Strong side named for Scarlets

first_imgIreland U-20 outhalf Paddy Jackson is added to the panel and he will be hoping to get his first taste of Magners League action, having previously appeared on the bench against Munster on New Year’s Day. Ian Humphreys is also named despite being forced to leave the field early against the Ospreys with a shoulder injury. Brian McLaughlin has named in a strong 32 man squad to face the Scarlets in the Magners League on Friday evening (KO 19.05).Ireland trio Andrew Trimble, Paddy Wallace and Tom Court have been released from 6 Nations duty by Declan Kidney to get some game time, but Rory Best and Stephen Ferris will remain in Dublin with the squad. Their availability will be a huge boost to Ulster Coach Brian McLaughlin after a narrow 23-22 defeat by the Ospreys on Sunday. Trimble, Wallace and Court will no doubt be looking for a big performance to force their way into the starting XV against Scotland next week. Both teams will view this match as must win if they are to realise their ambitions of a top four finish. The Scarlets have lost their previous 5 matches in all competitions, but despite this poor form they currently occupy 4th position, two places ahead of Ulster. Defeat for Ulster on Friday would see them lose further ground on their rivals so they will be intent on producing a big performance.The match day squad will be named at a later this week. TAGS: Scarlets LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Lewis Moody – England are Triple Champs!

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here.For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit [imagebrowser id=4]THERE WAS an alarming amount of doom and gloom around last month when England ended their Six Nations campaign with a 24-8 loss in Ireland.It seemed all the progress the side had made over the past 12 months, and the fact that they had won their first Six Nations title for eight years, was forgotten. But that isn’t the view of Lewis Moody, the England captain who missed the whole championship with a knee injury.“No one involved with England is happy with how we played against Ireland, and the players are rightly frustrated, but I’m proud of what they achieved and they should be too,” says Moody. “We recognise how tough the Six Nations is to win. The side has come on so much. If 12 months ago you’d said we’d have won in Australia, beaten the Wallabies by a record margin and won the Six Nations title we’d have been very happy with that. Clearly we have a long way to go but we must recognise that England, under Martin Johnson, are moving in the right direction.”“This was a tough Six Nations so we must be delighted to win the trophy. It’s the manner in which we lost to Ireland that is so frustrating. It’s easy to be down and negative but I’m certainly not and I hope England’s fans can also be proud of what we have achieved.”Moody, who when fit will be confirmed as England’s long-term captain, can’t wait to link back up with Johnno and the players at the start of July, when their World Cup camp kicks off. “The biggest thing I’ll take from the 2011 Six Nations is the way players have been able to come in and look like they’ve been around for ages,” Moody says.“I’ll remember it as the championship when Alex Corbisiero and Tom Wood made their debuts and played like seasoned internationals.”“And let’s not forget we have others like Tom Croft, Andrew Sheridan and Riki Flutey to come back to full fitness. We need to be positive when we meet up to start the run-in to the World Cup and that will be the case as there’s such a good spirit in the squad, a great atmosphere.” England’s title was one of three for the nation as they became the first country to win senior, U20 and women’s titles in the same season – the women and U20s with Grand Slams. “That is some achievement,” says Moody. “I’m delighted for all of them. We’ve already seen players emerge quickly from the U20s into the senior side and looking at the strength in depth in the Aviva Premiership it’s clear to me that this will continue.”The women picked up their fifth Grand Slam in six years while the U20s thumped Ireland 41-15 in Athlone to secure their clean sweep. In 18-year-old George Ford England have a star in the making; similarly with Harlequins lock Charlie Matthews, who looks like a younger Courtney Lawes. Says Ford: “One of our season objectives was to win the Grand Slam, and that’s what we’ve done. It’s not being arrogant, it’s being confident and pushing ourselves to be the best we can.”One thing’s for sure. With Martin Johnson at the helm, being pushed is something England players will have to endure for many years to come.This article appeared in the May 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK ATHLONE, IRELAND – MARCH 18: England captain Alex Gray (trophy) and his players celebrate with the trophy following their team’s 46-15 victory during the Under 20’s Six Nations Championship match between Ireland U20 and England U20 at Dubarry Park on March 18, 2011 in Athlone, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)last_img read more

