more quality to their Midfield, by signing Centres Fraser Strachan and Joe Margetts. Strachan arrives after a season with Ealing Trailfinders. He scored three tries in three appearances there and was underused at the Trailfinders. The talented Centre came through the Northampton Saints Academy and made four senior appearances for the club. The 22-year-old played in the 2017 A League Premiership final, and he continued to impress the following season, making another appearance in the Northampton Wanderers third consecutive A League final in which they beat Exeter Braves 31-21. Doncaster have done well in recruiting former Saints players, with the likes of Sam Olver and Howard Packman shining for the club.
Joe Margetts joins from Ayr Bulls, but it was at the prestigious Hartpury that he made his name. Margetts progressed through the Hartpury College side through to the University side and helped them to win a BUCS Super Rugby Title. Margetts was then offered the opportunity to play for their Championship. He made the move to Ayr Bulls, but the pandemic meant that the season was cancelled. He will be raring to go for the up-coming campaign with his new club.
‘I’m very excited to be joining Doncaster and it is clear to see from their results last season that they are a very good team and play some good rugby.
“Everyone at the club, from players to staff, have all been very welcoming and I’m looking forward to learning from the experienced coaches and pushing on in my career.”