Daily Round Up – 28/07/2021 – Fiji Win Olympic Gold
NZR Partners With INEOS
New Zealand Rugby have partnered with British manufacturing firm INEOS for the next six years. INEOS are no strangers to sport, with their INEOS Sports Performance Group already involved with sports teams such as; Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team; INEOS Grenadiers cycling team; INEOS TEAM UK sailing team; and football clubs OGC Nice and FC Lausanne-Sport. The deal kicks off in 2022 and will see their sponsor displayed on the back of the ALL Blacks shorts as well as the front of the training tops.
The deal has sparked outrage amongst some people, due to the nature of INEOS’s work. They are a petrochemical firm, who have been a target for Greenpeace, due to their contribution to global warming. Many believe that a firm like this should not be partnered with such a prestigious side. It will be interesting to see where this debate leads. For now, this is a huge sponsorship deal for New Zealand Rugby financially.
NZR CEO Mark Robinson:
“To partner with INEOS and be part of such a unique and diverse global sports performance group is an exciting new venture,”
“We are committed to nurturing the development of rugby over the next six years with INEOS Sport and are looking forward to working alongside some of the best sports teams in the world.
“INEOS will bring an innovative approach and dedication to the partnership with our Teams in Black, qualities we see across all aspects of their business, particularly around sustainability with their commitment to deliver a zero-carbon emission future in line with the Paris Agreement,”
Fiji Claim Olympic Sevens Gold
The Fiji Sevens side have claimed Olympic Gold, by defeating New Zealand in the Final. The ran out 27-12 winners, after beating Argentina earlier in the day. This is Fiji’s second consecutive Olympic Sevens Gold and will help bring the nation together during a tough time. Check out the highlights here on the BBC – https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/olympics/57998202
Waratahs Lock In Talented Half Back
The NSW Waratahs have given a new two year contract to talented Fly Half Ben Donaldson. Donaldson made his first class debut for Randwick as a 19 year old. Injury slowed down his start with the Tahs, but he made his debut earlier this year and has gone on to play six times for the Super Rugby side. A cool head in such a vital position is a great thing to have in your arsenal and the Waratahs would have been keen to secure Donaldson’s services for the next couple of years.
“Obviously as a NSW boy, I’ve always wanted to play for the Waratahs, so it was a pretty easy decision in the end,”
“After getting a crack last year, I feel like I belong here at this level and have loved every minute I’ve gotten the opportunity to wear the Sky-Blue.
“We’re definitely building, and the boys are hungrier and more eager to perform for our state and fans next year. The overall goal is to win a competition but to do that we need to perform each week on the training paddock and the field.”
A number of clubs are finalising their preparation for the upcoming season of rugby, by announcing new pre-season fixtures. Bath Rugby will face off against Munster and Cardiff Blues. Harlequins will also take on Cardiff, but will play Leinster rather than Munster. Finally, Nottingham have organised a fixture against Welsh side Scarlets.
Munster V Bath – Saturday 4th September (15:00 kick-off)
Cardiff Blues V Bath Rugby – Friday 10th September (19:15 kick-off).
Harlequins V Cardiff Rugby – Saturday September 4 2021 (Kick-off 15:00)
Leinster V Harlequins – Friday September 10 2021 (Kick-off 19:00)
Scarlets V Nottingham – Saturday 4th September (Kick Off 14:30)
Bedford Blues Sign Promising Lock
Bedford Blues have signed Nottingham Lock Luke Frost. The 23 year old came through the London Irish Academy, before studying and playing for Loughborough University. He was picked up by London Scottish after university and went on to become their joint top try scorer. London Scottish opted to not play in the next Championship season and Frost headed to Nottingham. He really caught the eye at Nottingham and looks to be a player with a really bright future. He has chosen a great place to develop in Bedford and they are certainly getting a player that will improve their pack. Frost will also take on a coaching role at Bedford School.
Bedford Blues Head Coach, Alex Rae: “Luke is another great signing for us. You only have to watch his game to see his characteristics – he’s a physical, hard-working, reliable Championship lock.
“His commitment to play for Nottingham last year was really commendable, considering a lot of lads sat it out. He showed great drive to progress and keep playing in those tough times and they’re traits we want in a player.
“I know I mention a lot about our environment here at Bedford, but Luke is another who can really kick on with us.”
Simon McIntyre Joins Sale Sharks
Sale Sharks have confirmed the signing of former Wasps Prop Simon McIntyre. The 30 year will be joining former Wasps Front Row colleague Tommy Taylor at the Sharks next season, as they boost their already strong front row contingent. This is a return to where it started for McIntyre, who began his career at Sale, before heading to Wasps. McIntyre joined Wasps in 2011 and left at the end of last season, following 184 appearances. He has now signed a one year deal with the Sharks.
“When I decided to re-sign, I knew it would be a challenge with the quality of the players,” #
“It’s a challenge I am relishing and I’m hungry to get stuck in with the boys.”