Joseph drops out of All Blacks race & re-signs with Japan
The Japan Rugby Football Union (JRFU) has today announced that coach Jamie Joseph has signed a new deal with Japan, taking him through to the end of 2023 and another World Cup cycle.
The former Highlanders coach had been considered a frontrunner for the All Blacks coach role but the JRFU made their desire to keep Joseph public, declaring they had an offer to table for him. Full story
Ireland set to reshuffle coaching ticket in new era
Ireland look set to reshuffle their coaching ticket in the new era under Andy Farrell following Joe Schmidt’s departure as head coach.
Andy Farrell has been working as Ireland’s defence coach since arriving back in 2016 but he looks set to give up his defence duties in order to fully focus on his new role as the new man in charge.
According to The42, Farrell will no longer be a “hands-on defence coach” with forwards coach Simon Easterby set to fill that role going forward, allowing the former Rugby League man to focus “more broadly” on running the entire ship. Full story
O’Shea steps down as Italy coach
Conor O’Shea has officially brought his stint in charge of Italy to an end after Italian Rugby announced that he would vacate his role with immediate effect.
The Irishman was appointed as Italy head coach in 2016 on a four-year-deal which should have seen him through until May 2020.
However, Italian Rugby Federation president Alfredo Gavazzi informed the federal council that O’Shea would be leaving with immediate effect. There are rumours that O’Shea has a new role line up with the English RFU. Full story
Welsh international linked with Bristol Bears - reports
Pat Lam is looking to build a squad which can compete in the Premiership and Champions Cup and is reportedly looking into Wales and Lions flanker Justin Tipuric.
The Bears might already have one of the best backrows in the Premiership but the latest reports from the Rugby Paper suggest that director of rugby Pat Lam is looking to add one of the top opensides flankers in the world to his squad next season. Full story
Samu Kerevi wants to ditch Wallabies and feature for a Pacific Island side in 2023
Wallabies vice-captain and star centre Samu Kerevi has made the bombshell revelation that he wants to play for Fiji at the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.
Kerevi is about to take up a three-year contract with Suntory Sungoliath in Japan which makes him ineligible to play for the Wallabies under Rugby Australia’s current rules, something Rugby Australia are reviewing and could change. Full story
Saracens set to accept 35-point deduction and £5-million fine - reports
Saracens won’t prolong the salary cap scandal by appealing their sanctions, according to the British media reports.
The Daily Mail and The Sunday Times have reported that the Sarries are set to accept their 35-point deduction and the fine of over £5-million (US$6.5-million) for breaching the Premiership Rugby salary cap for the last three seasons.
This means if Saracens accept the 35-point deduction they will now be left on -22 points on the log, 26 points away from the Leicester Tigers, who are currently bottom of the Premiership table. Full story
Champions Cup Team of Round One
After a pulsating opening round of the Champions Cup, we have selected our team of the week.
1⃣3⃣ Carries— Ultimate Rugby (@ultimaterugby) November 17, 2019
0⃣4⃣ Clean Breaks
0⃣5⃣ Defenders Beaten
0⃣1⃣ Try Assist
1⃣0⃣5⃣ Running Metres
Aliverti Raka's sublime performance earns him a place in our #HeinekenChampionsCup Team of the Week
Garry Ringrose’s brother Jack also scored a hat trick this weekend ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/9D7pXgHzGV— Ultimate Rugby (@ultimaterugby) November 17, 2019
All Blacks 7s stars sign back on