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Mateo Carreras back and ready for Friday night



Tuesday 22 November 2022

Newcastle Falcons’ foreign legion are available for Friday’s Gallagher Premiership visit of Exeter Chiefs following their international exploits, with Argentina wing Mateo Carreras saying he can’t wait to get stuck in.

The winger set social media alight in his last appearance for the Falcons, when his 80-metre solo try at Northampton accrued more than a million views and landed him a second successive Famous Grouse Try of the Month award.

He followed that up by starting in Argentina’s historic one-point victory over England at Twickenham, and returns now for club duty after also playing for Los Pumas against Wales.

“I loved my time away with Argentina, it’s always a huge honour to play for your country but it’s also great to be back with the Falcons,” said Carreras, who is joined at Kingston Park by countrymen Matias Orlando and Matias Moroni as well as USA lock Greg Peterson.

“I don’t find it difficult at all to go from the Argentina squad to being back with Newcastle – I think it’s exciting.

“If I’m involved in the game on Friday I want to give back to the team, and show the learning and improvement from when I was away with Argentina. Hopefully that will help us to bring back the win, but I’ve enjoyed being back with the Falcons so far.”

Crossing for five tries in five games in Newcastle colours this season, Carreras’ last club outing saw his name up in lights thanks to THAT try at Northampton.

Not that the 23-year-old is letting the acclaim go to his head.

“I don’t like to pay too much attention to social media,” said the former Argentina 7s and Under-20s international.

“I like to put the focus inside me to improve my rugby rather than reading what people are saying about me, but obviously it’s nice when things go well and you help the team. I’m not bothered about any individual praise because it’s all about the team. If I can score more tries like that and help the team to win, then that’s all I’m thinking about – the win.”

With that try, and his previous length-of-the-field effort against Bristol, comes extra attention from opposition defences – not that Carreras finds it a problem.

“Hopefully, yeah,” he said, when asked if he expects to become a marked man.

“I want to be in the head of the other team, I want them to think I’m a key player and I like to play like that.

“The reason is because if extra defenders are on me or if the defence is set up to stop me, then there is space or a weakness somewhere else on the field, and it’s all part of the puzzle to work out where the space is and to get the ball there.

“If I have two guys on me then someone else is going to be unmarked, and I’ve done my job by helping to create that space. I’m not saying that teams are going to do that, but if they do, then we adapt and use it to our advantage.”

Hopeful that his time away with Argentina can have a positive impact on his club game, Carreras said: “It was really good being on tour with the Pumas.

“As well as being a huge honour and playing in some great occasions it’s also a good environment to be in, and you learn a lot just by being there. I feel like I’ve improved during that time, and now I’m ready to take that into my club game if I’m selected.

“It was amazing playing at a full Twickenham against England. It’s a great stadium, I enjoyed the game and we managed to achieve a great result. When I was back in Argentina guys used to talk about Twickenham as some kind of mystical stadium, so to be there playing for my country was just so special.

“It was the best win of my life to be part of the team which beat England at Twickenham, and I’ll always remember that day.

“We made a lot of mistakes against Wales the following week. We prepared with the stadium roof open and the rain coming down, then when we got there for the game the roof was closed. We couldn’t change our tactics well enough, we started to kick a lot and maybe we could have been smarter in changing our decisions in that moment.

“It’s good to make those mistakes now and get them out of the way because we have the World Cup next season, and this is all good learning as we prepare for that.”

Fully focused now on Friday’s home date with Exeter, he added: “We’ve had meetings about Exeter and done our analysis on them.

“They’re a really physical team and their rugby reflects that, but if we do our job I believe we have a very good team which is capable of winning the game.

“We know what we need to do, and the focus now is on doing it.”

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Source – Newcastle Falcons Rugby


Club announce arrival of former Wallaby coach



Leicester Tigers Head Coach Dan McKellar has appointed Petrus du Plessis to his senior coaching team as Interim Scrum Coach.

