Here’s your rugby evening headlines for Tuesday, April 11.
The Welsh couple hinted at moving to the English club
Welsh duo Dillon Lewis and Jarrod Evans have been open about a move to the Harlequins after their departure from Cardiff was confirmed on Tuesday.
Deals to the UK have long been expected, with Quins being reported as a destination some time ago. Despite how heavy the move was, the two still dealt a heavy blow to the Arms Park team.
Speaking of his move, Lewis, who is close to Wales said: “I’m delighted to have signed here and can’t wait to leave in the summer. I’m looking forward to seeing the boys and playing. at The Stop.
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“Their brand of rugby is like seeing the culture and environment off the pitch. I’m delighted to have had the opportunity to work with Adam Jones and the likes of Joe Marler and Will Collier. I have great aspirations to work with Adam Jones and the likes of Joe Marler and Will Collier. improve as a player”.
Fly-half Evans added: “I’m really looking forward to coming here. It’s a big club with great play. One of the things that really attracts me is playing in this tournament and I’m looking forward to it. challenge yourself..
“They have some really classy players here – I’m looking forward to continuing with them. Once we get here, the transition will be easier. I can’t wait to get started!”
Josh van der Flier new deal
Josh van der Flier has signed a contract extension with Leinster, keeping him in Ireland until 2026.
The winger, who won World Player and European Player of the Year in 2022, made his 50th international match for Ireland against England in the penultimate match of their Grand Slam campaign.
Speaking after the deal was signed, van der Flier said it was a “privilege to be part of two incredible rugby environments.”
“I am very grateful to the coaches in both Leinster and Ireland, who have helped me develop my play over the years.
“I appreciate that I get to go to work every day with some of my best friends, doing something that I love.”
Springboks fitness coach backs claim that team is “better prepared” than in 2019
SA Rugby’s head of athletics Andy Edwards backed Rassie Erasmus’ claim that the Boks are better prepared for the upcoming World Cup than in 2019.
“We’re more cohesive now as a team and I definitely agree with Rassie that that will help us settle in,” Edwards said. TimesLive.
“You have Ireland which is the reigning Grand Slam champion and is ranked number 1 in the world. People are also talking about France in France and strangely, New Zealand is seen by some as the underdog.
“As the Springboks, we are comfortable with where we are and can be confident in settling into a group. Not to settle comfortably but to keep pushing.
“It’s a healthy group that continues to show that they can operate at the highest level and continue to perform on the international stage.”
Edwards has replaced Welsh fitness expert Aled Walters, who featured in the 2019 win, in 2020.
Newcastle appoints new head coach
The Newcastle Falcons have appointed former England international Alex Colding as their new head coach.
Colding, who currently works as a striker coach for French side Oyonnax, will replace the outgoing Dave Walder.
Walder has stepped down from his duties as head coach, with Mark Laycock now temporarily in charge of the bottom team in the Premiership. But safe from relegation thanks to the collapse of Wasps and Worcester.
Former Wales manager Wayne Pivac is believed to be the first choice for the role, but it is thought the terms cannot be agreed.
“There is a lot of exciting talent on the team,” said Colding.
“Our job as a coaching staff is to help the players in any way we can to continue to develop and to give them clarity on how we want to play.”