Today’s rugby news as exiled Wales star finds it ‘tough’ to watch and Six Nations superstar announces big move

Here are your rugby headlines for Saturday, 14 May.

Exiled Davies admits it’s ‘tough’ to watch Wales

Exiled Wales scrum-half Aled Davies has admitted he finds it “tough” to watch Wales play as he remains ineligible.

The scrum-half is producing some of the finest form of his career for title-chasing Saracens, combing wonderfully with Owen Farrell as the club chase glory on domestic and European fronts. But he remains off-limits after deciding to leave the Ospreys for the English giants while still well short of the 60-caps required to continue his international career.

Davies, who has 20 Wales caps, admits, however, he has never felt as stable in his rugby career, playing in a side that oozes quality.

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“It is a team of internationals here,” Davies told i. “At every training session you have got to be switched on and engaged, and bring the intensity. I am happy within myself. I have no regrets whatsoever.”

“I feel more settled and stable here, at Saracens, you know where you’re coming and going with the league.

“As a Welshman, I want to be playing for my country. With the 60-cap rule, it seems like it’s off. I have heard nothing about the rule changing. Until that changes, it is what it is. I am focused only on Saracens and trying to win trophies.”

Of his relationship with Farrell, he added: “I think we’ve played well together,” says Davies. “He’s just a good bloke, full of knowledge, and with the standards he sets every day, an unbelievable competitor.”

Toulouse sign Wales’ Six Nations tormentor

Italy full-back Ange Capuozzo, who tormented Wales in the final match of this year’s Six Nations, has joined French giants Toulouse from Grenoble.

The 23-year-old made his international debut as a replacement against Scotland in Round 4 – scoring two tries – before setting up Edoardo Padavani’s winning score a week later against Wales.

He’ll now play Top 14 rugby next season after penning a lucrative deal until 2025 with the reigning Heineken Champions Cup champions.

“I am very happy to open a new page by signing for Toulouse,” said Capuozzo.

“I feel a lot of excitement as I approach this change in my personal and professional life. I wanted to sign with a club that would allow me to improve my game and I think I have chosen the ideal place for that.”

He signed for Grenoble in May 2019 when they were still a top-flight club. However, they were relegated in 2020, with Capuozzo shining in Pro D2. Toulouse club president Didier Lacroix said: “Like a certain Vincent Clerc, also from Grenoble, Ange has the ideal profile to play at Toulouse.

“We have already had a glimpse of his talent by following his performances in Pro D2 and we are now looking forward to seeing how he will integrate into the group and the game plan established by the staff.”

Cardiff secure first away win of season

Cardiff finally secured their first win on the road this season with a scrappy 19-18 victory over the Dragons at Rodney Parade.

Afterwards, flanker Josh Navidi admitted that the match – which saw both sides reduced to 14 men after two first-half red cards – was far from a classic. In truth, it was a pretty turgid spectacle.

“Obviously it was stop-start, not a game you want to be playing in,” Navidi told BBC Wales. “It’s a tough place to come but we didn’t help ourselves at times with discipline. It’s been good until now but a couple of penalties allowed the Dragons back into the game.

“The red cards were a big factor on the game. It wasn’t great to play in, but a win’s a win at the end of the day.”

Coach Dai Young added: “There were a lot of mistakes in the game for both sides and we were pleased to get the win in the end because it’s not an easy place to come.

“We have to be a lot better in a lot of areas and we almost did our best to throw it away.”

Small crowd ‘unacceptable’ for Champions Cup semi-final – O’Gara

La Rochelle head coach Ronan O’Gara says it is “unacceptable” that his side’s Champions Cup semi-final against Racing 92 could take place in front of a small crowd in Lens.

Racing earned home venue advantage for the final-four clash but their own Paris La Défense Arena in the capital city was unavailable having already been booked for two concerts by French rap group Sexion d’Assaut this weekend.

That meant Racing had to find a new venue and they opted for Stade Bollaert-Delelis, the 38,223-capacity home of Ligue 1 football team RC Lens – nearly three hours away from Paris.

“Unfortunately, the stands are going to be a bit empty,” said O’Gara. “I think it’s a shame for a semi-final, it’s unacceptable.

“I spare a thought for our supporters who have to drive for seven hours to support their team because there are very few flights to Lens. I know that because my wife tried to find one but she couldn’t.

“Setting that aside, I’m focused on the match this weekend which presents a great opportunity for us to write a new page of history for the club and break new ground.”


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