Daily Round Up – 28/01/2021 – Premiership Team News
Bristol Bears V Bath Rugby
Bristol: Piutau; Morahan, Radradra, O’Conor, Purdy; Lloyd, Uren; Woolmore, Byrne, Afoa, Attwood, Vui, Luatua (capt), Thomas, Hughes.
Replacements: Capon, Thomas, Armstrong, Holmes, Heenan, Kessell, Sheedy, Leiua.
Bath: de Glanville; McConnochie, Joseph, Matavesi, Hamer-Webb; Priestland, Spencer; Schoeman, Dunn, Judge, McNally (capt), Stooke, Bayliss, Reid, Mercer
Replacements: Walker, Bhatti, Thomas, Williams, Faletau, Chudley, Redpath, Cokanasiga
Leicester Tigers V Sale Sharks
Leicester: Steward; Van Wyk, Moroni, Scott, Nadolo; Henry, Wigglesworth; de Bruin, Tom Youngs (c), Cole, Wells, Green, Liebenberg, Reffell, Wiese.
Replacements: Montoya, Leatigaga, Heyes, Lavanini, Martin, Brink, Poortvliet, McPhillips.
Sale: L James; McGuigan, S James, S Hill, Yarde; MacGinty, De Klerk; Rodd, Van Der Merwe, John, Wiese, JP Du Preez, Ross (c), Dugdale, Beaumont.
Replacements: Langdon, Harrison, Oosthuizen, Phillips, Neild, Cliff, R Du Preez, Roebuck.
Will Rowlands Joins The Dragons
Welsh Region Dragons have announced the signing of Wales and Wasps Second Row Will Rowlands. Wales international Rowlands – who has won five caps since his debut last February in the Six Nations – will make the switch to Rodney Parade from the 2021/22 season onwards. This is a fantastic addition to Dean Ryan’s side. Rowlands brings a huge amount of bulk and serious work-rate. The rangy second row, isn’t afraid of a break up the middle either.
“I’m excited by the move,”
“It’s a new chapter for me, having only played my rugby at one club, so I’m looking forward to some new experiences and challenging myself in a new environment.
“I spoke to Dean Ryan and that is what made my mind up. It’s a young group at Dragons with some real potential that has already made some strides forward under Dean and the rest of the coaches.
“I’m looking forward to being able to contribute to that in any way I can, help improve the team so we can all improve as players as a result.
Tomas Lavanini Heads To Clermont
Leicester Tigers Lock Tomas Lavanini will leave Leicester Tigers, at the end of the current campaign. The powerful Second Row will be heading for Clermont, in the Top 14. The news follows swiftly after that of Jordan Taufua’s departure to Lyon.
Tigers head coach Steve Borthwick: “We thank Tomas for his contribution to the club during the past two seasons and wish him well in his next chapter in French rugby.”
“He has been a part of the beginning of this new chapter at Tigers and we are grateful for his efforts on and off the pitch in helping us build the foundations for our future.
“We are confident in the depth we have built up in our second row and forward pack here in Leicester to take us into the future and Tomas has played a part, as a senior, experienced player in working with the young locks coming through the ranks.”
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Andy Friend Signs Two Year Extension With Connacht
Connacht Head Coach Andy Friend has signed a new two year contract extension, with the PRO 14 side. Friend is in his third season at the province, having joined in the summer of 2018 following head coach roles in Australia, England and Japan, and finally as head coach of the Australian Sevens side.
Melbourne Rebels Sign Argentina Duo
The Melbourne Rebels have become the latest club to bolster their squad with Argentinian talent. They have made a double swoop for players involved in the recent Pumas Tri- Nations squad. Lucio Sordoni & Ignacio Calas have both linked up with the Super Rugby AU side.
Wasps Sign Ali Crossdale From Saracens
Wasps have signed the talented and promising Ali Crossdale, form Saracens. The 23-year-old back-three player has been included in Eddie Jones’ England Shadow Squad for this year’s Guinness Six Nations. Crossdale has been at Saracens since 2016, after stints with Newcastle Falcons and Sale Sharks’ Academies. An England international at Under 18 and 20, he played at the World Rugby Under 20 Championship in 2017 and 2018 and received a call-up to the England senior squad for the first time in October 2020.
Wasps Head Coach Lee Blackett:
“We are delighted to sign an exciting young English back like Ali for next season.
“I’ve known about Ali for several years since he was a highly-rated schoolboy at Sedbergh. He has a great age profile, with his best years ahead of him. We are all looking forward to working with Ali and helping him reach his potential in a Black and Gold shirt.”
Blues Hooker James Parsons Retires
34 year old Blues Hooker James Parsons has announced his retirement from all rugby. He is a centurion for the Blues and North Harbour along with two tests for the All Blacks. Parsons said that he is retiring on medical advice, after being out of the game for several months from a head injury.
“Firstly, I want to thank NZ Rugby, The Blues, North Harbour Rugby and Takapuna Rugby Club for the opportunities they’ve afforded me,” said Parsons.
“For me it’s not about sadness it’s about celebration. I’ve been very fortunate to represent my two home teams The Blues and North Harbour Rugby over a hundred times each which is a dream come true, and to play two tests for the All Blacks is something I’ll never forget.