Jonathan Spratt and Ross Samson sign for London Irish

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS London Irish head coach, Toby Booth said: “Jonathan is a highly talented young player and another very useful addition to our squad. He is a strong, powerful runner, with great feet and good distribution skills.” London Irish is pleased to announce the signings of Wales and Ospreys centre Jonathan Spratt on a one-year contract and scrum half Ross Samson from Edinburgh Rugby on a two-year contract.Jonathan, 25, has represented Wales at all levels and made his international debut in 2009, appearing in Test matches against Canada and USA.The 6’1” Welshman, who weighs 98kgs, is comfortable playing at both inside and outside centre and it is this versatility that will prove useful for the club next season. Jonathan, who also has a Law degree, played for Taranaki in New Zealand’s domestic rugby tournament, The Air New Zealand Cup, in 2008 receiving rave reviews.Commenting on signing for the Exiles, Jonathan said: “I am very excited to be joining London Irish next season. They play an exciting brand of rugby that really appeals to me and hopefully my style will complement the players already at the club.” READING, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 12: London irish flags are seen before the Aviva premiership match between London Irish and Newcastle Falcons at the Madejski Stadium on February 12, 2011 in Reading, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) Ross Samson, who has appeared for Scotland and been a very influential figure in every IRB 7’s circuit tournament this season, has also represented Scotland at all age group levels. The scrum half is an intelligent player whose snipping runs are among his trademark talents. He will join Paul Hodgson and Darren Allinson as an Exiles scrum half.A History graduate from Newcastle University, Samson helped Tynedale to promotion to English National Two in 2009 and was a part of the Newcastle Falcons’last_img read more

South Africa 9 Australia 11 – The Verdict

first_imgGolden moment: Australia celebrate beating South Africa in their RWC 2011 quarter-finalBy Sarah Mockford, Rugby World Features Editor in WellingtonANOTHER WORLD CUP quarter-final, another edge-of-your-seat affair. This contest was in the balance right until the end as South Africa pushed for a late drop-goal but it was Australia who eventually came out on top. It wasn’t pretty but it was enthralling.It was James O’Connor who slotted the decisive penalty in the 71st minute after Victor Matfield had pulled down Radike Samo at a lineout, but the Springboks had clawed their way back into the game with the boot of Morne Steyn having gone 8-0 down to a James Horwill try and another O’Connor penalty.Despite the lack of flowing rugby it was a captivating match in which the two No 7s, David Pocock and Schalk Burger, were star performers. So what proved the difference?THE KEY REASONS WHY AUSTRALIA WON1. TAKING CHANCESSouth Africa dominated territory (74%) throughout but couldn’t get over the line. They went close on several occasions but they would either drop a pass or Australia would win a turnover. The Wallabies, meanwhile, took an 8-0 lead in the first half despite having just 16% of field position in that period. When they fortuitously secured the ball in the Bok 22, James Horwill charged over to score. Peter de Villiers announced that he’d be stepping down as South Africa coach after the match. He’s had a somewhat controversial four years in charge, but won the praise of his captain John Smit.“Over the past four years he’s always said even the bad days are good,” said Smit, who was also playing in his last Test for the Boks. “That’s what he’s done, made us enjoy every moment. He’s a great man and he’s helped us to enjoy these four years.” Try time: James Horwill dives over to score2. SCRAMBLE DEFENCEAustralia tend to defend in a very narrow channel and the Springboks tried to exploit this by spreading the ball wide as often as they could. However, the Wallabies scrambled incredibly well and whenever it looked like the Boks would surely score a try there was a gold jersey to bring that player down. Their 147 tackles to the Boks’ 53 shows their commitment in defence.3. TURNOVER MADNESSOne of the reasons that neither team to get any flow to their attack was that both teams managed to win turnovers at the breakdown. David Pocock was supreme in this facet of play, whether legally or illegally, as the Wallabies notched nine turnovers to South Africa’s four.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Rugby community pulls together for Lloyd Burns

