Here are the latest rugby headlines for Tuesday, June 20.
Wales targets all of England for new players in three-day ‘gathering call’
The Welsh Rugby League has issued a “gathering call” for the next generation of Welsh qualified players outside the country to move forward.
Three exile training camps will take place in England in July for boys and girls ages U13-U18, for players born in Wales or whose parents or grandparents were born in Wales.
Established in 1980, the purpose of the WRU exile program is to identify eligible Welsh players aged 12 and over who live outside Wales and may have the potential to play regional or national rugby. state and senior level in Wales.
Camps will take place for the Midlands and North on Tuesday, July 25, for London and the South East on Wednesday, July 26, and for the South and South West on Thursday, July 27. can learn more and register their interests at Exotics@wru.wales, with an end date of 17 July.
Wales has seen a number of international players represent the country in recent years after being identified in England later in their careers. Names like Will Rowlands, Nick Tompkins and more recently Henry Thomas have all been called up.
The aim of the current effort is to identify those with potential and put them in Welsh’s sights from an early age.
Rassie looking to replace Nigel Owens
South African rugby director Rassie Erasmus has summoned referee Jaco Peyper to Pretoria training camp this week to help his players keep up with new World Rugby directives, following the move to invite Nigel Owens to join. failed.
World Cup-winning coach Erasmus and current Springboks head coach Jacques Nienaber want their players to keep up with what the umpires will pay particular attention to during the Rugby Championship. in July and the Rugby World Cup in France, which opens in September.
‘Boks boss Nienaber told a media press conference on Tuesday that Peyper will spend the week with the team before heading to Toulouse for the Rugby World Cup referee camp.
“This week we focus on the work we did last week and just build layer by layer,” Nianaber said. “We are certainly not a polished product.
“There’s still a lot of work to be done and one of the aspects we’re bringing in this week is for Jaco to join us before he heads to Toulouse for camping. It’s great to have him with us. . He’s been helping us work through all the new directives from World Rugby and keeping us in the loop and making sure we’re all in line with the referees.”
In March, Erasmus contacted Welsh referee Owens, now retired, to take on the role of assisting the defending world champions for six months, but refereeing the 2015 World Cup final. refused.
“Between overseeing the referee academy, coaching the officials and doing the Whistle Watch Work, I had too much work to do to keep myself busy,” said Owens.
Peyper and Marius Jonker are two South African referees selected to govern at the World Cup.
Baldwin’s Honor Pavilion
Ospreys head coach Toby Booth believes Scott Baldwin’s decision to hang up his boots is in the best interest of him and his family.
Baldwin, 34, announced his retirement from football on Tuesday and will soon take up a defensive role at Gallagher Premiership club Newcastle. He has made over 180 appearances for the Ospreys, in addition to Premiership appearances with Harlequins and Worcester. He also won 37 Test caps and was substituted three times in Wales’ Guinness Six Nations campaign last season.
Booth said: “Scott approached us with a proposal that we discussed and we agreed the opportunity was best for him and his family. He was an important figure in our team. Welsh rugby for many years in his career and his decision to retire marks the end of an era As he moves into the next phase of his career, we want to take the time. here to thank Scott for his time with Ospreys and wish him every success in his new role.”
Baldwin said: “The opportunity to represent my country in rugby is a dream come true. However, every great adventure comes to an end, and it’s time for me to solve it. technology and pursue the next phase of my life It was difficult to make a choice, but the timing was right. It was not an easy decision because playing rugby is my passion, but I feel it’s time to step back and focus on my coaching career.”
Japan veterans believe they can win the Rugby World Cup
Japan veteran Michael Leitch believes the Brave Blossoms can win the Rugby World Cup in France.
He argues that Japan, which reached the quarter-finals at home four years ago beating Ireland and Scotland before losing to champions South Africa, has the best squad the country has ever produced.
former captain Leitch told reporters on Tuesday: “If not now, when? That’s the goal. I know it sounds silly but it’s a possibility and we believe in it. We are an excellent team. The best that Japan has ever produced, so we’ll try It.”
Japan was drawn in Group D with England, Argentina, Samoa and Chile at the World Cup. Leitch, 34, is aiming to qualify for a fourth World Cup after making his debut in 2011.
“I think the players we have now compared to 2019 are much more professional,” he said. “We have more talent, the whole team. I think this team can go all the way.”
Japan edged past France and New Zealand in the Home Tests last year but also suffered a heavy loss to England at Twickenham.