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Lions 0 / 0 Jaguares

The Emirates Lions and Los Jaguares do battle in Super Rugby 2018 at

Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg, South Africa at 15:05 SA Time (10:05 Arg Time, 13:05 GMT).

This is the live match discussion Article.

The match is broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & M-Net on TV in SA.

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Head Coach Gregor Townsend has reselected the starting line-up from Scotland’s round two win over France (32-26) for this Saturday’s Calcutta Cup clash with England at BT Murrayfield Stadium (kick-off 4.45pm UK Time; 6.45pm SA Time).

The Scots fought back from a ten-point deficit on two occasions and scored 12 unanswered points in the final quarter to post their first win of the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations Championship, with the two-try showing rewarded with reselection for the staring XV.

There are, however, three changes to the bench with fit-again prop Willem Nel (Edinburgh Rugby) and lock Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors) – both of whom returned to the squad this week – named among the replacements in place of Jon Welsh (Newcastle Falcons) and Ben Toolis (Edinburgh Rugby).

Centre Nick Grigg is the only change among the backs replacements as a reward for his consistency of performance for Glasgow Warriors, highlighted in his man-of-the-match winning performance for the club in their bonus-point win over Cheetahs last weekend.

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It would seem the England management are leaving no stone unturned in their preparations for Saturday’s Six Nations match against Scotland at Murrayfield as they aim to retain the Calcutta Cup which they won in emphatic fashion last year at Twickenham.

First came the news that the ever inventive Eddie Jones had enlisted the help of Georgia in a live forwards training session last week. This included scrums and lineout practice and from the feedback from the likes of England’s Joe Marler it seems as if the England pack learnt a lot from going head to head against the tough Georgian pack.

Further proof of the innovations come from reports that England’s replacements will be once again be wearing battery operated trousers to help keep them warm on what is expected to be a cold winter’s day at Murrayfield. England’s replacements have already made use of the “hot pants” in their last match at Twickenham against Wales.

More unthinkable though is the news that Scot David Moyes, who is currently manager of West Ham United football club, will be linking up with the English Rugby Squad today to give them advice. What advice that may be who knows but it won’t be the first time they have had input from the round ball bosses as previously Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola was also invited to spend some time with the squad. Although it does seem odd that a proud Scot Moyes would agree in the first place to try and help the Auld Enemy in their preparations for a match against his countrymen.

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Super Rugby 2018 – Rugby-Talk Super Rugby 2018

 

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We have 1 NEW SuperBru Pool for all to join!

  • Super Rugby 2018 starts on 17 February 2018, so hurry up and join up for the competition where the Southern Hemisphere giant franchises go head to head with their counterparts. I have left Pool creation late again… what’s new… hahaha

Immediately also make your picks for Round 1!

As of 2016 we have been doing it a bit differently and opened our Pools up to all readers of Rugby-Talk.com, but we encourage you to register as a subsciber on Rugby-Talk.com anyway, as our banter and commenting about our Pools will mostly take place here on the website and not on the SuperBru banter boards! It is so easy to register and such fun to discuss rugby here.

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Glasgow Warriors welcome back second row pair Scott Cummings and Tim Swinson and centre Sam Johnson for the visit of the Toyota Cheetahs tonight,  kick-off 7.35pm UK time, 9.35pm SA time.

Scotland international Swinson has been out of action with a hand injury since November, Johnson suffered a broken jaw in the game against Montpellier in December and Cummings has been out since the beginning of the year.

All three come straight into the starting XV, Swinson and Cummings starting behind a front row of Alex Allan, James Malcolm and Siua Halanukonuka.

Behind them Rob Harley captain’s the side and equals Graeme Morrison’s record for all time Glasgow Warriors appearances, playing his 177th game for the club.

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It is with great sadness that I heard about the passing of our great rugby friend and someone who has penned many articles here on Rugby-Talk.com

Mark Setzer, aka Stormersboy passed away yesterday!

 

 

Condolences to the family.

I will miss the rugby chats we had, the quiet drink or 2 that we had at Loftus before or after a game.

