This is your round-up of the entire newest rugby information from Wales and past for Wednesday June 22.
Hardy desperate to silence the critics
Kieran Hardy says Wales are greater than able to proving their critics flawed in South Africa this summer time.
Wayne Pivac’s males are gearing up for the three-Check collection in opposition to the Springboks, with the hole sport pencilled in for July 2 at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.
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They’re definitely the underdogs in opposition to the sector champions, however scrum-half Hardy says his crew can’t be written off.
“I don’t believe you’ll be able to ever write a crew off, in particular with the characters and revel in we’ve on this squad,” he mentioned.
“Clearly we all know that one of the performances within the Six International locations did not cross our manner however we all know we are a greater crew than that.
“It is a nice problem for us, taking part in in opposition to the most productive crew on this planet. The ones are the demanding situations you need to be part of.
“We now have ready actually smartly within the closing couple of weeks. We had slightly sport in area closing week, 15 on 15, which used to be actually excellent for us.
“We are going there with the mindset that we will win each and every sport. That can at all times be our purpose.”
Gloucester snap up Lillicrap
Wales girls’s captain Siwan Lillicrap has joined Gloucester-Hartpury from Premier 15s competitors Bristol Bears.
The 34-year-old again row has spent the closing two seasons with the Bears, and helped them make the Premier 15s semi-finals closing month.
Lillicrap, who used to be the primary feminine participant to win a certified contract from the WRU, has received 45 caps for her nation, and is the second one world to sign up for the membership this week after England flanker Alex Matthews.
“She is a smart participant and I’m actually excited to peer her within the squad as I do know she’ll have a actually certain affect at the avid gamers round her,” head trainer Sean Lynn mentioned.
Woodward fumes at Barbarians humiliation
Sir Clive Woodward says England allowed their contest with the Barbarians to descend into farce.
England had been hammered 52-21 at house to the 14-man Barbarians at Twickenham, with Kruis catching the attention with a backheeled conversion.
Woodward believes it used to be a degree of disrespect England merely tolerated too simply, and says the incident spoke volumes about the place his former aspect are lately sitting inside international rugby’s pecking order.
Writing in his Day by day Mail column, he mentioned: “I’ve given myself 48 hours to mirror at the Barbarians sport to make sure I used to be now not over-reacting, however England actually will have to have taken the regulation into their very own fingers when the guests became the fit right into a farce.
“I used to be upset with George Kruis for permitting it to occur, particularly his antics round his backheel conversion.
“It used to be additionally flawed to permit French trainer Fabien Galthie and different French avid gamers to principally do the rest they sought after at Twickenham. It says a lot about this England crew.
“To concede 50 issues in opposition to an opponent with 14 males used to be greater than deficient, however to permit the showboating mentioned a lot in regards to the crew. One thing needed to occur and it didn’t.
“Are you able to consider New Zealand or South Africa letting a Barbarians crew come to Auckland or Pretoria and take the mickey?”
The outcome has simplest higher the power on present boss Eddie Jones, who is already insisted he is nonetheless the suitable guy to steer England into upcoming excursion of Australia, and certainly subsequent 12 months’s International Cup.
Alternatively, International Cup winner Sir Clive believes Jones lately has an excessive amount of affect over the route of the crew.
“A senior rugby determine — a director of rugby — to type scenarios out like that is lengthy late. Giving Eddie Jones the keys to Twickenham is conserving England again now in such a lot of techniques,” he wrote.