Here’s your round-up of all the latest rugby headlines for Tuesday, March 22.
Warburton says time to say goodbye
Sam Warburton believes the time has come to bid farewell to some of the team’s older heads, and instead start blooding some the country’s younger talent.
He told the BBC: “We need to move on. I think we need to start picking a team which is going to carry us for the next five to 10 years. The senior players have been amazing and they’re good friends of mine and I’ve shared some amazing moments with them in the dressing room. But I think we need to look beyond that now and start putting more faith in in younger players.”
He continued: “I don’t know whether there’s like a sense of complacency like a testimonial game but, and I don’t mean to be disrespectful to the Italians, it’s not acceptable to lose at home to Italy. You just can’t, can’t do it.”
You can see how other pundits, such as Jonathan ‘Jiffy’ Davies have reacted to Saturday’s shock defeat here.
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Woman arrested after shooting of ex-Argentina star
Police have reportedly arrested a woman in connection with the drive-by shooting of former Argentina rugby star Federico Aramburu in Paris.
The 42-year-old was shot three times following a confrontation with other guests at the Mabillon Bar in the Saint-Germain district of the city.
And according to The Daily Mail, police have now arrested a 24-year-old woman, on suspiscion of driving the vehicle from which two other men opened fire. Police are still searching for the other two suspects, with reports in France claiming at least one of them is known for being a far-right activist.
Wales World Cup shot chances down
Former Welsh Rugby Union chairman Gareth Davies admits Wales have drifted further away from a first ever World Cup.
Next year sees the Rugby World Cup come to France, but after seeing Wayne Pivac’s side slump to a fifth-place finish in a disastrous Six Nations campaign, Davies admits he doesn’t rate their chances heading into the tournament.
He told the BBC: “We’ve lost ground to France and Ireland over the last six weeks, that’s before we even start talking about southern hemisphere teams. So at the moment I don’t think we’re in the frame [to win the World Cup]. But we won the Six Nations this time last year so things can happen quite quickly!”
Capuozzo voted player of the r ound
Italy’ full-back Ange Capuozzo has won the 2022 Guinness Six Nations Player of Round.
Capuozzo sent Italian supporters into dreamland with a sublime break late in the second half, setting up winger Edoardo Padovani for a stunning last-minute try to seal a 22-21 victory at the Principality Stadium. The public gave Capuozzo 58% of the votes, way ahead of France captain Antoine Dupont, who finished second with 22%.
Ireland hooker Dan Sheehan finished third with 15% ahead of fourth placed Gaël Fickou, who finished with 5% of the votes.
Woodward slams ‘dishonest’ RFU over Jones statement
Sir Clive Woodward has hit out at the Rugby Football Union, labelling bosses ‘dishonest’ for their recent statement in support of under-fire head coach Eddie Jones.
Jones has found himself under increased pressure following another disappointing Six Nations campaign, with the Saturday’s defeat to Grand Slam winners France prompting a public display of backing from the RFU. It was a statement that didn’t go down too well with some, particularly World Cup winner Woodward, who’s taken aim at the RFU in his latest column for the Daily Mail.
He wrote “I fear we are witnessing a return of the RFU old boys’ club — or the ‘old farts’ as Will Carling famously described them — as they try to close down legitimate debate on Eddie Jones’ future. It is all smoke and mirrors and it’s not serving the needs of English rugby, which is the only thing that counts
“On Sunday, Twickenham cranked out a remarkable press release just hours after England had lost in Paris, their third defeat of the Six Nations. They also lost three of five games last season, lest we forget. In the press release, he or she — we have no idea who it is, only an RFU spokesperson which is just so gutless — stated that the RFU were ‘encouraged by England’s solid progress’, a frankly absurd comment that has been rightly ridiculed.
“Is this really the view of everyone at the RFU? I think not. Ugo Monye — one of the fairest and least hysterical pundits on the circuit — called it ‘dishonest’ and I concur entirely. The RFU are deliberately trying to mislead the rugby public.”