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London Irish Continue Spending Spree by Signing Another Wallaby

London Irish have announced another big name to their roster for next season

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London Irish have confirmed the signing of Australian lock Adam Coleman for the 2019/20 Premiership season. 

The 6ft 8in, 122kg, Melbourne Rebels captain, who has 31 caps for his country will most likely move after the Rugby World Cup, as he is expected to be picked for the tournament in Japan and would join the side in November.

The Exiles director of rugby, Declan Kidney is very happy that Coleman is joining and is delighted by the strength and depth that he will bring.

“We have a strong set of forwards, but know that we need strength in depth if we want to be competitive. Adam is a quality player and we’re delighted he has chosen to come and join London Irish. We are looking forward to welcoming him to Hazelwood later in the year,” he said.

Irish have not held back in their spending since their promotion from the Championship and are getting their dealings done early with Coleman becoming their eighth signing this summer already.

He also becomes the fourth Aussie to sign for the team in the past couple of weeks as he joins Nick Phipps, Curtis Rona and Sekope Kepu all heading to England.

As well as those Ireland duo Sean O’Brien and Paddy Jackson will be in the Irish side next season, along with Scotland prop Alan Dell and All Blacks winger Waisake Naholo.

The spending spree doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon as London Irish look to stay up in the Premiership next season and we can only sit back and wait to see who else joins the Exiles camp.


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Wayne Smith appointed as Performance Coach for the Black Ferns and All Blacks

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Wayne Smith has been appointed as Performance Coach to the Black Ferns and All Blacks in a unique new role that will include mentoring and supporting the respective Head Coaches and enhancing the quality of coaching delivery across the two teams.

Smith has already started working with Black Ferns Director of Rugby Allan Bunting but will not start his role with the All Blacks until after the 2023 Rugby World Cup when new Head Coach Scott Robertson takes up the role.

Smith said he was grateful to be able to continue his long association with the legacy of the black jersey and New Zealand Rugby (NZR).

“I have a deep connection and love for any team that wears the black jersey and particularly the Black Ferns and the All Blacks. I also have strong relationships with the respective head coaches and many of the players, so it feels like this role across the two teams is a natural fit, and one where I can hopefully add and contribute to both environments.”

Smith, who masterminded the Black Ferns 2022 Rugby World Cup championship run as Head Coach, said he would continue to challenge norms and encourage coaches and players to think outside the box.

“It’s important to consider different perspectives and solutions as coaches. As we head into a new era for the game, I am a great believer in the importance of diversity, of relationships and of people. As a coach I’ve been very fortunate to have been exposed to that through my career”.

NZR CEO Mark Robinson said Smith would be the Performance Coach to sit across the Black Ferns and All Blacks, and the new role would continue a legacy of innovation and excellence. 

“Smithy’s input and insights on the shape of the game and trends in the game internationally will be of enormous benefit to coaches and players, but more than that his integrity, honesty, passion for the jersey and care for the legacy of the black jersey are invaluable.

“We are very fortunate to have someone of his calibre in our game and involved with our two top national teams the Black Ferns and the All Blacks. I know he is excited and energised by the challenge ahead and I’m confident our players, fans and stakeholders will feel the same way.”

Wayne Smith – All Black #806 – 17 Tests 1980-1985

2023: Black Ferns and All Blacks Performance Coach (commencing November 2023)
2022: Black Ferns Head Coach (Rugby World Cup winners)
2018: Kobelco Steelers Director of Coaching (Back-to-back Top League Japanese championships)
2015-2017: All Blacks Assistant Coach
2012-2014: Chiefs Assistant Coach
2012: Queen’s Birthday and Diamond Jubilee Honours, he was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to rugby
2004-2011: All Blacks (Assistant Coach)
2001-2004: Northampton Saints Coach (England)
2000-2001: All Blacks Head Coach
1997-1999: Crusaders Head Coach (back-to-back Super Rugby titles 1998-1999)

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Squads announced for Barbarian F.C. vs World XV

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The Killik Cup will be on the line next Sunday (28 May, kick-off 2pm), as two of the most decorated coaches in world rugby, Eddie Jones (Barbarians) and Steve Hansen (World XV), go head-to-head for an unmissable showdown in London.

