Daily Round Up – 24/03/2021 – Bath Wing Signs On For More
Joe Cokanasiga Signs New Deal With Bath Rugby
England Winger Joe Cokanasiga has signed a new two year deal with Bath Rugby, quashing any talk of a return to London Irish. The powerhouse wing was out for a long time with injury and has struggled for form since his return. Bath fans will be hoping to see him get a run of games and when he gets going, he is world class. England may be in a slump but they certainly have some dynamite options out wide and if Cokanasiga finds his form once more, they have a different type of wing to throw in the mix. The 23 year old has an impressive try record in Blue, Black and White, scoring 10 times in 28 appearances and has an equally mouth-watering tally at international level.
Director of Rugby Stuart Hooper:
“Joe is an exceptional young man, both on and off the field.
“He’s constantly looking to find ways to improve his game and is a hugely popular member of our squad. His physicality and ability to offload through the tackle make him hard work to play against – and an exciting player to watch!
“Joe is an integral part of our plans, and at 23, he’s at the start of what we believe will be a hugely successful career both here at Bath and with England.
“I’m so pleased he’s chosen to stay with Bath for the next few years. He joins an exciting group of players who are committed to the Blue, Black and White over the coming seasons.”
France Lock Willemse Banned
France will be without Lock Forward Paul Willemse for their upcoming Six Nations showdown with Scotland. The 28 year old was shown a red card during their recent win over Wales and Head Coach Fabien Galthie had contested the issue. However, a disciplinary panel reduced the mandatory four week ban because of Willemse’s guilty plea and remorse and that there was no evidence of injury. Willemse is free to play from 5 April, so will also miss Montpellier’s European Challenge Cup quarter-final against Glasgow Warriors on Friday, 2 April.
France & Scotland Squads
France: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Damian Penaud, 13 Virimi Vakatawa, 12 Arthur Vincent, 11 Gael Fickou, 10 Romain Ntamack, 9 Antoine Dupont; 1 Cyrille Baile, 2 Juilen Marchand, 3 Mohamed Haouas, 4 Bernard Le Roux, 5 Swan Rebbadj, 6 Anthony Jelonch, 7 Charles Ollivon (c), 8 Gregory Alldritt.
Replacements: 16 Camille Chat, 17 Jean-Baptiste Gros, 18 Uini Atonio, 19 Romain Taofifenua, 20 Dylan Cretin, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Anthony Bouthier, 23 Teddy Thomas.
Scotland: 15-Stuart Hogg (capt), 14-Darcy Graham, 13-Chris Harris, 12-Sam Johnson, 11-Duhan van der Merwe, 10-Finn Russell, 9-Ali Price; 1-Rory Sutherland, 2-George Turner, 3-Zander Fagerson, 4-Sam Skinner, 5-Grant Gilchrist, 6-Jamie Ritchie, 7-Hamish Watson, 8-Matt Fagerson
Replacements: 16-Dave Cherry, 17-Oli Kebble, 18-Simon Berghan, 19-Alex Craig, 20-Nick Haining, 21-Scott Steele, 22-Adam Hastings, 23-Huw Jones
Ospreys Lock Commits To The Region
Ospreys Second Row Will Griffiths has committed his future to the region. The 22-year-old former Wales Under-20s captain has signed a two-year contract extension. Since making his debut in 2018, Griffiths has made 24 senior Ospreys appearances.
Ospreys Head Coach Toby Booth:
“Will had a taste of senior rugby last year but he has really kicked on during this campaign,”
“He is an intelligent rugby player, with a good rugby brain and has shown real versatility, playing across the back five of the forward pack for us.”
Banahan & Van Wyk Banned After Red Cards
Gloucester Back Matt Banahan and Leicester Winger Kobus Van Wyk have both been banned, after receiving red cards, in the last round of Premiership Rugby. Banahan was given a three-week ban for a high tackle against Harlequins. Tigers centre van Wyk was also given a four-week suspension after a dangerous tackle on Exeter Chiefs Scrum Half Jack Maunder. Both players accepted the RFU’s charges.
Samu Manoa Returns To The Seawolves
Back Five Forward Samu Manoa has made a shock return to the Seattle Seawolves. The bone crunching tackler had been in retirement but has returned to aid the Seawolves’ cause this season. They recently lost their first game of the season to the Houston Sabercats and followed on their not so good form, from the 2020 season. They did show some signs of a good base to build from and it was an away game. Bringing in a player of Manoa’s quality will only boost them and he brings heaps of experience, form playing for some of Europe’s best teams.