first_img Career highlight: Lloyd Burns in action for Wales against Fiji during the World CupBy Sarah Mockford, Rugby World Features EditorNO SOONER had Lloyd Burns grown accustomed to life as a professional rugby player than it was all over, his burgeoning career cut short by injury.At last year’s World Cup, Burns’s story was one that brought hope to any aspiring rugby player. Just a couple of years ago, he was working as a bricklayer and turning out for Cross Keys in the Principality Premiership, but then injuries saw him called upon by the Newport Gwent Dragons.After 26 appearances for the Dragons in 2010-11, the hooker was catapulted into the Wales squad, making his debut against the Barbarians last June and then being selected for the 30 for the World Cup in New Zealand. It was quite some rise.What’s next? Burns is now looking ahead to the next phase of his life“I suppose if you’ve never worked you don’t know what it’s like,” said Burns at the time. “I guess I appreciate it (professional rugby) a lot. It keeps you grounded knowing what’s out there after rugby. Quite a few of the boys I worked with are out of work now because of the recession. NOT FOR FEATURED LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS As Dragons director of rugby Robert Beale said: “Everything Lloyd has achieved in life he has earned through hard work and dedication. His enforced retirement from the game has come as a massive shock to Lloyd and his family and will resonate throughout the rugby world.”Burns, who has just celebrated the arrival of his first child with wife Rachel, is still on the road to recovery as doctors assess his heart condition. To help him start the next phase of his life on a firm footing, a fund-raising dinner aptly titled ‘Burns’ Night’ has been organised at the Celtic Manor on Saturday 26 May. If you’re interested in attending, please click here. “You’ve always got to stick with your dreams and never give up. That’s my philosophy. Winning a cap makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and playing in the World Cup means everything. I’m living the dream.”That dream came to an end all too quickly for the 27-year-old, however. On his return from the World Cup he suffered a neck injury and tests also revealed damage to his heart (aorta) so he was forced to retire in April.In the space of just a few months he’d gone from the highs of Wales’ World Cup campaign to the daunting realisation that his rugby-playing days were over. Now that truly is an emotional roller-coaster.last_img read more

