Gallagher Premiership had many of their international stars back this weekend following the conclusion of the International Window. David Flatman penned his best XV which wasn’t an easy task with so many players putting their hands up in an entertaining weekend of rugby! .
Quins and Bears have their fair share of players in the XV after their impressive victories over Exeter and Tigers.
Quins forward trio of Joe Marler, Alex Dombrandt and James Chisholm where all sensational outstanding as they handed the Exeter Chiefs their first defeat of the Premiership season in London on Friday night.
Chisholm was on the score sheet as he notched the hosts’ first try, Francis Saili and Joe Marchant also went well as a centre pairing and earn a slot in Flats’ XV.
Harry Thacker went over for 2 tries against his former club and made his way into the XV of the week.
It was the Bear’s backs that really impressed Flatman, with Harry Randall, Ian Madigan, Luke Morahan & Charles Piutau getting their names on the coveted team sheet after a serious showing of attacking rugby.
Madigan was on fire with the boot, notching up 21-points, while Morahan was busy on the wing making 146m on nine carries with Piutau just behind after clocking up 103m.
Read the full breakdown of the selection here –
Here is Flats’ XV for this week:
15. Charles Piatau (Bristol Bears)
14. Taqele Naiyaravoro (Northampton Saints)
13. Nick Tompkins (Saracens)
12. Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints)
11. Ollie Thorley (Gloucester)
10. Danny Cipriani (Gloucester)
9. Ben Spencer (Saracens)
1. Yann Thomas (Bristol Bears)
2. Jack Yeandle (Exeter Chiefs)
3. John Afoa (Bristol Bears)
4. Elliot Stooke (Bath)
5. Mitch Lees (Exeter Chiefs)
6. Nick Haining (Bristol Bears)
7. Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints)
8. Tom Lawday (Exeter Chiefs)
Saracens Lock Latest to Join MLR
Another player has decided to make a move over to the US for a taste of Major League Rugby action
The 33-year-old has been at Allianz Park for two years, making 32 appearances and has been influential in helping the club’s young talent.
“It’s been an amazing two years. I’ve met a lot of really good people and have been a part of a team which has won four trophies since I’ve been here. It’s been more than I could ever have asked for. Saracens are a massive club and pride themselves on being up there and winning things; being part of that has been amazing,” he said.
As well as his efforts on the pitch and with the youth development he has also set up fourfive CBD with fellow lock George Kruis which is a brand that helps athletes maintain an active lifestyle.
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall thanked Day for his time at the club and wished him luck in the US.
“Dom has been a brilliant person to have at the club over the last two seasons. In particular, he has played a key role in mentoring some of our younger players both on and off the field. We wish him and Nadia well as they embark on this exciting new challenge and will always be grateful to him for the huge contribution he has made at our club,” he said.
Day will now link-up with former England international Steffon Armitage, who joined San Diego Legion last week.
Worcester Coach on the Move
Worcester Warriors head coach Rory Duncan could be set to leave the club very soon according to reports
Worcester Warriors head coach Rory Duncan has been given permission to speak to other clubs according to reports in the Worcester News.
The news outlet claim that they have been informed by the club that they do not see Duncan as a part of their future plans.
“The club has put in place a strategic plan for the future of Warriors. We do not envisage Rory Duncan being part of those plans and, therefore, we have given Rory permission to seek opportunities elsewhere,” a club spokesperson said
Duncan has impressed with stints at the Cheetahs and the Warriors, and a return to the Cheetahs looked to be on the cards until the club announced Hawies Fourie as their new coach.
However, the Southern Kings are currently looking for a new head coach and Duncan is among a four-man list of coaches being considered for the position, with Steve Jackson, Corniel van Zyl and Pieter de Villiers being the others.
Duncan has experience with the Kings having played two Currie Cup seasons with them before his retirement from playing.
Both the Warriors and the Kings open up their respective campaigns for the 2019/20 season in September and one would imagine they will want a quick resolution if he is to depart for South Africa once again.
Scottish Star Signs for the Bulls
One of Scotland’s key back-rowers has left his contract a year early to join the Bulls
The 32-year-old has been at the English club for two-years since joining from Glasgow Warriors, with Sale agreeing to let him leave early having signed Jean-Luc, Daniel du Preez and Mark Wilson this summer.
He had been in talks with the Warriors about a return, as well as receiving a lot of attention from French Top 14 sides, but chose the Bulls.
By signing for the Bulls, Strauss will return to his country of birth, but is far more associated with Scotland having qualified for their national side in 2015.
He made his debut for the Scots in the 2015 World Cup and has gone on to gain 22-caps for them since.
Strauss is included in Scotland’s 44-man World Cup training squad by head coach Gregor Townsend and played in all five of Scotland’s Six Nations fixtures earlier this year.
However, there is no guarantee that he will make the tournament in Japan as he faces huge competition for a place on the plane with Ryan Wilson, Matt Fagerson, Magnus Bradbury, Sam Skinner and Blade Thomson are all vying for places.
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