Sam Skinner and Matt Fagerson added to Scotland squad

Exeter Chiefs lock Sam Skinner and Glasgow Warriors back-row Matt Fagerson have been added to the Scotland squad for the Six Nations.

Respective hamstring and rib injuries ruled the pair out of the initial selection announced by Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend last month, with both players impressing for their club sides since their return.

Skinner last featured for Scotland in last year’s Summer Test win over France at Murrayfield, when he sustained the hamstring injury that would rule him out of contention for Rugby World Cup 2019.

He comes into the squad as a replacement for Jonny Gray, who was sidelined for the rest of the Six Nations due to a hand injury sustained in Scotland’s Round Two loss to England at Murrayfield on February 8.

Fagerson’s last Test outing came the following weekend, in the away win over Georgia in Tbilisi, with the 21-year-old narrowly missing out on the Japan tournament.

Edinburgh wing Darcy Graham returned to training last week (Friday), while Gloucester second-row Alex Craig has been released from the squad back to his club.

Scotland squad

Forwards: Simon Berghan (Edinburgh), Jamie Bhatti (Edinburgh), Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh), Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors), Luke Crosbie (Edinburgh), Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors), Allan Dell (London Irish), Cornell du Preez (Worcester Warriors), Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh), Tom Gordon (Glasgow Warriors), Nick Haining (Edinburgh), Stuart McInally (Edinburgh), Willem Nel (Edinburgh), Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh), Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs), Rory Sutherland (Edinburgh), Ben Toolis (Edinburgh), George Turner (Glasgow Warriors), Hamish Watson (Edinburgh)

Backs: Darcy Graham (Edinburgh), Chris Harris (Gloucester), Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors), Stuart Hogg (c, Exeter Chiefs), George Horne (Glasgow Warriors), Rory Hutchinson (Northampton Saints), Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors), Huw Jones (Glasgow Warriors), Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh), Sean Maitland (Saracens), Byron McGuigan (Sale Sharks), Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors), Henry Pyrgos (Edinburgh), Matt Scott (Edinburgh), Kyle Steyn (Glasgow Warriors), Ratu Tagive (Glasgow Warriors), Duncan Weir (Worcester Warriors)

Jaguares come from behind to down Reds

The Jaguares claimed a morale-boosting 43-27 victory over the Queensland Reds at Estadio Jose Amalfitani in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

Julian Montoya (3), Emiliano Boffelli, Santiago Socino and Tomas Cubelli scored for the hosts while Tate McDermott, Liam Wright and Chris Feauai-Sautia got themselves on the try column for the Reds.

The Reds scored first. After winning an attacking scrum in the Reds' 22, scrum-half McDermott finished off a patient build-up from the Australian side. Jock Campbell added the extras for a 7-0 lead after 13 minutes.

The Reds were exploiting the weakness in the Jaguares defense on the blindside and captain Wright busted through a tackle and stayed on his feet to dot down for his side's second try. Campbell's conversion made it 14-0.

In the 23rd minute, the Jaguares won a penalty and kicked for touch five metres from the Reds' line, with Montoya going over at the back of the driving maul. Domigo Miotti added the extras.

Soon after, Feauai-Sautia got in on the act. The Reds once again utilised the blindside to their advantage. Taniela Tupou created the space with Feauai-Sautia rounding off.

Feauai-Sautia grabbed his brace in the 34th minute but Miotti's cross kick for Boffelli ensured the hosts hit back on the stroke of half-time to cut the deficit to 12 going in to the interval.

And the Argentine side were within just one two points shortly after the interval after Montoya grabbed a second and Miotti converted from virtually up against the touchline.

Campbell landed another penalty but Wright was sin-binned on the hour mark and the Argentines capitalised, with Montoya levelling matters after finishing off another well-worked driving maul to complete his hat-trick.

Replacement hooker Socino left off where Montoya had started, grabbing a try of his own from the rolling maul. And scrum-half Cubelli put the final nail on the coffin ten points from time with an opportunistic finish as Tomas Alborbnoz converted for the 43-27 victory.

The scorers:

Jaguares - Tries: Montoya (3), Boffelli, Socino, Cubelli. Cons: Miotti (4), Albornoz. Pen: Miotti.

Reds - Tries: McDermott, Wright, Feauai-Sautia. Cons: Campbell. Pen: Campbell.

Jaguares: 15 Santiago Carreras, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matiás Moroni, 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente (c), 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Domingo Miotti, 9 Felipe Ezcurra, 8 Rodrigo Bruni, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Tomás Lezana, 5 Lucas Paulos, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Lucio Sordoni, 2 Agustín Creevy, 1 Mayco Vivas
Replacements: 16 Julián Montoya, 17 Javier Diaz, 18 Joel Sclavi, 19 Matías Alemanno, 20 Javier Ortega Desio, 21 Tomás Cubelli, 22 Tomás Albornoz, 23 Juan Cruz Mallía

Reds: 15 Jock Campbell, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Hunter Paisami, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Henry Speight, 10 James O’Connor, 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Liam Wright (c), 6 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 5 Angus Blyth, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Alex Mafi, 1 JP Smith
Replacements: 16 Sean Farrell, 17 Dane Zander, 18 Josh Nasser, 19 Harry Hockings, 20 Angus Scott-Young, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Isaac Lucas, 23 Bryce Hegarty

Referee: Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
Assistant referees: Pablo Deluca (Argentina), Martin Cordoba (Argentina)
Television match official: Santiago Borsani (Argentina)

Stormers steal it at the death to break Lions hearts

Ruhan Nel scored a last-gasp try as the Stormers pipped the Lions 33-30 at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday.

The Stormers broke a five-year hoodoo against the Lions and made it three wins from three thus far this campaign.

The Lions' tries came from Andries Coetzee, Courtnall Skosan, Elton Jantjies and Dan Kriel, while Juarno Augustus, Godlen Masimla, Sergeal Petersen and Nel got themselves on the try column for the Stormers.

