Your rugby headlines for the night of Sunday April 17.
Welsh boss set for shock swap – studies
Wales girls might be getting ready to shedding their coach in a shock job swap, declare studies.
In response to the Mail, Wales boss Ioan Cunningham is about to depart his present position after this 12 months’s World Cup and take cost of the Wales under-20s facet as a substitute. The paper report that under-20s boss Byron Hayward, a former newbie boxer, plans to return to that sport as a substitute as a coach.
It stays to be seen precisely how this pans out, however sources on the Welsh Rugby Union on Sunday had been definitely mystified by the studies. They had been distancing themselves from the hypothesis when solutions Cunningham and Hayward might be leaving their posts was put to them.
The Girls’s World Cup takes place in New Zealand in October and November and newly professionalised Wales are on an upward curve, having overwhelmed Eire and Scotland of their Six Nations opener earlier than shedding closely to England.
As with Wayne Pivac’s senior crew, Hayward’s Welsh under-20s facet had a massively disappointing Six Nations marketing campaign of their very own. They managed only a solitary victory over Scotland and completed second from backside.
Younger Wales shipped 53 factors in opposition to Eire of their opening match, had been closely defeated 43-14 by England, misplaced 46-15 at residence to France and had been then additionally overwhelmed by Italy of their finale.
Their outcomes, coupled with the Six Nations end result for Dan Biggar and his crew plus the failings of the Welsh areas, led to requires change amid speak of a completely blown disaster within the Welsh recreation.
Davies hoping for Wales return
The 28-year-old Dragons No.10 kicked 13 factors to take his whole to 1,005 within the competitors beneath its numerous guises because the Gwent facet beat the Scarlets 38-27 in Llanelli.
Solely Dan Biggar, Dan Parks and Ian Keatley had reached the 1,000-point marker earlier than Davies achieved the feat. Davies performed alongside Biggar on the Ospreys for a number of years and the actual fact he has hit the milestone is probably much more spectacular when you think about the standard of his competitors for kicking duties within the early a part of his profession.
“A number of the time they might accommodate me and Dan by taking part in Dan at 10 and me at 15, which meant I wasn’t kicking, so he was getting to attain the factors!” Davies instructed the PA information company.
“However he was an excellent kicker and he stays world class to at the present time, if not even higher than he was again then. It positively drove me on. I feel it drove every of us on, if I am sincere.
Biggar, after all, is the occupant of the Welsh 10 jersey and chalked up his one hundredth cap for his nation throughout this 12 months’s Six Nations. Davies, against this, has been restricted to simply eight Take a look at caps regardless of being a reliable performer at regional stage, with Gareth Anscombe, Rhys Priestland and Callum Sheedy amongst these forward of him within the pecking order.
“In case you learn into it an excessive amount of, I feel you will get pissed off,” mentioned Davies, who received his eight caps in an eight-month interval from November 2016 to June 2017 when he was seen as a vibrant younger hope for Welsh rugby.
“I believed I performed effectively at first of the season and perhaps there was a door in there with a whole lot of the 10s being out injured, but it surely wasn’t to be.
“When it is to not be, there’s nothing you are able to do about it aside from exit and attempt to play as finest as you may. Issues can change shortly, so I’ll all the time play at my finest stage and if something comes off the again of that then sensible and I can add to the eight caps that I’ve received.
“There’s a whole lot of outside-halves in competition with Wales in the intervening time, so until your crew’s going effectively as an outside-half I suppose it is going to be powerful to push your means into choice talks.”
However at the very least Cardiff went down preventing after current embarrassments by the hands of Welsh rivals Scarlets. They had been forward in third quarter, wanting sharp in assault and tackling onerous in defence.
“I’m happy with right this moment but it surely leaves a bit of little bit of frustration over the place that is been the final two weeks actually. Mark McCall mentioned to me that is a recreation he thought we may have received.”
Welsh boss questions head accidents
Dragons boss Dean Ryan has outlined his considerations over the way in which head accidents in rugby are being dealt with after Jonathan Davies averted a pink card throughout the Gwent crew’s win over the Scarlets.
Wales veteran and Scarlets skipper Davies escaped with only a yellow after catching Josh Lewis with a excessive deal with because the full-back cleared his strains early within the recreation. Referee Ben Whitehouse and his fellow officers deemed there was sufficient mitigation for Davies to keep away from being despatched off.
He mentioned: “If we ask that that query typically sufficient then perhaps they could change a few of the solutions. Josh was off from that incident and it’s not for me to take a seat right here post-game and remark. We requested questions final week about two incidents that had been missed by a TMO, a crew of 4 officers and a citing officer.”
Scarlets head coach Dwayne Peel believed a yellow “was the proper choice. There was shoulder to shoulder contact.”