These are your rugby morning headlines for Friday, January 14.
Glasgow Warriors flanker and Scotland international Ryan Wilson has unveiled the sled he aimed at Gareth Anscombe last weekend as the Welsh star was wearing leggings.
World Rugby changed the laws in October to allow men’s players to wear them for the first time, increasingly using artificial surfaces.
And Anscombe, who is continuing his return from a career-threatening knee injury, wore them in Glasgow on Saturday night when the Ospreys were defeated 38-19.
Speaking on the RugbyPass Offload show, Wilson said: “I had a good laugh with the old what’s his name, Anscombe.
“He was back, he was wearing leggings and I was advised against by the referee because we no longer have fans and you can hear everything during a match.
“I say, ‘Cor, those hides look tight’, and you can see him say, ‘Oh, they we go’.
“So I say ‘yeah, they’re definitely too tight, he’s going to hook these, it’s coming off the post’.
“He shot them all and after two or three kicks the referee told me to stop the running commentary!”
Wilson revealed that further attempts to verbally disable Anscombe resulted in a member of the Ospreys’ backroom staff firing a salvo of their own.
“He’s lost his head (the person running the tee),” Wilson said. “He runs off and calls me all kinds and I’m like, ‘Yeah, at least I hurt someone’.”
Italy names Six Nations squad
Italy has named six new caps in their 2022 Six Nations roster.
Former All Blacks fullback Kieran Crowley has named a 33-man Italian squad – with 23 of the squad, including all six uncapped players, coming from Crowley’s old club Benetton.
The new faces include hooker Giacomo Nicotera, back-rowers Toa Halafihi and Manuel Zuliani, fly-halves Giacomo Da Re and Leonardo Marin, and center Tommaso Menoncello.
There were reports that Italian legend Sergio Parisse could be taken in for a final farewell as he had just returned to Toulon from injury. After a World Cup broadcast against the All Blacks was denied because the October 2019 game was canceled due to a typhoon, the 38-year-old recently revealed that he had spoken to Crowley about a possible return, but that has not materialized.
“We have five important games ahead of us in a tournament that represents a moment of the season that all rugby professionals and fans look forward to with great interest,” said Crowley.
“We will continue to strengthen the team identity by trying to improve the mechanics of our game, especially in the first part of the camp in Verona, which will be fundamental in preparing for the Six Nations debut against France. “
ITALY SIX NATIONS SQUAD 2022
ahead: Pietro Ceccarelli, Danilo Fischetti, Ivan Nemer, Tiziano Pasquali, Cherif Traore, Giosuè Zilocchi, Epalahame Faiva, Gianmarco Lucchesi, Giacomo Nicotera, Niccolò Cannone, Marco Fuser, Federico Ruzza, David Sisi, Toa Halafihi, – Michele Ne Giovanni Lamaro , Braam Steyn, Manuel Zuliani; backs: Callum Braley, Alessandro Fusco, Stephen Varney, Giacomo Da Re, Paolo Garbisi, Leonardo Marin, Juan Ignacio Brex, Luca Morisi, Marco Zanon, Pierre Bruno, Monty Ioane, Tommaso Menoncello, Federico Mori, Edoardo Padovani.
Cardiff boss praises England fly-half
Cardiff boss Dai Young has described Harlequins as “great for rugby” ahead of Friday’s Heineken Champions Cup clash.
He also praised their mercurial fly-half Marcus Smith, with the England international pulling the strings for the Premiership champions effortlessly.
Quins knows that the win in the Arms Park will provide a knockout place. Not having made it past the quarter-finals in Europe’s top division before, they are one of the favorites this year given their current form.
“I know from personal experience how good Quins are,” said Young.
“It’s a very difficult team to stop. They have too many quality players to single out one or two.
“They have always shown the ability to beat the best at any time. I think the frustration on their part would have been that consistency of performance week in, week out.
“I don’t think anyone doubted that they had the quality in their team to push the best teams, and they showed regularly that they were as good as anyone and that they could beat anyone on the day.
“It was just the consistency they had to show to win the league and that’s exactly what they did.
“They keep playing, wear you out and get the result. They’ve done it the Quins way, playing on the front foot and trying to score, and I think it was great for rugby. They’re a joy to watch.” look .”
And when it came to England fly-half Smith, Young added: “He’s a real quality player.
“He sees things that people don’t, and he’s so keen to react to opportunities.
“But they have talent everywhere. That eight-nine-10-12 axis is huge for them, and they have so much gas on the flanks.”
Osprey lock ruled out for season after surgery
Ospreys’ Irish Lock Jack Regan has been sidelined for a long time after undergoing knee surgery this week.
Regan, who joined the Ospreys on a three-year deal last summer, recently suffered a setback in training and has since had surgery to repair the damage.
The 24-year-old, who previously played for Leinster, Ulster and the Highlanders, is limited to just four appearances for his new club.
It is believed he could be out for five months, marking the end of his season.
On Instagram, he posted a photo of himself after surgery, with the caption: “Can think of better ways to start 2022 – on the mend.”
NRL Champion Set for Code Switching Over Vaccine Refusal
Two-time National Rugby League champion Nelson Asofa-Solomona will join the Saitama Wild Knights in Japan’s Rugby League One next year.
Fox Sports reports that its move from code to rugby union is the result of Asofa-Solomona’s stance against the Covid-19 vaccine, which has been mandated by law for players in Victoria.
As a result, he will not be eligible to represent the Melbourne Storm in the upcoming 2022 NRL campaign, which kicks off in March.
He is reported to have been ‘frozen’ by his current employers amid talks of a move to Saitama, where former Wallabies coach Robbie Deans is in charge.
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