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RFU Championship Midweek News
Thursday 29th January 2013

Midweek news and comment from around the clubs and what the papers say.

Brendan Lynch

Thoughts are with the family and friends of ex Gloucester and Rotherham tighthead prop, Brendan Lynch, who has been killed following a hit and run accident in Rome.

Lynch had moved to Rome recently and played for Capitolina, the city's main rugby club, who the Cornish Pirates played in a pre-season friendly at Camborne in 2008.

He was considered to be one of the best tighthead props in Italian rugby and was a regular first team player for Capitolina - whose facilities have been used by England for practice ahead of the Six Nations match against Italy.

Midweek news and comment from around the clubs and what the papers say.

RFURFU Press Release Tuesday 29th January 2013

Jason Hobson appeal hearing verdict

Bristol Rugby prop Jason Hobson appeared before an RFU Disciplinary Panel this evening to appeal against the guilty verdict and 12-week ban handed to him for biting, an act Contrary to Law 10.4.M, during Bristol Rugby v Plymouth Albion on November 24 2012.

The appeal was dismissed and the original 12-week sanction upheld. Hobson is free to play again on April 9, which takes into account the two-weeks alreadys served and the fact that he has played since an appeal was lodged with the RFU.

The Panel comprised Philip Evans (chair), Dr Julian Morris and William Harbage QC.

Bedford Blues

Bedford BluesBedford’s postponed British & Irish Cup 6th round tie with Bedwas has had to be moved to Friday February 1st, KO 7:30pm.

This followed the RFU receiving confirmation of a ruling from the WRU that states the Welsh clubs may not play matches on Saturdays when Wales are playing an international fixture at home.

The Blues will have gone a whole month - January - without a home game and no match day revenue since the 26th December, meaning a good level of support for the only two home fixtures in February is crucial.

The club is urging all available supporters to come down to Goldington Road and support the team in what are described as “these difficult circumstances.”

In The Papers

Michael Hann, Bedford Today - Rayer Laments Blues’ Error Count

Bedford director of rugby Mike Rayer was left frustrated by his side’s error count as they slumped to a 25-17 defeat against Nottingham on Sunday..

Speaking after the game, Bedford director of rugby Mike Raye said. “In the first 16 minutes, we just made error after error and we just kept hurting ourselves badly.

“We couldn’t relieve the pressure, they just kept coming back at us. They had two tries disallowed by the TMO so it could have been a lot worse."

Despite the result Rayer says his side will be doing everything they can to make amends after suffering back-to-back Championship defeats.

Full Story www.bedfordtoday.co.u


Jersey RugbyBBC Jersey Sport

Jersey forward Guy Thompson says a new-found team sprit in the island side's camp is the reason for their 13-10 win over Rotherham in the Championship.

"We're trying to get that team spirit back and that hard work that won us the league last year," Thompson said.

"We're ready to step up, we don't want to be in a relegation battle, we want to be in mid-table pushing up, looking to lay foundations this year and we're really going to attack next season as well," he added.

Full Story www.bbc.co.uk

London Scottish

London ScottishLondon Scottish back-rower Tommy Spinks has been called up for Scotland U20s for their clash with England U20s at the Brickfields Stadium in Plymouth on Friday night.

Spinks was named in a training squad for the upcoming U20s Six Nations at the start of January and he is selected on the replacements bench for the tournament opener against England in Plymouth.


MoseleyBrian Dick – Birmingham Post - writing in his usual inimitable style asks:

So now the ten thousand dollar question. Does Moseley's smash-and-grab Championship victory in Plymouth make up for last week's decision to gamble with - and lose - a British & Irish Cup pay day?

Yet don't lets go overboard here. Important as it was - and you'd rather be on Moseley end of the eight-point cushion between them and Doncaster, but there aren't any guarantees just yet. Knights could quite easily come to Birmingham and win - whither then?

With Jersey insisting and proving St Peter's is a tough place to go - and Clive Griffiths sure to wind Donny up tighter than a duck's rear-end, no-one at Moseley should make the mistake of thinking 'Job done'. This peculiar race has a few more laps to run.

Full Story www.birminghampost.net

Birmingham Mail

Kevin Maggs has praised the contribution of Anthony Carter, the man who has been given the unenviable task of filling Charlie Hayter’s boots.

And the head coach believes Carter can fit straight into a back-line that benefitted so much from Hayter’s pace and power.

“I don’t think we need to go back to the drawing board in any way,” Maggs maintained.

“If you look at the work Anthony Carter did down at Llanelli, a lot of people will say ‘he’s not a centre’ but when you see how much he has contributed in terms of his tackles and carries you see his value."

Full Story /www.birminghammail.co.uk

Newcastle Falcons

Newcastle FalconsMark Smith, The Journal

Gopperth Wants A Switch To Summer.

Jimmy Gopperth has called on rugby union to follow the lead of their league counterparts and shift to summer scheduling.

Newcastle Falcons’ two-time Golden Boot winner was speaking against a backdrop of consecutive postponements, the Championship leaders’ matches against Cross Keys and Cornish Pirates both frozen off within the past ten days.

“Rugby union should definitely be a summer sport over here,” said Gopperth, the prolific fly-half whose first months on Tyneside were spent shovelling snow following his arrival from New Zealand province North Harbour four years ago.

“It would change the face of the game, and the whole atmosphere which surrounds it.”

Full Story www.journallive.co.uk

Newcastle Falcons playing the pain game as coaches put players to test

Back-To-Back postponements have seen no let-up in the physical exertions of Newcastle Falcons, whose players have been subjected to the energy-sapping anguish of the yo-yo test.

Even hardened ten-year Premiership veterans were shifting nervously in their seats as they laced up their trainers.

The coaches on the sidelines were admitting under their breath this was the day they all dreaded.

Full Story www.journallive.co.uk

Falcons have announced the date for the re-arranged fixture with Cornish Pirates

Newcastle Falcons v Cornish Pirates
Saturday 23rd February
Kingston park
Kick Off 7pm


NottinghamNottingham centre Tim Streather says the growing attention on the Green and Whites has inspired the team to second in the Championship table as the race for the play-offs heats up.

The biggest crowd of the season turned out for the game with 2,136 at Meadow Lane Stadium and a full house in match day hospitality was also the biggest of the current campaign.

It comes as another spike in a season that has already seen a 27 per cent increase in attendances.

Social media was flooded with praise for the side and quality of the dramatic display that saw Bedford rally late after Nottingham opened an 18-0 half-time lead.


Plymouth Albion

Plymouth AlbionThe Plymouth Herald

Plymouth Albion youngster Dan Lee is likely to go out on loan as he bids to return from a serious knee injury.

The 19-year-old back-row forward is close to full fitness again after having his knee reconstructed in the summer.

However, with Albion no longer having a second team and with no more British & Irish Cup matches left to play, the only chance for the former Ivybridge Community College student to be able to prove his worth is likely to be at another club.

Lee, who played for England Counties Under-20s last season, is desperate to get back on the field after so long out of the game.

Full Story www.thisisplymouth.co.uk

Jack Arnott is desperately hoping to make his England Under-20 debut on home soil this Friday night.

The former St Boniface and Ivybridge Community College pupil is named in an extended England squad for this week's opening Six Nations match against Scotland, which will take place at Plymouth Albion's Brickfields ground.

Arnott, along with fellow Plymothian Henry Slade, has been training with the England Under-20 party in the last couple of weeks.

"The squad has trained really well and whoever does start will put on a show," said Arnott.

Full Story www.thisisplymouth.co.uk