Thursday Morning Round Up

Thursday Morning Round Up

Warren Gatland names a few players almost guaranteed to feature on the 2021 Lions tour

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has suggested that his squad to face South Africa in the 2021 Lions tour could be loaded full of England players.

Speaking to former England back Ugo Monye on the BBC's Rugby Union Weekly, Gatland listed Jamie George, Maro Itoje, Tom Curry, Anthony Watson and Manu Tuilagi as the five players that are definitely going to be picked.

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Global Rapid Rugby set kick off in March

Global Rapid Rugby’s inaugural home-and-away season will feature six teams, 10 rounds, 31 games including a one-off Final and $AU 1 Million in prize money.

Five of the teams that will fight for the Global Rapid Rugby Season 1 title in 2020 were unveiled today and represent the traditional powers of Australasia, the untapped potential of Asia and the passion and pride of the Pacific Islands.

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Paolo Odogwu handed a lengthy for flying kick

Wasps winger Paolo Odogwu has been handed a six-week ban for kicking an opponent in the head.

The 22-year-old was sent off by referee Tom Foley after catching Rohan Van Rensburg with a boot to the face when jumping to catch the ball in the 79th minute of his side’s 28-18 Gallagher Premiership defeat at Sale last Friday.

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Swap Players – Champions Cup & Challenge Cup

The following players have been nominated by their clubs as incoming Swap Players for the 2019/20 Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup tournaments.

The registration of the incoming players (maximum of 41 players for Heineken Champions Cup squads) may be reversed before the knockout stages.


Toulon release update on Milner-Skudder

Toulon have released an update following the reports that Nehe Milner-Skudder might be in doubt in joining the club due to injury.

In a statement, the French club confirmed that the 28-year-old's three-year deal at the club has been signed and approved by the National Rugby League and that Milner-Skudder will join the club in December.

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Shaun Edwards unveiled as France's Defence Coach

Former Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards has been confirmed as France's new Defence Coach following months of speculation.

Edwards left his Wales role after over a decade following the 2019 World Cup and will now join Fabien Galthie's extensive team, working alongside team manager Raphael Ibanez.


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