Listed here are this morning’s newest rugby headlines on Thursday, April 15.
Davies admits Welsh professional sport getting it improper
Wales and Scarlets centre Jonathan Davies says the outcomes of the Welsh areas aren’t ok after admitting his workforce’s 57-14 hammering by Sale was “very embarrassing for the membership”.
Davies mentioned he was left scratching his head by the style of the annihilation within the Champions Cup final 16 match, suggesting the aspect struggled once more to re-integrate their Wales gamers following the Six Nations.
He additionally pointed to an absence of squad depth as a potential cause for the battle of the Welsh groups extra typically.
“It is a laborious one to place your finger on,” Davies advised the Home of Rugby podcast.
“There is a group of internationals who’re away for a big interval and the depth and measurement of the squads are examined throughout that interval. When the internationals come again, we’ve all the time struggled with the reintegration.
“These final European video games we have been completely battered by Sale. They beat us in all sides of the sport and it was very embarrassing for us as a membership.
“However we have had optimistic debriefs afterwards. We have been very trustworthy.
“The Welsh areas have all the time had a day the place we are able to compete however we’ve struggled for consistency. Leinster are the gold customary and it is about getting that consistency the place you may compete week in, week out with these golf equipment. Whether or not that’s extra funding to get higher high quality and depth to the squad, I do not know. We’re not getting it proper in the meanwhile.
“We’re undoubtedly giving it a go however the outcomes aren’t ok, I’ve obtained to say.”
Scotland star hopes Townsend can sway Gatland
Six Nations participant of the match Hamish Watson hopes the presence of Gregor Townsend on the Lions teaching employees will assist him and others get a spot on the tour.
Watson is broadly tipped to be among the many 26-man squad after a standout match, however he faces stiff competitors, with again row essentially the most hotly contested space.
The squad will likely be introduced on Might 6, and Watson hopes the elevated Scottish affect on the teaching workforce will imply considerably extra than simply two gamers will make the aircraft, as was the case in 2017.
He advised The Rugby Pod : “It will be wonderful to go on the Lions tour however on the similar account I really feel like I performed fairly nicely within the Six Nations and if it doesn’t occur you aren’t his model of participant. It will be robust to take however that’s what it’s I suppose.
“I don’t understand how a lot sway Gregor would have. It’s vital. In 2017, Gregor might have gotten requested for a job on the market as nicely but it surely was his first 12 months in Scotland and simply two guys went on tour, so it helps to have a Scotland coach in there who is aware of all of the boys rather well. He can try to struggle the nook for the Scotland boys that he thinks are ok.”
Eire and Lions star returns dwelling
Munster’s all-time document strive scorer Simon Zebo is to return from France to Eire for the 2021-22 season, the province has introduced.
The 31-year-old full-back or winger, who scored 60 tries in 144 appearances for Munster from 2010-18, has spent the final three seasons with Racing 92 however will likely be again along with his province subsequent season after signing a one-year contract co-funded by the IRFU.
Munster head coach Johann van Graan mentioned: “The chance to carry Simon again to Munster happened in early April following a remaining overview of our squad’s budgetary place for season-end and with help from the IRFU to assist what we consider is a very whole lot for Munster and Irish Rugby.
“Simon’s need to return to Eire and play along with his dwelling membership is illustrated by his willingness to signal at a stage under his market worth elsewhere.”
Zebo’s return will make him eligible to compete for a spot in Andy Farrell’s Eire squad for the 2023 World Cup.
Zebo, who has scored 21 tries in 55 appearances thus far with Racing 92, mentioned: “I’m thrilled and honoured to be coming again dwelling to play for Munster.
“My household and I’ve been so fortunate to have loved three unbelievable years with Racing 92 in Paris and I can not thank the workforce there sufficient. I actually have made associates for all times and take with me some good recollections.
“Nonetheless, as everybody is aware of, Munster holds a really particular place in my coronary heart and I’ve all the time mentioned that I needed to play for them and doubtlessly Eire once more, so when this chance arose, the lure of being near dwelling, household and associates and Munster followers, it outweighed all different choices.”