The South African will remain in the role until the arrival of new Scrum Coach Dan Palmer, when his commitments with the Wallabies are complete following the Australian national side’s Rugby World Cup campaign.

Born in South Africa, du Plessis represented St Helens, Orrell and Sedgley Park between 2001-2009 before joining Nottingham Rugby ahead of the 2009/10 Championship season.

He joined Saracens a year later and, during the next sevens seasons, featured in three league and two European Champions Cup winning campaigns.

The front-rower moved to London Irish in 2017 and then Glasgow Warriors in 2018, spending two seasons in Scotland before retiring in 2020 – including a final season as player/coach.

In September 2020, du Plessis was announced as Australia’s Scrum Coach where he worked alongside McKellar for almost three years.

Speaking about the interim appointment, Leicester Tigers Head Coach Dan McKellar said: “Our scrum is an integral part of what we do and, with Dan [Palmer] arriving after the World Cup, we felt it was important to have that specific focus on it during this period.

“To have been able to appoint someone with the experience of Petrus for that was an added bonus and too good an opportunity not to take up for the club and our players.

“I have worked with Petrus over the past few years in Australia and know the energy and enthusiasm he brings, as well as the effort he puts into his work. I am glad we’re able to have that here at Leicester Tigers in the interim.”

The appointment of Petrus du Plessis to the interim role is effective immediately.

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Bath confirm 2023/24 squad



The official Bath Rugby squad for the 2023/24 season has been announced.

Entering into his second year at the helm of Bath Rugby, Johann van Graan welcomed Ollie Lawrence, Ted Hill, Alfie Barbeary and Fergus Lee-Warner over the course of 2022/23, who remain with squad as we head into 2023/24.

With Finn Russell and Thomas du Toit still yet to link up with the squad after the Rugby World Cup, the Head of Rugby’s squad is looking full of power and prowess. 

Several big names committed their futures to the Blue, Black and White earlier this year, seeing England internationals Tom Dunn, Will Stuart, Sam Underhill, Ben Spencer and Joe Cokanasiga all re-signing. 

Scotland international Cameron Redpath also pledged his future to the club, as did Irish international second row Quinn Roux. 

Arriving at the club this summer is recently announced signing, Mikey Summerfield, who joined from London Irish. The young prop has been lauded with talent and high prospects, offering another option in the front row. 

Bath Rugby also named Billy Sela, Jack Bennett, Ieuan Davies, Ioan Emanuel, Rory Cameron, James Short, George Timmins and Raff Weston as their Academy intake for 2023/24, with many of them already putting their stamp on the age-grade international stage. 

The Bath Rugby squad are now preparing for the season ahead, with the opening fixtures seeing the commencement of a newly formatted Premiership Rugby Cup.

The coaching set-up has also been refreshed for 2023/23. Joining van Graan on his staffing team are Assistant Coaches Lee Blackett and Richard Blaze, who arrived at the club from Wasps and Leicester Tigers ahead of pre-season.

Stevie Scott and Andy Robinson have also joined van Graan to assist with scrummaging and the coaching of the Academy, respectively.

JP Ferreira and Jon Callard remain with the squad into their second year alongside van Graan. 

bath rugby squad 2023/24

PROP: Arthur Cordwell, Thomas du Toit, Ioan Emanuel, Archie Griffin, Johannes Jonker, Scott Kirk, Beno Obano, Juan Schoeman, Billy Sela, Archie Stanley, Will Stuart, Mikey Summerfield, Kieran Verden

HOOKER: Niall Annett, Tom Dunn, Max Pearce, Jasper Spandler, John Stewart

SECOND ROW: Jack Bennett, Rory Cameron, Harvey Cuckson, Josh Dingley, Eddie Erskine, Charlie Ewels, Will Jeanes, Fergus Lee-Warner, Daniel Marais, Josh McNally, Ewan Richards, Quinn Roux