The Lions were looking to speed up the game with quickly-taken lineouts and quick tap free-kicks to negate the Stormers' set-piece strength.

Springbok fly-half Elton Jantjies gave the home side the lead with a penalty right in front after Stormers captain Steven Kitshoff was penalised at the breakdown.

However, it was the Stormers who scored from their first serious assault on the Lions' try-line to take the lead when number eight Augustus muscled his way over from close range after a series of powerful carries from the forwards.

It was a fairly scrappy game with both sides suffering in their execution.

With a quarter of the game gone and the Lions going nowhere on the half-way line, Godlen Masimla made a good interception to show the defence a clean set of heels and dot down in the left-hand corner. Willemse's conversion hit the post and bounced back with the visitors' lead remaining at 12-3.

The Lions suddenly upped the ante on attack and gained some good front-foot momentum with Len Massyn showing deft sleight of hand to offload to Coetzee while managing to keep himself within the field of play for the Lions full-back to dot down in the right-hand corner and cut the deficit to four at 12-8.

The home side continued to dominate and got their second try to take the lead through some brilliance from their captain Jantjies, who produced an expertly-weighted cross-kick for Skosan to complete a simple finish in the left-hand corner after setting up an attacking lineout on the right-hand side - with the decision not to take the three points vindicated.

The Stormers won a crucial scrum penalty four minutes from half-time right in front of the Lions' posts with Willemse doing the rest to level matters at 15-15.

And the Stormers number ten added another three-pointer after the hooter to give the hosts a slender 18-15 lead going in to the interval.

The visitors made a dream start to the second half. It was a brilliant read from Willemse, who changed direction from centre field. The ball was efficiently spread to the wing where Augustus produced a one-handed offload for Petersen to beat the last defender and cross the whitewash for a superb team try.

Willemse extended the lead to 26-15 after Kitshoff did heroic work at the breakdown oncce again, getting himself over the ball and securing the turnover for his side.

It was over 20 minutes before the next points were scored with the home side scoring a crucial try to bring themselves right back in to the contest. Jantjies attacked the gainline in characteristic fashion running flat on to the ball to break through and dot down under the posts as he converted to make the difference just four points at 26-22.

And it was centre Manuel Rass, who produced the moment of magic to put the Lions back in to the lead when he got in between two defenders and produced a beautiful offload out the back of the hand for Hajcivah Dayimani to throw the final pass for Kriel to finish it up and claim his maiden Super Rugby try.

Jantjies slotted a penalty four minutes from time which looked to have sealed the victory for the hosts but in a dramatic twist of events, the Stormers scored a sensational team try with Nel dotting down at the end of it to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and break the Ellis Park faithful's hearts.

The scorers:

Lions - Tries: Coetzee, Skosan, Jantjies, Kriel. Cons: Jantjies (2). Pens: Jantjies (2).

Stormers - Tries: Augustus, Masimla, Petersen, Nel. Cons: Willemse (2). Pens: Willemse (3).

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Tyrone Green, 13 Manuel Rass, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies (c), 9 Morne van den Berg, 8 Len Massyn, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Pieter Jansen, 1 Dylan Smith
Replacements: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 20 Willem Alberts/Ruan Vermaak, 21 Hacjivah Dayimani, 22 Dillon Smit, 23 Wandisile Simelane

Stormers: 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Godlen Masimla, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Johan du Toit, 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff (c)
Replacements: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Cobus Wiese, 21 Ernst van Rhyn, 22 Paul de Wet, 23 Jean-Luc du Plessis

Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa), Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)
Television match official: Willie Vos (South Africa)

Highlanders pip Brumbies at the death

The Highlanders claimed their fifth win in a row against the Brumbies with a thrilling last-gasp 23-22 victory at GIO Stadium in Canberra on Saturday.

Hooker Folau Fainga'a grabbed a hat-trick, while Jona Nareki and Teariki Ben-Nicholas got themselves on the try column for the New Zealanders.

The Highlanders exerted the early pressure and were rewarded with an early 3-0 lead when Josh Ioane, moved to inside centre for this game, put the ball between the poles from right in front after the home side were penalised for offside.

The Brumbies scored their first try in characteristic fashion through the driving maul. Having set up the rolling maul, a couple of backs joined the party to add that extra little bit of weight with Folau Fainga'a grabbing his third try of the season - and remarkably for a hooker - his 15th in his last 20th. Lolesio missed the conversion as the score remained 5-3 to the hosts with 12 minutes gone on the clock.

Brumbies loose forward Will Miller was then penalised for offside but Ioane shanked his effort from just over 30 metres out right in front - a costly missed opportunity to take the lead for the visitors.

Three penalties in a row allowed the Brumbies to go coast to coast and set up an attacking lineout seven metres out with 13 minutes to go before half-time. From the set-piece, the visitors conceded their fourth penalty for joining the maul incorrectly with captain James Lentjes receiving a warning.

And once again the Brumbies went to their most trusted weapon with Fainga'a grabbing a brace from another expertly-worked driving maul. Lolesio's calm conversion under pressure took the hosts in to a 12-3 lead.

However, the Highlanders hit back from the kick-off with Jona Nareki chasing brilliantly to charge down Lolesio's kick and dot down. Ioane converted to cut the deficit to two at 10-12.

And Aaron Mauger's side edged in to a 13-12 lead going in to half-time courtesy of Ioane's boot after All Blacks flank Shannon Frizell, making his first start of the season, did superbly to win the turnover penalty at the breakdown.

Ioane put the Highlanders four points in front with another three-pointer almost immediately after the interval. But the visitors were dealt soon after when setback when wing Sio Tomkinson was sin-binned for leading with his shoulder in to Brumbies full-back Tom Banks.

The Brumbies failed to capitalise on the numerical advantage and were struggling to find any momentum on attack in the face of some impressive Highlanders' rush defence.

