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‘My mum didn’t know what to expect!’ – How Harlequins made history
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Rainbow smoke grenades and flags greeted the teams when Harlequins ran out for professional rugby's first-ever Pride Game in February 2020 When former Harlequins lock Simon Miall accepted an invitation to return to The Stoop a year ago for a matchday with "a new spin", he brought along his biggest fan - his mum. Miall had quit Quins in 2007 after five seasons as a professional, choosing to pursue a career in the City instead. On his departure, Dean Richards, then the club's director of rugby, described him as "a model professional on and off the field, and a tough competitor".Later, Miall transferred to New York to work as a financier and investor. He is speaking to Sky Sports from his kitchen, via Zoom, reflecting on memories of his stint in elite rugby, what brought him all the way across the Atlantic for this particular league game on February 15, 2020, and how the family connection tied in."Mum was always very supportive and would come to most home games," he says. "She loved being back at the club with me." You could say their attendance that day was a show of support for love; many others in the crowd of 14,000 would concur.This was the Pride Game - a first for professional rugby union - and it mattered to Miall. Soon after moving to the US, he had met events planner Chris, who would become his husband in October 2018. Photos from their wedding weekend - a "wicked" three-day party in Lake Como - had run in an in-depth feature article on the website of Harper's Bazaar just a couple of months before his trip back to Twickenham. Simon Miall shared his story of switching careers and coming out in the build-up to the Pride Game With the weather "raining upwards" due to Storm Dennis and visitors London Irish running out winners, the occasion was not as glamorous as Miall's nuptials in Italy. Yet it had its own celebratory significance, representing a marrying-up of rugby and the LGBTQ+ community, in which Miall has found he fits in rather well. "Two important parts of my life were now able to sit comfortably side by side. Before, they didn't."He describes his coming out journey as "a process of discovery" that caused him hidden difficulty during his playing days. "I had girlfriends, and I had boyfriends. It wasn't obvious to me which way I was going to go."Over time, you become slightly duplicitous about it. You don't answer questions. You find your way around things. It was uncomfortable for me."Certainly within a rugby environment, where you leave it all out there, the team is very important. You get a very tight-knit group of people, so if you're not being 100% honest with them, it doesn't sit that well - and it didn't with me." Miall was recruited into the Quins pack having impressed for Oxford University in Varsity matches Keith Wood, Jason Leonard, Will Greenwood, and Andrew Mehrtens are among Miall's old team-mates, and towards the end of his time at Quins, the second row was being tipped by Richards for international recognition himself. Eventually, however, opportunities outside of rugby took on greater appeal, and taking that step changed his life both professionally and personally. The latter brought some challenging conversations; one objective of the Pride Game was to assist anyone else who may find this topic tricky to talk about.Taking place in LGBT+ History Month, the match carried an overarching message of welcome, and respect for diversity with regards to sexual orientation or gender identity. Landing this effectively, however, would require more than just a tagline pinned onto a Premiership fixture. Putting together the building blocks was James Swanson, who leads on customer experience at the club. "I was driven by wanting to share stories but also to spark conversation," he says. Like Miall, he's from a rugby-loving family and also part of the LGBTQ+ community. He had previously been part of the fan experience team at Tampa Bay Lightning when the NHL franchise had held its first Pride Night in 2017 and was able to take the learnings from that into his Quins preparations."Holding a Pride Game was not to suggest that Quins had any problem or that rugby is not good at LGBTQ+ inclusion," he explains. Rather, it stemmed from an awareness of the power of stories like Miall's and others from the community. "Fundamentally, I wanted our Pride Game to be representative of the entire acronym and to be rugby centric. So I spoke to as many people as I could within the sport and particularly inclusive rugby, to get their feedback. James Swanson, who leads on customer experience at Quins, oversaw operations for the Pride Game "The term for me was holistic. I wanted touchpoints across the entire matchday, from retail, to giveaways, to online content, a pre-game panel, to LEDs, to what the referees were wearing, all emphasising that this was a day about LGBTQ+ inclusion, that inclusion is important to us, and that we want everyone to feel part of it."Warm welcomes and icebreakersElle Bloor plays for Harlequins Women and also works for the club's community rugby department. She was among those helping to widen the engagement. "On the morning of the game, we hosted a minis tournament supported by over 20 clubs affiliated to Quins - we provided them with information beforehand about what the club was doing and why. All those players, their parents and families, visiting school groups, they all came to The Stoop afterwards for the match. It was special for me to have that direct connection with fans and youngsters, and to just start a conversation."A series of