RBS 6 Nations: Six to watch

first_imgWales are fortunate to have two jumbo-sized wings in George North and Alex Cuthbert, who both possess quick feet and genuine top-end speed, but it’s the inclusion of 20-year-old Osprey winger Eli Walker that has caused a frisson of excitement in the pubs and rugby clubs up and down Wales.Crocked for the first game against Ireland, Walker is a genuine flyer and the youngster from Swansea has been a revelation in this year’s Heineken Cup, evading more defenders than anyone other player in the Pool stages (23 in six games). Walker gives Wales genuine options on the flank, especially if Cuthbert and North are failing to make headway taking the direct route. Harlequins Director of Rugby Conor O’Shea, a fine judge of talent, recently mentioned him as a potential bolter for the Lions.IrelandSimon Zebo (Munster)Bruiser: Sergio Parisse on the runSimon Zebo, 22, has made his international debut out in New Zealand last summer. With only three caps to his name, Zebo is very much part of Ireland’s new generation. Supremely quick – his father Arthur was an Olympic standard 800m runner – he has the ability to play anywhere in the back three. He’s one of few players to have scored two hat-tricks in a Heineken Cup season, the latest in a man-of the-match performance against Racing Metro.Another short-listed for European Rugby player of the year 2013, Zebo gives Declan Kidney much-needed firepower, especially with Tommy Bowe in the early stages of rehab. Zebo recently renewed his contract with Munster for a further three years.ScotlandSean Maitland (Glasgow Warriors)After signing a three-year contract with the Glasgow Warriors, Sean Maitland told Rugby World, he was here “to do some damage”. Obviously not lacking in confidence, only ten-weeks after landing in the UK, he will line-up against England in front of 82,000 at Twickenham tomorrow.Maitland had moved from the Canterbury Crusaders, where he’d been part of a successful squad playing alongside superstars Israel Dagg and Dan Carter. Even though he appeared for the Maori All Blacks in 2010, he tired of waiting for a call from the ABs and decided to throw his hat in with the country of his grandparents’ birth. The last time he appeared at Twickenham, he scored two tries against the Sharks in a Super 15 match back in 2011. One to watch.ItalySergio Parisse (Stade Francais) ROME, ITALY – NOVEMBER 17: Sergio Parisse of Italy is tackled by Aaron Cruden of All Blacks during the international test match between Italy v New Zealand at Stadio Olimpico on November 17, 2012 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images) Pulling up tress: Billy Twelvetrees is set to impress in his first outing with England, this SaturdayBy Yasamin AsrariIT’S HERE again, and don’t we just love it. The Six Nations is about to kick-off and give rugby fans seven weeks of high-class international rugby, where over drinks we can dissect and debate every nuance of the greatest competition in the northern hemisphere.Here are six players, we think will be making a big impact.EnglandBilly Twelvetrees (Gloucester)Manu Tuilagi’s injury-forced absence has left Stuart Lancaster with a sizeable pair of thighs to replace after being ruled out of tomorrow’s game against Scotland. Step forward Gloucester centre Billy Twelvetrees.While he cannot provide the unique ballast Tuilagi posseses, ‘36’ (twelve trees, as Geordan Murphy Irish lilt would say), offers a different skillset; soft hands, vision and a varied kicking game. Add this to a robust 6ft 3in, 15st 10lb frame and you can understand why there’s so much excitement in the England camp. Since signing for the Cherry and Whites from Leicester, and being entrusted by head coach Nigel Davies to use his natural skills, Twelvetrees hasAllez les Bleus: Wesley Fofana in full flowstarted to fulfill his potential. In fact, the last centre to leave Leicester and flourish on the international stage was a certain Will Greenwood. No pressure, then, Billy.FranceWesley Fofana (Clermont Auvergne)Wesley Fofana is a perfect example of the abundance of talent available to Philippe Saint-Andre in midfield. The 24-year-old made his debut Six Nations last year and proceeded to score a try in each of his opening four games, equalling a French record set by Maurice Celhay back in 1935.Fofana is nicknamed Le Guepard (The Leopard) because of his ability to slink around the most tightly-packed defences. In a supremely powerful Clermont side, Fofana has shone in the Heineken Cup, notably finishing off a length-of-the-field try against the Exeter Chiefs last month. Already short-listed for European Rugby Player of the Year, he will look to feed off the human cannonball that is Mathieu Basteuraud. A potential world star, even if he is stationed on the wing for Sunday’s game against Italy.WalesEli Walker (Ospreys) Okay, an obvious pick, but Parisse has been Italy’s go-to man for nearly a decade. The Argentina-born No 8 has the full-complement of skills; deft handling, the mobility of a back and a never-say-die attitude. He has been seen leading from the front, year on year, despite the Azzurri only winning nine games in 65 Six Nations fixtures. Still only 29 and with 91 caps, the Italian captain could be only the second Italian player to pass 100 caps after Alessandro Troncon. A brute on the pitch, the dashing Parisse married to Miss France 2006.Follow Yasamin on Twitter @_yasamin LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Hotshot: Glasgow Warriors centre Paddy Kelly