The two squads are jam-packed with world-class talent, with internationals from England, Wales, South Africa, New Zealand, Argentina, Australia, Tonga, Japan, Scotland, Fiji and Italy all involved for the blockbuster clash at HQ.

The sides contain a total of 1,286 international caps between them – with 650 for the Barbarians and 636 for the World XV – as well as Rugby World Cup winners, British & Irish Lions tourists, and several returning Barbarians.

BARBARIAN F.C.

Forwards:

Nic Dolly (Leicester Tigers and England)

Taulupe Faletau (Cardiff Rugby, Wales, British & Irish Lions)

Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys, Wales, British & Irish Lions)

Stephan Lewies (Harlequins and South Africa)

Steven Luatua (Bristol Bears and New Zealand)

Enrique Pieretto (Glasgow Warriors and Argentina)

Carlü Sadie (Cell C Sharks)

Rob Simmons (London Irish and Australia)

Harry Thacker (Bristol Bears)

Sione Vailanu (Glasgow Warriors and Tonga)

Aaron Wainwright (Dragons Rugby and Wales)

Alex Waller (Northampton Saints)

Tom West (Leicester Tigers)

Hiroki Yamamoto (Toshiba Brave Lupus and Japan)

 

Backs:

Gareth Anscombe (Ospreys and Wales)

Qaude Cooper (Hanazono Kintetsu Liners and Australia)

Aaron Cruden (Tokyo Sungoliath and New Zealand)

Francois Hougaard (Saracens and South Africa)

Samu Kerevi (Tokyo Sungoliath and Australia)

Teviat Li (Tokyo Sungoliath)

Jack Maunder (Exeter Chiefs and England)

Adam Radwan (Newcastle Falcons and England)

Seta Tamanivalu (Toshiba Brave Lupus and Fiji)

“It’s an incredible honour to be asked to coach the Barbarians for a second time,” said Jones. “I am very much looking forward to returning to Twickenham Stadium – a venue I have so many fond memories of – as head coach of the Barbarians, and I’m more motivated than ever to put on a show. 

“Going up against Steve rekindles a great rivalry which first started in our days competing in Super Rugby and progressed into the international arena. It’ll be a great challenge and one we’re both relishing.” 

The fixture against the World XV marks the first return to Twickenham for the Barbarians since a stunning 52-21 victory over England in June 2022. They then retained the Killik Cup in November, courtesy of a 35-31 win over an All Blacks XV in front of 35,000 people at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Hansen added: “I’m really excited to be returning to Twickenham. I’ve coached both for and against the Barbarians during my career, and while you always have to expect the unexpected where they are concerned. 

“You can be certain we’ll have a hugely entertaining match played in a festival atmosphere.”

 

WORLD XV

Forwards:

Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors and Scotland)

Niccolò Cannone (Benetton Rugby and Italy)

Elliot Dee (Dragons Rugby and Wales)

Allan Dell (Glasgow Warriors and Scotland)

Harry Hockings (Tokyo Sungoliath)

Wyn Jones (Scarlets Rugby, Wales, British & Irish Lions)

Oli Kebble (Glasgow Warriors and Scotland) 

Michele Lamaro (Benetton Rugby and Italy)

Viliame Mata (Edinburgh Rugby and Fiji)

Sebastian Negri (Benetton Rugby and Italy)

Api Ratuniyarawa (London Irish and Fiji)

Marcus Street (Exeter Chiefs)

 

Backs:

Bryn Hall (Shizuoka Blue Revs)

Adam Hastings (Gloucester Rugby and Scotland)

Israel Folau (Urayasu D-Rocks and Tonga)

Marika Koroibete (Saitama Wild Knights and Australia)

Ngani Laumape (Kobelco Kobe Steelers and New Zealand)

Sbu Nkosi (Vodacom Bulls and South Africa)

Rhys Patchell (Scarlets Rugby and Wales)

Nick Phipps (Green Rockets Tokatsu and Australia)

Charles Piutau (Bristol Bears and Tonga)

Semi Radradra (Bristol Bears and Fiji)

 

Further squad updates will follow in the coming days, with one player expected to be added to each squad.

