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Cardiff head to Llanelli with score to settle – Young

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Dai Young admits Cardiff will travel to Llanelli with a score to settle after suffering a double defeat to Scarlets last season.

The Blue and Blacks will be heading to Parc y Scarlets looking to bounce back after consecutive defeats in the BKT United Rugby Championship to Glasgow Warriors and Emirates Lions.

Young revealed the defeat to South African outfit Lions was particularly frustrating, having failed to capitalise on a dominant first half display, but insists that his outfit are now fully focused on the task ahead in Llanelli.

The Director of Rugby explained: “As coaches we can obviously work on the game-plan, we can work on the tactics in the game and be accountable for selection. But once they go across the whitewash, it’s over to them to perform at the levels that they want and feel they can perform at.

“So yes, we were very disappointed on Friday night, we had a good chat after the game and wanted to have a good week of training this week to go down there and try to do a job on the Scarlets.

“We felt they were far better than us on the two occasions we played them last year, and we probably have a bit of a score to settle.

“They will also be really eager to get their season going, so we know it’s going to be a tough, tough game and that’s what we were hoping the focus would be this week.

“Obviously a little bit of an edge has been taken off that due to other matters, so we have tried to address it when it’s needed to be addressed, while obviously trying to get back on page with the rugby.

“We’ve got to address our preparations with the rugby. We were disappointed with the performance on Friday because it was a game I felt we should’ve won. 

“We were comfortable up until half time but didn’t get the scoreboard to be anywhere near as favourable as it should’ve been.

“Then in the second half, the basic errors and the penalty count, of which we thought some were harsh but others were penalties, meant we didn’t have the ball and we were under pressure.

“So I was disappointed in our performance, especially in the second half and the way we didn’t really win the game.”

Young also warned his side of Scarlets’ power up-front and knows Cardiff must be ready to match the Llanelli outfit at the set-piece.

He added: “We know the Scarlets will be dangerous enough in derbies and we all get up for these games. Sometimes form can go out of the window, but as we said last season, we really struggled to cope with their non-Welsh contingent up front.

“They over-powered us and that’s the first thing we’ve got to do is get parity up front because, as I just said, they were hugely prominent.

“We’re looking forward to a good performance on the weekend and to hopefully getting a result. I don’t think Friday was all doom-and-gloom. There were parts of it but Friday was more frustrating than anything else.”

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All You Need To Know | Barbarians Double-Header

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The Munster Men’s and Women’s team will be in action this weekend in a historic double-header against the Barbarians.

Find out all you need to know ahead of the games below.

There will be a minute’s applause for Greig Oliver ahead of the men’s game following his tragic passing in July. Hawick RFC posted a lovely piece on a commemorative event that was recently held at the club here. Read our tribute to Greig here.

Where?

Thomond Park

When?

The women’s game kicks off at 2pm and the men’s game starts at 4.30pm.

Tickets

Tickets are available to purchase here from €20 for adults and €10 for juniors right up until kick off.

The best value tickets are the Family Packs of four tickets for just €40 which include 2 Adults & 2 Juniors tickets.

Broadcast

Live on Access Munster, brought to you by Pinergy – see full details here.

Did you know?

The URC trophy will be on display for photos behind the North Terrace.

The first-ever Barbarians Women’s game was played against Munster at Thomond Park in 2017.

The Munster men’s team have never faced the Barbarians.

Munster News

Ticket & Matchday Info

Access Munster Live Stream

Munster Men’s training gallery

Munster Women’s training gallery

Graham Rowntree Signs New Contract

Teams

All four sides will be named before lunchtime on Friday.

Press Pass

Hear from Munster Women’s Head Coach Niamh Briggs and Men’s Head Coach Graham Rowntree ahead of the games.

URC Tickets

Tickets for all Munster men’s home game for the 2023/24 campaign are available here.

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Cardiff announce signing of new fly-half

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Cardiff Rugby have added further depth to their fly-half resources with the signing of former Wales Under-20s star Arwel Robson. 

The 26-year-old arrives from Cornish Pirates where he has spent the last two seasons after leaving Dragons RFC in 2021. 

Robson has already linked up with the first-team squad and is relishing the opportunity that lies ahead at Cardiff Arms Park. 

He said: “I’m incredibly excited to make the move to Cardiff. It’s an honour to be able to play at the Arms Park and I can’t wait to get the chance to run out here for the first time.

“I grew up on the terraces of the Arms Park, in a family of Cardiff season ticket holders and I was a ball boy for years so it is a club that means a huge amount to me and my family. 

“After speaking to Matt about the style of play he wants to utilise, I’m confident it will really suit me and also continue to bring my game on.

“I’m very grateful to everyone at Cornish Pirates for the opportunity and support they gave me in the past few years. 

“I’ve played a lot of rugby down there and feel I am returning to Wales a better player and I am looking forward to continuing my development at the Arms Park.

“Cardiff also have a reputation for developing talent and the progression of players from the academy right through to the senior national team is testament to that. 

“Now I am just looking forward to getting on the training pitch and competing for game-time.”

Robson will fight for a place at fly-half alongside fellow new signing Tinus de Beer, Ben Thomas and academy duo Harrison James and Harri Wilde.

He is the fourth signing this summer, following de Beer, Ciaran Parker and Rhys Litterick, and head coach Matt Sherratt is pleased to add to his fly-half resources. 

Sherratt said: “We are delighted have have signed Arwel for this season.  He has a good skill set, will challenge the line and having regular game time has improved his in game management.  

“He has played a significant amount with Cornish Pirates over the past two seasons which is a sign of a player who was willing to take himself out of his comfort zone to go to a new club and get regular game time.  It shows he is driven.  

“Added to that he has a connection with the region and a point to prove in the Welsh professional game. He gives us a bit more depth at 10 and has slotted in well to training.” 

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Spingbok loosehead joins DHL Stormers ranks

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Loosehead prop Lizo Gqoboka has joined the DHL Stormers squad ahead of the 2023/24 season.

The 33-year-old Springbok front row forward has made the move to Cape Town and brings considerable experience with him.

Gqoboka only took up the game at the age of 19 and within two years had already secured his first professional contract. He has accumulated over 150 senior caps since then and made his Springbok debut in 2019.

DHL Stormers Head Coach John Dobson said that Gqoboka’s proven track record means he will be ready to hit the ground running when the season gets underway.

“Lizo is an experienced player who would be a valuable asset for any squad in what is an important position.

“He has already settled in well here in the pre-season and we are all looking forward to seeing what he can do when the season gets underway,” he said.

Gqoboka said that having played against the DHL Stormers many times in his career, he is excited about feeling the support of the Faithful.

“This is a great team with some incredible supporters and I can’t wait to run out in the blue and white jersey and give my all.

“My family and I have felt at home right away here, my teammates and the coaches have been so welcoming and I want to repay that when I get the chance to take the field as a DHL Stormer,” he said.

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