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS That was last summer and it was brilliant. I’d had a bad run of injuries the previous season so it was great to get some rugby under my belt. It was a high standard to play at Marist Albion in Christchurch. The coaching set-up at the academy was really good too.Do you think you’ve benefited from playing in three countries? Definitely. They’re different cultures with different things to learn. I’ve been fortunate to travel with rugby, picking up bits along the way.You’ve signed a pro contract with Glasgow. What are you ambitions now? Just to play as much as possible for Glasgow. I plan to stay here for the foreseeable future and want to embed myself in the squad. It’s a massive honour and I’m delighted to get that chance. TAGS: Glasgow Warriors Date of birth 18 October 1995 Country ScotlandWhen did you first start playing? I was five and it was at my local club in Inverness, Highland. My dad was involved with the coaching there.Did you play different positions? I played a bit at ten but I’ve mainly been in midfield. I like getting to run with the ball, the tackling and being in the thick of it in games.FOR THE LATEST RUGBY WORLD SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HERE.You played for Le Parc in France… I went there the year after school and it was a really good experience. I was expecting to come back and go to uni, but I played for Scotland U20 that year and got offered an academy contract with Glasgow.You’ve been on the John Macphail Scholarship to NZ too… Meet the well-travelled Glasgow centre Paddy Kelly Running man: Paddy Kelly in action at the U20 World Cup in 2015. Photo: Getty Images RW Verdict: Kelly, who is studying English & Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, can be the next in a long line of talented Warriors centres and will benefit from the arrival of Kiwi coach Dave Rennie next season.This article first appeared in the June 2017 issue of Rugby World.last_img read more

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first_imgThat’s not all, with a Rugby World subscription: Never miss an issue LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS This Rugby World subscription deal ends midnight 1st March!Save 36% on a Rugby World subscription today.You may be a faithful reader of Rugby World and buy each issue at the supermarket or newsagent and you may ask yourself: “Why should I subscribe”?center_img You won’t miss a single issue of your favourite magazine: We send it to your home every month – no effort required on your part!As a subscriber you pay less that you would at the newsagent.You get access to the subscriber ‘Rewards’ portal.Why not give us a try? Get a Rugby World subscription today.There are also great offers on over 40 titles. So if you’re looking for a magazine subscription as the perfect gift then check out our other magazine brands, from Amateur Photographer to Country life there is something for everyone. Rugby World offers unrivaled access to the players and coaches behind the thrilling clashes that define the sport of international rugby union. It offers an all-round comprehensive package of rugby action, timely results and fixtures along with images that capture the excitement and passion that define this high-impact sport. We also have a monthly local focus on the British national teams and fascinating in-depth interviews with all the key players.last_img read more