short films formed the basis for the online content - Miall was among those featured, but so were Harlequins season-ticket holder Abby Barletta, the Kings Cross Steelers, and Bloor's team-mate Jade Konkel who had recently announced her engagement to partner Helen. "I was certainly very moved when I heard Jade's news and the way the club told her story was very touching too," says Bloor. "That's something that is a really special occasion. Often you see more personal pieces of content in the men's game but it hasn't been so consistent on the women's side, so this was another nod to equality." Elle Bloor plays at hooker for Harlequins and is part of their Premier 15s squad As sport moves with greater surety into the territory of mental health, with an understanding of how off-field life affects on-field performance, the diversity of human relationships is a topic that's now handled far better in dressing rooms. Miall had been dating a girl at the time he left Quins, so coming out meant he did "a kind of 180" on sexuality for many of those close to him."It's something you think about for so long - probably all you've been thinking about, even - and then you just drop it on them. For me, everyone was so amazing about it." He mentions former Quins winger Tom Williams as an example of the empathy he received. "He was very emotional, saying 'I feel so sorry for you that you didn't feel you could tell us earlier'. I told him it wasn't anything to do with how I thought he would reply, it was more to do with me and the journey I was going through."Like with all these things, when you finally make the right decision, you wonder, 'why didn't I do this earlier, because it feels so right?' The reasons you had for not doing it seem silly in hindsight. But I got to where I needed to get to. Not everybody does."That was the narrative of the Pride Game - it can make a conversation easier or start a conversation that might not otherwise have happened, such as between a son and their father, or a daughter and their mum. That's super powerful and worth all the effort."Before kick-off, commentator Nick Heath chaired a pre-game chat that included Miall, exploring the panellists' experiences and how welcoming rugby is for LGBTQ+ people. "My mum listened to that and for someone from an older generation, it was probably a bit of an eye opener, particularly around trans inclusion. Miall joined Zoe Saynor, Jamie Hooper, Lord Robert Hayward, Nick Heath, and Craig Maxwell-Keys for a panel discussion before the Saturday kick-off "She didn't know what to expect from the day and was a little nervous. The headlines you tend to see are generally about negative incidents when it comes to being LGBTQ+ in sport - homophobic slurs or abuse, players getting depressed, awful things like that. But fortunately, some fans just about remembered me, and were coming up to say very kind things - 'great for you, so glad you're happy', etc. That was impactful for me but also for my mum, to see that positivity around inclusion."I know it might not get people to click or sell newspapers, but if our stories make the headlines as well, that's very progressive and powerful. She really enjoyed it."Quins also commissioned new research from Monash University that helped to contextualise anti-LGBT+ language and behaviour in men's and women's rugby, showing that while the use of slur words was still commonplace, it was more motivated by peer pressure and a desire to 'fit in' rather than outright homophobia.Women's rugby has its own challenges too, as Bloor explains. "Girls are less likely to take part in a typically 'masculine' sport out of fear of being judged by their non-LGBTQ+ peers. Often that's comments like 'it's not feminine, it's not pretty' - there are still negative stereotypes of a female athlete in rugby."Forward momentumDespite the best efforts of Storm Dennis to put a dampener on the day, Bloor says she was "having a ball" when everyone moved outside for the main event - the Premiership match action itself. Players from the Steelers and other inclusive rugby clubs formed a guard of honour behind children with Pride flags that fluttered in the high winds. Then there was an explosion of colour. "Every rugby game should have rainbow smoke grenades going off!" she laughs. Vibrant colours and powerful messaging helped to make the matchday experience extra special at The Stoop Another memory sticks out too. "Simon was about to do the Mighty Draw at half-time, and we wanted some people to stand behind him wearing rainbow T-shirts."There was a group of teenage boys so we asked if they'd do it, and be on camera. There's always a bit of apprehension that they might turn their noses up at it and say no, but they were all like, 'yeah, let's do it!' It felt like a real moment - it was no big deal for them, which is a nod to progress and how attitudes of acceptance are becoming more commonplace."We had messages from the clubs that had come along to the morning session and then to the game itself, saying the weather was crap, the scoreline was rubbish, but that they had such a fantastic day at The Stoop, because it was colourful and there was loads going on."Swanson was able to point to various successes - a strong response on social media, high-performing digital content, the biggest food and drink spend all season for a Saturday kick-off, and a crowd size that ranked in the top three Quins attendances of 2019/20. "A lot of senior people who didn't know what it would look like suddenly realised how impactful it was. Very quickly, there was talk about what we were going to do next year." Players from Kings Cross Steelers and other inclusive rugby clubs from in and around London were invited to