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Six Nations 2019: Wales ‘got here after us’ admits Finest – NEWPAPER24

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Six Nations 2019: Wales ‘got here after us’ admits Finest

2019-03-16 18:02:56

Six Nations 2019: Wales beat Eire to finish Six Nations Grand Slam

It was not meant to finish like this for Rory Finest.

The Eire captain hopes to complete his profession on the World Cup in Japan however he is not going to bear in mind his ultimate Six Nations look with any fondness.

Wales swept to a Grand Slam with an irresistible efficiency that merely blew their opponents away.

Eire have been a pale shadow of the facet that beat all comers in 2018 as they foundered beneath the waves of purple jerseys and the Cardiff rain clouds.

Joe Schmidt’s facet surrendered their title with barely a whimper on a memorable night on the Principality Stadium.

The house group completed on prime in just about each aspect of the sport whereas Eire made a collection of uncharacteristic errors and conceded 11 penalties as they struggled to search out a solution to a fired-up Welsh facet that dominated from the opening kick.

Six Nations 2019: Wales elevate trophy after finishing Grand Slam

“Wales had a cracking begin they usually constructed into the sport. They’re an excellent facet, a decided facet and they’re very onerous to beat right here on the Principality Stadium and we simply could not get a footing,” Finest conceded after he was changed with 16 minutes remaining.

“Clearly our set-piece wasn’t as much as the requirements that we anticipate they usually got here after us. They put numerous strain on us and we struggled to reply.”

The disappointing show in Cardiff was the ultimate, crushing blow of an underwhelming Six Nations marketing campaign for Eire that started with a devastating loss to England earlier than a collection of underwhelming performances in opposition to Scotland and Italy.

The round-four win over France had raised hopes of a return to type and the slim risk of back-to-back titles however the out-going champions have been unable to masks their dip in type in opposition to a Welsh facet which have now received a file 14 consecutive Exams.

“It is a very aggressive Six Nations and we have misplaced to 2 very excellent sides so we’ll need to go away and deal with why we misplaced and the way we are able to get higher,” Finest continued.

“We all the time try to get higher and we’ve not performed that, we have been just a little inconsistent on this championship and we’ll need to mud ourselves off and attempt to end the calendar yr strongly.”

Eire will now hope to rediscover their 2018 type with a collection of warm-up matches in opposition to Italy, England and Wales earlier than their opening World Cup match in opposition to Scotland at Yokohama on 22 September.

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Rob Miller: Wasps utility again indicators new deal – NEWPAPER24

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Rob Miller: Wasps utility again indicators new deal

2019-03-21 14:26:09

Rob Miller joined Wasps from Sale in 2014

Utility again Rob Miller has signed a brand new deal at Premiership facet Wasps.

Miller, 29, is predominantly a full-back however may also fill in at fly-half as again as much as Lima Sopoaga, Jimmy Gopperth and Billy Searle.

The ex-Newcastle and Sale again has made 16 appearances this season and scored a complete of 19 tries in 98 matches for Dai Younger’s males.

“Rob is a participant you may at all times rely on to play a task within the crew,” director of rugby Younger stated.

“The tradition is one thing that is essential right here at Wasps and Rob is a unbelievable character across the place.”

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Premiership: Leicester Tigers v Northampton Saints – NEWPAPER24

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Premiership: Leicester Tigers v Northampton Saints

2019-03-21 13:00:42

England centre Manu Tuilagi signed a brand new contract with Leicester final week
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Venue: Welford Street Date: Friday, 22 March Kick-off: 19:45 GMT
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Leicester welcome again 5 of their England internationals for the derby match in opposition to Northampton as they make seven modifications from the defeat by Sale.

Manu Tuilagi is joined within the Tigers’ beginning line-up by Jonny Might, George Ford, Ellis Genge and Dan Cole on their return from Six Nations duties.

Saints make eight modifications from the XV which gained the Premiership Rugby Cup.

Half-backs Dan Biggar and Cobus Reinach return whereas Francois van Wyk and James Fish are again within the entrance row.

Flankers Jamie Gibson and Heinrich Brussow come into the Northampton pack, whereas centre Rory Hutchinson and winger Tom Collins additionally begin.

Tigers even have scrum-half Sam Harrison and flanker Brendon O’Connor again after harm.

Man Thompson strikes to quantity eight within the absence of Sione Kalamafoni, who begins a three-game ban following his purple card in opposition to Sale.

Northampton are seventh within the Premiership desk, three factors and three locations above Leicester, however have misplaced their previous two league matches and have been overwhelmed within the reverse fixture at Twickenham in October.

Leicester: Olowofela; Aspland-Robinson, Tuilagi, Eastmond, Might; Ford, Harrison; Genge, Youngs (capt), Cole, Spencer, Kitchener, Williams, O’Connor, Thompson.

Replacements: Kerr, Gigena, Heyes, Wells, Fitzgerald, White, Toomua, Owen.

Northampton: Tuala; Collins, Hutchinson, Francis, Naiyaravoro; Biggar, Reinach; Van Wyk, Fish, Hill, Moon, Ratuniyarawa, Gibson, Brussow, Harrison (capt).

Replacements: Marshall, Waller, Franks, Craig, Wooden, Mitchell, Kellaway, Furbank.

Referee: Wayne Barnes.

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