Your evening’s headline is for Friday June 10th.
The Welsh stars are ready for big knockout games
The English Premiership is nearing the end of its season this weekend when the semi-finals are played out and the Welsh are in high demand.
Dan Biggar will be first and center when Northampton travel to face Leicester in a good East Midlands derby. Waiting for him at Welford Road is Wales’ future team -mate Tommy Reffell, who will join Wayne Pivac’s side for the first time since the end of his home season. . The Wales under -20 skipper starts on the wide side for visitors.
In the next semi-final, Nick Tompkins started the center for the Saracens as they hosted Adam Jones’ Harlequins. While there is no Welsh player about Quins, the first head coach is part of the coaching staff.
Saracens vs Harlequins starts at 1:30 pm tomorrow, with Leicester vs Northampton at 4:30 pm.
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Marler is ready to retire if he leaves RWC
England prop Joe Marler has said he is ready to leave the sport and accelerate his post -game plans if he does not make it to the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
The Quins had retired from Test rugby before but were brought back into the testing ground by England manager Eddie Jones. At 31, he has many miles on the clock given his position, but he feels he can’t withstand the rigors of pro play.
“The end is near,” Marler told The Times. “I wanted to get to the World Cup but it was never out of my hands. If I had a conversation with Eddie Jones and he said I wasn’t in the planning for it, then I would speed up life after that. rugby and think about that, close the shop in Quins and leave.
Marler has come off a world holiday for the 2019 Rugby World Cup but has left the England squad for the 2021 Six Nations to live with his family during the Covid-19 illness.
The reason for ‘eliminating’ young players is caution
Northampton Saints coach Chris Boyd has warned of calling young players to the testing ground because of the risk of ‘finishing’ them.
Looking ahead to this weekend’s Premiership semi-finals, Boyd took part in a dinner panel discussion with officials from Leicester, Saracens and Harlequins for the Telegraph.
In it he was asked if young Tommy Freeman should swear to call England and his answer was interesting.
“I don’t think you want to lower my opinion for that, but I wouldn’t pick anyone for England who hasn’t played around 50 games for their team,” he said. “I think you destroy young people when you give them false hope.”
When asked if he had any evidence of it, he replied: “A lot.”
Genge was ready to drop the box in the final game of Welford Road
By Andrew Baldock, PA Author
Leicester captain Ellis Genge has paid tribute to Tigers head coach Steve Borthwick ahead of the Gallagher Premiership match against Northampton.
Although Leicester have won eight Premiership titles on that tree, they have finally competed in a small club five years ago.
Borthwick took over the summer of 2020, and he turned the Tigers from finishing 11th in the Premiership before reaching the regular tables this season.
They have also won 12 home Lions games, and hold the top spot in the overall Premiership design, no other team has achieved before.
“There are a lot of different decision makers,” England prop Genge said.
“There are some famous heroes, and Steve is amazing.
“He was a well -respected coach who may not have received the praise he deserved, but I am very happy to be recognized as a good driver.
For Genge, the game will be his last appearance at Leicester at Mattioli Woods Welford Road before he joins Bristol this summer.
Few players have had more of an impact on the Tigers season than the 27 -year -old, making a kind of blistering appearance in the nine -month domestic tournament.
And business remains to be seen, Leicester have not won a Premiership title since their 37-17 win over Northampton at Twickenham nine years ago.
The Saracens and Harlequins will face off in the next semi-final on Saturday as the Premiership suffers an exciting loss.
“I’m almost seven years old, and I think I’ll finish 98 starting,” Genge said. “You don’t get a rope until the start of 100, so that’s a bit of a stretch!
“We went through that kind of low period from 2017 to 2019, when we didn’t work out.
“But I think we’ve come out on that side and the stadium is flying again and you can really feel that player-fan relationship. It’s a special place.
“Personally, I want to really dedicate the box for the fans who go there.
“They (Northampton) are playing a big football game, but when the teams play us they try to adapt and play a fast game.