be part of the festivities One follow-up phone call came from a Quins member who is trans. "She came along to the match although not as her authentic self. However, she said the environment we'd created and the message we sent out had convinced her that she was surrounded by people who would support her. When she comes back - and we've had a long wait now because of the pandemic - she plans to be herself."A further indication of care for the fans arrives on the one-year anniversary of the Pride Game, with Quins officially launching its own LGBTQ+ supporters' group - another first for pro rugby. "It was a natural next step for the club to ensure that LGBTQ+ inclusion is further woven into the fabric of Harlequins' identity," said chief executive Laurie Dalrymple. On Wednesday evening, Heath will chair an online panel chat focused on support for the community - with Konkel among the guests - on behalf of the Harlequins Foundation. Meanwhile, with the current Premiership campaign running into June which is Pride Month, there are hopes for another themed fixture if fans are allowed back at The Stoop by then.Miall says he would fly over again from the States "in a heartbeat" if circumstances allow a repeat, although with him and his husband in an adoption process, the timing might dictate otherwise. His love for Quins and rugby runs deep, despite the distance - "unfortunately in New York, I have no one who really wants to watch a game with me!" - and he wants to give back."As well as my mum, one of my godchildren, Alex, was at the game with his parents and sister. They were wearing Pride T-shirts and waving the flags. Seeing everyone, young and old, embracing the day meant so much to me. A crowd of over 14,000 - Quins' third-biggest Premiership attendance of the season - saw the hosts take on London Irish "Not being out while I was playing wasn't really an issue for me at the time because I was still learning about myself. But what bothered me a little bit afterwards is that I didn't use that opportunity to maybe help others. This was a chance to put that to bed and use the platform that I have in some capacity."Along with Swanson and Bloor, Miall hopes other rugby clubs take a closer look at the various activations and consider staging their own events. He's also proud to have contributed to a moment of LGBT+ history in sport. "It's always felt like Quins are a progressive club. If any club was going to do this, I can see why Quins would be the first."Sky Sports is a member of TeamPride which supports Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign. Your story of being LGBT+ or an ally could help to make sport everyone's game. To discuss further, please contact us here. .
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Hogg: Scotland will learn from ill-discipline
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Gregor Townsend's team conceded a mere six penalties as they recorded their first victory at Twickenham in 37 years in their championship opener last week - but almost doubled that tally against the Welsh who ran out 25-24 winners at Murrayfield Last Updated: 14/02/21 10:12am Skipper Stuart Hogg was disappointed with the manner of Scotland's 25-24 defeat to Wales Skipper Stuart Hogg has vowed there will be no repeat of the ill-discipline that cost Scotland against Wales. Gregor Townsend's team conceded a mere six penalties as they recorded their first victory at Twickenham in 37 years in their championship opener last week.But they almost doubled that tally against the Welsh, allowing Wayne Pivac's side far too many opportunities to apply pressure. Zander Fagerson was also sent off for a dangerous ruck clear out and Wales ruthlessly exploited the extra space, with young star Louis Rees-Zammit scoring a breath-taking brace to seal a 25-24 win.However, Scotland should have been out of sight before Wales hit back - being two tries to the good following scores from Darcy Graham and Hogg and Gary Graham wrecking a promising bid for a third when he got caught on top of the ball.His chance to make amends as he crossed over just after half-time was then scuppered by Scott Cummings, who was pinged for obstruction.It was those mistakes which Hogg admits proved decisive as Wales hit back with three tries in the minutes either side of half-time. 5 - Five of the 10 red cards shown in the Six Nations have come against teams playing Wales, with Wales being the only side never to receive a red card in the Championship. Mist. pic.twitter.com/e7md5ecyot— OptaJonny (@OptaJonny) February 13, 2021 He said: "Yeah, it's a massive part of the game, that. We were very close to scoring seven points there with Gary. Unfortunately we've ended up conceding a minute later."Look, it's little things that are costing us. But the pleasing thing is we know exactly where we're going wrong - there's been times in the past where we've made mistakes and keep making them, whereas now I believe that's a one-off in our ill-discipline."We'll be much better prepared for the France game in two weeks in terms of our discipline and we'll get excited for that challenge."Despite being a man down for the final 27 minutes, Scotland fought to the end and could have snatched it had Hogg received a better pass from the charging Duhan Van Der Merwe in stoppage time."That just shows the character within the squad and the ability that we've got," said the captain. "We challenge ourselves daily to get the best out of each other - you see how much we're enjoying it being out on the field."Yes, it didn't quite go to plan at times, but that's something we can learn from and improve on, and we'll get excited about the next challenge in a couple of weeks against France." .
