The newest rugby headlines on Easter Sunday 2021.
Ken Owens ‘pissed off’ over Six Nations
Wales hooker Ken Owens has admitted he’s “pissed off” with performances through the Six Nations regardless of his facet claiming the title.
A part of Wales’ exceptional front-row – the rocks on which Wayne Pivac’s first Six Nations title was gained – Owens believes the expertise shall be a very good studying curve however will not be wholly happy with how the marketing campaign went.
Writing within the Scarlets’ matchday programme forward of taking part in Sale, Owens stated: “How do I look again on the Six Nations? With frustration, being utterly sincere.
“We received higher because the event received on, caught collectively, received outcomes; we knew we had to enhance which we did and we gave ourselves a chance to complete it off however did not fairly handle to do it
“Within the grand scheme of issues, it is going to be a very good studying curve in methods to cope with sure conditions.
“Sure, general, I am pleased to have gained the Six Nations once more, however, there may be frustration.”
As for Scarlets boss Glenn Delaney evaluating him to Benjamin Button – reversing in age – Owens sometimes shied away from the compliments.
“It’s all the time good to listen to these issues, however I nonetheless suppose I might be higher and that’s what I intention to do each time I take the sector,” he added.
“I’m simply having fun with my rugby and being again on the market taking part in.”
BBC and ITV ‘elevate joint Six Nations bid in the direction of £100million a 12 months’
The BBC and ITV have reportedly upped their joint Six Nations bid in the direction of £100million a 12 months in a last-ditch try to retain the printed rights for the event.
That is in line with The Rugby Paper, who say the channels have elevated their supply by greater than 25% to try to land a brand new deal.
Their joint broadcast rights deal got here to an finish this 12 months after six years.
A choice is claimed to be as shut as this week.
TV rights to cowl the Six Nations, autumn sequence and pre-World Cup friendlies in 2023 are being negotiated, with CVC’s money injection into the event prompting expectations that some matches will go behind a paywall in a bid to extend income.
Amazon are reported to get the rights for autumn matches following their first foray into rugby protection with the Autumn Nations Cup.
Welsh rugby bids for fan stadium return
Welsh rugby bosses are hopeful of seeing followers return to sports activities occasions earlier than the present season is over.
Scarlets chairman Simon Muderack has stated he hopes to see crowds return to Parc y Scarlets earlier than the present season ends in June.
The PRO14 event has ended to make method for the Rainbow Cup involving South African ‘Tremendous’ sides from April 24 to June 19, which means there shall be six fixtures for every Welsh area.
Of their three house video games, the Scarlets boss is hoping followers will lastly have the ability to make a return to the stadium.
Writing within the matchday programme forward of the Scarlets’ Champions Cup last-16 conflict with Sale Sharks on Easter Sunday, Muderack stated: “Let’s hope it will not be lengthy earlier than we are able to welcome you again as soon as extra as a result of we’re actually pushing onerous for that to occur.
“If the present dip in an infection charges proceed, we’re assuming we can have supporters again for the beginning of the 2021-22 marketing campaign and we’re at present taking a look at the potential for partial crowds in certainly one of our remaining fixtures this season.
“We hope to have a greater concept in a couple of weeks’ time and can maintain you up to date on any information.
Wales Ladies to return to the drafting board
Wales Ladies captain Siwan Lillicrap says her crew shall be taking a protracted, onerous take a look at themselves after being thrashed 53-0 by France of their Six Nations opener.
Semi-professional outfit France scored eight tries in Vannes and outclassed Wales, who will now regroup forward of dealing with fellow newbie facet Eire at Cardiff Arms Park subsequent Saturday.
Captain Lillicrap stated: “There was loads of spirit, effort and constructive angle, but it surely was a troublesome night. What we should do now’s belief the method and our programs and check out ourselves.
“That kind of scoreline is hard to simply accept, and there’s no hiding from that. There’s quite a lot of emotion within the squad.
“We’ve to belief in what Warren (Abrahams) and the administration are attempting to herald as a result of it’s thrilling and it’s a change.
“Issues don’t occur in a single day and we are going to study from this and take a very good sincere look within the mirror and make things better.
“We’ve received to entrance up and get a platform to present ourselves some alternatives to assault in opposition to Eire.
“The constructive factor is we noticed glimpses of that, however the problem is to discover a strategy to transfer ahead and be according to it.
“We didn’t need a rating like that and there may be no person extra gutted than us. We’ll take a protracted, onerous take a look at ourselves and we shall be again combating, I can guarantee you of that.”