Here’s a round-up of all the latest rugby news for Tuesday, December 12.
Schmidt is suitable for the Wallabies job
According to reports, former Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has stepped in to fill the vacant Australia head coaching position.
The 58-year-old, who won three Six Nations championships – including a Grand Slam – with Ireland between 2013 and 2019, joined the All Blacks as attack coach last year, but left after the World Cup as head coach was assigned to the role. Scott Robertson.
After a tumultuous year, Rugby Australia is in the process of appointing a new high-achieving director, as well as new head coaches for the Wallabies and Wallaroos. Former England captain Jo Yapp has been appointed coach of the women’s team. the Sydney Morning Herald reported that Peter Horne is about to be given the role of high performance director.
Horne – now World Rugby’s director of high performance – is close to Schmidt after the pair worked together in the 2020/21 season, and the publication reports that he will be “deeply involved into the recruitment of the next Wallabies coach.”
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Australian center Stephen Larkham, Argentina coach Michael Cheika and former All Blacks coach Ian Foster have all been linked with the job in recent weeks after Eddie Jones quit following a dismal World Cup campaign protein.
Meanwhile, former Cardiff coach Billy Millard and former Wallabies captain James Horwill were both shortlisted for the role of high performance director, but now appear to have missed out on Horne.
Arundell’s decision was challenged
Former England star Chris Ashton has told Henry Arundell he made a mistake by choosing to stay at Racing 92 and miss out on the chance to play in next year’s Six Nations.
The 21-year-old winger had initially been cleared to play for England this season even though he was living in France because of the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the collapse of his former club, London Irish. But the latest Professional Game Partnership talks mean his Six Nations participation is contingent on him having signed an RFU contract for the 2024-25 season by the time the tournament kicks off .
He was offered such a contract that would have seen him sign for Bath, but he instead chose to sign a contract extension with the French club and put his international career on hold. stalled for three years.
But Ashton, who has played for England 44 times, believes such a move would be detrimental to the youngster’s career. When asked if staying in France was a good move for Arundell, the 36-year-old told the BBC’s Rugby Union weekly podcast: “No way. How is that a good thing for a 21 year old player?
“Henry came off the bench for the Irish team, the Irish team was knocked out, went to the World Cup, went to Paris where he had to learn a new language, played at a club full of superstars. I just can’t understand that it’s the right thing to do right now. There are times in your career when you have to do those things.
“I need someone at that age to like a real mentor, spend a lot of time, put a lot of effort into me,” he added. “You need someone who is willing to spend a ridiculous amount of time with kids that age. I want to know how many players aged 20-21 have left their homeland and succeeded?
Flatman attacks the Farrell boo boys
Former England international and David Flatman has criticized fans for booing Owen Farrell during Saracens’ clash with the Bulls in Pretoria.
The 32-year-old recently announced he was retiring from international rugby to protect his and his family’s mental health. He was booed during last weekend’s Champions Cup match, much to the annoyance of pundit Flatman.
“Just to separate it, I don’t mind a bit of booing from opposing players when their names are announced and a bit of sporting hostility – a bit of pretend sporting hatred. I don’t mind that,” he continued ITV Sports.
“But you all have phones, you all read the internet, you all know that he is struggling and has backed off. If there’s time to take a day off, it’s time to take a day off.
“All the people insulting him on social media and booing him, they will have players they idolize that they think are great and whose opinions they think are valid, ” he added.
“You ask those players who are the best players they have ever played against, played with, the players they would most like to have on their team. Owen Farrell will be in most of their top 3 heroes, or at least top 5, he’s that good.
“Honestly, I just hope he’s okay because he’s a great guy.”
Ryan praised Nienaber’s influence in the victory in La Rochelle
James Ryan has hailed the impact of new senior coach Jacques Nienaber, following Leinster’s stunning 16-9 victory over La Rochelle in the Champions Cup.
The Springboks’ double World Cup-winning coach arrived in the province two weeks ago and Ryan believes his impact can be seen by all.
Ryan told Leinster Rugby TV: “We have to play a different kind of rugby, it’s not a night to play ‘Leinster rugby’.
“We have to play in the right areas and be strong in set-piece situations. Luckily we finally had enough.
“When you play away from home in the Champions Cup, away from home in France, I think it’s your defense that wins you the match.
“Jacques has made a big impact since he arrived. It’s great, the boys really enjoy protecting each other, extremely pleased.”