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Premiership: Bristol and Bath win on the road
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A late Ioan Lloyd penalty, as well as Bryan Byrne and Jake Heenan tries, saw the Bristol Bears beat Gloucester 18-17 late on at Kingsholm. While Tom de Glanville, Tom Dunn and Josh Bayliss tries ensured Bath won at Sale Sharks 27-22 Last Updated: 12/02/21 11:02pm Jake Heenan was on the scoresheet with a try as Bristol scored a late penalty to win at Gloucester Recap Friday night's Gallagher Premiership action as Bristol and Bath picked up away victories at Gloucester and Sale Sharks respectively... Gloucester 17-18 Bristol BearsSantiago Carreras scored two superb first-half tries but it was not enough to earn bottom club Gloucester victory over injury-ravaged Gallagher Premiership leaders Bristol, who snatched an 18-17 win at Kingsholm. Ioan Lloyd's penalty five minutes from time ensured the Bears remained at the summit, with Gloucester's losing bonus point insufficient to lift them off the foot of the table. Ollie Thorley scored Gloucester's third try, while Billy Twelvetrees kicked a conversion. Bristol's tries came from Bryan Byrne and Jake Heenan, with Lloyd adding two penalties and a conversion.Sale Sharks 22-27 BathBath eased the pressure on director of rugby Stuart Hooper as they ended a run of six successive defeats with a 27-22 win over Sale at the AJ Bell Stadium. Tries from Tom De Glanville, Tom Dunn and Josh Bayliss, as well as 12 points from the boot of Rhys Priestland, guided Bath to a victory that saw them pull six points clear of Worcester and Gloucester at the foot of the Gallagher Premiership table.Captain Jono Ross, Dan Du Preez and Cameron Neild touched down for Sale with Rob Du Preez kicking a conversion and penalty and AJ MacGinty added a late conversion. .
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Pivac: Improved Wales discipline needed to down Scots
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Wales head coach Wayne Pivac: "We've got to make sure our discipline is improving. When we played them last time, we were inaccurate in the set-piece and our discipline wasn't there. We will continue to talk about that until game-day" By PA Media Last Updated: 11/02/21 11:29pm Wales head coach Wayne Pivac has targeted improved discipline to boost their chances of defeating Scotland Wayne Pivac says that improved discipline is essential for Wales in Saturday's Six Nations clash against Scotland. Wales will arrive at Murrayfield without a quarter of Pivac's original 36-man Six Nations squad, as eight players are sidelined by injuries and wing Josh Adams is suspended.Three of the absentees - George North, Johnny Williams and Jonathan Davies - are in midfield, while Pivac has also lost a trio of back-row forwards, with Dan Lydiate, Josh Navidi and Josh Macleod all out. It suggests a backs-to-the-wall mission for Wales at Murrayfield, where both sides are seeking to build on opening weekend Six Nations victories.They last met just over three months ago in a delayed 2020 Six Nations encounter that saw Scotland claim a first win on Welsh soil for 18 years."We've got to make sure our discipline is improving," Wales head coach Pivac said."When we played them last time, we were inaccurate in the set-piece and our discipline wasn't there. 0:30 Wayne Pivac believes Wales can improve in a number of areas despite his side getting their Six Nations campaign off to a winning start against Ireland Wayne Pivac believes Wales can improve in a number of areas despite his side getting their Six Nations campaign off to a winning start against Ireland "We allowed them too much possession and territory as a result, and ended up losing the game 14-10."On the weekend [when Scotland beat England at Twickenham], they showed they and hold the ball for long periods of time and England, who didn't have the best discipline, paid the ultimate price."Discipline and set piece are the key. We will continue to talk about that until game-day."Wales' 21-16 victory over Ireland last Sunday was easily the most significant of Pivac's reign, and if they can repeat the feat in Edinburgh, it would set them up for a full-scale tilt at England on February 27.They have also beaten Scotland 16 times in the countries' last 19 meetings, and Pivac added: "After a game like Ireland, which was always going to be physical, we know this is going to be a big game in this Six Nations for us. 0:23 Wales coach Wayne Pivac called Josh Macleod's injury the 'most disappointing' after the Scarlets flanker, who was set to make his Test debut, ruptured his Achilles tendon in training Wales coach Wayne Pivac called Josh Macleod's injury the 'most disappointing' after the Scarlets flanker, who was set to make his Test debut, ruptured his Achilles tendon in training "The guys know they are going to have a tough day at the office, regardless of these injuries."These players have been selected, and whichever XV or 23 we put out, we know we are going to have our hands full."We know it is a very important game in this campaign for both sides. You would expect both sides to put out a pretty big effort. "He [Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend] has got a good group of players there who are playing for each other, you can see that, and they will relish the position they are in."They seem to be going from strength to strength. It is certainly something that we are looking to achieve ourselves, so it is going to be an interesting game." .
