Here are your rugby night headlines for Sunday 19th June.
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14-strong barbarians hammer England
Despite Will Skelton’s sending off in the first half, the Barbarians clinched a dominant victory over England.
Even after being reduced to 14 men when Wallabies Lock Skelton was sent off for a dangerous high tackle, the famed club dominated against Eddie Jones’ men and ran in eight tries to accumulate points for more than half a century. Led by Fabien Galthie and Shaun Edwards, it was a performance by the Barbarians, played like a test match, with some of the later results resembling classic baa-baas values.
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Speaking full-time on Amazon Prime’s comment, former England prop David Flatman said the Barbarians “mocked England” at Twickenham.
France winger Damian Penaud crossed on two of the eight tries and former Englandman George Kruis scored a hat-trick of conversions, including a back-heel shot, in his last professional appearance.
England prop racially abused hours after final
Leicester Tigers and England mainstay Ellis Genge was subjected to racial abuse just hours after winning the Gallagher Premiership trophy.
In his last game for the club before joining Bristol Bears, Tigers captain Genge helped the club defeat Saracens 15-12. He then shared a message just after 2am on Sunday morning thanking fans for their support as the Tigers celebrated their glory at Twickenham Stadium.
“Over the moon for this group to win something so special and share the moments even more with family,” Genge wrote on Twitter. “I hope you all enjoyed the ride, thank you Leicester Tigers for all you have given to me and my family. Gengey out x’.
However, minutes later, he shared a direct message correspondence from a Twitter user who congratulated him and said, “I can’t wait for the signed shirt in the mail.” This was followed by another message from the same account in which Genge was racially abused.
Genge edited the screenshot to remove any elements that could identify the user. Instead, he chose to use his platform to raise awareness of the attack and send a message to social media companies and lawmakers.
He wrote: “On the other hand, I think it’s important to highlight that this is still a massive problem, even from a legitimate account. Not here to do a headhunter so the power outage, frequency and social/legislation should address that.”
Former springbok issues Welsh warning
Former South Africa lockdown Kobus Wiese has warned the Springboks will show no mercy to Wales this summer.
The 58-year-old, who has 18 caps, believes Wayne Pivac’s men could wait a few more weeks when they face the world champions in a series of three Tests in their own backyard in July.
“It’s always difficult to get here and without being a bit arrogant, there are a number of reasons why these games are going to be particularly tough,” Wiese told Rugby Paper.
“They mark the beginning of the Springboks’ defense at next year’s World Championships in France. With so many outstanding youngsters coming through, the competition for spots is fierce. [Evan] Roos in particular is a huge talent.
“Everyone will want to do their best from the start. There will be no let-up at any stage during the three games. There will be no holding back, for the simple reason that it’s not in the animal’s nature.”
“So it’s going to be a tough battle for the Welsh people. They’re going to be up against a team that’s in form and they have a lot of young blood. Wales have to be at their best. Most important of all, they’ll have it.” It will not be easy to do justice to the physical condition of the Boks pack. If they do well in the opening test, it will give them a big psychological boost.
“If they don’t, it could end badly for them. Test rugby starts and ends up front. I’ve never seen a team win a test match when they’re beaten from set pieces.
“I don’t want to sound demeaning because Wales means so much to me, but I cannot escape the reality that three Tests on three consecutive Saturdays will be a very challenging one.”
England sweats on star fitness
England suffered a setback to their non-cap game against the Barbarians after Alex Dombrandt was ruled out of the Twickenham clash with a knee problem.
Dombrandt picked up the injury in training on Friday and was replaced by Callum Chick in eighth place. It put a question mark over the Harlequins’ back row participation in next month’s Australian tour when Eddie Jones named his touring squad on Monday morning.
During the defeat against the Barbarians, he was seen wearing a full knee brace.
Cardiff City hire former Bath and Munster man
Cardiff City have hired former Bath and Munster man Patrick Wilson as their new head of physical performance.
Wilson joins the Bluebirds in his first job in football, coming from Bath Rugby. Before joining rec, he spent eight years with European giants Munster, where he held a number of positions including head of athletic performance and head strength and conditioning coach.
He joined Bath in 2019, first as head of strength and conditioning before being appointed head of sporting performance a year later. The Irishman, who hails from Fermoy, County Cork, is currently doing his PhD at the University of Central Lancashire on decision-making under uncertainty in high-performance environments.