It seemed the only way they were going to break through the Highlanders' rearguard was via the driving maul and so it proved in the 68th minute with Folau grabbing another hat-trick to add to his impressive tally with replacement scrum-half Ryan Lonergan.

Iona made another costly mistake, missing a sitter of a penalty which would have tied the scores for the Highlanders going in to the final eight minutes.

Lonergan put the Brumbies six points ahead with a well-struck penalty in the difficult conditions. But from the kick-off, they tried to run the clock down inside their own 22 only to concede the penalty.

And the Highlanders took full advantage. Having kicked for the left-hand corner, the visitors took the ball out right towards the centre of the poles with replacement lock Ben-Nicholas slipping the tackle of Brumbies replacement prop Scott Sio before barging over. And Ioane landed the all-important penalty to win by a slender one point margin.

The scorers:

Brumbies - Tries: Folau (3). Cons: Lolesio, Lonergan. Pen: Lonergan.

Highlanders - Try: Nareki, Ben-Nicholas. Cons: Ioane (2). Pens: Ioane (3). Yellow Card: Tomkinson.

Brumbies: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Solomone Kata, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Tom Wright, 10 Noah Lolesio, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Will Miller, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Murray Douglas, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Allan Alaalatoa (c), 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper
Replacements: 16 Connal McInerney, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Tom Ross, 19 Cadeyrn Neville, 20 Lachlan McCaffrey, 21 Ryan Lonergan, 22 Len Ikitau, 23 Andy Muirhead

Highlanders: 15 Josh McKay, 14 Sio Tomkinson, 13 Rob Thompson, 12 Josh Ioane, 11 Jona Nareki, 10 Mitch Hunt, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Marino Mikaele Tu’u, 7 James Lentjes (c), 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Jesse Parete, 4 Josh Dickson, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Ayden Johnstone
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Conan O’Donnell, 19 Jack Whetton, 20 Dillon Hunt, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Michael Collins, 23 Teariki Ben-Nicholas

Referee: Nic Berry (Australia)
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs (South Africa), Damon Murphy (Australia)
Television match official: Ian Smith (Australia)

Hurricanes go back-to-back with win over Sharks

The Hurricanes backed up last week’s Super Rugby win at the Jaguares by beating the Sharks 38-22 at Sky Stadium in Wellington on Saturday.

Wes Goosen, Ngani Laumape, Ben Lam (2) and Dane Coles all crossed while Jordie Barrett kicked 13 points as the ‘Canes go into their bye happy.

For the Sharks their try-scorers were Michael Tambwe, Tyler Paul and Mzamo Majola with Boeta Chamberlain and Sanele Nohamba adding points.

The opening 40 minutes was hugely entertaining as both outfits had come to play, going in at 17 points apiece with two tries on the board for each.

Barrett opened the Hurricanes’ points account on six minutes via a penalty goal before the Sharks thought they had struck back in style with a score from prop Juan Schoeman. However, that was chalked off by the officials due to an earlier forward pass from full-back Aphelele Fassi.

They did not have to wait long for a seven-pointer though as an intercept from Lukhanyo Am deep in his own 22 led to Tambwe racing over for 7-3.

It was hardly smooth sailing for the visiting side in terms of personnel, as pre-game alterations were followed up by Makazole Mapimpi and then Chamberlain failing their HIAs. Nohamba came on for the latter at ten and slotted in seamlessly, impressing with his pace and goal-kicking.

The end-to-end action continued when the Hurricanes scored due in part to a dominant scrum on 21 minutes, which helped create room out wide for Goosen to enjoy a run-in for 10-7. But a quick hit back from the Sharks saw flanker Paul barge his way over to reclaim the lead at 14-10.

Next it was Laumape to go over with his try on 28 minutes coming from a Barrett cross-kick in the Hurricanes’ half, with the centre putting on some footwork to beat the last man. However, Nohamba would respond off the kicking tee before the break as the sides went in all square.

That did not last long as Lam got the scoreboard ticking four minutes into the second half, showing what a threat he is on the kick return with a score from near to halfway. Barrett’s extra two moved the Hurricanes into a 24-17 buffer before Coles made his entrance off the bench.

Lam was over again six minutes later as another cross-kick paid off for the hosts, his second try converted by Barrett to extend the hosts’ cushion.

And the result was sewn up on 66 minutes when 31-17 became 38-17, hooker Coles crossing at the tail of a line-out drive, converted by Barrett.

The Sharks did respond soon after as they capitalised on a loose Hurricanes line-out in their own 22, with Majola scoring to make it 38-22 which denied the hosts the try bonus-point. However, they will be pleased with the result and their response since that Round One disaster.

In the early match on Saturday, the Chiefs made it three wins out of three as they beat the Sunwolves 43-17 in front of close to 19,000 fans.

Solomona Alaimalo, Shaun Stevenson, Brad Weber, Damian McKenzie, Lachlan Boshier, Quinn Tupaea and Kaleb Trask all crossed the whitewash while McKenzie and Trask also added three and one conversion respectively, with Warren Gatland’s side continuing to impress in the early season.

Hurricanes - Tries: Wes Goosen, Ngani Laumape, Ben Lam (2), Dan Coles. Penalties: Jordie Barrett. Conversions: Jordie Barrett (5)

Sharks - Tries: Madosh Tambwe, Tyler Paul, Mzamo Majola. Penalties: Sanele Nohamba. Conversions: Boeta Chamberlain, Sanele Nohamba

Hurricanes - 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 TJ Perenara (captain), 8 Reed Prinsep, 7 Gareth Evans, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Asafo Aumua, 1 Fraser Armstrong

Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Pouri Rakete-Stones, 18 Alex Fidow, 19 Liam Mitchell, 20 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Fletcher Smith, 23 Billy Proctor

Sharks - 15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Lukhanyo Am (captain), 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Boeta Chamberlain, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 James Venter, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 John-Hubert Meyer, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Juan Schoeman

Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Mzamo Majola 19 Le Roux Roets, 20 Dylan Richardson, 21 Phepsi Buthelezi, 22 Sanele Nohamba, 23 Jeremy Ward

Referee: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser, Rebecca Mahoney
TMO: Aaron Paterson

Davies relishing Edwards battle

Wales scrum-half Gareth Davies is relishing the opportunity of coming up against former defence coach Shaun Edwards when they take on France in Cardiff on Saturday.