Stormersboy will continue to support his Stormers and Western Province from his new vantage point up high.

You were a gentleman, a stand-up man… always fair, always objective (hell that was difficult to say about a Province man… hahaha).

 

… I am at a loss for words…

Ireland (28) 56 / 19 (0) Italy (Final Score)

Ireland and the Italian Azzurri did battle in the RBS SIX Nations 2018 at

Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland at 16:15 SA Time (14:15 UK Time & GMT, 15:15 Italy Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 on TV in SA.

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Zane Kirchner

Brandon Thomson

Glasgow Warriors are away to the Dragons tonight in Newport as Guinness PRO14 action resumes following a short break.

The Glasgow Warriors squad is a much depleted one with various players away on international duty and even more injured. Nine players are away with the Scotland squad while fourteen players are listed as injured including three hookers. One could pick a very strong team for Glasgow from the injured players alone with a good match day squad there if it was topped up with the players away on international duty.

Taking a look at the squads for tonight’s game it was interesting to note that Brandon Thomson has been selected to play as centre for Glasgow Warriors while Zane Kirchner is due to start at flyhalf for Dragons. It would be interesting to hear from those in the know about how often Thomson and Kirchner have played in these positions at professional level if at all. I can remember quite a long time ago fullback Zane Kirchner played in the number 13 jersery for the Springboks but don’t recall him playing at flyhalf. He has also featured on the wing for Leinster when he was still with them. Likewise, Brandon Thomson is becoming Mr Versatile for Glasgow Warriors as the former Stormers flyhalf shifts into the centre and also can play fullback, in fact I have even seen him playing on the wing for the Warriors.

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We have 1 NEW SuperBru Pool for all to join!

  • The SIX Nations 2018 starts on 3 February 2018, so hurry up and join up for the competition where the Northern Hemisphere big guns go head to head with their counterparts. I have left Pool creation late again… what’s new… hahaha

Immediately also make your picks for Round 1!

As of 2016 we have been doing it a bit differently and opened our Pools up to all readers of Rugby-Talk.com, but we encourage you to register as a subsciber on Rugby-Talk.com anyway, as our banter and commenting about our Pools will mostly take place here on the website and not on the SuperBru banter boards! It is so easy to register and such fun to discuss rugby here.

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Italy (10) 15 / 46 (17) England (Final Score)

The Italian Azzurri and England did battle in the RBS SIX Nations 2018 at

Stadio Olympico, Rome, Italy at 17:00 SA Time (16:00 Italy Time, 15:00 UK Time & GMT).

This was the live match discussion Article.

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Nathan Mc Beth

Head Coach Stevie Scott has named the Scotland U20 team to face Wales at Parc Eirias in the opening fixture of the U20 Six Nations this Friday (2 February, kick-off 8.15pm) . Scott has named the Golden Lions youngster, who has decided to through in his lot with Scotland, Nathan Mc Beth, as one the props on the bench.

Of the 23-man squad named, 11 players are products of the BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy.

In the centre, Stafford McDowell – one of two players in the starting XV to feature in last summer’s World Rugby U20 Championship – is joined by Strathallan School product Mark New.

Edinburgh Rugby’s Callum McLelland and livewire scrum-half Kaleem Barreto form an all action half-back partnership.

Hooker Robbie Smith is named as captain and will pack down alongside Edinburgh Accies duo Shaun Gunn and Finlay Richardson – who complete the powerful front-row trio.

In the second-row, Jamie Hodgson is joined by Racing 92’s Ewan Johnson, whilst Archie Erksine, Guy Graham and Devante Onojaife form an abrasive back-row.

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Cheetahs (24) 45 / 24 (17) Kings (Final Score)

The Toyota Cheetahs and Southern Kings did battle in the Guinness PRO14 2017 / 2018 at

the Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa at 17:00 SA Time (15:00 UK Time & GMT).

This was the live match discussion Article.

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Experienced scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw returns to a 40-man Scotland squad announced for the Six Nations.

Laidlaw, 32, has not played a Test for almost a year and is just returning from a broken leg.

John Barclay retains the captain’s role he took on when Laidlaw was injured during last season’s Six Nations.

