Here are the morning rugby headlines on Wednesday, February 16.
Wales back rower Ross Moriarty has announced he is to become a dad for the first time.
The news comes just two months after the Dragons player and partner Jordanna Williams got engaged. You can watch video of the proposal here.
Moriarty posted a picture of the couple holding a hospital scan of the baby, saying: “Unbelievably excited to announce my beautiful fiancée is pregnant with our first child.”
The Welshman will be key to Wales’ hopes against England at Twickenham in 10 days after impressing on his first Six Nations start of the tournament against Scotland.
He won his 50th Wales cap after coming off the bench against Ireland in the opening game.
Tuilagi returns to England camp
Manu Tuilagi has returned to England’s training camp ahead of their Six Nations clash with Wales.
The 30-year-old is yet to feature in this year’s showpiece tournament having been sidelined with a hamstring injury.
But after turning out for Sale Sharks against Worcester Warriors at the weekend, Tuilagi swiftly returned to Jones’ England plans ahead of the mouth-watering contest with defending champions Wales on February 26.
Courtney Lawes and Jonny Hill will also join the 25-man squad for the five-day training camp in Chelsea ahead of the crunch encounter against Wayne Pivac’s outfit.
Sam Simmonds will miss out due to an ongoing hip concern.
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Young disappointed about teenage talent’s exit
Cardiff boss Dai Young says it’s “hugely disappointing” to have lost talented teenager Immanuel Feyi-Waboso to English club rugby.
The 18-year-old three-quarter had to head across the bridge to study medicine at Aston University after failing to secure a place at Cardiff University, despite achieving the three A* grades he required at Clifton College in Bristol.
And now he has been snapped up by Coventry-based Wasps, who he will join from Cardiff at the end of this season.
“If we could have got him into Cardiff University, his rugby could have run alongside his studies,” said Young.
“That was never possible when he moved to Aston, which is the other side of Birmingham.
“It was inevitable he couldn’t take up the opportunities with us, which is hugely disappointing because we are confident this a kid that could do well in rugby.
“But, unfortunately, circumstances didn’t help him or us really.”
Young added: “We would never criticise somebody for wanting to continue their studies because there’s life after rugby.
“We were just hugely disappointed that he couldn’t get into Cardiff.
“He’s not on a year’s course at Aston, he’s there for a long time.”
Robert’s set for Waratah’s bow
Jamie Roberts has been named on the bench for the Waratahs for their opening match of the Super Rugby Pacific competition on Friday.
The Sydneysiders face Fijian Drua, with former Wales center Roberts set to make his bow off the replacements’ bench.
Roberts moved Down Under for family reasons earlier this year.
“Having fallen in love with an Australian girl, I guess I knew my life was going to take me to Sydney at some point,” he explained.
“Nicole has followed me around for the last five or six years with rugby.
“It was a question of when, not if, I was going to end up in Australia.
“It’s something we have been speaking about for a while.
“I had put out feelers over there, testing the water, but we were talking about a year or so down the line.
“Then I got a message just before Christmas asking me if it was feasible to do it at the end of January because the Waratahs have had a couple of season-ending injuries in the midfield.”
Tandy’s Scottish belief
Steve Tandy believes Scotland have fully bought into his defensive methods since his move north from the Ospreys.
The Scots opened up this year’s Six Nations campaign with a hard-fought win over England at Murrayfield but were narrowly beaten by defending champions Wales last time out.
However, they remain in title contention and face table toppers France in their next match on Saturday, February 26.
And defense coach Tandy has revealed his side will make tweaks from their 20-17 defeat to Wales to ensure they can nullify the threat of France scrum-half Antoine Dupont later this month.
“We’ve got our core principles and what we want to be going into any game. It always falls back to who we are and what we want to be,” he told BT Sport.
“Going into France, there’ll be slight tweaks around the nine in how he plays maybe compared the Welsh nine [last weekend]†
“But most of it, we tend to look into the mirror and see how we were on the weekend and grade ourselves on the standards we set ourselves.
“The system, we made a couple of tweaks from when I came in.
“Most of it is the same, but I think any defensive system, if you get a buy-in from a whole group, then you’ve got half a chance to get it right.
“In fairness to our boys, I believe they’re right into the system and they trust themselves in most of the big moments, and they believe our system can deal with most things.”
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Women’s Lions feasibility study to take place
Sports marketing agency Two Circles have been appointed to determine the feasibility of a Women’s Lions Tour.
They will undertake a vast consultation process to gain insights into the rugby, brand, commercial and operational opportunities and challenges that would come with hosting such an event.
Findings will be presented to the Women’s Lions feasibility study Steering Group. They will then make recommendations to The British & Irish Lions to consider the final decision.
Ben Calveley, British & Irish Lions managing director, said: “Two Circles is a hugely respected marketing agency in the sport industry and has a track record in growth strategies for women’s sport, so we are delighted to have them on board to carry out the Women’s Lions feasibility study.
“It’s critical that all opportunities and challenges are robustly investigated during this study, especially in terms of the creation of a sustainable operating model, so that the Steering Group can consider all factors. I look forward to working with Two Circles in exploring the opportunity of creating a Women’s Lions team.”
The study is being funded by Lions’ global partner Royal London.
Welsh rugby legend Ieuan Evans, member of the Lions Board, member of the WRU Board and chair of the Women’s Lions Steering Group, said: “We recognize that there is a great deal of support for the concept of creating a Women’s Lions team, and so the Women’s Lions feasibility study Steering Group are fully committed to working closely with our Principal Partner Royal London, and Two Circles to ensure that no stone is left unturned throughout the feasibility study.”
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