Dupont dazzles as France crush Italy in Six Nations opener

first_imgThe scrum-half dictates as seven-try France brush the Azzurri aside 50-10 in Rome 3 – Antoine Dupont has assisted each of @FranceRugby’s first three tries against Italy, he’s just the 7th man to assist 3+ tries in a @SixNationsRugby match – Frédéric Michalak is the only one to assist four tries in a single game in the Championship (v Italy, 2006). Magician. pic.twitter.com/CSteOX68s0— OptaJonny (@OptaJonny) February 6, 2021Italy head coach Franco Smith said: “It will be difficult to be positive for those who only see the result but we have to think about where to do better. There are negative aspects in our game but we are lacking international experience.“Ball in hand we played very well and we suffered five tries from our mistakes: we can improve and recover immediately. You learn from these days. It has been a long six weeks and it has been difficult for the franchises as some matches were cancelled due to Covid.“Growing a team internationally is very difficult, but physically the boys were fine and we were equal to them in intensity.”The boss: France coach Fabien Galthié during the warm-up at Stadio Olimpico (AFP/Getty Images)His opposite number, Gathié, was pleased that he was able to bring on all of his ‘finishers’ ahead of next weekend’s match in Dublin.“We scored seven tries, we were efficient. Now we’re going to have a good week to prepare for the game against Ireland,” he said.“It was our tenth game together as a group, an important game for us away from home. We have a good dynamic and we continue to build on it.“We will continue to play for those who cannot do so at the moment, the children… Thanks to all these supporters, we are trying to do beautiful things and bring them joy.”Italy: Jacopo Trulla: Luca Sperandio, Marco Zanon (Carlo Canna 44), Ignacio Brex, Montanna Ioane; Paolo Garbisi (Canna 36-41), Stephen Varney; Daniele Rimpelli (Danilo Fischetti 31), Luca Bigi (capt, Gianmarco Lucchesi 59), Marco Riccioni (Giosué Zilocchi 31), Marco Lazzaroni, David Sisi (Niccolò Cannone 59), Sebastian Negri (Federico Ruzza 59), Johan Meyer (Maxime Mbandà 51, Guglielmo Palazzani 75), Michele Lamaro.Try: Sperandio. Con: Garbisi. Pen: Garbisi.France: Brice Dulin; Teddy Thomas, Arthur Vincent, Gaël Fickou (Damian Penaud 59), Gabin Villière; Matthieu Jalibert (Louis Carbonel 59), Antoine Dupont (Baptiste Serin 58); Cyril Baille (Francois Gros 53), Julien Marchand (Pierre Bourgarit 46), Mohamed Haouas (Dorian Aldegheri 53), Bernard Le Roux, Paul Willemse (Romain Taofifenua 58), Dylan Cretin, Charles Ollivon (capt), Gregory Alldritt (Anthony Jelonch 58).Tries: Cretin, Fickou, Vincent, Dulin, Dupont, Thomas 2. Cons: Jalibert 6. Pen: Jalibert. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “Orchestrated, isn’t it always, by Antoine Dupont”Gaël Fickou scores for @FranceRugby! #GuinnessSixNations #ITAvFRA pic.twitter.com/Dwr6YW5DjK— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) February 6, 2021Next, a handling error allowed Gabin Villière to snatch possession and when he found Dupont in support, the scrum-half floated a delicious offload in the tackle over his left shoulder to give Vincent his first Test try.Both tries were converted and suddenly France were three full scores ahead at 24-3. TRY!The AWARENESS from @Dupont9A Vincent the beneficiaryWatch LIVE @ITV https://t.co/K9pPPwLQEG#ITAvFRA #GuinnessSixNations #ITVRugby pic.twitter.com/dj7t0zl1Gm— ITV Rugby (@ITVRugby) February 6, 2021Italy seemed to have cancelled out one of those scores when Stephen Varney threw two dummies down the