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Chris Ashton blasts the Top 14

“The Top 14 is a slow, stop-start game”

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Chris Ashton believes that the slow pace of the Top 14 is having a devastating impact on French Rugby.

The 31-year-old Ashton is expected to be part of the English side which is due to play against a depleted French side on Sunday. The English will be the favourites to defeat their opponents who recently experienced a woeful defeat against Wales.

The French started the game against the Welsh as the top side and dominated early on as they raced to a 16-0 lead. However, a collapse led to them eventually going on to lose the game 24-19. The manner in which they lost composure mentally will surely take a toll on the team.

Ashton’s knowledge of French rugby could prove invaluable for England. He previously played club rugby in the country for Toulon.

Ashton said: “The speed of their domestic game is definitely affecting the step-up to international level.

“The Top 14 is a slow, stop-start game. When you’re in an international game it’s the highest intensity it could possibly be whereas their league isn’t at that level. I’m speaking from experience. It’s not anywhere near.”

“Maybe that step-up shocks them in that first couple of games but they will get up to speed very quickly.

“I’d definitely say the Premiership is a lot more intense. The ball is in play a lot more and the whole game is a lot quicker.”

 Ashton added: “It will be an angry French team, desperate to make up for the last 20 minutes of that game against Wales.

“They will be up for the game against us more now than they would have been had they got the win. A lot of the French game is based on emotion but they’ve got a lot of good players in there too.

“If we know anything about the French, it is that they love a reaction. Their backs are against the wall and we expect nothing less from them really than putting everything into the situation. They’ve got to get a win and make up for last week.”

Anyone remember this kick from Chris Ashton when playing for Toulon?


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Baxter expecting Sio to make quick impact

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By Mark Stevens
5/10/22

Rob Baxter expects new Exeter Chiefs signing Scott Sio to be up to speed quickly after sealing his move to the Gallagher Premiership club.

The Australian international touched down at Sandy Park today following the recent culmination of the Rugby Championship, where he featured for the Wallabies in Tests against South Africa (twice) and New Zealand.

The Chiefs confirmed back in August that the 30-year-old would be heading to Devon after 11 seasons with the Brumbies. And Baxter believes it won’t be too long before his new addition is pressing his claims for a match-day role.

“If, by the end of this week, he’s getting over jetlag and he can do a full week’s training next week, then he’s going to be in and around the 23 pretty quickly,” Baxter said.

“It’s going to take us two or three days to get his training load correct and get him up and running. We’re not going to select him just to injure him, but he’s obviously a quality player – he was playing international rugby two or three weeks ago.

“We haven’t brought him here to sit on the sidelines for too long, but, at the same time, he’s going to have to show that he deserves a spot and that he’s training well and that he’s up to speed.”

Among those helping to sell the Chiefs culture are former players Greg Holmes, Dave Dennis, Dean Mumm and Nic White, all of whom enjoyed hugely successful spells at Sandy Park in recent years.

“Chatting with all those guys, they only had good words to say about the place,” said Sio. “They told me the Chiefs are a great club, on and off the field, and that’ll I will enjoy every minute of it.”

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Gloucester Rugby sign Argentina international

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Gloucester Rugby welcome the addition of Argentinian international Mayco Vivas, who joins the club immediately. 

The 6’1”, 122kg prop made a name for himself playing Super Rugby for the Jaguares in 2019 before making his international debut in the same year.

Vivas, who has won 17 caps for his homeland, was involved in this year’s Rugby Championship squad for the Pumas, including their historic victory over the All Blacks.

The 24-year-old joins Pumas teammates Matias Alemanno, Santiago Carreras and Santiago Socino in making Kingsholm their home.

Head coach George Skivington welcomes the addition of Vivas;

“We’re delighted to bring Mayco here to Gloucester. He’s clearly a talented player that offers a lot to the team in terms of set-piece and around the park. 

“Mayco is 24 and has got the potential to progress even further here at Kingsholm, we’re really excited to see what he can bring to us.

“He also adds some extra quality into an already strong front row which is crucial for a long Premiership season.”

 

 

 

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