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Bath, Clermont among clubs chasing Cipriani’s signature
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Danny Cipriani scored 128 points in 44 appearances for Gloucester after joining the club in May 2018; the fly-half was contracted at Kingsholm until 2022 but departed in December; he has played 16 Tests for England, making his debut under then-coach Martin Johnson in the 2008 Six Nations By Keith James Last Updated: 10/02/21 9:30pm Danny Cipriani left Gloucester on December 15 Danny Cipriani is understood to be considering offers from Bath, Newcastle and Top 14 giants Clermont following his departure from Gloucester in December. Cipriani announced he was leaving Gloucester on December 15, saying he had "mixed emotions" about the move, adding: "I am sad to leave a great club, but I'm excited for the challenges I have ahead."Though he did not reveal what that new challenge would be, the 33-year-old has reportedly received offers from Gloucester's west country rivals Bath, as well as newly-promoted Newcastle Falcons. French powerhouse Clermont Auvergne are also believed to have entered the race to sign the 16-cap international, as are their Top 14 compatriots Lyon and Japanese side Shokki Shuttles.Speaking last month, the fly-half revealed he was working with Jonny Wilkinson to improve his kicking, and suggested he felt he still had two or three more years of rugby left in him. After much deliberation. I have decided to leave Gloucester. I have mixed emotions about it. I am sad to leave a great club, but I’m excited for the challenges I have ahead. I am so proud of what we have built together, and I have enjoyed working with every one 🍒 pic.twitter.com/wAstWaTr14— Danny Cipriani (@DannyCipriani87) December 15, 2020 Cipriani scored 128 points in 44 appearances for Gloucester after signing for them in May 2018, and was named Premiership player of the season in the 2018-19 campaign.The former Wasps No 10 has only played twice for England since Eddie Jones took over at the end of the 2015 World Cup.Jones won't drop 'outstanding' FarrellJones has no intention of dropping Owen Farrell on the strength of England's defeat by Scotland but insists his captain is not immune from demotion. Farrell's below-par performance in the Calcutta Cup debacle at Twickenham has led to scrutiny over his place amid concern that his influence on the field has declined due to a slide in form.Operating behind an outmuscled pack, the Saracens fly-half turned down overlaps in favour of kicking the ball and was powerless to inspire the champions as they floundered in a one-sided start to the Six Nations.Jones, however, has made it clear that Farrell will remain in the starting XV for Saturday's visit of Italy.When asked if he would drop his skipper, the England head coach said: "Every player's up for selection."It's all dependent on form - you look at historical form, present form and you have to make the right decisions for the team and Owen's no different to any other player. 0:34 Eddie Jones took responsibility for England’s Six Nations defeat to Scotland Eddie Jones took responsibility for England’s Six Nations defeat to Scotland "Owen was disappointed with his performance against Scotland, like a number of players and like I was in my own performance and we're all working to improve."Owen's been a highly-consistent, highly-successful player for us. Like a number of players on Saturday, he wasn't at his best. I know there's a bandwagon."He's an outstanding player and, like any outstanding player, they can have a game where they're not at their best. Is that a reason to drop the player? I wouldn't think so."We are always trying to make the right assessment. We had to go through a difficult stage with (former captain) Dylan Hartley when his form was tailing off. Lions runners and riders: Katy Daley-Mclean's picks 🏉Former England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 fly-half and World Cup winner @katymc10 on the Lions 🦁 squad contenders and her starting XV 👇— Sky Sports Rugby Union (@SkySportsRugby) February 9, 2021 "We gave Dylan an amount of time to pick up his form but, due to injury and a number of other circumstances, it just wasn't right for the team."It's the same for anyone who's the captain of the side, they've got to keep performing at a high level."But having one game where they're not at the level expected is not a reason to start speculating on whether he's going to be dropped or not." Jones defended Farrell once more when he was asked about the Lions playmaker's reluctance to launch his backline in favour of kicking."There are five million situations in the game and we don't coach five million situations," said Jones. .
