Here are your rugby morning headlines for Monday, January 8.
Dual-code Wales international passes away
Tributes have been paid to former dual-code international Malcolm Price, who died on Saturday aged 86.
Price was capped twice by Great Britain during his time in rugby league, while he also played for Wales and the British and Irish Lions in the league, even scoring two tries to help beat the All Blacks on tour in 1959.
In his homeland, he played for Pontypool and the Barbarians, while he played for Oldham, Rochdale Hornets and Salford in the league. In 2019, he was inducted into the WRU Hall of Fame. Get the latest rugby news sent straight to your inbox for free with our daily newsletter.
Former Rochdale Hornets player Brett Garside paid tribute to him, saying: “Malcolm did so much for the amateur game in Rochdale and was a very popular gentleman to all amateur teams.
“Speaking from personal experience, you couldn’t hope to meet a more polite and humble person than Malcolm. I myself, along with others, would like to send my condolences to his daughter Elise Price and his family. “
Guscott supports Gatland
England and Lions legend Jeremy Guscott has backed Wales coach Warren Gatland’s call to cut the number of tactical substitutions allowed during matches.
Gatland recently said experiments should be carried out with reducing the number of substitutes, even suggesting that the game should consider returning to an era where only substitutions were allowed for injuries. He said that South Africa’s use of seven replacement strikers at the Rugby World Cup was “not their intention”.
Guscott, writing in his Rugby Paper column, agrees. He said: “The tactical replacement count is something I have wanted for a long time, and it’s great that a manager of Warren Gatland’s caliber now feels the same way. This is an urgent issue and I wouldn’t bother trying it out.
“I believe the benefits would be seen almost immediately if we halved the number of substitutes to have just four substitutes instead of eight. The game needed to change – and it did.” good change. We will see more skill, more fitness and more effort. It challenges everyone to elevate their attacking play and removes the biggest contributor to pressurizing the modern game in favor of defence.
“Rugby league used to try to tire opposition forwards to the point that gaps appeared in the defense and led to more attacking opportunities. Now, with coaches able to change Changing more than half of the team through substitutes, those coming on were bursting with energy, while those coming on from the start were tired, it was put into the defense.”
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Scotland is ready to compete strongest against Cardiff’s ‘challenge’
Scotland full-back Blair Kinghorn believes they are ready to compete with the best ahead of next month’s Six Nations opener in Cardiff.
After a disappointing World Cup, Scotland open their Six Nations campaign away to Wales in early February – they have not won in the Welsh capital since 2002.
“This is an opportunity to showcase our development and show we are ready to compete with the best,” said Toulouse full-back Kinghorn. BBC Scotland.
“The squad depth we have is potentially top-notch. I don’t think there’s any problem with confidence. The next step we need to take is to win big matches.
“We have a very effective attacking style and it works in certain matches, but in big Test matches we may have to rely on another part of our game.
“We need to learn from our wins and keep the momentum going. Cardiff is a tough place to be but it’s an exciting challenge.”
Lightning went two for two with Glasgow winning
Gwalia Lightning made it two wins from two in the Celtic Challenge with a six-try victory over Glasgow Warriors at Arms Park.
Gwennan Hopkins crossed for two tries, while Catherine Richards crossed once to keep pace in last weekend’s double against Brython Thunder.
Fullbacks Carys Hughes and Sian Jones were also on the scoresheet, along with Abbey Constable.
Holland Bogan scored in the first half for Glasgow while Aillie Tucker’s late double put things into perspective on the scoreboard.
The Premier League race is heating up
By Andrew Baldock, PA Football League Reporter
Rugby chief Johann van Graan has prepared his Gallagher Premiership title contenders for “a big test” in their remaining January matches.
The West Country club finished third in the Premiership behind Northampton and Harlequins with a 17-10 West Country derby win over Gloucester at the Recreation Ground.
And they will now begin preparations for exciting Investec Champions Cup dates with French heavyweights Racing 92 and Toulouse, before meeting fierce Premiership rivals Bristol.
“Overall it was a very important game,” said Van Graan, after two tries from fullback Tom de Glanville consolidated a hard-fought victory.
“Our win will position us among the contenders when we return in March after the (Premiership) break.
“We were true to the fact that we won today. We’re in a good position, so hopefully February and March will be kind to us.
“We have a pretty healthy squad. If you look at the next three weeks of isolation – Race at home, Toulouse away and then Bristol away – we have a big challenge ahead. ”
Bath bounced back from their New Year’s Eve loss to Leicester as De Glanville scored in each half while also getting a touch for wing Will Muir, with winger Finn Russell adding a conversion.
Gloucester’s ninth consecutive defeat in the Premiership – the worst result in the competition’s history – came after they led 10-5 at half-time following a Ruan Ackermann try plus a conversion and penalty. penalty from winger Adam Hastings.
But the loss of the bonus point will provide little consolation, especially as they finished the game strongly and caused Bath so many problems.
“I think if we played like that throughout the season we would be in a different position in the table,” said Gloucester boss George Skivington.
“I’m quite pleased with what I see. I know we didn’t win the game and maybe a draw would have been a fair result.
“I didn’t get too many complaints. The boys’ attitude was excellent. When we stuck to the plan, we looked good.
“We’re playing good rugby. It was a one-point game against full-strength Bath who were playing extremely well.
“Everything has context. My job is to keep doing what I’m doing. There’s no one who doesn’t work hard.”