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RECAP: Wednesday’s Rugby Round-Up

  • Harlequins prop Seb Adeniran-Olule has died at the age of 20 in a road traffic collision
  • The 2019 World Cup pools will now be based on where countries are ranked in May 2017
  • Former England captain Bill Beaumont has been elected chairman of rugby union’s international governing body, World Rugby
  • Harlequins Joe Marler feared his England career would suffer following his latest ban
  • Van der Flier out of Ireland tour and Pro12 semi with Ulster
  • Worcester’s Chris Pennell has further committed his future to the Premiership club by extending his current contract
  • Newcastle Falcons have signed Scotland Under-20 lock Andrew Davidson

Harlequins Statement – Seb Adeniran-Olule
We here at Ruck.co.uk are extremely saddened to learn that Harlequins Seb Adeniran-Olule has lost his life in a traffic collision. The prop was well renowned as one of the clubs best up and coming talents and had been involved with the club since the age of 13.

Seb was one of the Club’s most promising youngsters and an Academy member, who has been involved with the Club since the age of 13.

Conor O’Shea, Harlequins Director of Rugby, commented, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Seb’s family and friends at this difficult time. Seb was an incredible talent and had already represented England at under age level as well as making his senior debut for Quins at just 20.

“He will be sorely missed by the whole squad as well as by the wider Club.”

The Club wishes to respect the privacy of the Adeniran-Olule family at this time and as such would request that any enquiries come through Harlequins.

Joe Marler: I expected to miss England tour to Australia
Harlequins prop Joe Marler has revealed that he has been seeking the help of sports psychologist Jeremy Snape in an attempt to change his ways on the pitch and revive his England career following his latest ban.


The prop, who returned from a two-game ban and £20,000 fine for his “Gypsy boy” comment on Wales prop Samson Lee was was cited again during the European Challenge Cup semi-final against Grenoble.

Marler was seen kicking ­Grenoble hooker Arnaud Héguy during Harlequins’ 30-6 victory at Twickenham Stoop for which he was handed another two-week ban.

Read more: https://goo.gl/lN54ZC

Bill Beaumont elected as chairman of World Rugby
Bill Beaumont has been elected chairman of World Rugby and will take office from July 1, the governing body has announced.


The 64-year-old England Grand Slam-winning captain will take up his post on July 1, World Rugby announced.

Beaumont succeeds Frenchman Bernard Lapasset and will work alongside new vice-chairperson Agustin Pichot, the former Argentina captain.

Read more: https://goo.gl/R0AcXT

Rugby World Cup 2019 draw to take place in May 2017
The 2019 World Cup pools will now be based on where countries are ranked in May 2017.

7 reasons the All Blacks is the world’s favourite team

The venue and exact date for the draw has yet to be determined but it will take place a full 12 months from now, prior to the opening of the June international series next year.

This affords all teams the opportunity to make their move up the rankings in the next year in order to secure a better banding at rugby’s showpiece tournament.

Read more: https://goo.gl/gKiY6Q

Van der Flier out of Ireland tour and Pro12 semi with Ulster
Leinster flanker Josh van der Flier will miss Ireland’s tour of South Africa and the Pro12 semi-final against Ulster because of an ankle injury.


The 23-year-old had surgery after sustaining the injury against Ulster on Saturday and is out for eight weeks.

The forward is sidelined for next week’s meeting with Ulster in Dublin and Ireland’s three-Test tour in June.

Worcester Warriors Chris Pennell extends contract at Sixways
Warriors have announced that Worcester born-and-bred full-back Chris Pennell has signed a new contract with the Club.

The full-back then played a key role in Warriors’ promotion-winning season of 2014/15, with an unforgettable try double in the play-off final second leg to help the Club back to the top-flight.

“I’m looking forward to doing my bit in shaping a successful future,” said Worcester-born Pennell.

Read more: https://goo.gl/PFrZKk

Newcastle Falcons sign Scotland Under-20 lock Andrew Davidson
Scotland Under-20s lock Andrew Davidson has become Newcastle Falcons’ 10th new signing ahead of the 2016-17 campaign.

05/02/16 2016 U20 MEN'S SIX NATIONS SCOTLAND v ENGLAND BROADWOOD - CUMBERNUALD Scotland's Andrew Davidson (left) is challenged by Stan South

The 19-year-old who stand at 6 foot 7 was part of the Scotland Under-20s side which beat England 24-6 in February of this year, and joins the Falcons from the BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy’.

“He is a major talent,” Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards said of the Glasgow Hawks representative.

Read more: https://goo.gl/FXpGih