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RECAP: Sunday’s Rugby Round-Up

  • Danny Cipriani has been selected in a three-day England training camp that also includes eight uncapped players
  • Bristol and Doncaster will meet for a place in the Premiership after both sides came through their respective Championship play-off semi-finals
  • The reason why Joe Marler only received a two-week ban for his kick to an opposing player’s head has been revealed
  • Nigel Owens gave a very frank interview where he discussed his personal life, his refereeing career and some of the difficulties he has faced

    Danny Cipriani and eight uncapped players named in England training squad
    Danny Cipriani has been included in Eddie Jones’ 26-man squad for England’s training camp in Brighton later this month.

    Strictly Editorial Use Only - No Merchandising. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Patrick Khachfe/JMP/REX/Shutterstock (4962910ai) Danny Cipriani of England looks on after the match England v France, United Kingdom - 15 Aug 2015

    Joining the Sale fly-half will be eight uncapped players at the three-day camp from May 17-19, including Northampton’s New Zealand-born flanker Teimana Harrison, Charlie Ewels and Ollie Devoto of Bath, Harlequins’ Kyle Sinckler, Sale pair Tommy Taylor and Mike Haley, London Irish’s Alex Lewington and Newcastle’s Micky Young.

    England captain Dylan Hartley is also part of the squad as Jones prepares for a Twickenham clash against Wales on May 29, followed by next month’s three-Test Australia tour.

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    Greene King IPA Championship: Bristol to face Doncaster in Play-Off final
    Bristol Rugby will take on Doncaster Knights in the Greene King IPA Championship play-off final, which will be played over two legs.

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    The first leg sees Bristol head to Castle Park on Wednesday 18th May before welcoming the Knights to the City Ground in their home leg a week later on the 25th.

    Read more: https://www.ruck.co.uk/?p=20731

    WATCH: Nigel Owens shows again why he is so loved during his Ray D’Arcy appearance
    Last night popular Welsh referee Nigel Owens gave a very frank interview where he discussed his personal life, his refereeing career and some of the difficulties he has faced.

    He also spoke very openly about his struggles coming to terms with his sexuality and the struggles he had with his mental health. You can watch the full interview on the RTE Player.


    The AMAZING reason Joe Marler received only a two-week ban revealed
    The written judgement in the Joe Marler disciplinary hearing for his head kick to a Grenoble player reveals the England and Harlequin’s prop had been subjected to the ‘foulest of personal abuse’ in the lead up to the incident.
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    The telling part of the written judgement reads: “Before watching the video clips, Mr Smith suggested it was important for the Committee to understand both the wider context and the on field context in which the Player’s offending had occurred.

    “The Player (Joe Marler), questioned by Mr Smith, explained that the Match was his first game after serving a period of suspension imposed for his misconduct in a case that had received extremely wide and, from his point of view, adverse publicity.”

    Read more: https://www.ruck.co.uk/?p=20710