EXCLUSIVE: Six Nations to go behind paywall, as Sky lead the way in TV rights race— The Rugby Paper (@TheRugbyPaper) February 29, 2020
Current broadcasters BBC and ITV told they can’t join forces again. Read @JackoRugby’s full story in tomorrow’s TRP. pic.twitter.com/25ZjehlKl0
A few interesting questions this week:
Can Nort’s bounce back against Sarries. I predict a hiding but not sure for whom?
Will Wasps continue their flight of improvement in this inclement weather.
Bath or Bears. Could be a top 4 decider for Bath.
Being reported on the beeb that due to Coronavirus, the Ireland vs Italy game will be postponed.
“At the outset we made it clear that the IRFU was supportive of the Governments’ need to protect public health in relation to the coronavirus,” said an IRFU statement.
“We were then advised, formally, that the National Public Health Emergency team has determined that the series of matches should not proceed, in the interests of Public Health. The IRFU is happy to comply with this instruction.
“We will immediately begin to work with our Six Nations partners to look at the possibility of rescheduling the matches and would hope to have an update on this in the coming days.”
Ahoy there me little vegan sausage munchers! Apparently there was some rugby other than at Twickenham and Rochford this weekend. Here’s the latest table for Round 11, obviously still very much led by Sur George of Bath!
Good morning refugees!
Live match day thread for the above game. Come on you tiggers.
.15. Stuart Hogg CAPTAIN (Exeter Chiefs) – 74 caps
14. Sean Maitland (Saracens) – 46 caps
13. Chris Harris (Gloucester)- 16 caps
12. Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors) – 11 caps
11. Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh) – 19 caps
10. Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors) – 18 caps
9. Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) – 30 caps
1. Rory Sutherland (Edinburgh) – 5 caps
2. Stuart McInally VICE CAPTAIN (Edinburgh) – 35 caps
3. Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 27 caps
4. Ben Toolis (Edinburgh) – 24 caps
5. Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors) – 10 caps
6. Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh) – 16 caps
7. Hamish Watson (Edinburgh) – 30 caps
8. Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh) – 12 caps
Substitutes:16. Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors) – 48 caps17. Allan Dell (London Irish) – 30 caps18. Willem Nel (Edinburgh) – 36 caps19. Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh) – 40 caps20. Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 5 caps21. George Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 11 caps22. Rory Hutchinson (Northampton Saints) – 4 caps23. Byron McGuigan (Sale Sharks)
Long time! I can only heartily apologise for my absence on here. Been overseas for a few months and it’s been manic. Back now and will be diving into the chinwagging going forward with much anticipation!
In separate news. I’ve done something a lil silly and started a channel. I felt writing wasn’t getting what I wanted to get across quite the right way. And as such decided to bite the bullet and combine my love of Blackadder with the love of Rugby.
For anyone who is interested going in the kinda stuff I’m doing. This is the first vid. Though do please be gentle with me (unlike my first coach). First time ever doing video editing of any kind. 😆 If there is any advice or feedback you boys would give, more humour, a lil shorter or whether you’d want something to go up in particular. Feel free to let me know. Would do it in a heartbeat.
Good to be back boys, go well!
Mako Vunipola is not included as he has travelled back to Tonga for family reasons.
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)Tom Curry (Sale Sharks) Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby) Ben Earl (Saracens) Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby) Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers) Jamie George (Saracens) Maro Itoje (Saracens) George Kruis (Saracens) Joe Launchbury (Wasps) Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints) Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints) Joe Marler (Harlequins) Beno Obano (Bath Rugby) Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins) Will Stuart (Bath Rugby) Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby) Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs)
Backs Elliot Daly (Saracens) Ollie Devoto (Exeter Chiefs) Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints) Owen Farrell (Saracens George Ford (Leicester Tigers) George Furbank (Northampton Saints) Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby) Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby) Jonny May (Leicester Tigers) Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs) Ollie Thorley (Gloucester Rugby) Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers) Jacob Umaga (Wasps) Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints)
Saracens: Barnet Council considered ending £22.9m stadium redevelopment loan.
Barnet Council “considered” terminating its £22.9m loan to redevelop Saracens’ stadium after the club’s relegation but instead have frozen further payments.
Saracens will be relegated from the Premiership in June for persistently breaching salary cap rules.
The council put a “temporary stop” on the loan – to fund a new West Stand at Allianz Park – last month.
It will now demand to see a “robust revised business plan” if Saracens are to access any more of the loan.
Stadium owners Saracens Copthall LLP (SCLLP) have already accessed £3.2m of the loan.
Building work has not yet begun on the West Stand and the report said Premiership champions Saracens and SCLLP are “taking stock” of their plans, which is expected to take until the end of this month.
Let them re-group and rise or fall on their own efforts. I find the behaviour of those coming to kick a downed man unacceptable.