Here are the latest rugby headlines for Tuesday, June 13.
Ex-England prop Paul Rendall dies aged 69 after battle of MND
By sports staff PA
Former England player Paul Rendall has died aged 69 after a battle with motor neurone disease. Rendall made 28 caps in a Test career that spanned from 1984 to 1991, playing the last game in a World Cup pool match against Italy, after which he injured his Achilles.
Nicknamed ‘The Judge’ for his role as a penalty master on tour, the bohemian came to international rugby late after making his debut against Wales at the age of 30. He played in a terrifying front row completed by Brian Moore and Jeff Probyn before being knocked out by the arrival of Jason Leonard.
“Today we lost Paul Rendall ‘The Judge’,” wrote Will Carling, Rendall’s last England captain on Twitter. “The man who quietly taught a young captain the importance of enjoying life! He was a master. He was also honest, kind, loyal and tough. A worthy man. Love.”
The Wasps strongman, who became head coach and director of rugby at Bracknell RFC, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease last year.
Springbok is disgraced again
Disgraced South Africa international Aphiwe Dyantyi signed with the Sharks’ United Rugby Championship just before the end of his four-year doping ban.
Breakthrough Player of the Year in the 2018 Rugby World Cup, who scored six attempts in 13 Tests for South Africa in 2018, tested positive for multiple anabolic steroids in 2019. He has denied any wrongdoing and said the banned substances were accidentally ingested but were dealt with four points. -year suspension.
The 28-year-old winger will be eligible to play for the Sharks from August. He said of joining his new club: “More than anything, I’m delighted to be back. I just believe it. that people are just as excited as I am to see what I can do. I just promise to give my all for the shirt.”
Sale Sharks Academy Player Killed
The Sale Sharks have honored an academy player who died after being hit by a car in Newcastle on Friday night. Liam O’Connor has just completed his sophomore year at Newcastle University.
A statement from Sale Sharks read: “It is with great sadness that Sale Sharks announce the passing of DPP and Junior Academy player Liam O’Connor. Regrettably, a car has crashed into Liam. Friday night in Newcastle Liam has just completed his sophomore year at Newcastle University.
“Liam played for many years in the Heaton Moor M&J Section then represented their ponies with their senior team before moving to Newcastle University to pursue his dream of working in medicine.
“Liam has repeatedly won the Heaton Moor player of the season award and is a consistent match winner for the age group he represents. Liam attended St Ambrose School and played for the first XV; he played. every age group represented Lancashire from Under-13s to Under-18s before joining the Sale Sharks Player Development Program and then Sharks’ Junior Academy His stellar rugby career began at Didsbury Toc H, before moving to Heaton Moor, Lancashire and the Sale Sharks.During two years of college he represented the Newcastle Medics.Each of those teams and their players had a real star and warrior on their team. .
“Liam epitomizes the spirit of rugby union and has always made his parents and teammates proud of his achievements. Everyone at Sale Sharks is heartbroken and our thoughts go out to him. Liam’s family, Joan, Mike, Sean and Kathleen. Rest in peace Liam, from all at Sale Sharks.”
Ealing ‘delighted’ to sign Lloyd Williams
English Championship side Ealing are “delighted” about the signing of outstanding Welshman Lloyd Williams from Cardiff.
The 33-year-old ended a 13-year career at Cardiff Arms Park, which has seen him make 260 appearances, a club record in the professional era. He also made 32 caps for Wales and was part of the squad for the World Cups in 2011 and 2015.
His move to the club was first followed by WalesOnline in April.
Williams said of joining the founding of Ealing: “I’m really excited to be moving to Ealing Trailfinders. After a long time at one club, when given the opportunity to try my hand at a different league and a different environment. New school, it’s the one I want to get.”
Rugby director Ben Ward said: “The signing of Lloyd is extremely exciting for all of us at the club. I’ve admired him and his style of play for a while, and I believe he will fit in well with the style of play we want.”
The club’s confirmation of the signing of Williams comes a day after revealing that they have signed Brad Thyer from Cardiff.
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