Wednesday Morning Round Up

Wednesday Morning Round Up

Coaching duo to leave Munster


Munster Rugby and the IRFU have confirmed that Forwards Coach Jerry Flannery and Backline and Attack Coach Felix Jones will depart the province at the end of the season.

Both coaches have declined their respective contract offers, and will come to the end of their current contracts in June. Full story

Richie Gray and Duncan Weir absent from Scotland squad

Richie Gray and Duncan Weir have missed out on places in Scotland's 42-man training squad ahead of the Rugby World Cup, but three uncapped players have been included.

The trio of uncapped stars include Grant Stewart and Blade Thomson, who have been involved with squads previously, while there is a first call-up for Northampton Saints centre Rory Hutchinson. Full squad

England men U20 squad for World Rugby U20 Championship

England men U20s head coach Steve Bates has named his 28-player squad for the 2019 World Rugby U20 Championship in Argentina (4-22 June).

The group includes nine players who have appeared in the tournament before with props Joe Heyes, Marcus Street, lock Joel Kpoku, backrow forwards Josh Basham, Ted Hill, Aaron Hinkley, Tom Willis, fly half Marcus Smith and centre Fraser Dingwall all named in the squad. Full squad

Wallabies squad confirmed for World Rugby U20s Championship

World Championship veterans Esei Ha’angana, Will Harrison, Trevor Hosea, Isaac Lucas, Fraser McReight, Josh Nasser, Pat Tafa, Semisi Tupou and Michael Wood have all regained selection following impressive performances on the Gold Coast and were a part of the Junior Wallabies 2018 World Championship Campaign in France.

The squad is also set to welcome Australian Schoolboy Nick Frost, having recently signed with the Brumbies from the Crusaders Academy. Full story

Buthelezi to lead Junior Springboks at World Rugby U20 Championship

Phendulani Buthelezi of Junior Springboks during the Under 20 International Series match between South Africa and Argentina at Paul Roos Gymnasium on April 17, 2019 in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Phendulani Buthelezi will lead the Junior Springbok World Rugby U20 Championship squad, which features four players who participated in the tournament last year, for the global showpiece in Argentina from 4 to 22 June.



The 28-man squad – consisting of 16 forwards and 12 backs – also includes Springbok Sevens player Angelo Davids, who played in in the Hong Kong and Singapore HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournaments, and Buthelezi’s Sharks’ Super Rugby team-mates Fezokuhle Mbatha (hooker) and JJ van der Mescht (lock). Full squad



Bath Rugby announce coaching structure



Bath have confirmed the appointment of Stuart Hooper as director of rugby while Neal Hatley will return to the club after the Rugby World Cup. Full story



Match officials selected for RWC 2019



World Rugby has announced the squad of 23 match officials selected to take charge of the 48 matches at Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan, which runs from 20 September-2 November.

‘Team 21’ – the 21st tournament team – comprises 12 referees, seven assistant referees and four Television Match Officials (TMOs) representing nine nations. Full story
Haskell thanks Saints supporters after retirement announcement
Rebels bring back Billy Meakes
Billy Meakes has forced his way back into the Rebels starting side after a stunning performance off the bench against the Hurricanes last weekend. Meakes replaces Tom English in the midfield when they host the Reds on Friday night.
Blyth promoted for Reds first start
Reds will blood in Angus Blyth against the Rebels on Friday night at AAMI Park. This will be the locks first start for the side, stepping in for Harry Hockings who was suspended after their clash with the Sunwolves.

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