Edwards spent 12 years in Wales as Warren Gatland’s lieutenant, a period of sustained success which brought four Six Nations titles, three Grand Slams and two World Cup semi-finals.

In that time, Edwards forged a reputation as one of the best defence coaches in world rugby – and Davies was a major beneficiary of his tactical know-how.

Davies says he got an insight into reading plays and mastered the art of the interception to score memorable lung-bursting tries.

Among such scores were his 2018 Six Nations try against Scotland in Cardiff and the decisive 60-metre effort against Australia at the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

“It was doing a lot of analysis work, seeing how different teams play,” Scarlets scrum-half Davies said of Edwards’ approach.

“I’d have a couple of chats with him and he’d tell me what he’d expect the opposition to throw at us, so I could pop into the front line every now and again and try and pick a few passes off.

“He was right quite a lot of the time. I’ve had a couple of intercepts from the analysis work I used to do with him.

“I do a lot of that stuff myself now, so hopefully I can pick one off against the French.”

Edwards joined France after Wales’ fourth-placed World Cup finish in Japan.

He said he had “no choice” but to accept France’s offer of a four-year contract over the two-year deal on the table from the Welsh Rugby Union.

“We were a little bit disappointed he left us, but we’ve had Byron (Hayward) coming in and doing a great job,” Davies said.

“I think everyone knows Shaun pretty well, he’s a world-class defence coach.

“It’s a big focus for us now leading up to the French game on how we can break that defence down.

“We know it’s pretty hard to break down as it’s a good defensive policy he’s got. So we’ll be doing a lot of work in training now.”

Davies was Wales’ first-choice scrum-half at the World Cup, but injury cost him his place at the start of the 2020 Six Nations.

Tomos Williams has started the first two games against Italy and Ireland, although Davies played the final half-hour of Saturday’s 24-14 defeat in Dublin.

If he does start against France on Saturday week to win his 53rd cap, the 29-year-old will be up against Toulouse star Antoine Dupont.

“He’s probably one of the most in-form players in the world,” Davies said of Dupont.

“He’s playing with a lot of confidence and seems to be making the right decisions all the time, which is an important area for a scrum-half.

“Whoever plays – whether it’s me, Webby (Rhys Webb) or Tomos – I’m sure we’ll have to be at the top of our game to keep him quiet.”

Rebels edge Waratahs in war of attrition

The Melbourne Rebels claimed a hard-fought 24-10 victory over the Waratahs in a slugfest of an Australian derby at AAMI Park on Friday.

The Rebels' tries came from Marika Koroibete (2) and Andrew Kellaway, while Larry Johnson-Holmes got himself on the try column for the visitors.

The Rebels were forced in to a late change due to having exceeded the prescribed foreign player quota with Theo Strang coming in for Frank Lomani.

Heavy rain came down before and throughout the encounter which predominantly turned the game in to a tactical kicking contest as both sides' back threes had to contend with a constant aerial bombardment.

The hosts took the lead in the fifth minute after Waratahs loosehead prop Angus Bell was penalised for collapsing the scrum with fly-half Matt Toomua knocking the ball over from 40 metres out.

Waratahs' fly-half Will Harrison levelled matters from the tee in the 12th minute after the Rebels were blown up for offside.

Soon after, the Rebels scored the first try of the game. A mistake at the lineout from the Waratahs saw the Rebels pounce on the ball. They worked it out left to Koroibete, who dived over to restore the lead.

Toomua failed to convert from out left, so the score remained 8-3.

The Tahs' took the lead for the first time in the game seven minutes after the break. Scrum-half Jake Gordon made a wonderful sniping break and was halted inches short of the line. The ball was quickly recycled for prop Johnson-Holmes to power over from close range. Harrison added the extras for a 10-8 lead.

The Rebels won a penalty straight from the resulting kick-off due to Rob Simmons having trailed offside and Toomua edged the hosts back in front from the tee with a simple penalty right in front.

Toomua stretched the lead to 14-10 with another three-pointer after the Tahs' were penalised right in front of their own poles.

Replacement wing Kellaway put the game to bed with two tries in the final six minutes. Lock Matt Philip did great work at the lineout to win the ball back for the Rebels deep inside Waratahs' territory and after stringing together the phases, Kellaway touched down in the right-hand corner after being freed up on the overlap.

And Kellaway grabbed his brace in similar fashion in the final minute of regular time to put gloss on the hosts' victory.

The scorers:

Rebels - Tries: Koroibete, Kellaway (2). Pens: Toomua (3).

Waratahs - Try: Johnson-Holmes. Con: Harrison. Pen: Harrison.

Rebels: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty (c), 14 Reece Hodge, 13 Campbell Magnay, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Ryan Louwrens, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Richard Hardwick, 6 Michael Wells, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Ruan Smith, 2 Anaru Rangi, 1 Matt Gibbon
Replacements: 16 Steven Misa, 17 Cameron Orr, 18 Cabous Eloff, 19 Gideon Koegelenberg, 20 Rob Leota, 21 Angus Cottrell, 22 Frank Lomani, 23 Andrew Kellaway

Waratahs: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Cameron Clark, 13 Alex Newsome, 12 Karmichael Hunt, 11 Jack Maddocks, 10 Will Harrison, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Jack Dempsey, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jed Holloway, 5 Rob Simmons (c), 4 Tom Staniforth, 3 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 2 Robbie Abel, 1 Angus Bell
Replacements: 16 Damien Fitzpatrick, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Ryan Mccauley, 20 Lachlan Swinton, 21 Mitch Short, 22 Lalkai Foketi, 23 Mark Nawaqanitawase

Referee: Damon Murphy (Australia)
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs (South Africa), Nic Berry (Australia)
Television match official: Ian Smith (Australia)

Hong Kong Sevens, Singapore Sevens postponed due to Coronavirus outbreak

The Hong Kong and Singapore legs of the World Rugby Sevens Series have been rescheduled due to fears over the spread of Coronavirus.

