Here’s the latest rugby news on Sunday, November 12.
The Wales coach visits Sheedy
Warren Gatland will send Wales attack coach Alex King to visit Callum Sheedy at Bristol’s training ground this week ahead of his expected return to international action in the Six Nations.
Sheedy has been on the field since 2022 and has not made another 16 caps since Warren Gatland replaced Wayne Pivac at the end of last year. During that time he struggled for form after personal difficulties, but was starting to look back at his best at a time when Gatland was left with few options after Dan Biggar retired from international football. economic situation and Gareth Anscombe’s absence from Japan.
Bristol coach Pat Lam told Rugby Paper: “It’s been a tough year for him but I see the confidence there.
“I have seen Callum grow and mature from his experiences. Alex [King] called me and said he was wanting to come next week. I spoke to Callum about Wales’ search for a number 10. You’re not saying to forget such things but admit it and put the desire and motivation to play for your country into the performance perform for your club.
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“Callum has been with us for a long time and he is very passionate about the club. He has been very good this season and set up three tries for us at Exeter with kicks. He will do everything he can to put himself in an important position for Wales.”
Sheedy recently revealed that he discovered his father had been diagnosed with bowel cancer the night Wales lost to Italy in the Six Nations. His father’s subsequent death had a profound effect on the outside half, something he recently spoke courageously about.
“I can say rugby is my whole life,” he said. “I really didn’t think anything else mattered throughout my rugby career. “Then a year later I found out my dad had bowel cancer. I had just lost to Italy in the Six Nations, and at the time I felt it was the worst day of my life.
“Then that night I found out my dad had stage 4 bowel cancer, which really became the worst day of my life. From then on, I struggled mentally and I probably spent more time than I should have spent talking to people.
“Everyone just saw my performance on the rugby field. No one saw who I was and maybe I let it get inside me. I’m very lucky to have great people around me , that helped me get through it.”
The Welsh star was withdrawn from the team
Welsh winger Tommy Reffell has been withdrawn from the Leicester Tigers squad to play Harlequins at the last minute.
Reffell was replaced by Matt Rogerson just before kick-off, Leicester narrowly lost 25-29. The Welsh star is said to be injured but details have yet to be announced.
The Welshman was a big miss for the Tigers, who struggled to slow Quins’ ball down throughout the match.
The dragon’s victory is very important
Dragons coach Dai Flanagan said it was vitally important his team beat Irish giants Leinster at Rodney Parade today.
The Dragons have not won a home game since 2022 and have lost all of their matches so far this season in the absence of their Welsh internationals, six of whom return today .
“We were disappointed because we felt like we let everyone down,” Flanagan said.
“It’s been a great pre-season with a lot of buzz, but we haven’t been able to win the games we needed to win. We hope people will stick with us, come out in droves and support us.
“Leinster do everything well, it doesn’t matter if they have a first, second or third XV on the field.
“That’s something I’m sure everyone in world rugby is trying to achieve what Leinster have at the moment. We went to Munster and saw what they’re producing and they’re quite close.
“Irish rugby has become an enviable sport if you see the number of top quality players they are producing.”
Glasgow’s comeback beat the Ospreys
Glasgow Warriors’ impressive comeback saw them overturn a 10-0 deficit to win a hard-fought encounter 31-23 at the BKT United Rugby Championship in Swansea.
The Ospreys had no answer to Glasgow’s formidable attacking play from which they scored all four tries.
Johnny Matthews scored two of those tries with Sione Vailanu and Allan Dell also on the try scoring sheet. Duncan Weir converted all four and added a penalty.
Keiran Williams and Reuben Morgan-Williams scored for the Ospreys while Jack Walsh kicked three penalties and two conversions.
The Ospreys got off to a better start to take the lead in the fifth minute. Glasgow conceded two penalties in quick succession to give the hosts an attacking platform with Williams in hand to rush in from close range.
The Ospreys soon came close to scoring a second when Mat Protheroe took advantage of the Scot’s mishandling to take the lead. The winger looked to be a goalscorer but his second kick forward stalled the ball before he could hit the ground.
Williams’ converted try was the only score of a competitive first half with stubborn defending from the Welsh Region and poor handling from Glasgow preventing the visitors from getting an equaliser.
The Ospreys suffered an injury blow when goalscorer Williams was forced off the field to attempt a failed HIA that saw Weir booked for a high challenge.
Walsh took the penalty with George North introduced to replace Williams.
Weir returned from the bin just in time to see his team get on the scoreboard with Matthews rushing in from a pass. Weir’s conversion left Glasgow 10-7 down at the interval.
Four minutes after the restart, Matthews repeated the dose to give the visitors the lead for the first time.
Glasgow’s pack became increasingly dominant and their try to line out proved unstoppable as Vailanu fell for his third try.
Walsh’s second penalty left the Ospreys in contention before they scored their best goal of the night. The deft pass created space for Luke Morgan to create a chance before he raced clear and Morgan-Williams won the touchdown race.
Walsh converted and was successful with his third penalty but Weir first took the penalty before Dell scored a bonus point after Justin Tipuric was booked.
Scarlet blew it away
Henco van Wyk’s last-ditch effort saw the Emirates Lions claim a thrilling 24-23 win at the BKT United Rugby Championship and hand the Scarlets their first home loss in more than a year.
Sanele Nohamba converted to see the Welsh side lose at Parc Y Scarlets for the first time in the competition since October 20, 2022.
It looked like returning Welsh hooker Ryan Elias, who was on regional duty for the first time since returning from the World Cup in France, had given the Scarlets a winning lead when he converted a specialist Long distance driving after 10 minutes.
The immaculate Ioan Lloyd added a conversion and then the score was 23-14 in favor of the hosts. They looked unlikely to hold out until Nohamba was fouled in the 77th minute with a 30-yard penalty and Steff Evans was then saved by opposite player Richard Kriel.
As Evans buried his head in his hands, Kriel dove into the bouncing ball at home plate 22, gathered and sent Van Wyk running to the home plate.
Lloyd opened the scoring with a simple enough penalty three minutes into the game, and then it was his delightful sideways run that put the hosts ahead by the Lions 22, as Tom Rogers scored the opening try number.
Lloyd’s wide conversion made it 10-0, but the Lions hit back within five minutes with a try from their center and captain Marius Louw, who simply picked the ball up at one foot The chaos was 10 meters away and straight into the yard. line.
Nohamba added the extras and the Lions were able to pull within three points at 10-7 until the break, Lloyd heading a 42-metre penalty at the kick last of the inning. Just as he did in the first half, Lloyd took a penalty early in the second half.
But four minutes later, the Lions bared their teeth. Nohamba touched the ball with his hand at the penalty kick in round 22 of the home team, touched his body and rushed towards the goal line. He was kept five meters short, but the Lions forward was not about to let go of a golden opportunity and hooker PJ Botha drove the final meter to the try line.
Nohamba added the extras and for the first time in the match the Lions took the lead, albeit not for long. Another offside on their 10 meter line allowed Lloyd to kick back to take the lead at 16-14.
Elias then tried and converted before Nohamba responded with his penalty and converted Van Wyk’s effort to give the Lions their first win of the season.