Weekly Round Up

Weekly Round Up

11 players commit to Northampton Saints

28 year-old James Craig has put pen to paper for a new first team contract, the second rower, has played 65 times since joining Saints from Yorkshire Carnegie.

Half-backs Alex Mitchell and James Grayson both helped England Under-20 win the 2017 Under-20 Six Nations Grand Slam, while James Fish (hooker), Alex Moon (second row) and Devante Onojaife (number eight) have all experienced first team rugby in 2016/17.

Ehren Painter (prop), Toby Trinder (prop), Josh Peters (second row), Tom Emery (scrum-half) and George Furbank (full back) complete the players who are staying

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Four players commit to Cornish Pirates

Cornish Pirates have confirmed the signings of Alex Day, Alex O'Meara, Tom Channon and Toby Freeman. 

Day and O'Meara have signed one year contracts, while Channon and Freeman have both signed 2 year deals with the club.

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New identity for EPCR tournament as Challenge Cup Qualifying Competition is renamed

EPCR have announced that a new identity has been created for the Challenge Cup Qualifying Competition which will now be known as the European Rugby Continental Shield.

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Check out our Champions Cup Preview: Munster v Toulouse HERE

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Jordan Coghlan pens new Nottingham deal

Nottingham Rugby have announced the re-signing of flanker Jordan Coghlan for a further year.

The 24 year-old Irishman will return to The Bay for a second season, after joining the Green & Whites from PRO12 giants Munster last summer, going on to make 18 appearances in league and cup during the current campaign, scoring one try.

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Bob Casey to leave London Irish to return to Ireland

London Irish have announced that its Chief Executive Bob Casey has resigned and will leave the club this summer to return to Ireland.

The former Exiles’ captain had a 10 year playing career with the club between 2002 and 2012, playing a key part in London Irish’s most successful period to date in the Premiership and Europe.

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Selvyn Davids to debut for Springbok 7s in Hong Kong

The Blitsbok will welcome the return of Tim Agaba who spent a lengthy spell on the side-lines, while the likes of Justin Geduld and Kyle Brown are ruled out through injury.

Selvyn Davids and Ryan Oosthuizen are the 2 debutants in the squad, with Oosthuizen being selected as a traveling reserve.

See the full squad here

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Alex Rae signs for Bedford Blues

Bedford Blues have confirmed the signing of Alex Rae, the 31-year-old is a familiar face for Blues fans having joined the club in 2009 before moving onto Wasps in 2013 and subsequently Jersey.

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Matt Garvey signs extension with Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby have announced that Matt Garvey has signed a new contract with the Club.

The 29-year-old joined the Club from London Irish during 2013/14 season and has establish himself as a key figure in the first team squad.

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Ryan Bower signs Worcester Warriors contract extension

Loosehead prop Ryan Bower has agreed a new deal to remain with Warriors.

Bower joined Warriors from Leicester Tigers in 2014 and played a vital role in his first season at the club as Warriors won the British & Irish Cup and promotion to the Premiership.  

He made 27 appearances in his first Sixways campaign and has gone on to play 52 times for the club to date. 

Harry Wells signs a new deal with Leicester Tigers

Leicester Tigers have announced that Peterborough-born Harry Wells has agreed to new contract terms at Leicester Tigers.

The 23 year-old has played in all six games in the successful Anglo-Welsh Cup campaign this season as well as making his first start in the Premiership in an away win over Harlequins.

See what he had to say about the new deal here

Dominic Bird and Michael Allardice re-sign with the Chiefs

The Chiefs have confirmed that Dominic Bird and Michael Allardice will continue Super Rugby careers with the Chiefs under incoming head coach Colin Cooper.

Dominic Bird has signed on for 2018, while Michael Allardice has committed for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

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Fly-half Josh Lewis signs for Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby have confirmed that fly-half Josh Lewis will join the Club from Ebbw Vale for the 2017/18 season.

“Josh is a promising fly-half and will provide added depth and competition, which will undoubtedly help to drive the team forward," said Director of Rugby, Todd Blackadder.

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Michele Rizzo has agreed a new deal with Leicester Tigers

Leicester Tigers have confirmed that Italy international prop, Michele Rizzo, has agreed a new contract with the club.

The form of the 34-year-old Rizzo also earned him a recall to the Italy squad during the 2017 Six Nations and he now has 23 Test caps.

Full article here

Yoann Maestri charged with misconduct for comments about ref

France lock Yoann Maestri has received a misconduct charge for comments made about referee Wayne Barnes after their Six Nations win against Wales.

The 29-year-old allegedly criticised Barnes' decisions following a chaotic end to the game in Paris.

A fine of €30,000 has been imposed on Mr Maestri, with one half (€15,000) payable within 30 days, and one half (€15,000) suspended until the end of the 2017/18 season."

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Highlanders hooker Liam Coltman re-signs for two more years

Highlanders hooker Liam Coltman will remain in New Zealand until at least the end of 2019. 

The 27-year-old has re-signed with New Zealand Rugby and the Highlanders for two more years.

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Reinach, Bosch named in extended Bok training group

Experienced prop Beast Mtawarira, scrumhalf Cobus Reinach and utility back Curwin Bosch are part of Sharks players included in the extended Springbok squad for their second training camp, from 2 to 4 April in Stellenbosch.

The Durban-based players were not considered for the first training camp, held last month in Johannesburg, because of overseas travel commitments at the start of the Super Rugby competition.

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Jordie Barrett named as New Zealand U20 vice-captain

The youngest Barrett, Jordie, headlines the New Zealand under-20s side for an Oceania tournament in Australia next month.

He is set to be the vice-captain of the New Zealand side, as Waikato's loose forward Luke Jacobson takes the captaincy. 

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Alex Lawson returns to Ospreys as Head of Strength & Conditioning

Ospreys will welcome Alex Lawson back to the region this summer to take up the post of Head of Strength & Conditioning.

Lawson will replace Johnny Claxton ahead of 2017/18, the New Zealander leaving the Ospreys at the end of the season after three years with the region to join Grenoble in France.

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Bryce Heem receives 2-week ban for dangerous tackle

Bryce Heem of Worcester Warriors has been suspended for two weeks followinga dangerous tackle on Willie Le Roux in the in the Premiership match between Worcester and Wasps.

“The panel deemed that the actions of Heem were reckless and in part affected by the running line of Wasps number 13." said an RFU Disciplinary statement."

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Brummer to join Bulls in New Zealand


Flyhalf Francois Brummer will join the Bulls in New Zealand this week as they prepare to take on the Chiefs and Sunwolves in the next two weeks.

Brummer replaces Dries Swanepoel, who picked up an ankle injury and will return home.

Harry Thacker agrees to extend his contract at Tigers

Leicester Tigers have announced that Harry Thacker has agreed new contract terms at the club. 

He recently passed 50 first-team appearances for the club since making his senior debut in November 2012.

Matthew Tait agrees new deal with Leicester Tigers

Leicester Tigers have agreed new contract terms with Mathew Tait that sees his stay extended beyond the end of the 2016/17 season.

Former England international Tait recently passed 100 appearances for the club since his Tigers debut in 2011. He captained the side to victory in the Anglo-Welsh Cup Final in March 2017 as the club collected its first silverware in four years.

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