Below are the latest rugby headlines for Thursday 30th March.
Wales applies for Report Crowd
Wales are hoping to land a crowd at Cardiff Arms Park this Saturday as they attempt to secure two Six Nations wins of two against Scotland (4.45pm kick-off).
Every league game in the opening round drew a crowd over the weekend and this Saturday marks the fixture’s first home game in Wales. Ioan Cunningham’s side of Wales go into the game full of vigor after a shock comeback win over Eire last Saturday in Dublin by 27-19. They face a Scottish side who recently qualified for the World Cup and will look to do better than their 57-5 loss to reigning champions England would suggest.
More than 3,000 tickets have already been purchased for Wales’ second round. The Welsh report for a stand-alone worldwide girls’ rugby match is believed to be their 2017 clash against England, which drew 4,113 people.
Wales captain Siwan Lillicrap said: “Come help rugby, Wales rugby because that’s what it’s about. It’s a paragon of rugby and we’re a national squad and you might even be our sixteenth player. I’m sure Scotland will weigh us down but we’re looking forward to being home and having a home crowd.
It comes amid confirmation that the England Girls’ Six Nations showdown in the finals in France was bought out more than a month early. The ultimate game of the 2022 championship will be played at the Stade Jean Dauger in Bayonne on Saturday 30 April and should determine the title winner. The stadium seats 10,600 spectators for Saturday’s super game, which comes after Wales v Italy at Cardiff Arms Park (midday kick-off) and before Ireland v Scotland (starts at 8pm).
In the round, France defeated Italy 39–6 in Grenoble in front of a crowd of 14,000, Eire staged a victorious Wales on the RDS in front of a crowd of 6,113 to provide viewers coverage for a six nations standalone game for girls in Ireland and Scotland, with champions England ahead of three .988 followers in Edinburgh.
Tickets for Tik Tok Girls’ House Six Nations matches in Wales are on sale now and cost £10 for adults and £5 for children under 16.
Crunch Time is coming for Welsh groups
Dwayne Peel says his Scarlets are on a huge break from the season as they play five consecutive Welsh derbies within the United Rugby Championship.
They face back-to-back video games against Cardiff and the Dragons before the trip to the Ospreys, with a home game against the Stormers rounding out their marketing campaign.
“The video game course that follows is big in terms of qualifying for Europe and our ambitions to reach the playoffs,” said head coach Peel.
“To do that, we should win almost all of the remaining video games. It’s good to be back among the Welsh boys this week. There’s a huge whirlwind in coaching and everyone seems to be pushing these derbies. Everything can be played during this break. It’s exciting to have the video games back-to-back, and that’s going to be a problem.”
The coach opens the door to become the boss of New England
Exeter manager Rob Baxter has shown his curiosity about becoming England head coach for the first time.
Baxter has previously been associated with the function but frequently distances himself from such a hypothesis. However, with the RFU publicly stating that they need an Englishman for Eddie Jones’ success, Baxter is open to talks.
However, he needs information on what type of role the RFU is looking for, whether that is a director of rugby coaching under him or an additional hands-on head coach.
Baxter said: “I’d be happy to chat about what the feature is, how they see it and what their plans and ambitions are. There is an oddity in this, for obvious reasons.
“But I’ll be honest with you, we don’t really know what the job is. That’s one of the many challenges of RFU – to actually determine. Until you realize what it is, saying sure or no to something is tedious. At the same time, I’m not looking for another job! I am very happy here.”