World Rugby, the Hong Kong Rugby Union and Sport Singapore have taken the decision in response to continued health concerns of the outbreak.

“The health and safety of our players, fans and everyone working on the event is always our highest priority,” read a World Rugby statement.

“This prudent decision has been taken in order to help protect the global rugby community and the wider public and was taken based on the World Health Organisation and relevant public authority travel and health guidelines. The decision is fully supported by stakeholders, including unions and commercial partners.

“Both events will be rescheduled to conclude the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020 with the HSBC Singapore Sevens now taking place on 10-11 October and the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens completing the series on 16-18 October.”

World Rugby also confirmed that Hong Kong and Singapore will host HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2021 tournaments as per usual in April.

Fans who have purchased tickets for Singapore and Hong Kong via official channels are advised that their tickets will be honoured for the rescheduled events and a full refund will be provided in the event fans are unable to attend the rescheduled events.

Wilco Louw heading to Harlequins

Prop Wilco Louw will join the growing exodus of Springboks to Europe after signing with Harlequins for the 2020/21 Premiership season.

Louw, 25, currently plays for the Stormers but will trade Cape Town for South-West London this summer following the culmination of the 2020 Super Rugby season. The Springbok, who has 13 Test caps to his name, is currently embarking on his fifth Super Rugby campaign having debuted in 2015.

Handed his Test debut in 2017 against the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship, Louw adds notable scrummaging expertise and international experience to Harlequins’ 2020/21 Premiership campaign.

The Ceres-born front-row forward recently returned from a short stint in the Top 14 with former European Champions Toulon, providing cover during the World Cup, and will make his return to the northern hemisphere with Quins.

Speaking upon signing, Louw said: “I’m really stoked to be heading to England to play for Quins. If you ask any South African player, they all know Harlequins, its reputation is huge.

“It’s a big opportunity for me; Harlequins play an exciting brand of rugby with awesome coaches.

“Gussy has told me to bring my own flavour to Harlequins and I’m really keen to get involved. When I spoke to him in Cape Town, he was really passionate about the future, the guy is full of energy and I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone who talks about rugby and a club with that amount of passion and excitement.

“I’ve played with André (Esterhuizen) and I know the likes of Stephan (Lewies), so I’m really excited to already have a few friends over there to help me settle in and I’m really looking forward to making new friends at the club too.”

Paul Gustard, Harlequins’ Head of Rugby, added: “We are delighted with the capture of Wilco for the 2020/21 season. To be successful in the Gallagher Premiership, the importance of a consistently dominant set piece is imperative and you require quality in depth in each of the tight five positions, which is crucial in maintaining competitiveness throughout the season.

“Wilco has already earned 13 caps for South Africa and is renowned for being a destructive scrummager, highlighted in an impressive 2018 campaign where he earned a league-leading 36 penalties at the scrum in Super Rugby.

“Wilco, at 25, is at a great age to grow with the squad that we are building, and has many years of elite rugby in him. He has the best years of his career ahead of him and I am sure under the tutelage of big Bomb he will continue to improve and get even better.

“Bordering 130 kilos, he is a big man who loves the nuts and bolts of tighthead work. He moves well around the field for such a big man and he will complement the quality at tighthead we have in England international Will Collier and Simon Kerrod.

“Wilco is a quality individual and comes with very good feedback on his character from all our contacts in South Africa. Having personally flown over after the Saracens game to meet him, I can testify he is without doubt the right fit and has the necessary determination to be a big success in the UK. I know our supporters will welcome him and his partner when they start their next chapter in their adventure.”

Louw, who has 48 caps for the Stormers and 57 caps for Western Province, will join the Premiership outfit in July, having been granted an early release from his contract with Western Province Rugby.

Stormers head coach John Dobson said that he is grateful that a resolution which suits all parties has been found.

“While we did not want to stand in Wilco’s way, we also know that he has a huge role to play in our Vodacom Super Rugby campaign this season and we are happy that we have an agreement which allows him to focus on his rugby,” he said.

“Wilco has been a selfless servant of DHL Western Province and the DHL Stormers and we are all hoping that he will be able to end his time here on a high as we all look to make the most of the final Vodacom Super Rugby season at DHL Newlands.”

Brumbies change three for Highlanders clash

Brumbies coach Dan McKellar has made three alterations to his starting XV for the Super Rugby encounter with the Highlanders in Canberra on Saturday.

96-Test Wallaby loosehead prop James Slipper will start for the first time in 2020 with Scott Sio named as a replacement as the side look to make it three from three to start their season.

2020 recruit Will Miller gets his first opportunity in the number seven jersey, replacing Tom Cusack, who is rested following a head knock last weekend, while Darcy Swain will slot straight back into the second-row after recovering from injury.

The reshuffle also sees the return of crowd favourite Lachlan McCaffrey, local product Tom Ross and dynamic outside back Len Ikitau who have all been named in the replacements for their first appearances this season.

A win on Saturday night will see the Brumbies increase their winning streak at GIO Stadium to 11, which would be the equal second longest in the club’s history.

McKellar said: “We’re really fortunate to be able to rotate James and Scott in the front row, it’s something that worked well for us last year and we’ll keep assessing it moving forward.

“It also gives local boy Tom Ross a chance for his first match this year, he’s been working really hard on his game during the preseason and performed well for the Runners last weekend to earn an opportunity.

