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Sport The rugby morning headlines as South Africa given 48-hour deadline over autumn Tests and coach and huge rugby finale pulled from free-to-air TV

12:35  14 october  2020
12:35  14 october  2020 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

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England’s coach enjoyed Rugby World Cup success with South Africa in 2007 and prepares for Saturday’s final as a huge admirer of the team Eight weeks before South Africa played England in Paris, Jones was appointed as the Springboks’ technical director and the effective No 2 to the head

That was South Africa ’s day, no doubt. They bowled really well, with Anrich Nortje outstanding, though they “I saw a lot of players expressed opinions on four-day Tests , and it’s always good to see them expressing their He was beaten for pace and clunked a pull just over the head of Philander mid-on.

Here are your rugby morning headlines for Wednesday, October 14.

South Africa given 48-hour deadline for Rugby Championship

SANZAAR has given the world champion Springboks a 48-hour deadline to resolve their internal issues and confirm their participation in the Rugby Championship, set to begin in a few weeks.

The four-nation tournament - also including Australia, New Zealand and Argentina - is being staged in Australia this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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England and Wales both played host to Argentina and South Africa , while the Pumas and As in recent seasons, New Zealand and Australia played the third and final Bledisloe Cup Test match for Unlike previous November tests , World Rugby has given more tier 2 nations a tier 1 fixture, seeing

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Speculation has been rife that South Africa won't compete over concerns about the Springboks' lack of preparation, with their players only recently returning to domestic Super Rugby after a six-month layoff because of coronavirus, TV NZ reports.

"The SANZAAR member unions have agreed to provide South Africa Rugby with an additional 48 hours to finalise its internal stakeholder discussions," SANZAAR said in a statement on Wednesday.

"This will now delay the scheduled departure of the Springboks from South Africa to Australia.

"SANZAAR will provide an update on the resolution of these discussions and a timetable for the Springboks participation in the Rugby Championship when available in the coming days."

New Wales kit set to be released

Wales' autumn rugby fixtures, kick-off times and the TV channels and subscriptions you'll need

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England usually spend the week of their home Tests at their base in Bagshot, Surrey. But Jones wants his side to match the travel conditions in Japan next year. As well as having extensive experience of Japan from his time as head coach of their national side, Jones has been there this summer to

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Wales' new kit is set to be unveiled later this morning ahead of the autumn internationals.

It is being supplied by Macron, after a 12-year partnership with American giants Under Armour ended prematurely.

Macron's first Wales kit is set to be worn by Pivac's players in the warm-up match against France on October 24, while Wales Women are expected to wear it in their Six Nations clash against Scotland on November 1.

The full Wales kit is set to be unveiled on Wednesday, October 14, at 11am. You can follow the big reveal here on WalesOnline.

Lee Blackett issues response to Rowlands Dragons link

Wasps coach Lee Blackett said he would be "gobsmacked" if Dragons target Will Rowlands moves away from the Ricoh Arena before the end of next season.

WalesOnline reported on Tuesday that the Gwent outfit are on the brink of finally sealing the deal to bring Rowlands to Welsh regional rugby.

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We understand one of the Welsh game’s longest-running transfer sagas is set to end with the 6ft 8in, 19st 5lb Wasps lock committing his future to the east Wales region.

"You can tell by my pause, but what I'm trying to say is it'd be very doubtful this is his last game," Blackett told CoventryLive.


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"He's contracted to the end of next season so I'd be gobsmacked if he's not here until then."

It is believed, though, the move to bring him to Gwent is at an advanced stage, though it isn’t certain when he'll formally become a Dragons player or when any contract he pens will start.

The Dragons lost Cory Hill to Cardiff Blues in the summer and are in need of bolstering their front five. Leinster’s James Ryan plundered their line-out on the opening weekend of the PRO14 and after two rounds the Welsh side have only a 78 percent success rate in that area, the worst return in the league.

Rowlands would help improve matters and he is a big contributor around the field.

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Wales-born scrum-half tests positive for coronavirus days after first international call-up

Wales-born scrum-half Stephen Varney is in self-isolation after returning a positive Covid-19 test.

The uncapped 19-year-old was last week named in a 34-man Italy squad.

He had joined the squad on Monday in preparation for the Six Nations clash with Ireland in Dublin on October 24.

The Italian Rugby Federation have now confirmed the west Walian, who qualifies for Italy through his mother, has tested positive for Covid-19. He is the only member of their squad to do so.

“FIR has activated all the procedures envisaged and informed the health authorities, in full compliance with the regulations in force,” a statement reads.

“The national team continues the meeting in Rome in compliance with the provisions of the health authority.”

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Dragons to host Scarlets this week in online-streamed friendly

The Dragons will take on the Scarlets this week and fans will be able to watch the game live.

The match is being staged at Rodney Parade on Friday, with a noon kick-off, and the plan is to live stream it.

There are no Guinness PRO14 matches this weekend, with the European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals taking centre stage.

So the two regions have taken the opportunity to fit in a friendly ahead of the PRO14 resuming next week.

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It is being labelled as an A-team fixture, but it will give a run-out to a number of players who will be used during the international period, with so many star names away on Test duty.

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Premiership final pulled from free-to-air TV

The Gallagher Premiership final between Exeter Chiefs and Wasps on October 24 was due to be shown on free-to-air TV before discussions collapsed, according to The Telegraph.

The BBC were said to be "all systems go" to show the Twickenham showpiece, having secured studio space, presenters ad pundits, until plans were cancelled.

BT Sport hold primary broadcasting rights for the Premiership, while a select number of matches are shown on Channel 5 throughout the course of the season.

A BBC source told The Telegraph : "Premiership Rugby reached out to the upper echelons of BBC Sport and talks took place over kick-off times and various airtime requirements.

"Quite a lot of work had gone in to secure studio space, to book talent, but also sort various production logistics that are even more complicated in the current climate. As far as the BBC were concerned it was all systems go."

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