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O’Mahony banned for three Six Nations games
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Peter O'Mahony suspended until March 15 after being sent off against Wales, ruling him out of Ireland's Six Nations games against France, Italy and Scotland; Ireland take on France in Dublin on Sunday Last Updated: 09/02/21 7:23pm Peter O'Mahony was sent off by referee Wayne Barnes after charging dangerously into a ruck Peter O'Mahony has been banned for three Six Nations matches following his red card in Ireland's defeat to Wales. The flanker was dismissed after 14 minutes of Ireland's 21-16 loss in Cardiff for a reckless hit on Wales prop Tomas Francis at a ruck.O'Mahony appeared before an independent disciplinary committee on Tuesday, where he admitted an act of dangerous play which merited a red card. The 31-year-old was given a six-week ban, which was reduced by 50 per cent in mitigation, ruling him out of Ireland's games against France, Italy and Scotland.O'Mahony's suspension ends on March 15, five days before Ireland's final Six Nations fixture against England in Dublin. 0:29 Johnny Sexton says he is confident Ireland can fix the issues that cost them in their Six Nations opener on Sunday before they host France Johnny Sexton says he is confident Ireland can fix the issues that cost them in their Six Nations opener on Sunday before they host France A Six Nations statement read: "As the conduct involved contact with the head, although noting that no injury was suffered by the Wales No 3 (Francis), the committee determined that the entry point was mid-range, which for this offence is six weeks."It was accepted that there were no off-field aggravating factors, and the disciplinary committee concluded after careful consideration of the player's record and conduct in the hearing, that the player was entitled to a 50 per cent reduction of sanction in mitigation."The player is suspended from February 7, 2021 to March 14, 2021, which represents three meaningful matches to the player."Ireland head coach Andy Farrell said after Sunday's defeat that O'Mahony was "gutted" by his error of judgement."Guys don't do these things on purpose," said Farrell. "It hampers the team and Pete's hurting at this moment in time." Ireland skipper Johnny Sexton and vice-captain James Ryan are on track to feature in Sunday's game with France.The pair must each undergo phased return-to-play protocols having suffered head knocks during the Wales match. .
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Ireland call up Leinster’s Conan
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Jack Conan will strengthen Andy Farrell's back-row options after Peter O'Mahony was sent off in Sunday's 21-16 loss to Wales; O'Mahony faces a potential lengthy ban and will learn his fate at a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday By PA Media Last Updated: 09/02/21 11:34am Jack Conan has not featured for Ireland since the 2019 World Cup Leinster forward Jack Conan has been added to Ireland's Six Nations squad ahead of Sunday's clash with France, the Irish Rugby Football Union have announced. The 28-year-old, who has earned 17 Test caps but not played since the 2019 World Cup, will strengthen Andy Farrell's back-row options after Peter O'Mahony was sent off in Sunday's loss to Wales.Flanker O'Mahony was dismissed for a reckless shoulder-led hit to the head of Wales prop Tomas Francis and will discover his fate at a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday afternoon. 0:29 Johnny Sexton says he is confident Ireland can fix the issues that cost them in their Six Nations opener on Sunday before they host France Johnny Sexton says he is confident Ireland can fix the issues that cost them in their Six Nations opener on Sunday before they host France Uncapped Munster back row Gavin Coombes has been released from Farrell's squad to return to training with his province. Prop Ed Byrne, who provided additional front-row cover for the trip to the Principality Stadium, has remained with the national team, as has his uncapped Leinster team-mate Ryan Baird.Ireland captain Johnny Sexton and lock James Ryan will go through return-to-play protocols after suffering head knocks during the 21-16 loss in Cardiff. .
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Ritchie: Players showed full support of anti-racism message
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Only four of Scotland's players opted to take a knee ahead of Six Nations victory over England at Twickenham; Ritchie: "I don't think anyone who didn't kneel was disagreeing with anything that was put forward. It's 100 per cent right that rugby is acknowledging the anti-racism movement" Last Updated: 08/02/21 10:06pm 2:11 Jamie Ritchie was surprised at criticism after most of the Scotland squad chose not to take a knee before the England clash Jamie Ritchie was surprised at criticism after most of the Scotland squad chose not to take a knee before the England clash Scotland forward Jamie Ritchie insists he showed full support to anti-racism messages at Twickenham after being criticised for not taking a knee. The Edinburgh player has expressed surprise about the furore over his choice ahead of Scotland's Six Nations win over England.Ritchie and others elected to stand and reflect while team-mates kneeled down, but he felt all had shown support for anti-racism campaigns in their own way. The pre-match ritual also included tributes to coronavirus victims including Captain Sir Tom Moore. Twelve England players took a knee ahead of their Six Nations match against Scotland Six Nations organisers did not request that players take the knee but at least four Scotland players and 12 England players were pictured doing so with those who stood coming under criticism.Ritchie said: "It's all been a bit of a surprise to be honest. We weren't told before the game 'we would like you to kneel' or 'we wouldn't like you to kneel'. It was down to personal choice."I don't think anyone who didn't kneel was disagreeing with anything that was put forward. It's 100 per cent right that rugby is acknowledging the anti-racism movement. I completely agree with that."I think guys standing in quiet reflection of that is in full support of it."Whether boys kneeled or didn't kneel was nothing we discussed before the game, it was completely down to personal preference. Anyone who kneeled I would back 100 per cent and anyone who stood I would do the same. 0:57 Scotland scrum-half Ali Price defends his team-mates who did not take a knee before their Six Nations win over England at Twickenham Scotland scrum-half Ali Price defends his team-mates