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Leinster Heading to Canada for Pre-Season Clash

Leinster will prepare for next season with a trip to Canada

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Leinster will face the Canadian national side in a friendly fixture in Ontario as part of their pre-season preparations on August 24th.

As Leinster head to prepare for the 2019/20 season their hosts will be stepping-up preparations for the World Cup in Japan.

The two will play at the Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, which is the home ground for both the Hamilton TigerCats and Forge FC, of the Canadian Football League and Canadian Premier Soccer League respectively.

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen is excited by the prospect of playing against an international side and give players a chance to play at the highest-level.

“As a club, this will be the first time we have travelled to Canada for our pre-season preparations. We are looking forward to the visit and the challenge of taking on a full international side which we haven’t done in quite some time. It will be an excellent opportunity for a number of our players to get some great experience ahead of the 2019/20 season,” he said.

The game will provide Leinster players who fail to make it to the World Cup squad a massive opportunity to lay a marker for the coming season and onward.

Canadian head coach Kingsley Jones, whose side will face New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and Namibia in Japan, is looking forward to hosting the reigning European Champions.

“This fixture is crucially important for our preparation for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Leinster are one of the top clubs in all of Europe — they will bring a wealth of experience and provide high-quality opposition for us as we build towards facing Italy. The rugby community has continued to support our journey to the World Cup, and I look forward to a large home crowd for this match,” he said.

Leinster will be hoping to head to Canada with another European crown under their belt along with a possible Pro 14 title. However, the boys in blue must face Saracens in the Champions Cup final this Saturday as well as Munster in the Pro 14 semi-finals before thinking ahead any further.

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Cipriani Left Out of England Squad

Danny Cipriani has once again been omitted from an England training camp following a brief return to the international set-up

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England head coach Eddie Jones has chosen a 38-man squad for a two-week training camp in Italy and Danny Cipriani has been omitted.

Cipriani was originally selected in Jones’ 35-man training squad for the World Cup, when it was named on July 4th.

However, last week he was named on a three-man list, along with Anthony Watson and Sam Underhill, of players that would do separate “specialised strength and conditioning work” away from the rest of the squad.

The problem for Cipriani is that those two players have been named as part of the squad that will travel to Treviso for the 12-day camp whereas he has been left at home.

Jones has stated that some players have been left behind but are not completely out of the selection picture for the World Cup.

“Selection is absolutely challenging, we have left some good players doing work at their clubs and they must be ready if called up. Treviso is a hard yards camp with conditions similar to Tokyo. Team training will be about being adaptable and off the field enjoying each other’s company,” he said.

Another high-profile absentee is Ben Moon, who has been overlooked for selection with Joe Marler and Ellis Genge travelling and looking almost certain to be Mako Vunipola’s back-ups at the World Cup.

On the other hand, Mike Brown has continued his international revival by being selected in the travelling party. Brown has been out of the English picture for some time now but appears to have impressed since being called-up last week.

England will name their final World Cup squad on August 12th with some key selections still to be made but things are not looking good for Cipriani at the moment.

Check Out the Full 38-Man Squad Below.

Forwards:

D Cole (Leicester Tigers), L Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), T Curry (Sale Sharks), C Ewels (Bath Rugby), E Genge (Leicester Tigers), J George (Saracens), M Itoje (Saracens), G Kruis (Saracens), J Launchbury (Wasps), C Lawes (Northampton Saints), L Ludlam (Northampton Saints), J Marler (Harlequins), B Shields (Wasps), K Sinckler (Harlequins), J Singleton (Saracens), S Underhill (Bath Rugby), B Vunipola (Saracens), M Vunipola (Saracens), H Williams (Exeter Chiefs), M Wilson (Newcastle Falcons/Sale Sharks).

Backs:

M Brown (Harlequins), J Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby), E Daly (Saracens), O Farrell (Saracens), G Ford (Leicester Tigers), P Francis (Northampton Saints), W Heinz (Gloucester Rugby), J Joseph (Bath Rugby), J Marchant (Harlequins), J May (Leicester Tigers), R McConnochie (Bath Rugby), J Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), H Slade (Exeter Chiefs), B Spencer (Saracens), B Te’o (unattached), M Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), A Watson (Bath Rugby), B Youngs (Leicester Tigers).

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Pumas Star Out of Wallabies Clash

One of Argentina’s key players has been ruled out of the side’s match with the Wallabies this weekend

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Argentinian hooker Augustin Creevy has been ruled out of this Saturday’s clash with the Wallabies with a shoulder injury.