“I’m excited to see Will get his first start as he’s been great for us off the bench and to have Locky back is excellent too, he brings a lot of experience and leadership to the team.

“We’re really looking forward to getting out in front of our home crowd at GIO Stadium for the first time on a Saturday this year and for a great crowd to turn out for an exciting match and also to support our Super W team playing beforehand.”

Saturday’s round three fixture will also be the first Double Header of the season, with the Brumbies Super W side set to begin their 2020 campaign against RugbyWA.

Brumbies: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Solomone Kata, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Tom Wright, 10 Noah Lolesio, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Will Miller, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Murray Douglas, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Allan Alaalatoa (c), 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper
Replacements: 16 Connal McInerney, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Tom Ross, 19 Cadeyrn Neville, 20 Lachlan McCaffrey, 21 Ryan Lonergan, 22 Len Ikitau, 23 Andy Muirhead

Date: Saturday, February 15
Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra
Kick-off: 19:15 (08:15 GMT)
Referee: Nic Berry (Australia)
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs (South Africa), Damon Murphy (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)

Coles back for Hurricanes

All Blacks hooker Dane Coles returns from injury to take his place among the Hurricanes replacements for the Super Rugby clash with the Sharks in Wellington on Saturday.

It’s the Hurricanes’ first home game of the 2020 season and comes off the back of a 26-23 win against the Jaguares in Buenos Aires.

Coles, who returns from injury, will start the game on the replacements bench, but says he’s excited at the potential of getting in some game time.

“It’s been a while, but I’m feeling in good nick. I have been working hard to get back out there and I’m looking forward to having a run,” he said.

Coles said coming back in time for ‘Opening Night’ is exciting.

“We love getting out there in front of our fans at Sky Stadium. Home games are pretty special,” he added.

Fellow All Black TJ Perenara will captain the side, which remains largely unchanged from last weekend.

Vince Aso will replace Billy Proctor at outside centre, while Scott Scrafton makes a return to the forwards. In the back-row, Reed Prinsep will start at number eight with Gareth Evans moving to openside, while Vaea Fifita makes his first start of the season.

Jackson Garden-Bachop gets his second start in a row at fly-half with Fletcher Smith back on the bench.

Hurricanes head coach Jason Holland said it’s a competitive environment in the team.

“We have an excellent squad. Whoever gets their opportunity this week needs to take it as there are a lot of boys lining up to get a crack,” he said.

The Sharks have scored more tries against the Hurricanes than any other South African side.

In a match up last year, the Hurricanes walked away with a 30-17 win, but Holland says it’s always a tough encounter.

“The Sharks are a physical side with a big kicking game – not too dissimilar from the style the Springboks adopted to win the World Cup,” he added.

“They’ve got a back three who will take opportunities we give them.”

Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 TJ Perenara (c), 8 Reed Prinsep, 7 Gareth Evans, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Asafo Aumua, 1 Fraser Armstrong
Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Pouri Rakete-Stones, 18 Alex Fidow, 19 Liam Mitchell, 20 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Fletcher Smith, 23 Billy Proctor

Date: Saturday, February 15
Venue: Sky Stadium, Wellington
Kick-off: 19:05 local (06:05 GMT)
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Rebecca Mahoney (New Zealand)
TMO: Aaron Paterson (New Zealand)

Waratahs to feature teenage prop against Rebels

Waratahs head coach Rob Penney has rung the changes for their Super Rugby derby against the Melbourne Rebels on Friday.

Loosehead prop Angus Bell will make his Super Rugby starting debut in the front-row alongside Robbie Abel and Harry Johnson-Holmes.

The inclusion of Bell, 19, is one of six changes made by Penney to the run-on side following the Waratahs’ 32-12 loss to the Blues in Newcastle last weekend.

Jed Holloway returns to the back-row for Lachie Swinton, while Alex Newsome comes in from the wing to replace Lalakai Foketi at number 13.

Jack Maddocks gets his first start for the Waratahs on the wing, and Cameron Clark will also start on the other wing, replacing Mark Nawaqanitawase, who has recovered from his awkward try-scoring landing last week but has been benched as a management call.

Penney said some of the changes were motivated partly by some concerns arising from their first two games and to give players exposure to Super Rugby.

“It is partly a reaction to some of the issues we have been having, and partly the need to find our best combinations and grow the total group,” he said.

“We have come in on a pretty short program and there is not a lot of experience in the group, as you know. We have just got to expose some people, so it is a bit of both there.”

The elevation of Bell, one of the promising stars to emerge from the 2018 Australian Schools and U18s side and then the 2019 Junior Wallabies, to a starting loosehead role ahead of Wallaby Tom Roberston is a big show of confidence in a position that values players closer to 30 than 20.

But Penney said the big youngster, who is son of former Wallaby and current New South Wales scrum coach Mark Bell, can handle the step up after seeing his impact from the bench.

Waratahs: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Cameron Clark, 13 Alex Newsome, 12 Karmichael Hunt, 11 Jack Maddocks, 10 Will Harrison, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Jack Dempsey, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jed Holloway, 5 Rob Simmons (c), 4 Tom Staniforth, 3 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 2 Robbie Abel, 1 Angus Bell
Replacements: 16 Damien Fitzpatrick, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Ryan Mccauley, 20 Lachlan Swinton, 21 Mitch Short , 22 Lalkai Foketi, 23 Mark Nawaqanitawase

Date: Friday, February 14
Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne
Kick-off: 19:15 local (08:15 GMT)
Referee: Damon Murphy (Australia)
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs (South Africa), Nic Berry (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (New Zealand)

Saracens head coach thankful to not be kicked out of Champions Cup

Saracens head coach Mark McCall is thankful an independent disciplinary committee have not ended the club's efforts to defend their Heineken Champions Cup title this season.

