Midweek news and comment from around the clubs and what the papers say.
RFU Statement Thursday 10th January 2013
RFU statement on Leeds Carnegie vs. Plymouth Albion
The RFU is reviewing the circumstances that led to the RFU Championship fixture, Leeds Carnegie vs. Plymouth Albion, on Sunday 6 January 2013 moving to uncontested scrums after 13 minutes of play.
A statement will be made in due course.
RFU Statement Tuesday January 8, 2013
RFU Disciplinary hearing: Brett Davey, Doncaster Knights
RHYS Buckley of Doncaster Knights will appear before an RFU Disciplinary panel on Thursday at the Coventry Holiday Inn, charged with stamping or trampling, contrary to Law 10.4 (b) during the British & Irish Cup fixture vs Llandovery RFC on December 8 2012.
The Panel will comprise HHJ Sean Enright (chair), Daniel White and Peter Rhodes.
Joe Vandermolen says he was “very lucky” following a road traffic accident that saw his car written off.
Vandermolen told team mates on the social networking site he sustained a “pathetic cut” to his left hand, has a “sore back and neck” and “Glad I’m still walking”.
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The 19-year-old former England Under 18 player is in his second season as a member of the Bath Academy, and has also spent time as a dual-registered player with Cornish Pirates earlier this season.
Director of Rugby Ben Harvey said that Buckle was likely to feature in this weekend's British & Irish Cup tie against Leeds Carnegie, and that he hoped he would establish himself in the Jersey squad.
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The switch has been made following issues at Sunday's RFU Championship game against Plymouth involving scrums on the new pitch at Headingley Carnegie.
Commenting on the decision, Chief Executive Gary Hetherington said, "We have looked to act quickly to give fans of both teams as much notice as possible of this change plus we have kept the game in Leeds.
We are confident that by moving the Leinster game, it will give us the necessary time to get the pitch right for the clash with Newcastle on 10th February."
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London Scottish have further strengthened their squad with the capture of American prop forward Eric Fry.
The USA Eagles prop joins Scottish from the Manawatu Turbos, who play in New Zealand's ITM Cup, and will further strengthen the squad as the club look to build upon last weekend's excellent win over Bedford Blues. Fry is comfortable on both sides of the scrum and will bolster the prop forward department of the squad.
Fry was a member of the USA squad for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand and he played a full game against Australia in their Pool C match. He earned his first international cap for the US against Tonga in the Churchill Cup in 2011.
Born in Davis, California on September 14th 1987, Fry played college rugby for the California Golden Bears at the University of California, Berkeley, winning four national championships and being a four-time All American selection. He joined the Manawatu Turbos, the same ITM Cup side as current All Blacks Aaron Smith and Aaron Cruden, in July 2012.
Director of Rugby Simon Amor said: "We're delighted to bring in a player who has played international rugby, can play both loosehead and tighthead and has got a tremendous work ethic."
"With only three contracted props in our squad previously, we felt it was necessary to strengthen in that area, despite all three going well on the pitch, so that we can add some support, backup and competition to the team. We feel that Eric is right for London Scottish and that we can help develop him as a player."
NEWCASTLE Falcons hope to be financially sustainable within the next three years, executive director Paul Varley deeming it ‘unrealistic’ for owner Semore Kurdi to continually make up the club’s shortfall.
Varley said: “We have set an ambition of balancing the books by the 2014-15 season, and I think we will be on the trajectory towards that by the start of 2014.
“It is important we do that, and Semore has been a godsend to this club in terms of his ambition and aspirations for what it is we want to achieve."
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Loose head prop Marshall Gadd has committed his future to Rotherham Titans by signing a contract extension; which will see him remain at Clifton Lane until 2014.
The former Moseley-man arrived at Rotherham during the summer and his impressive performances have elevated him into a regular starter in the Titans pack.
The 28 year-old Stoke-on-Trent native has started the last four Championship games for the South Yorkshire outfit and that has enabled Gadd to demonstrate his talents and earn an extended stay with the club.
Commenting on the news Marshall explained, “I’m delighted to have signed my contract to stay at Clifton Lane for next season.
One of the biggest reasons for doing so is our coach Alex Codling; but also because I am very happy here at Rotherham. I’ve settled into the area well, I live local, the supporters here are fantastic, the people in and around the club are fantastic and I feel very much at home here.
“At this moment in time I’m happier playing my rugby than I’ve been for a very long time and that’s down to the people here and the support I am getting. There’s lots of competition for places and that’s a good thing as it ensures you keep an edge about your game. Without that competition for places there’s always a danger that complacency can creep into the squad.”
Titans Head Coach Alex Codling is equally pleased that Gadd has agreed to stay, “I’m absolutely delighted that Marshall has agreed to stay at Rotherham, he’s made huge progress this season and I’m thrilled he’s made the commitment to the club and I’m looking forward to him progressing further next term.
“Marshall is a great guy with a fantastic attitude and like all players there are still things to work on, but the potential is there and that’s important. He’s made massive strides this year and he’s been a massive part of the pack. Hopefully he will go on to be a real cornerstone of our pack going forward.”