Weekly Round Up

Weekly Round Up

Goneva heads to France:

Harlequins sign Newcastle Falcons winger Vereniki Goneva | Rugby ...

The 36-year-old Fijian has spent most of his career having joined Leicester Tigers from French club Tarbes in 2012. He spent four years at the Tigers before joining the Falcons before heading to Quins in July 2019 after being named Premiership player of the season in 2017-18.

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The illness that Rassie Erasmus kept secret:

Rassie Erasmus to step down as Springbok coach after World Cup final

Erasmus was diagnosed with microscopic polyangiitis with granulomatosis. He kept the knowledge under wraps so as not to create any kind of distraction for his players as they prepared for their World Cup campaign in Japan.

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Leicester Tigers confirm the signing of Harry Potter:

Harry Potter and the Defence of the Shield

The 22-year-old, capable of playing in the midfield and outside-backs, was born in London and lived in the UK for a decade before his family emigrated to Melbourne, Australia. 

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Leone Nakarawa commits his future to Glasgow:

Leone Nakarawa to rejoin Glasgow Warriors on short-term deal 

Nakarawa made his Glasgow Warriors debut against Connacht in November 2013 and went on to be awarded Player of the Match in Glasgow Warriors’ victorious 2015 Guinness PRO12 final. 

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Premiership and TOP14 clubs may not release players for Autumn Tests:

Premiership and TOP14 clubs may not release players for Autumn ...

The 2020 Six Nations is set to be completed in October and November with Australia tipped to host a shortened Rugby Championship Down Under leaving Argentina in limbo while there is also talk of an extended Bledisloe Cup series between Australia and New Zealand.

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Revised draw for Mitre 10 Cup:

NZ Rugby releases revised Mitre 10 Cup draw, cans Thursday night ... 

More afternoon rugby is on the cards for Provincial Unions with the introduction of an extra Sunday afternoon fixture in place of the Thursday evening slot. 

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New Zealand Rugby confirm talks for a historic cross-code clash with Australia:

NZ Rugby confirm talks for All Blacks v Australia Kangaroos in ...

NZ Rugby CEO Mark Robinson has since confirmed negotiations are underway for a hybrid 14-a-side match against Australia's rugby league team. 

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Team News: The Blues and Highlanders line ups:


On the back of two straight wins, Blues' head coach Leon MacDonald has resisted any change to his starting line-up for the clash with the Highlanders 

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New Champions and Challenge Cup dates for 2019/20 announced

European Professional Club Rugby | New EPCR dates for 2019/20 ... 

EPCR has announced that new dates for the postponed knockout stage matches in the 2019/20 Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup have been officially agreed at a meeting of its Board on Wednesday, 24 June.

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Bulls axe Josh Strauss:

Super Rugby: Bulls part ways with Josh Strauss

Strauss signed a two year deal with the Bulls in the beginning of 2020, however, Director of Rugby Jake White conveyed a message through Strauss’ agent that he would not be part of their plans going forward. 

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Team News: Crusaders and Chiefs Line Ups:


The Crusaders return to Orangetheory Stadium this weekend for their first home game since March, and Head Coach Scott Robertson has named an unchanged line up to take on the Chiefs. 

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Gloucester confirm two re-signings and eight departures:

Gloucester confirm two re-signings and eight departures | Ultimate ... 

Gloucester has confirmed that three players will be leaving the Club to move to Japan. Tom Marshall and Franco Marais have signed deals to join former Gloucester coach Johan Ackermann at NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes. Meanwhile, World Cup winning Springbok lock Franco Mostert has also chosen to further his career in Japan.

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Nick Tomkins joins Dragons on loan, signs long term with Saracens:

Wales centre Tompkins joins Dragons on loan from Saracens

Wales' centre Nick Tompkins has committed his long-term future at Saracens but will spend a season on loan at Dragons, the club confirmed on Friday. 

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