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Derby Day – Premiership Rugby Cup – fixtures confirmed

Get the dates in the diary..

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Everyone loves a derby, right?

Well, get the permission slips in as Premiership Rugby have confirmed the West Country derby between Bristol Bears and Exeter Chiefs in the Premiership Rugby Cup will be shown live on BT Sport.

When the Premiership Rugby Cup returns in January it will also deliver Premiership Rugby’s first in-season break, guaranteeing players and management a minimum of one week off, with six Derby Day fixtures.

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Bears v Chiefs at Ashton Gate will be a 3pm kick off on Saturday 26th January.

Same time, same day,  two other local derbies will take place with Harlequins hosting Saracens and Leicester Tigers are on the road to Northampton Saints.

Worcester Warriors boast the best Premiership Rugby Cup record and their fast start ensures they will be shown live on BT Sport on the second weekend of Round 4, taking on Wasps on Sunday 3rd February, KO 3pm.

The Warriors edge Sarries at the top of pool on points difference having got across the white was on 14 occassions.

Also on Sunday 3rd February, Sale Sharks host Newcastle Falcons at the AJ Bell Stadium. Feb 2nd,  Bath Rugby will entertain Gloucester Rugby.

Check out the full fixtures and KO times below:

Round 4 – Derby Day
Saturday 26 January 2019 3pm Bristol Bears Exeter Chiefs BT Sport
Saturday 26 January 2019 3pm Harlequins Saracens
Saturday 26 January 2019 3pm Northampton Saints Leicester Tigers
Saturday 2 February 2019 2.30pm Bath Rugby Gloucester Rugby
Sunday 3 February 2019 3pm Sale Sharks Newcastle Falcons
Sunday 3 February 2019 3pm Worcester Warriors Wasps BT Sport

 

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Wasps Make Ninth Summer Signing

Wasps have confirmed their ninth signing already this summer

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Wasps have announced the signing of London Scottish lock Theo Vukasinovic for the 2019/20 season. 

The 22-year-old has played for both Loughborough Students and London Scottish having come through the London Irish Academy and he is delighted to have the chance to play in the Premiership next year.

“Making the move to the Premiership with such a well-renowned club as Wasps is a huge step for me in my rugby career. I can’t wait to test myself alongside and against some of the best players around,” he said.

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young has also commented on the move and believes that the club will be able to help him, and other young players develop.

“Theo is a talented young player with a lot of potential. He has impressed in the Championship week in week out and we believe, as we’ve seen with some other players like Ross Neal, Billy Searle, Ben Morris and Michael Le Bourgeois this season, we can aid his development to try and become a Premiership player,” he said.

The announcement comes a day after the club confirmed that seven academy players have signed first-team deals with the club.

Tom Willis, Gabriel Oghre, Will Porter, Tim Cardell, Callum Sirker, Owain James and Sam Sprink are the players that have been confirmed and young is really happy to have the youthful players coming on board.

“We’re thrilled to see these lads come through the system and we’re really pleased with how they’ve performed across the competitions over the last 12 months,” he added.

The moves all add to Wasps intent on developing young players and it will be interesting to see how they get on next season.

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WATCH: Move over Danny Cipriani, Francois Hougaard throws a flatter pill.

Some seriously good seeds here.

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We’ve seen some absolutely amazing passes this season with the fair share coming from Gloucester’s Danny Cipriani but this pass from Worcester & former Springbok Scrum-Half Francois Hougaard might just take the crown for the 2018/19 Gallagher Premiership Season.

Worcester took on Saracens on the weekend and this FLAT ball from Hougaard set up a fantastic blind-side try for the Warriors.

Check out some of the other ‘passes of the season’ below.

Straying outside of the Premiership, Connacht & Ireland Out-Half Jack Carty whipped this pill in the PRO14 clash against Ulster recently.

Some seriously good seeds.

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London Irish Confirm 10th Summer Signing Already

London Irish have announced the arrival of yet another new player

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London Irish have made their 10th signing of the summer already by confirming the arrival of Ruan Botha from the Sharks. 

The South African second-row, who has 64 Super Rugby appearances to his name as well as experience captaining the Sharks, joins on an initial six-month contract in which he will act as cover during the Rugby World Cup.

Once the six-months are up he will link-up with Japanese Top League side Kubota Spears before re-joining the Exiles for pre-season in June 2020 and preparing for the 2020/21 season.

Speaking ahead of the move the 27-year-old talked of how he delighted to be joining the club at a time when they are set to return to the Premiership.

“London Irish is entering an exciting period in its history and I am immensely proud to be joining at such an important time as they return to the Premiership. I look forward to meeting up with my teammates for pre-season,” he said.

Meanwhile, London Irish director of rugby Declan Kidney is looking forward to the multiple qualities the massive lock brings with him.

“Ruan being available during the Rugby World Cup period is a major boost to us. He has a lot of top-class rugby experience and will also bring a lot more to the squad in terms of his leadership qualities,” he said.

Botha becomes the latest in a long list of stars to join the English outfit with Allan Dell, Adam Coleman, Sekope Kepu, Paddy Jackson, Sean O’Brien, Nick Phipps, Curtis Rona, Waisake Naholo and Will Goodrick-Clarke all signed up over the past few weeks. The club will be hoping that their good transfer work works a treat as they look to stay up upon their return to the top-tier.

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