Daily Round Up – 22/10/2020 – London Irish Sign New Lock
Waratahs Sign Former New Zealand Under 20s Lock
The NSW Waratahs have added to their Forward Pack, by signings former New Zealand Under 20s Lock Sam Caird. The 202cm Lock looks to be a fine addition and should add some serious competition, along with fellow new signing Sam Wykes. Caird started out as a Waikato Junior and has featured for Waikato in the Mitre 10 Cup. He featured for two years, with the Baby Blacks and this could be one that slipped through the net for New Zealand Rugby. Caird moved to Northland in 2019 and has played in a number of games for the Blues ‘A’ side, in 2020.
“I just can’t wait to meet the boys and get started,”
“I’ve heard great things about the program that the Waratahs are running, there’s lots of young guys who have come in and are really excelling at Super Rugby level and I’m keen to be a part of that.
“They’ve been playing an exciting brand of rugby, which is the style of game you want to be playing week-in-week-out.
“I’m just thankful to Tim [Rapp] and Rob [Penney] for the opportunity to be involved with the club.”
Nepo Laulala Joins The Blues
The Blues have announced another huge signing, as they continue their resurgence. All Blacks Prop Nepo Laulala has signed a two year deal with the Auckland franchise, leaving the Chiefs. The Samoan Born Prop has also previously played for the Crusaders, but is keen to return to Auckland, to be close to family. Laulala played his schoolboy rugby for Mt. Albert Grammar and Wesley College. Laulala joining the Blues means they will possess four All Blacks Props. Laulala, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Ofa Tuungafasi, and Alex Hodgman, are all set to travel with the All Blacks, for the Tri-Nations, in Australia. That is a hell of a set of Props, for a one-two punch during a game. Nepo Laulala will continue to play his Mitre 10 Cup Rugby with Counties Manukau.
“Nepo is a powerful scrummager and has worked hard on improving his mobility and handling around the field,” said MacDonald.
“It will be great for the four All Blacks to feed off each other, share information and collectively push themselves to continue to improve.
“It will also give us the opportunity to keep the group fresh and excited each week.”
France V Wales Teams Announced
Another New Deal At Gloucester
New Head Coach George Skivington is doubling down on the quality young talent at the club. They have released a spate of new deals for players that have impressed of late. The latest deal comes for Back Row Jack Clement. The 19 year old has put in a number of eye catching displays, since the restart of Premiership Rugby. The former Cheltenham College Captain has played for England Under 18s and trained with Eddie Jones’s full England squad. He looks like a player with serious potential and the ability to have an immediate impact on this squad.
Wasps Release 2020/21 Kit
London Irish Sign Moldovan International Lock
London Irish have announced the signing of Moldovan International Lock Andrei Mahu. The 29 year old joins from Challenge Cup side Krasny Yar Krasnoyarsk and will join up with Irish ahead of the 2020/21 Gallagher Premiership season. Mahu has previously played across a number of European clubs including: Piacenza, Zebre (Both Italy), Politehnica Iasi, Timisoara Saracens, and Farul Constanta (All Romania). The big Lock Forward has even featured against London Irish before, starting against them in the 2017 Amlin Challenge Cup.
Carl Hogg Departs The Ospreys
Former Worcester Warriors and Scotland Under 20s Coach Carl Hogg, has left the Ospreys. The Welsh side confirmed on their website today that the Forwards Coach would be leaving the club. Hogg Joined the side in 2019.
11 Wasps Players Not In Contention For Prem Final
Wasps Head Coach Lee Blackett has confirmed that there are eleven players out of of Premiership Final contention. He has also stated that only four of those would have been in the potential match day 23. It has not been confirmed who those players are. Malikai Fekitoa and Ryan Mills were already doubts, with previous injuries. The four players are a big loss, but it definitely could have been worse. It has not been an ideal build up for anyone involved, but we cannot wait for this final.