Uncapped props Murray McCallum and D’Arcy Rae are included, along with fullback Blair Kinghorn and scrumhalf Nathan Fowles.

Head coach Gregor Townsend also recalls Dave Denton, Scott Lawson, Gordon Reid and Jon Welsh after long absences from the international scene.

But there is no room for Josh Strauss, Matt Scott and Tim Visser, while John Hardie is overlooked as he nears the end of a 3-month “gross misconduct” ban.

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Wales have named uncapped pair James Davies and Josh Adams in their squad for the Six Nations.

Flanker Davies, 27, has been rewarded for his excellent form with Scarlets, while Worcester wing Adams is the top try scorer in the English Premiership.

Bath No 8 Taulupe Faletau is included despite being ruled out of the 1st 2 Rounds of the Six Nations with a knee injury.

Harlequins centre Jamie Roberts and Bath lock Luke Charteris are left out.

The 39-man squad is larger than usual, partly because of fitness concerns over a handful of players.

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Kings (7) 21 / 45 (24) Cheetahs (Final Score)

The Southern Kings and Toyota Cheetahs did battle in the Guinness PRO14 2017 / 2018 at

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, South Africa at 17:00 SA Time (15:00 UK Time & GMT).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 on TV in SA.

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Benetton (5) 27 / 21 (9) Cheetahs (Final Score)

Benetton Rugby and the Toyota Cheetahs did battle in the Guinness PRO14 2017 / 2018 at

Stadio Monico, Treviso, Italy at 15:15 SA Time (14:15 Italy Time, 13:15 UK Time & GMT).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 on TV in SA.

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The Southern Kings return to Guinness PRO14 action following their Christmas break with a tough assignment away to Edinburgh at Myreside.

The Kings’ last game was against Friday’s opponents as they went down 48-21 at Nelson Mandela Bay with the Scottish side playing Glasgow Warriors back-to-back in the meantime.

What’s at stake? The Kings are yet to record a win in the Guinness PRO14 but there is no better time than a New Year for a change in fortunes.

A victory would help the Kings close the ten-point gap to the Dragons.

Edinburgh meanwhile are eight points behind third-placed Ulster and need success to reduce that deficit as well as move them further clear of Benetton in Conference B.

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Gary Graham called up for England training camp

Bath prop Beno Obano and Newcastle flanker Gary Graham have been called up to England training for the first time.

Obano, 23, and Graham, 25, are part of a 34-man training squad named by England boss Eddie Jones for a two-day camp in Brighton starting on 1 January.

Saracens winger Nathan Earle is also included but Courtney Lawes is rested for personal reasons, while Elliot Daly and Nathan Hughes are injured.

George Kruis and Manu Tuilagi, who is just back from injury, both miss out.

James Haskell is recalled while injured number eight Billy Vunipola will also attend as champions England start their preparations for the Six Nations – their first match is against Italy in Rome on Sunday, 4 February.

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The winner of world’s oldest inter-city rugby rivalry will be decided by the ‘best of three’ format used in the international arena it was confirmed today.

Edinburgh Rugby host Glasgow Warriors in the opening leg of the 1872 Cup this Saturday (23 December, kick-off 5.10pm UK time; 7.10pm SA time) at BT Murrayfield in round 11 of the Guinness PRO14.The sides will meet again at Glasgow’s Scotstoun home a week later (Saturday 30 December, kick-off 3.15pm UK time; 5.15pm SA time), with a third, potentially decisive derby held at the home of Scottish rugby on the last weekend of the regular season (27/28/29 April).

Previously the 1872 Cup was awarded to the aggregate winner of the two league matches between the clubs, however with the expansion of the Guinness PRO14 – to include South African sides Southern Kings and Toyota Cheetahs – means that the Scottish sides now meet three times in a season instead of two.

The derbies attract the biggest rugby audiences in Scotland outside of national team test matches and will see many of the stars who lit up the recent Autumn Test campaign go head-to-head with their club sides – battling it out for PRO14 points, bragging rights and the chance to get a hand on the coveted 1872 Cup.

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