Monday Evening Round Up

Monday Evening Round Up

Ireland's Injury Update

Tadhg Furlong and Iain Henderson continued their rehab last week and are expected to train fully this week. 

Andrew Conway is continuing his return from a knee injury at Munster but is expected to be available for selection next week.  Leinster's Barry Daly joins the squad. Full Squad Update

Edinburgh sign Juan Pablo Socino

Edinburgh has bolstered their backline options ahead of next season with the signing of Argentinian international Juan Pablo Socino.   

The 29-year-old centre – who currently plays for English Premiership side Newcastle Falcons – has penned a two-year deal and will join the club in the summer.  Full story

Scotland boosted by returning players

The squad – which increases in size from 36 to 40 for the forthcoming rounds – welcomes 10 players into the group at the expense of six, with five of the seven new faces fit-to-play for the first time in the current campaign.

Toulouse lock Richie Gray (calf), Glasgow Warriors hooker Fraser Brown (head), prop Zander Fagerson (foot), centre Alex Dunbar (thigh) and Edinburgh Rugby prop Darryl Marfo (back) have all recovered from their respective injuries to be deemed eligible for selection for the first time. Full story

Former All Black winger Zac Guilford signs for Nevers

Former All Blacks and Crusaders winger Zac Guildford has signed a two-year deal with French Pro D2 side USON Nevers.

This isn't the first time Guildford will be turning out for a French side having played for Clermont between 2014 and 2015 having represented the Crusaders in Super Rugby. Full story

REPORTS: Saints target former Hurricanes duo

According to the Rugby Paper departing Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd is reportedly eyeing a pair of former Hurricanes and All Blacks plying their trade in England.

Boyd is reportedly looking to sign former All Blacks and Hurricanes duo Jeremy Thrush and Ben Franks. Full story

Chiefs Injury Update

Jono Gibbes named as new Waikato Mitre 10 Cup coach

Former Waikato captain Jono Gibbes has been appointed as the new head coach of Waikato for the 2018 Mitre 10 Cup.

Gibbes, 41, will return to New Zealand at the conclusion of the PRO 14 season in Europe, where he is currently the head coach of Ulster. Full story

Whiteley set to sign a Springbok contract

According to reports Lions captain, Warren Whiteley is set to become the first player to be rewarded with a national contract by new Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus.

Whiteley has been played and captained the Boks without one, but according to Rapport, Erasmus is keen to keep the No 8 in South Africa. Full story

Super Rugby Team of the Week

Beale in doubt for Waratahs

Wallabies back Kurtley Beale has suffered a rib injury in the NSW Waratahs Super Rugby draw with the Sharks in Durban and is in doubt for their next match. Full Story

Bulls touring squad to Australasia

The Bulls have announced a 27-man touring squad for the Australasian leg of their Super Rugby campaign, including 15 forwards and 12 backs.

The team will first travel to Brisbane to take on the Queensland Reds, before heading to New Zealand to take on the Chiefs and finally Christchurch. Full Squad

Premiership Team of the Week

Paarl Gim coach joins Lions setup

The Lions have announced that the director of coaching at Paarl Boys High, Sean Erasmus, has signed a contract with the union and will join the Lions on 1 November 2018. Full story

Richie Mo'unga fractures his jaw against the Stormers

Crusaders first-five Richie Mo'unga fractured his jaw in the 76th minute of the Crusaders match against the Stormers and had to leave the field.

Mo'unga has been forced to join six of his international team-mates in the Crusaders' injury ward after fracturing his jaw while attempting to tackle replacement prop Steven Kitshoff in the final minutes of the team's 45-28 victory over the Stormers at AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Saturday night. Full story
Stormers Injury Update

Salmaan Moerat will join the Stormers squad for the final match of their tour against the Highlanders in Dunedin on Friday.

The 19-year-old will fly out as a replacement for JD Schickerling, who has returned to Cape Town after sustaining a shoulder injury against the Crusaders in Christchurch. Full story

Blues lose Pulu to injury

Blues skipper and senior halfback Augustine Pulu has been forced out of the two-game tour to South Africa. 

The 28-year-old two-test All Blacks injured his foot in Friday night's 27-21 defeat to the Chiefs at Eden Park. Full story

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