BACK ROW: Abdul-Khalik Akenzua Al Kareem, Alfie Barbeary, Josh Bayliss, Chris Cloete, Jaco Coetzee, Thompson Cowan, MacKenzie Graham, Arthur Green, Ted Hill, Nahum Merigan, Miles Reid, Ethan Staddon, George Timmins, JJ Tonks, Sam Underhill

SCRUM-HALF: Tom Carr-Smith, Ieuan Davies, Murdoch Lock, Louis Schreuder, Ben Spencer

FLY-HALF: Orlando Bailey, Piers Francis, Sam Harris, Finn Russell, Raff Weston, George Worboys

CENTRE: Will Butt, Louie Hennessey, Ollie Lawrence, Max Ojomoh, Will Parry, Cameron Redpath, James Short, Max Wright

BACK THREE: Joe Cokanasiga, Tom de Glanville, Ciaran Donoghue, Matt Gallagher, Gabe Goss, Luke Graham, Byron Lloyd-Gilmour, Ruaridh McConnochie, Will Muir

bath rugby coaching team

HEAD OF RUGBY: Johann van Graan

ASSISTANT COACHES: Lee Blackett, Richard Blaze, Jon Callard, JP Ferreira, Andy Robinson, Stevie Scott


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Alex Brown | Open letter to supporters



Gloucester Rugby

Dear All, 

I wanted to write following Lance’s announcement last week that he was standing down as CEO of Gloucester Rugby. First and foremost, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Lance for his significant contribution to the Club over the past four years; during Lance’s stewardship, we have emerged from an extremely challenging period to a position of financial health and together, have built a team of staff and players who hold a forward-thinking mindset, setting up our Club well for a promising future ahead.  

I feel truly privileged and humbled to have been asked by Martin St Quinton to help to drive the Club forward this summer. 

So, I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight how the off-season is progressing behind the scenes.  

150th Anniversary 

Founded in 1873, it is an incredibly exciting year for the Club as we celebrate our 150th Anniversary. We have been working on plans to commemorate this significant event and look forward to hosting our Big Summer Party on the 12th August to kick off the season. There will be live music, community coaching opportunities, signing sessions and more. And of course, not forgetting a hero’s welcome for our Premier 15s winning Gloucester-Hartpury team who will be joining us on the day to mark this notable milestone in the Club’s history. I am also delighted to announce that we will be launching our new 2023/24 home shirt on this day too. 


The full fixture list has now been drawn; and with a new season structure in place this year (owing to the Rugby World Cup), the Gallagher Premiership season will start slightly later, and include a rest period during the Six Nations. This is a beneficial change for the whole league, ensuring that international players are available and promoting Premiership Rugby for much of the season. Tickets for our opening three Premiership games and all our Premiership Cup fixtures will go on sale on the 1st August.  Our Venue Sales Team have been working hard to update and improve the hospitality packages for next season and I’m pleased to say we are already taking bookings for the first three games. If you are interested in learning more about our hospitality packages, please do get in touch with us here.  

We are delighted to have over 5000 Club Members already signed up for next season, with another 200 Gloucester-Hartpury Club Memberships sold in our first season too. There’s still time to secure yours if you haven’t yet. Being a Club Member is the most cost-effective way to secure your spot at every regular home fixture next season. All Club Membership packs will be sent out over the coming month. You can get your membership here

2023/24 season 

As we edge closer towards September, work is continuing behind the scenes across the business in readiness for the new season. Our ambition remains to deliver success for our Club at every level; either through on-field success, through our inspiring work within the community or the experiences we all enjoy at our stadium. We have always benefitted from a strong brand and an incredible fan base; now is the time we strengthen that to put Gloucester Rugby at the top of the table in all areas. 

I’d also like to thank you for your tremendous ongoing support. Despite last season not finishing how we hoped, we still had record numbers of supporters turning out to watch our men’s and women’s teams. We hope that as we grow, you will remain on this journey with us and once again, thank you. I look forward to welcoming you back to Kingsholm again.  

I will keep everyone informed as things are firmed up in terms of long-term leadership for the Club. 

Best wishes, 


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