who did not take a knee before their Six Nations win over England at Twickenham "For me personally it was the first game I had been involved in when anyone took the knee. I was not surprised, I knew guys in the Premiership had been doing it, but it was down to personal preference at the time. I took that time to reflect and think about the message."You can't please everyone, it's such a polarising argument, whether to kneel or not. Social media can be a pretty vile place at times and guys know how to deal with it."It's not stung, it has certainly not taken away from how special that day was for everyone involved. It's just one of the things that comes with being in the limelight and playing pro sport."One of the Scotland players who did kneel, Ali Price, also feels too much has been made of the issue. Price did kneel but feels too much has been made of the issue The Glasgow scrum-half said: "We were told beforehand that there would be a round of applause for Sir Tom and everyone who has sadly passed away due to Covid, followed by a moment of reflection around racism in sport and in general. And then it's very much individual."I have never taken a knee in any of the games I have been involved in before. It was never part of any of the build-up to PRO14 games. In the autumn we never did it."On the day I felt it was right to take a knee. At the same time, I could also have stood like many of the other players did and just had that moment of reflection. There's different ways to do that."There's too much to read into that, everyone was reflective and respectful."Scottish Rugby defends players not taking kneeThe Scottish Rugby Union says it stands behind the fight against racism after only four players chose to take a knee ahead of Saturday's win over England at Twickenham.Gregor Townsend's team recorded their first away win over England since 1983 but have faced a backlash after the majority of the matchday squad opted not to join in with the gesture supporting the Rugby Against Racism campaign before kick-off in London.Murrayfield chiefs have now reiterated their backing for equality - but say it remains down to individual players to decide how they show that support in future. The SRU said in a statement: "Scottish Rugby fully supports rugby's ongoing work to end discrimination and racism in our sport."This commitment has been expressed with a moment of reflection before every international match since the summer of 2020 and our players are free to demonstrate their support for this important issue in the way they see fit." .
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Sexton insists Ireland are still in Six Nations title mix
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Peter O'Mahony's early red card proved costly as tries from George North and Louis Rees-Zammit earned Wales a 21-16 win over Ireland in Sunday's Six Nations match; Ireland skipper Johnny Sexton backs his side to respond to their early setback Last Updated: 08/02/21 9:50am 0:29 Johnny Sexton says he is confident Ireland can fix the issues that cost them in their Six Nations opener on Sunday before they host France Johnny Sexton says he is confident Ireland can fix the issues that cost them in their Six Nations opener on Sunday before they host France Johnny Sexton insists Ireland remain in Six Nations title contention, despite their quest for glory beginning with an agonising defeat. Irish aspirations were dealt a sizeable blow after the early dismissal of flanker Peter O'Mahony contributed heavily to Sunday's frustrating 21-16 to unfancied Wales.Andy Farrell's men battled valiantly in Cardiff but, despite incessant late pressure, they were unable to snatch victory as the hosts held on for only a fourth success from 11 Tests since the appointment of Wayne Pivac. Captain Sexton has backed his side to respond to the setback, starting next weekend at home to current tournament favourites France. Louis Rees-Zammit had to double-check his try against Ireland counted Asked if there was still plenty left to play for, the 35-year-old replied: "Of course. It's just all about next week now."The bonus-point loss could be crucial towards the end. We could be top of the table next week, if we get a big result at home. We know we're playing against arguably the form team in Europe, the best team in Europe."We are going to have to come together and fix the wrongs and I fully back this group to do it."Any defeat at international level is gutting. It could have been a very famous victory for us. 0:30 Wayne Pivac believes Wales can improve in a number of areas despite his side getting their Six Nations campaign off to a winning start against Ireland Wayne Pivac believes Wales can improve in a number of areas despite his side getting their Six Nations campaign off to a winning start against Ireland "Any time you play Wales in Cardiff, it's an incredibly tough game and to have done it with 14 would have been incredibly special - but it wasn't to be."O'Mahony was sent off in the 14th minute following a reckless shoulder-led hit to the head of Wales prop Tomas Francis.Ireland overcame the adversity and a 6-0 deficit to deservedly lead 13-6 at the break courtesy of Tadhg Beirne's try and eight points from fly-half Sexton.However, the physical exertion of performing a man light eventually appeared to catch up with them as second-half scores from George North and Louis Rees-Zammit, plus the boot of Leigh Halfpenny, put Wales in control of thescoreboard. After Sexton was reluctantly forced off with a head knock, Billy Burns set up a grandstand finish with a penalty, only to inadvertently end hopes of an Irish fightback by failing to find touch with a wayward final kick.While Farrell's men returned to Dublin empty handed, their skipper was pleased with the resilience shown."(I am) very proud of the way we fought back with 14 men," said Sexton. "It changes everything in terms of everything you have planned, all the different set plays, they just go out of the window and you have got to ad lib and I am proud of the way we reacted and got ourselves into that position. Sexton was forced off towards the end of the match with a head injury "To go 13-6 up was some outstanding stuff and it could have been even better. We started the second half and made a couple of unforced errors, trying to do the right thing."There are going to be errors in international rugby because of the pressure you put on each other, but we made them at key times." Speaking of his head injury, he added: "I took a bit of a bump on the side of the temple and I should hopefully be OK."I will do all of the return to play protocols and hopefully I will be OK for training next week." .