The 34-year-old was in sensational form during Saturday’s narrow 20-16 loss to the All Blacks in their shortened Rugby Championship opener.

Having played only 48-minutes of that match Creevy would have been in perfect condition to play in Brisbane but the shoulder injury is certain to keep him out of the clash.

However, all hope is far from lost as Julian Montoya will more than likely take his place and Montoya himself is arguably in the form of his life.

The Pumas put it up to the All Blacks with both hookers starring in their efforts and All Blacks captain Sam Cane was full of praise for the Pumas after his side’s win.

“The Pumas are very accurate, very good one-on-one defenders and make a nuisance at the breakdown. They might not pinch the most ball but they certainly know how to slow it down. Their ability to just get back on their feet and keep coming off the line shows real desire. They put us under pressure from the first whistle right up to the last second of the game,” he said.

The Wallabies will be wary of Cane’s comments following their 35-17 loss to the Springboks last Saturday and with the Pumas side full of Jaguares players and European stars vying for places at the World Cup.

Argentina will be looking to bounce back after missing out on their first ever win against the All Blacks and it appears as though even without Creevy they will be confident of heading to Brisbane and winning down under.

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Springboks Name 36-Man Squad for All Blacks Test

South Africa have taken 36 players to New Zealand for their clash with the All Blacks this Saturday

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Springboks director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has confirmed his side will bring 36 players to New Zealand in preparation for their clash with the All Blacks this Saturday.

Erasmus, coaching staff and a total of eight players left Johannesburg on Saturday following their 35-17 defeat of the Wallabies and left for New Zealand.

The players that left with Erasmus on Saturday were Eben Etzebeth, Jesse Kriel, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Rynhardt Elstadt, Trevor Nyakane, Elton Jantjies, Herschel Jantjies and Bongi Mbonambi.

Yesterday a further 10 players jetted off for New Zealand and are expected to train later today.

They joined-up with 14 players who were already in New Zealand, having been sent over last Thursday to begin their preparations for the All Blacks test.

As well as the 32 that have made their way over Lizo Gqoboka, Warrick Gelant, Marvin Orie and Andre Esterhuizen are to travel over in the coming days.

It appears as though Etzebeth will continue as captain after it was confirmed that regular captain Siya Kolisi has been ruled out of the remainder of the Rugby Championship campaign.

The Springboks will hope to cause an upset in New Zealand following their win on Saturday which has left them first in the standings after the round one fixtures.

Following their game on Saturday they will travel to Argentina, where they face the Pumas to conclude their shortened Rugby Championship campaign on August 10th.

Check Out the Full 36-Man Squad Below.

Forwards (21):

Schalk Brits (Vodacom Bulls), Marcell Coetzee (Ulster, Ireland), Lood de Jager (Vodacom Bulls), Thomas du Toit (Cell C Sharks), Pieter-Steph du Toit (DHL Stormers), Rynhardt Elstadt (Toulouse, France), Eben Etzebeth (DHL Stormers), Lizo Gqoboka (Vodacom Bulls), Steven Kitshoff (DHL Stormers), Vincent Koch (Saracens, England), Francois Louw (Bath, England), Frans Malherbe (DHL Stormers), Malcolm Marx (Emirates Lions), Bongi Mbonambi (DHL Stormers), Tendai Mtawarira (Cell C Sharks), Franco Mostert (Gloucester, England), Trevor Nyakane (Vodacom Bulls), Marvin Orie (Emirates Lions), Kwagga Smith (Emirates Lions), RG Snyman (Vodacom Bulls), Duane Vermeulen (Vodacom Bulls).

Backs (15):

Lukhanyo Am (Cell C Sharks), Damian de Allende (DHL Stormers), Faf de Klerk (Sale Sharks, England), Andre Esterhuizen (Cell C Sharks), Warrick Gelant (Vodacom Bulls), Elton Jantjies (Emirates Lions), Herschel Jantjies (DHL Stormers), Cheslin Kolbe (Toulouse, France), Jesse Kriel (Vodacom Bulls), Makazole Mapimpi (Cell C Sharks), Sbu Nkosi (Cell C Sharks), Willie le Roux (Toyota Verblitz, Japan), Handré Pollard (Vodacom Bulls), Cobus Reinach (Northampton Saints, England), Frans Steyn (Montpellier, France).

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