Your rugby morning headlines for Saturday, January 15.
Dean Ryan interested in deportations to Wales
Dragons boss Dean Ryan has reacted to speculation that the region is snooping around a trio of Wells-worthy exiles.
In recent weeks, the area has been linked to bath center Max Clark, who turned down a Wales call-up in 2017, Exeter lock Sean Lonsdale and New Wales international Bradley Roberts.
Hooker Roberts will have to sign a deal with a Welsh team next season if he is to continue his Test career, which has been capped in the autumn.
Speaking on Roberts’ speculation, Ryan said: “We are always interested in improving the squad and the more people who say the Dragons are a good place to come, that will be extremely helpful.”
When pressured on the other two, he said: “We’re always watching, and I think our market is often people who are looking for opportunities and looking for corrections.
“We can keep putting lists out there. If they fit that bill, we’re always interested.”
He acknowledged that recruiting dragons is always a challenge – “not only in the resources available but in terms of changing people’s perception of the place” – which contributed to a greater focus on youth development in the region. gives.
As for targeting Wales-qualified players, Ryan said: “The current situation is predominantly Welsh in Wales and therefore supporting those who play for the national side is an integral part of the region.
“It is also a metric for funding and so as we look to grow the region, we want to develop more people representing Wales from this region.
“You hold that criterion, we are interested in anyone who can go on to play for the national side and I am sure Wayne will say the same – he is happy to continue developing Welsh players for us. Will happen.”
Dai Young is proud to visit Cardiff
The Cardiff director of rugby Dai Young is proud of his team’s improvement in just one week, despite losing to Harlequin on Friday night.
Marcus Smith’s penalty with the final kick won the game and gave Quins a 36–33 win to seal her place in the round of 16 of the competition.
England’s fly-half tried to score four minutes from time as Quinns went ahead with 14 points, before his last gasping strike.
“We played some great things, made some good efforts, missed some chances,” Young said.
“We were 19 minutes ahead of time, with two scores in front. You’d think you could close those games.
“But if you see Quinn regularly, that’s a regular day at the office for him.
“In fact they are never beaten until the last whistle.
“I never felt comfortable, but I was really proud of the effort and the way we played, although I’m never going to be happy with a loss.
“I’m disappointed we lost, but proud of the huge improvement we made in a week.”
Gallagher Premiership champions looked like they would pay a hefty price for captain Alex Dombrandt’s second-half yellow card, with Cardiff turning the game – played behind closed doors at Arms Park – on its head, while England international Dombrandt Were off, Quickfire tries for three runs.
Wing Owen Lane led the way for Cardiff, touching twice as Wales head coach Wayne Pivac, forwards James Ratty, Dillon Lewis and Corey Domachowski also scoring and fly-half Jarrod Evans added four conversions.
But when Smith added earlier tries from Louis Lynagh, Tyrone Green, Luke Northmore and Danny Care, Quince dug deeper while he added four conversions and a 16-point haul penalty.
Reflecting on the progress he had made since Cardiff’s 34-10 loss to Edinburgh last time, Young said: “There were a lot of positives. The real happy factor was that we were unrecognizable from the team we played last week .
“It’s been a challenge all week to make improvements in all areas, individually and collectively, and I thought we did.”
Marcus Smith’s relief
Marcus Smith reveals a sense of relief after masterminding Harlequin’s surprise late Heineken Champions Cup fightback against Cardiff.
“I don’t think we were in a race today against a very strong Cardiff side,” Smith told BT Sport.
“It’s testament to the people and what we’re trying to build. We stuck there and we’re very flexible at times.
“To be rewarded with a penalty in front of the blackjack by the forward, which I considered excellent in parts, is a great relief.
“All season, forwards have been the difference for us. As backs, we are very fortunate to be playing at the back of a pack that when it comes to the top, stays on top.
He said, ‘It is a great pleasure to play with some people outside me and at the forward.
“His ability to get away from me made it so much easier for me, and some of the effort was good personal bits.”
Acknowledging Smith’s outstanding performance, Cardiff rugby manager Dai Young said: “He did not disappoint.
“In the first 10 minutes, he gave us a lot of problems. He’s a bag of tricks and he’s got a highlight reel in every game. He’s a fantastic player.”
Northampton boss Chris Boyd banned for two matches
Chris Boyd has been banned from the stands for the next two matches at Northampton after a misconduct charge was upheld for disrespecting referee Adam Leal.
Rugby director Boyd said that Lille “didn’t have mad enough” after failing to issue a yellow card against the Saracens during a series of scrums at a crucial stage of the Saints’ 30-6 defeat at Franklin Gardens. .
The Kiwis accepted the charge of defaming the game at a disciplinary hearing held on Thursday evening and it was decided that the offense was one of disrespect rather than verbal abuse of the official.
A two-match suspension was issued, meaning Boyd could only participate in Ulster and Racing 92 games as a spectator and not perform any coaching duties that day.
Additionally, he must submit to Northampton’s sporting and coaching staff as well as a local school or club on the need to respect match officials.
Boyd was completely exonerated when it came to the sanction due to his “clear and genuine regret at his choice of words”, along with his apology expressed directly to the referee, prior to the misconduct. The possibility of an allegation was raised, the material presented in support of his impressive character and his impeccable discipline record”.
Earlier this week it was announced that Boyd would return to New Zealand at the end of the season after spending five years at Northampton.
Danny Wilson challenges Glasgow to complete Champions Cup double over Exeter
Glasgow coach Danny Wilson challenged his team to a bid to complete a surprise Champions Cup double over Exeter at Sandy Park on Saturday.
The Warriors pulled off a stunning 22-7 win over the Chiefs in Scottston the week before Christmas. However, Wilson knows he has to stay focused if his team is to have any chance of a repeat result.
He told Glasgow’s website: “After a good result in the weekend (against Osprey) and a good week of training, we are really looking forward to summarizing our European campaign.
“After a good home run against Exeter, we know we have to go to another level to beat them at Sandy Park.”
Wilson made just one change to the team that claimed a bonus-point win over the Osprey last weekend, with Jack Dempsey returning to the back row.
Ryan Wilson, meanwhile, could become only the second player in Glasgow history to make 200 professional appearances if he steps off the substitutes’ bench.
Danny Wilson said: “Ryan’s inclusion in his 200th game for the club is an added inspiration. It’s a huge milestone and we talked about it a lot this week.”
Munster gets Champions Cup win at Castres
Head coach Johan van Graan was proud of his Münster side when they registered a 16–13 win over top 14 side Castres to take three out of three wins in the Heineken Champions Cup.
Gavin Combs crashed in the 78th minute and snatched the win which ensured qualification for the Irish side for the knockout stages of the competition.
Van Gran said, “You don’t just come here and win.” “We talked about an 80-minute performance and we definitely got that.
“Everyone gave their all and we are very happy with the four points.”
Van Gran admitted that despite being an 80-minute performance, it was not a perfect performance. He added: “We had one or two uncanny errors with the lineout five meters from their line – one in the first half and one after 70 minutes.
“You also have to give credit to Castres’s defensive lineout. He took a chance – not many teams fight five meters out… and a ball or two went into the field at 22, but I thought from a performance point of view. It was impressive stuff to look at.”
And he praised match-winner Combs, describing him as “a big part of our group.”
He added: “I thought he was phenomenal tonight.”
Now that qualification has been ensured, the focus is on the final pool match against the Wasps at Thomond Park next weekend.
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