General admission tickets for this spectacular showcase of rugby are still available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk/barbarians, with ticket prices starting from just £27.50* for adults and £16.95* for Under-16s.

For a 10% discount on groups of 10 or more visit www.eticketing.co.uk/rfu/events, while hospitality packages are available to purchase from £299 per person by CLICKING HERE.

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Thumbs up from Nienaber as Durban camp wraps up

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Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber said he was satisfied that the small group of players present at the first of two preparation camps in Durban this month had reached their objectives as they launch into the 2023 international season.

The main aims of the camp, which wrapped up on Friday, were to get the players to switch into Test mode following their club and franchise commitments, and put the groundwork in place for the season, which will culminate in the Rugby World Cup in France.

The squad had five field training sessions and several off-field sessions since assembling in Durban on Tuesday night. The second training camp, which is also in Durban, will run from Monday 29 to Wednesday 31 May.

“This camp was invaluable in getting the coaches and players on the same page in terms of our structures and systems as we prepare for this important season,” said Nienaber.

“The message from the coaches from day one was that the players had to leave the camp knowing what we expect from them on and off the field in the next few months as we look to select our Rugby World Cup squad in August.

“We have another training camp in Durban in two weeks, which will feature a bigger squad as we welcome the DHL Stormers after the Vodacom United Rugby Championship Grand Final, and perhaps a few more Japanese players who have completed their club commitments.

“That camp will give us another opportunity to get the players into the swing of things before our Pretoria training camp in June.”

Nienaber added that they were delighted with the quality of the training sessions and how receptive the players were in the off-field sessions.

“We believe we have a fantastic base to work from,” he said.

“We also had the opportunity to assess the injured players and we’ll monitor their progress and rehabilitation closely in the next few months. All in all, we are in a good frame of mind as our first Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test against Australia approaches.”

Looking further ahead, Nienaber revealed that the Springboks will have a Rugby World Cup training camp in Bastia, Corsica after their last warm-up fixture against New Zealand at Twickenham on Friday 25 August.

The Boks will be based on the mountainous island in the Mediterranean Sea south of France until Sunday 1 September, when they will travel to their base in Toulon for the RWC opener against Scotland on Saturday 10 September.

“The Corsica camp will be ideal for the players to adapt to the conditions in France while finetuning our preparations for our first World Cup game,” said Nienaber.

“We reaped the rewards of spending time in Japan before the 2019 Rugby World Cup, and hopefully this camp will be equally beneficial in getting the players used to the climate and culture in France.

“I’d like to thank the Executive Council of Corsica and the Corsica Rugby League for welcoming us for this important camp.”

The Boks will begin their preparations for the Castle Lager Rugby Championship at a training camp in Pretoria from Monday 12 to Friday 30 June, with the team slotting into match mode the following week for their opening match against Australia at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday, 8 July.

Nienaber’s charges will then depart for New Zealand for their second Test of the condensed version of the competition against the All Blacks at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland (15 July), before returning to South Africa for their closing match against Argentina in Johannesburg (29 July).

The Springboks will play three Rugby World Cup warm-up matches: against Argentina in Buenos Aires (Saturday, 5 August), Wales in Cardiff (Saturday, 19 August) and New Zealand in London (Friday, 25 August) respectively.

They will then make their way to France for the international extravaganza where they face Scotland in Marseille (Sunday, 10 September), Romania in Bordeaux (Sunday, 17 September), Ireland in Paris (Saturday, 23 September) and Tonga in Marseille (Sunday, 1 October) during the pool stages.

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