Wednesday Round-Up

Wednesday Round-Up
Charnley to Sale

Premiership rugby union club Sale Sharks will sign Josh Charnley from rugby league side Wigan Warriors at the end of the Super League season.

Charnley, 24, has helped Wigan win a Super League Grand Final and two Challenge Cups since joining in 2010.

"Josh is a great signing. Everyone I have spoken to rates him very highly," said director of rugby Steve Diamond.

Charnley, who has played seven times for England, scored a hat-trick in his most recent appearance for Warriors - Monday's 30-16 win over Hull KR.

He has scored 148 tries and kicked 94 goals in 152 games for last season's Super League grand finalists.

Diamond added: "He has explosive pace and can play either full-back or on the wing. The last big signing we made from Wigan, back in 2000, was Jason Robinson and what an impact he had."

Gorgodze responds to Parisse

Georgia captain Mamuka Gorgodze has hit out at Sergio Parisse over his comments made about the prospect of a relegation playoff for the 6 Nations.

Parisse responded strongly to questions from the media about their place in the Six Nations after they failed to win a game and took heavy defeats from England, Ireland and Wales.

"Could you imagine teams like Ireland, Scotland or even France being last in the tournament and being relegated and going to play other nations? I think it's a stupid question. Italy do a lot for this tournament," Parrise responded to Rugbyrama on the questions

"I am really respectful for countries like Georgia and Romania, but they have never beaten France or Ireland. We really deserve to be here, simple as that."

Gorgodze wasn't too happy about the comments and made his feelings clear.

"What Parisse said about [promotion/relegation] was not good. It's not for him to say that one team should be in one place and another team elsewhere. His job is to play on the field and not to talk to the press off it," he said.

"What I can tell you is that Georgia would never lose by 70 points to Wales.

"For me, and I repeat it, Georgia aren't ready to play in the Six Nations. But were we to develop for 17 years at that level, I'm sure we'd progress at least as quickly as Italy."

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