Last Friday, the Gallagher Premiership side were fined 50,000 euros (£42,500) - half of which is suspended - for fielding an ineligible player in their January win over Racing 92, but crucially not deducted any points which would have resulted in them exiting the competition.

Prop Titi Lamositele played in the victory, which clinched a quarter-final spot, despite the American international's work permit expiring on the day before the match.

Committee chairman Roger Morris explained in a statement last week "this was an unfortunate sequence of events brought about by an administrative oversight" and Sarries will hope to put this latest controversial chapter behind them.

McCall said: "Titi has been at the club since he was 18 and has played however many games for Saracens so there was a difference between this case and other ineligible player cases in Europe.

"And thankfully I think the committee agreed with that and thought the fine was what was appropriate.

"What was good about qualifying this year in Europe is we've used a lot more players than we have done in the past because we were targeting the Premiership until the relegation was confirmed.

"I think we've used 42 or 43 players in Europe and that quarter-final was hard-earned and earned by the whole squad, in particular in the last two matches when we went down to 14 men in both and managed to win both, which was a great achievement.

"It (the quarter-final) is something in seven or eight weeks time to look forward to."

Saracens found out they would still face Leinster in April for a spot in the last four while playing Sale in the Premiership Rugby Cup semi-finals last Friday when the verdict of the independent disciplinary committee's meeting in London was revealed.

Many wondered if the Champions Cup holders would be thrown out of the tournament, given back in the 2012-13 Challenge Cup Grenoble were deducted four points for fielding an ineligible player against London Welsh.

On that occasion Lotu Taukeiaho played for the French outfit even though he was not registered as a tournament squad member.

"Everyone knows Titi has been part of the club for a long time and played in five pool matches as well," McCall added.

"In other cases the player wasn't even in the European Cup squad. Titi was in our European Cup squad. It is just one of those things."

With Saracens still in the Champions Cup, the focus at Allianz Park has turned to defending their crown with relegation from the Premiership confirmed at the end of the season for repeated salary cap breaches.

Head coach McCall admitted "a little bit" of planning has started over how best to use the squad during the six league games between now and the April 4 clash at last season's beaten finalists Leinster.

"We have a week off in between after these first four Premiership matches so with some players, they won't play all six of those games," he said.

"They will play a good percentage of them, but not all six. We will try to rotate the squad and drill this period down to keep everybody busy."

After losing at Sale last weekend in the Premiership Rugby Cup, Sarries will welcome Steve Diamond's team to Allianz Park in the league on Saturday.

McCall revealed the younger members who impressed in the defeat could feature in the second meeting in quick succession between the sides.

He added: "We've got 10 playing international rugby and a few people injured as well, so we'll have a different team.

"But some of the lads that played on Friday night will get the chance to play again and against a team who are really on top of their game at the moment and one of the form teams in the Premiership."

Crusaders welcome the return of Richie Mo'unga

All Blacks fly-half Richie Mo'unga will run on for the Crusaders at Eden park for the Super Rugby clash against the Blues on Friday.

Mo’unga missed the 10-time champions’ defeat to the Chiefs in Hamilton last week due to injury but comes in at fly-half in place of David Havili, who shifts to full-back.

In the loose forwards, an injury to Whetukamokamo Douglas means Tom Sanders will shift to number eight, and Cullen Grace earns his first Crusaders start on the blindside.

Grace’s promotion to the starting side means Sione Havili comes in to the matchday squad for the first time in 2020, and will make his debut appearance for the Crusaders if called on in the reserves. The 22-year-old already has one Super Rugby cap to his name and, ironically, it was for the Blues against the Rebels back in 2018.

Bryn Hall also joins the starting team for this game which means Mitch Drummond moves to the bench along with Will Jordan, who started at full-back against the Chiefs.

Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Braydon Ennor, 12 Jack Goodhue, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Tom Sanders, 7 Tom Christie, 6 Cullen Grace, 5 Mitchell Dunshea, 4 Scott Barrett (c), 3 Oliver Jager, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody
Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 George Bower, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano , 20 Sione Havili, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Brett Cameron, 23 Will Jordan

Date: Friday, February 14
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Kick-off: 19:05 local (06:05 GMT)
Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand), Angus Mabey (New Zealand)
TMO: Shane McDermott (New Zealand)

Owen Williams ruled out of Six Nations

Wales have been dealt a setback with the news that versatile back Owen Williams will miss the rest of the Six Nations with a hamstring injury.

The Gloucester player, who can play at fly-half and centre, was hurt during the warm-up ahead of Wales’ clash against Ireland last Saturday.

The Welsh Rugby Union said: “Further assessment has concluded that the injury will rule Williams out of the remainder of Wales’ Guinness Six Nations Campaign.”

Williams, who was replaced among the substitutes by Jarrod Evans, won all three of his Wales caps in 2017 and has endured an injury-hit spell in his career since then.

While the loss of Williams is a blow, there will also be considerable relief that wing Josh Adams is making a quick recovery from a hip injury.

He has rapidly become one of Wales’ star men, continuing a rich vein of form by claiming a try hat-trick in the 42-0 victory over Italy 10 days ago.

Johnny McNicholl took over from him in Dublin but it would have been a serious blow had Adams been sidelined.

Wales’ next game is against France in Cardiff on February 22, which they need to win to keep alive their title chances.

And they are again set to be without Saracens wing or full-back Liam Williams, who has not played since suffering an ankle injury during World Cup semi-final week last October.

The British & Irish Lions back could be available by the time Wales meet England at Twickenham on March 7 in the penultimate round of this season’s competition.

Folau set to make his debut for Catalan Dragons

Israel Folau has two more training sessions with Catalans Dragons to demonstrate whether he is ready to make his Super League debut this weekend.

The 30-year-old dual-code international, whose signing by the French club caused a furore in the game, has been sidelined since being sacked by Rugby Australia last May after claiming "hell awaits" gay people.

