Recap: Friday’s Rugby News

  • Craig Joubert revealed to the Telegraph why he ran off the pitch during the Rugby World Cup
  • Eddie Jones reveals a handful of Grand Slam winners are at risk of missing out on the summer tour of Australia
  • A Save our Steel banner will be carried before the Ospreys Pro12 game against Benetton Treviso
  • Gregor Townsend plays down link with Harlequins vacancy

Craig Joubert reveals why he ran off the pitch at Rugby World Cup
Craig Joubert has revealed to the Telegraph the reasons behind his unforgettable quick exit from the pitch during the Rugby World Cup quarter-final.

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The referee became public enemy No 1 in Scotland during the Rugby World Cup after he wrongly awarded Australia what proved to be a winning penalty in the dying seconds of the quarter-final.

“In my head was a desire to avoid any possible unseemly confrontation that would mar what had been a wonderful occasion,” Joubert said.

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Eddie Jones: Grand Slam winners’ England spots in doubt for Australia
Eddie Jones says that England’s Six Nations Grand Slam heroes must continue to perform well in the Aviva Premiership and Champion Cup to ensure their spots on the summer tour of Australia.

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“Personally I’ve been disappointed in three or four players who have gone back [to their clubs] and played quite poorly,” Jones told the BBC.

“Those players have put their tour place to Australia in jeopardy.”

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Ospreys to show support for Port Talbot and Llanelli steelworkers
Steelworkers facing the threat of job losses will parade a banner on the pitch ahead of the Ospreys’ rugby match at the Liberty Stadium on Friday.

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The Swansea-based region said it wanted to show support for workers at Tata plants in nearby Port Talbot and Llanelli, which are facing closure.

A Save our Steel banner will be carried before the Guinness Pro12 game against Benetton Treviso.


Head coach Gregor Townsend staying at Glasgow for next season
Head coach Gregor Townsend insists he will remain at Glasgow Warriors next season, dismissing a link to Harlequins as “a non-story”.

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Townsend, who led Glasgow to the Pro12 title last season, signed a new deal in December, taking him through to the summer of 2017.

“There was some speculation in the media about my future,” said Townsend.

“I have a contract here for next year and I’m really looking forward to next season.”


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