short side and put Monty Ioane away for a try. Unfortunately, it was disallowed after TMO Karl Dickson ruled that Varney’s pass had been marginally forward.Garbisi left the field for an HIA and half-time was reached with no further score. At times, the second period was a one-way procession as French attackers flooded through an overwhelmed home defence.Dulin’s bonus-point score from Villière’s grubber set the tone. Dupont, running a classic nine inside support line, ambled over from Thomas’s pass. Then Jalibert’s break saw Dupont on hand again and he returned the favour to Thomas – the winger’s 14th try in 23 Tests.Italy had plenty of ball and finished the game in the ascendency in some key performance indicators. They matched France for line breaks but made twice as many passing errors and conceded twice as many turnovers. They also missed 27 tackles, which is a few too many.Tackled: Italy full-back Jacopo Trulla, who saved one try when beating Thomas to a grubber (AFP/Getty)Thomas had the final say, crossing in the corner to bring up the half-century of points, although Italy at least had a try of their own to celebrate as Luca Sperandio finished superbly with a chip and chase.His try meant Italy avoided the ignominy of a record defeat by France. However, the loss takes their losing Six Nations sequence to 28 and next up are England at Twickenham. The calls for promotion and relegation to be introduced in the championship will only increase with days like this. Spoils of victory: Luca Bigi presents opposing captain Charles Ollivon with the Garibaldi Trophy (Inpho)Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Dupont dazzles as France crush ItalyMan of the Match Antoine Dupont was at the heart of a seven-try demolition of Italy as France launched the 2021 Six Nations in emphatic fashion.The much-heralded Toulouse scrum-half, whom some dub the world’s best player, set up two quickfire tries to put les Bleus out of sight in the first half. Then, after Brice Dulin had secured the try bonus point on 48 minutes, Dupont scored the fifth try and gave a scoring pass for Teddy Thomas for the sixth.He was substituted before the hour mark, saved for a stiffer challenge another day.“As usual, he (Dupont) put in a great performance. It no longer surprises anyone,” said France captain Charles Ollivon. “It was a tough match up front, as we suspected. The Italians were brave, they went through a lot of phases in the first half.”Historically, Italy have often stretched France in the Six Nations, albeit whilst only beating them on two occasions. But Fabien Galthié’s team are made of sterner stuff.Gaël force: centre Gaël Fickou celebrates his try with Arthur Vincent during France’s win in Rome (Inpho)It took less than six minutes for France to score the first try of the championship. Thomas and Arthur Vincent made sizeable initial inroads and when the forwards took over near the line, blindside Dylan Cretin crashed over by the posts. Matthieu Jalibert converted and added a penalty five minutes later.Undaunted, the youthful Italy players worked their way back into the game. Some excellent support and offloading, 19 phases in all, resulted in a penalty when Ollivon didn’t roll away. Paolo Garbisi got Italy on the board.If the Azzurri were encouraged, they were soon set squarely on their heels. First, Dupont dinked a grubber through the line from a stalled driving maul and Gaël Fickou strolled through to touch down, not a defender in sight. Watch it here. Master craftsman: Antoine Dupont crosses for France’s fifth try during another virtuoso display (Inpho) last_img read more

