Today’s rugby headlines as Jonathan Davies questions whether Welsh rugby can survive and Liam moves back to England


These are your rugby headlines for Friday, January 7.


Jiffy: Take the Wales Games to England

Former Wales international and pundit Jonathan Davies has supported the move of the Wales Games to England during the Six Nations.

Currently, all professional sporting events in Wales must take place behind closed doors due to the current restrictions imposed by the Government of Wales.


As such, contingency plans have been devised that will see Van Pivac’s men play matches against Scotland, France and Italy across the border in front of spectators.

For the good of the WRU’s finances, Davis thinks this is what should happen.

“When the WRU, the field and Welsh rugby in general are struggling, I think they have to make a decision to survive,” Davis told The Telegraph, “That’s the important thing here. It’s not about where we play it – can they survive another Six Nations without fans. That’s the decision they have to see. I don’t think anyone is in their right mind.” Will judge them. Whatever they did to be honest.


“It happened in the 1990s when the Principality Stadium was being built. We went to Wembley, some games were successful and some were not, but it showed that Welsh fans were willing to travel to support their country. People have to plan and wait for decisions all the time, and there’s a lot of finance involved for everyone.

“The crowd gets so big. I’m sure the Wales players would rather play with the crowd in England than play with the crowd at home. It’s a decision, I think. Ultimately, if they don’t get the finances In the U.S., players probably won’t be paid by regions.

“You have Christmas games being canceled in Cardiff, and then a full house across the bridge in Bristol. It’s very disappointing. Especially when you saw Harlequin against Northampton, 78,000 at Twickenham for a club game.”


“There are a lot of questions to be answered and big decisions to be made. But at the moment it’s all about the finances.

“I don’t care where they play, preferably Wales, but it all depends on the revenue. They don’t want to take the game anywhere else, but if they need the money they have to find alternatives.”

The uncertainty of the six countries remains

First Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed on Thursday evening that the Alert Level Two measures would remain in force in Wales following the outcome of a review of the latest rules.

Mr. Drakeford is set to set the full parameters at lunch time Friday, which you’ll be able to follow here.

He said last night: “The Omicron wave means we all face a tough month ahead of us. We are already seeing extremely high cases in communities and we must be prepared for even more spikes in cases.” , as they are elsewhere in the UK.

“This variant may not be as severe as we feared initially but the speed at which it is traveling and its contagiousness remains a cause for concern.

“This makes it important that we all take action to keep each other safe. The things that helped protect us all during the pandemic will continue to protect us.

“This includes getting vaccinated and prioritizing your boosters, limiting the number of people you don’t live with, and doing lateral flow testing before going out and mixing with others.

“Together, we will keep each other safe and we will keep Wales safe.”

This leaves WRU in limbo over the fate of their home Six Nations relationship, with a statement that is imminent.

Liam joins LRZ and Adams

Cardiff’s new signings have joined the likes of Liam Williams, Louis Rees-Zammitt and Josh Adams in showing support for going ahead with the Games in England in front of spectators.

Rees-Zammitt recently retweeted a story offering the idea: “Without rugby fans there is nothing. Make it happen!”

“I’m with you, punch,” Adams replied, adding Williams’ thoughts on the matter.

French captain ready to miss six countries

It looks like Charles Olivon is losing his race to prove fitness ahead of this year’s Six Nations Championship.

Flanker – and Les Blaes captain – suffered a serious knee injury but was expected to be back in time for the 2022 European showpiece.

However, head coach Fabian Galthy has poured cold water on it.

“He hopes to be back in early February. We will follow him closely and keep in touch. There is no reason why he will not be back in the team in the medium term,” said Galthy.

“In all honesty, in the short term, I think the Six Nations would be too early for him. Let’s focus on maybe the second half of the season. That gives him time to avoid things in a hurry.

“You know his journey, Charles spent a lot of time recovering from a shoulder and shoulder blade issue that almost forced him to stop.

“I don’t think a ligament injury would stop him. He’s a determined, exemplary man for many of us. He’s growing stronger mentally.”

Vunipolus backs England’s reminder

Brothers Billy and Mako Vunipola are backed for the recall of Eddie Jones to the Six Nations squad.

The pair were controversially overlooked for the Red Rose’s autumn campaign against Tonga, Australia and South Africa.

The Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall believes Jones should be included when he announces his party on 18 January.

“He has shown good form in the three months since he was not selected,” McCall said,

“If Eddie wanted to get a response from him, he certainly got it.

“They’re both playing well. They’ve committed to staying in England, which shows they want to go to the World Cup.

“But the rest is not up to them. I’m not sure who is going to join at this time (from the Saracens). We were surprised in the autumn.”

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