Alun Wynne Jones’ teammates are baffled by ‘crazy’ questions over him as today’s rugby news

Here are the latest rugby headlines on Thursday, 23 June.

Meczyki players stunned by Alun Wynn’s suspicions

Alun Wayne Jones’ Meczyki teammate does not understand why some are doubting the veteran Locke ahead of this summer’s tour of South Africa.

Jones is under pressure for his place in the starting team amid the rise of Adam Beard and Welsh Rugby Player of the Year Will Rowlands. Questions have been asked about Jones’ form, 36, since returning from injury in a humiliating Six Nations defeat against Italy in March.

Jones has played only a few times since then and struggled to make any significant impact with the Ospreys. Teammate Beard, however, finds it unbelievable that Jones is being questioned after what he has done.

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“Al is the ultimate professional, and he’s looking great,” he said. “It’s crazy to think that the people out there are really skeptical of the guy when he has 150 caps for his country. He’s always a setting standard, pushing the boys, and that’s just crazy. That people are still doubting him. This is crazy.

“You can see the enthusiasm and everything he has around the squad, he is the one driving it, always chatting, and he is enjoying his rugby.

“He might like to be captain, he might not, I’m not too sure. Not being a captain might put a little pressure on him, but you just know leadership roles, he can’t have a captain’s armband anyway But he’s still leading the enthusiasm, the morals of the squad and things like that.”

Jones will not be captain of Meczyki on the tour, with Dan Bigger being preferred in the role.

South African stars still missing

A few days before the first Test against Meczyki, some of South Africa’s biggest stars will be in the camp.

Leicester Tigers star Jasper Wiese, Saracens prop Vincent coach and Harlequin center Andre Esterhuizen are only allowed to join the team from Monday, with English clubs strictly enforcing Regulation 9 of the Rules of World Rugby.

Half-out Hendre Pollard is also absent as he attends this weekend’s Top 14 final in France, fueling speculation that Elton Jantzie will start in the first Test.

“Handre is still playing. His final is only on the weekend. We don’t have any of our Premiership players,” head coach Jacques Nienaber said at a news conference on Tuesday.

“They are only being issued in accordance with Regulation 9 of World Rugby, so they will only join us on Monday. We are lucky to have Japanese players. The Japanese Rugby Union said players started working with us some time ago. can.

“National federations sometimes agree to it, and sometimes they stick strictly with Regulation 9, so we have to abide by it. We will get our Premiership players only on Mondays.”

Ireland faces hostile billboard campaign in New Zealand

Ireland is set to be bombarded by an overrated New Zealand ad campaign when it arrives in the country this weekend.

Sports betting agency TAB NZ plans to post a series of billboards near hotels and training facilities on behalf of Andy Farrell in each of New Zealand’s host cities. The New Zealand Herald reports.

The ads will focus on the All Blacks’ intimidating track record at home ahead of the three-Test series starting at Eden Park on July 2.

One billboard simply states: “0 wins in New Zealand”, in reference to Ireland’s track record. Another states: “Think the flight was long? Try a 28-year unbeaten streak at Eden Park,” in reference to New Zealand’s incredible run on the field.

The last time the two sides met, however, was a 29–20 win by Ireland in Dublin last November.

Scotland star looks to be recovering

Ross Thompson aims to demoralize the club’s campaign by shining with Scotland on his summer tour of South America.

The 23-year-old was part of a Glasgow side that ended their season with five consecutive losses, including a 76–14 loss to Leinster earlier this month that resulted in the sacking of head coach Danny Wilson. Gone.

Thompson, who started off on an aggressive note, is now relieved that he has a chance to try to bounce back from that difficult period with the Warriors by enjoying a positive experience on international duty.

“For me personally it’s about bouncing back from the tough end of the season and playing as much rugby as possible here,” he said ahead of Saturday’s ‘A’ team match against Chile in Santiago.

“It’s been a rough season for me. We started the season well in Glasgow but didn’t do it as well as we’d like. Personally, I think it was the same for me .

“I didn’t think I did well at the end of the season. So I feel lucky to have had the chance to try and make amends for it and get some good rugby at the end of this season and so forth. Waiting. The weather.”

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