But Folau, who switched codes a decade ago, is in his second week of training with his new team-mates and could make his comeback in the Dragons' home game against Castleford on Saturday.

"We're not sure," Dragons boss Steve McNamara told the PA news agency.

"We didn't take him to Wakefield, we left him here to do some more training, which he completed.

"We've got two reasonable sessions, one this afternoon and one tomorrow afternoon when we'll have a look and then we'll decide.

"There's no way I'm going to throw him into something that he's not ready for. By the same token, if he is ready, then we'll consider it. We're really unsure at this stage."

Catalans' next game in Perpignan is not until March 7 but McNamara says he will not be influenced by the obvious temptation to give the club's biggest signing his debut in front of their own fans.

"It's not based on anything other than football, when he's ready to contribute positively to the team on the field, as simple as that, whether that be home or away," added the former England coach.

"Physically he's in good shape. He's not played the game for 10 years and he's not trained with a team for seven or eight months so it's going to take him some time but, in terms of how he looks after his body, he looks in really good shape."

Folau was signed as a direct replacement for centre Brayden Wiliame and the Dragons have been hit by early-season injuries to fellow threequarters David Mead, Lewis Tierney and Tom Davies.

"There are one or two borderline who are getting close but it's early for us," he said. "We didn't get back until 6.30pm last night and we're just assessing everything."

The postponement of the Catalans' round-two fixture at Wakefield on Sunday has left the club with two trips to England to rearrange, with the likelihood of midweek matches.

The scheduled game at St Helens on February 21 was an early postponement due to the champions' involvement in the World Club Challenge that weekend, a move that has bewildered McNamara.

"Obviously the game being cancelled at the weekend is a huge one for us," he said. "It has made it really difficult for us, particularly after they gave us St Helens in World Club Challenge weekend.

"For the life of me I can't understand why an overseas team was given St Helens to rearrange.

"It makes the logistics far more difficult than for an English-based team with the flights and hotels, and now we've got two of them. It's a costly one."

Foster: We need the Boks

All Blacks coach Ian Foster has come out strongly against the idea that the Springboks could leave SANZAAR to join a newly-expanded Six Nations.

A bombshell report published in the Daily Mail on Saturday claimed talks were already ongoing for the Boks to join a newly formatted 'Seven Nations' in 2024.

However, Six Nations tournament organisers have moved quickly to dispel the rumours, saying that no such talks are in the pipeline, while New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Nick Robinson also refuted the claims, saying that the South African Rugby Union has television agreements in place with SANZAAR until 2025.

And now new All Blacks coach Ian Foster, who replaced Steve Hansen after the World Cup, believes it would be a travesty if the Boks and All Blacks' rivalry was lost.

"My initial reaction was thank goodness it was written in an English newspaper because I don't believe most of that stuff," Foster said.

"There's been a little bit of smoke around this for a while – the reality is our board has to make sure it has a strong relationship with South Africa and is talking, which I know they have been.

"If you take the politics out of it I can't imagine an All Black year not playing the South Africans. If you just think about it, historically they are our greatest foe.

"We need them in our competition, they are a fantastic group of people, fantastic country, and we need them to play here. We know they are committed to do that for the next cycle, we've just got to make sure we've got a working relationship with them and deal with things.

"One thing we can't solve is the economy there and I don't know if South Africa would really want to go north but they've got other pressures which are playing with their game.

"Any visit over there in a black jersey is special, simply because of the respect we have for them. It must continue."

Dai Young resigns as Wasps coach

Wasps have confirmed that director of rugby Dai Young is resigning from his head coach role at the Ricoh Arena on a temporary basis.

Former Wales prop Young, 52, has been in charge since 2011.

Wasps are currently ninth in the Premiership after nine games, while they made an early exit from this season’s European Challenge Cup.

“Director of Rugby Dai Young will be stepping back from first-team duties for an interim period,” read a brief club statement on Tuesday.

“Lee Blackett will step up to interim head coach. Further announcements will be made in due course.”

Wasps’ next league game is away against Leicester Tigers on Saturday as they look to improve on form that has seen them lose six of their Premiership matches this term, winning just two of the last four.

Young enjoyed a successful playing career with Swansea and Cardiff and also won 51 caps for Wales. He played in three Tests on the 1989 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia.

Wasps have not won a major trophy since lifting the league title in 2008.

Young, though, did lead them to the 2017 Premiership final, when they were beaten 23-20 by Exeter after extra-time at Twickenham.

Six Nations over for injured Scotland lock Gray

Scotland have suffered a setback with the news that influential lock Jonny Gray will miss the rest of the tournament with a hand injury.

Scotland's Guinness Six Nations campaign has been dealt another blow after Jonny Gray was ruled out for the remainder of the tournament.

Gray suffered the injury during the Calcutta Cup defeat by England on Saturday and the Scottish Rugby Union confirmed he would return to his club, Glasgow, for "ongoing care and assessment".

The 25-year-old won his 57th cap during Scotland's 13-6 defeat at Murrayfield.

Scotland have also been without injured winger Darcy Graham and stand-off Finn Russell - following a breach of team protocols - for the frustrating defeats against Ireland and England.

Gregor Townsend's team face Italy in Rome in their next match on February 22.

France wing Rattez ruled out of remainder of Six Nations

France have suffered a blow after wing Vincent Rattez confirmed he will be sidelined for the rest of the Six Nations with a fractured fibula.

Rattez, who impressed in Les Bleus’ opening games against England and Italy, sustained the injury late on in the clash with the Azzurri.

It is a bitter blow for France head coach Fabien Galthie but it could be cushioned by the return of Damian Penaud ahead of Round Three.

“Fracture of the fibula, finished,” Rattez said on Instagram after the game.

It is a real shame for the La Rochelle back as he has been a dangerous player for France on the left wing and looked at home in Test rugby.

France are currently sitting atop the Six Nations table on points difference, with a trip to Wales their next match on Saturday, February 22.