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Jones: England will never atone for Scotland loss
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Scotland beat England at Twickenham for first time since 1983, on opening weekend of Six Nations; Duhan van der Merwe scored only try, with Finn Russell adding two penalties in memorable Test for Scots; England register only two Owen Farrell penalties in drab home performance Last Updated: 06/02/21 10:42pm 0:34 Eddie Jones took responsibility for England’s Six Nations defeat to Scotland at Twickenham Eddie Jones took responsibility for England’s Six Nations defeat to Scotland at Twickenham Eddie Jones said chastened England will never come to terms with their 11-6 defeat by Scotland which has put an early dent in their Guinness Six Nations title defence. The Scots claimed their first victory at Twickenham since 1983 after dominating the Auld Enemy on the 150th anniversary of the first meeting between the rivals, wing Duhan van der Merwe crossing for the only try.Gregor Townsend's underdogs celebrated the win wildly at the final whistle and the only disappointment was that the scoreline failed to reflect their mastery of opponents who failed to fire a shot. "You never atone for a game like this. This stays with you for a long time," England head coach Jones said. 0:54 Highlights from Scotland's first victory over England at Twickenham since 1983 to win the Calcutta Cup, in their opening game of the Six Nations. Pictures from ITV Sport. Highlights from Scotland's first victory over England at Twickenham since 1983 to win the Calcutta Cup, in their opening game of the Six Nations. Pictures from ITV Sport. "But the most important thing is that we get together and we find a way to improve our performance and play like England do when we come up against Italy next week." England's loss was the first to Scotland at Twickenham since 1983, and just their second in 50 years Jones returned to a well-worn theme of blaming himself for one of the worst performances of his reign as England were woefully off the pace, shooting themselves in the foot with a high penalty count."We just couldn't find a way to get into the game. On a day like this the set-piece will always be important, the contest in the air will be important, the gainline will be important, and we couldn't win any of those areas," Jones said."We just seemed to be off the pace and I have to blame myself, I didn't prepare the team well enough. 0:21 Gregor Townsend described Scotland’s first win at Twickenham since 1983 as a 'fantastic achievement'. Gregor Townsend described Scotland’s first win at Twickenham since 1983 as a 'fantastic achievement'. "The players play the game but sometimes you have those days and we had one today. Scotland played very well."They had a particular game plan which they stuck to and executed really well. They had enormous possession in the first half and a big penalty count and we've only got ourselves to blame for the discipline issues. It was just one of those days."Apart from Billy Vunipola, England's Saracens contingent had not played since the final of the Autumn Nations Cup on December 6 and unsurprisingly they made little impact."We're just grateful for the opportunity to be able to play rugby," Jones said. Maro Itoje was one of a number of Saracens players who had not played since December "Maybe it wasn't the ideal preparation but it is what it is and we've got to be good enough to be able to cope with that. Everyone is a good selector after the game."Scotland's forwards dominated the home pack but behind the scrum was where the fireworks were lit as Finn Russell, Stuart Hogg, Cameron Redpath and Van der Merwe swaggered around Twickenham."We'd talked a lot in the last couple of weeks about lifting a nation, and I believe we've done that," full-back Hogg said. Scotland celebrate their victory "This win is a huge deal to us all. During the week we said that if we got everything right on both sides of the ball we'd give ourselves a chance, and we did exactly that."I'm incredibly proud of the boys. We believed we could come down here and win, but we kept that to ourselves. It was incredible for us." .
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