England’s Ill-Discipline Analysed

first_imgCan’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 12 – Ellis Genge, 69th minute, sealing offHad only been on the pitch a matter of moments, so what appeared to be an exhuasted flop on top of Billy Vunipola, sealing off the ball, is less forgivable. Another easy three for Sheedy.13 – Charlie Ewels, 72nd minute, jumping across the lineA carbon-copy of Itoje’s offence but interferes even more with the clearing Welsh maul.Very frustrating, both for giving Wales an escape from a dangerous position and for showing an inability to learn. This felt like England’s chances slipping away.14 – Dan Robson, 73rd minute, obstruction It’s difficult to say that this one was needless, with every team engaging in the hi-jinks of subtly blocking opposition chasers. The issue here was a complete lack of subtlety.Sheedy added a third penalty and England were over a score behind, a lead Cory Hill would stretch in the final minute.England’s Ill-Discipline Analysed – The Overall VerdictEngland’s discipline wasn’t completely brainless. They could justifiably contest three or four decisions, particularly those in the flurry early on, which would have left their penalty count closer Wales’ nine.Also, they were far more disciplined in the middle 40 of the game, a period in which they outscored Wales by 18-7.However, what will concern England is the needlessness of their infringements. Wales didn’t win a single penalty for holding on, remarkable for a team containing some excellent jacklers – Justin Tipuric, Josh Navidi and Wyn Jones. Instead, England brought the referee’s ire on themselves.Having got the score back to 24-24, it wasn’t Gaüzère’s contentious decisions that lost the game for England, but their misdemeanours in the final quarter. Penalties 11, 12, and 14 were all sloppy and unforced, a gift for a Welsh side who only had to ensure they played in the right areas.Scrums are usually the most penalised set-piece, but one trend which emerged was England’s propensity to transgress at the opposition lineout. They committed four separate offences – two for jumping across the line, one for entering the maul from the side and one for a deliberate knock-on.These were directly responsible for six Welsh points at a crucial stage of the game. This must be something to fix before France. 5 – Owen Farrell, 16th minute, not rolling awayThe penalty before the controversy. Accused of preventing quick ball, Farrell moves his legs clear before Hardy arrives at the breakdown, while his top half is held down by Josh Adams.In Gaüzère’s defence, he is consistent on this, penalising both Adam Beard and Hardy for the same offence in the next five minutes.6 – Mako Vunipola, 21st minute, playing the ball on the floorThere could have been penalties either way here. Vunipola flops on the loose ball moments before Alun Wyn Jones, but the weight of the Welsh captain pins Vunipola away from his team. The prop turns to present the ball, but the delay leads to the whistle.An argument could be made that Jones should have been penalised for not rolling away.7 – Maro Itoje, 28th minute, offsideGets his timing spot-on for a chargedown, moving only after Hardy has picked up the ball, but both England’s guards, Itoje and Jamie George, set their defensive line in front of the back foot.A fair call, although England may argue the ball was already out.8 – Mako Vunipola, 46th minute, offside Elliot Daly knocks on an up-and-under and Vunipola plays the ball from in front of him. A straightforward and avoidable call.England had gone nearly a quarter of the game without being penalised before this. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS England players look dejected during their defeat by Wales in Cardiff (Getty Images) 9 – Jonny Hill, 48th minute, side entryOne error leads straight to another. Hill cannot resist trying to slow the ball down by attacking the sole figure of Ken Owens as he bridges over the ball.Doesn’t get his feet square and his arm lazily knocks the ball away, highlighting the indiscretion. Hardy takes a quick tap to put Wales 24-14 up.10 – Tom Curry, 60th minute, side entryThey show this as the archetypal example on refereeing courses.Henry Slade gets isolated and Curry, rushing to beat the jackal of Alun Wyn Jones, is more lateral than a spirit level. Ruins a promising attack.11 – Maro Itoje, 65th minute, jumping across the line Doesn’t’ interfere with the maul but is guilty of jumping into Welsh territory.It’s easy to say in hindsight, but maybe in this last passage England could have trusted their defence, rather than go for the miracle play. Callum Sheedy kicks a good penalty. England’s Ill-Discipline Analysed England gave away a mammoth 14 penalties in their 40-24 loss to Wales in the third round of the Six Nations.Eddie Jones’s side are averaging 13.7 infringements per game in 2021. Stats from Opta show this is the most of any year under the Australian coach and nearly double the 7.1 conceded in 2019 when they went all the way to the World Cup final.Another factor to keep an eye on is how Maro Itoje’s propensity for conceding penalties may affect his chances of receiving the Lions captaincy from Warren Gatland.The second-row was responsible for five in the match and while his work-rate will lead to infringements, the sheer magnitude of indiscretions could mean another candidate gets the nod.Maro Itoje looks to charge down Kieran Hardy (Getty Images)Itoje wasn’t alone on Saturday, with eight other men pinged by referee Pascal Gaüzère. But what were these penalties for? Were they needless, or are England playing on the edge, possibly going unpenalised on another day? Here’s England’s ill-discipline analysed.England’s Ill-Discipline Analysed – Penalty By Penalty 1 – Jonny May, 2nd minute, extra rollPossibly a little harsh. After making ground out wide, May is penalised for an extra roll and not releasing the ball immediately.Some referees might have let the England winger get away with it, while there is a case to be made that tackler George North doesn’t release.2 – Maro Itoje, 3rd minute, deliberate knock-on Straight from Wales’ subsequent kick to touch comes Itoje’s first penalty. You aren’t allowed to slap the ball out of the scrum-half’s hands, and the Saracen is never realistically making an attempt to do anything but.3 – Maro Itoje, 5th minute, side entryPerhaps keen to atone, Itoje gets his timing wrong here, at a maul ten metres out from the England line. Guilty of over-exuberance for the second time in a row, as England give away three penalties in as many completed phases.4 – Maro Itoje, 13th minute, playing the ball on the floorHat-trick! Initially looked legal, but a good spot from Gaüzère. An excellent lineout harry from Itoje, but the referee notices his knees have touched the ground fractionally before he nabs the ball from Kieran Hardy.May well have got away with it if not for his previous indiscretions. Finally, it is interesting that the last three penalties were all given away by Eddie Jones’s ‘finishers’, just as his side were looking to, well, finish strongly.Perhaps his replacements were guilty of trying to solve England’s problems individually, overstepping the mark in a desperate attempt to see their side home. It may not be surprising if the bench changes in their next match. Jacob Whitehead gives his verdict on the 14 penalties Eddie Jones’s side conceded against Waleslast_img read more