Daily Round Up – 27/10/2020 -Red Roses Squad
Red Roses Announce Squad For Grand Slam Bid
England Women’s Head Coach Simon Middleton has announced his squad, for the Six Nations Finale. The Red Roses head to Italy this Sunday (17:00 KO). Check Out The Team By Following The Social Media Link Below.
Scotland Return For Triumphant Chiefs
The Scottish trio of Stuart Hogg, Jonny Gray and Sam Skinner have joined up with the camp, in preparation for their Six Nations match, versus Wales (Saturday). The trio of players were superb for English Premiership side Exeter Chiefs, as they won the domestic and European double. Sam Skinner in particular was in fine form, in the recent Premiership final, pilfering a number of lineouts. The Chiefs also has Scrum Half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, but the nine has missed out on selection, despite fine recent form. In other news, Glasgow Warriors Winger Ratu Tagive has been recalled to the squad, following return from injury.
“We welcome four players this week as we embark on our preparation for our final Guinness Six Nations match against Wales,”
“Ratu was unlucky to have missed out a couple of weeks ago, picking up an injury on the weekend we selected our training squad. It’s great to have him with us now in addition to our three Exeter Chiefs – Jonny, Sam and Stuart.”
Matthieu Jalibert Replaces Teddy Thomas In France Squad
Dangerous France Winger Teddy Thomas has been ruled out of their upcoming game versus Ireland, in the Six Nations. The Racing 92 Winger has had his problems with injuries in the past and this is a real shame. He has been replace by Fly Half Matthieu Jalibert, from Bordeaux-Begles. They obviously feel they have the cover for Thomas and a number of their backline players can play in multiple positions. Jalibert has been in fine form for Bordeaux, despite their current lowly position in the Top 14. He is part of a ridiculously talented crop of young, French Fly Halves, that includes Romain Ntamack, Anthony Bellieu, Louis Carbonel and Jalibert. The battle between that group and others, should be a joy to watch, over the coming years. Montpellier Full Back Anthony Bouthier is also a doubt, for this weekend’s game. This could mean a major backline shuffle is on the way.
Western Force Continue Their Recruitment Spree
We have reported on a number of smart moves by the Western Force, in recent weeks. They mean business for the 2021 Super Rugby AU season. Their latest addition is former Australia Sevens player Tim Anstee. The 23 year old, primarily operates as a Flanker in the fifteens game and utilises his speed, size and Sevens running game. He has has a superb season with Eastwood, in the Schute Shield. Anstee is currently preparing for the Schute Shield Final with Eastwood, but is ecstatic to sign for the Force. Anstee broke onto the Sevens scene in 2016 and went on to record 20 tries in 23 caps. Another smart move, that suits their style.
“Tim Sampson gave me the opportunity to train with the squad at the start of the Super Rugby AU season and I was really impressed with the work ethic and team culture,”
“The club is driven for success. They’ve recruited strongly this off-season and I’m excited to play alongside and learn from some of the best in the game.
“With the calibre of players in the squad, there’s no reason why we can’t push for a title next season. Western Australians are passionate about their rugby and the Force is a team I can’t wait to represent.”
Brad Thorn & His Coaches Sign New Deals With The Reds
Former All Black Brad Thorn has signed a new deal, to continue as Head Coach of the Queensland Reds. Thorn has inked a new one year deal and will remain at Ballymore for the 2021 Super Rugby AU season. He lead them to their first Grand Final in three years, when he took them to the final of the inaugural Super Rugby AU competition, this year. Thorn has overseen the transition of a lot of young talent, into the first team and seems to have got the best out of James O’Connor. He will look to go one step further this year and get the title.
In addition, Thorn’s support staff has also recommitted with assistant coaches Jim McKay (attack) and Michael Todd (defence), Damian Marsh (Athletic Performance Manager), Gina Nelson (Team Physiotherapist) and Thomas Barker (Team Manager) all recommitting for next season.
Ospreys Appoint Club Legend As First Team Coach
The Ospreys have announced that former Prop and much loved player Duncan Jones, has been promoted to first team coach. Jones was appointed as Scrum Coach in the 2018/19 season and has coached through various levels of the club. His promotion comes as part of a coaching reshuffle by Head Coach Toby Booth. Recently, we saw the departure of first team coach Carl Hogg. Now Toby Booth has confirmed his coaching group, which includes Jones, Attack Coach Brock James and Defence Coach Ritchie Pugh.
“Duncan’s pedigree as an Osprey is evident to everyone and his commitment to the region is demonstrated by the way he has earned his spurs and coached right through the age-grade system here.
“He has coached at Academy level at the Ospreys and has made the transition from being a player to a coach and has really bought into our new vision for the Ospreys.
“When we talk about players representing the Ospreys and the people of the region, Duncan has done that and knows instinctively what that means.
“While all of those elements are a real value-added for us, it’s his ability as a coach which has impressed and is behind his appointment to the new role as First Team coach.”