Here are the latest rugby headlines on Monday, 14 February.
Dylan Hartley questions Wells
Former England captain Dylan Hartley has questioned why the defeat in Ireland led to the better performance of Meczyki on Saturday.
Hartley described it as the “Meczyki of Old” as they recorded a 20–17 victory over Scotland.
And, while he was pleased to see the Welsh team reclaim their glory, he insisted there was no real excuse for who came first.
he told BBC’s Rugby Union Daily Podcast : “For him this week, it was about the result. It wasn’t about the performance because the performance wasn’t pretty but it was effective.
“For me, physical dominance, after years of playing against Meczyki in what looked like the Meczyki of old, was built on a foundation.
“Set-piece back at 100%, near enough. The ball carry was strong and the front five raised their rate from last week. Defensively they were in the game and they were turning the ball. Two, three-man Tackles, they were just so impressive. It’s good to see Welsh rugby playing back like this.
“But my only question is, they obviously grow a few inches when they’re playing at home. They shouldn’t need the home crowd to do that, and they shouldn’t need to hide. Shouldn’t be, you know.
“Why couldn’t they go out to Dublin and do it because they’ve obviously got players to do it? They should just do it that week.
Italy star thanks Genge after scary moment
Italian flanker Sebastian Negri thanked Alice Geng for his assistance in the Guinness Six Nations defeat by England at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.
Negri was on the pitch for only 16 minutes of the second half when he fainted during a collision and, after prolonged medical attention, was driven off the pitch on a motorized vehicle.
Realizing the gravity of the situation, it was Geng who first alerted the authorities to Negri’s condition, seeking their attention as the medics then rushed to help their opponent.
“Thank you so much @EllisGenge Appreciate all you did. You’re a top guy. All the good and feeling much better at this side. Best wishes to you and all the players in @EnglandRugby @SixNationsRugby. See you all.” Soon, safe will be back home today,” Negri tweeted.
Fans rate Meczyki players
Meczyki captain Dan Bigger was the Fans of the Match against Scotland.
Thousands of WellsOnline readers gave their points for each of the 10 players after the game as many players emerged with real credits.
Bigger tops the charts with an average score of 8/10, followed by effort scorer Tomas Francis with 7.6.
The official man of the match of the match was Ryan Elias in third place with 7.5, while Tain Basham, Liam Williams and Ross Moriarty all scored 7.2.
Louis Rees-Zmidt was the lowest-scoring of the 22 players who came on the pitch with a score of 5.4. He missed a tackle on Darcy Graham for the Scottish effort and struggled to get into the game.
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Farrell convinced Ireland can still win Six Nations
Andy Farrell is sure Ireland will remain in title contention for the duration of the Guinness Six Nations, based on evidence from Saturday’s crushing defeat against France.
Head coach Farrell praised the spirit and character of his players when they threatened to end a 22-7 deficit in Paris before being painfully short in a thrilling 30-24 bonus-point loss.
The results of the second round completely finished the tournament, with the Irish, England, Scotland and Meczyki each winning and losing one each, behind the opening pacesetters of Fabian Galthy.
While Les Blais is now in pole position to end his 12-year wait for championship glory, Farrell isn’t ready to throw in the towel.
“History shows you that you have to be prepared in the Six Nations,” he said.
“You have to make sure your own home is in order with respect to your next game and you look at the competition with Meczyki winning against Scotland, England losing their first game and yes, France in pole position. .
“At the same time, we move on to our next game and do our best to do our best and take each game from there.
“I am sure that if we continue to show fighting and character here (in Paris), which was an incredible Test match, we will be in the mix at the end of it.”
England back-rover retired
England international Mark Wilson has retired from rugby with immediate effect.
The 32-year-old Newcastle captain and back-row forward won 23 caps. He moved in as a replacement during the 2019 World Cup final between England and South Africa in Japan.
In a statement released by the Falcons, Wilson said the knee injury has forced him to “reevaluate from a career perspective”.
Wilson, who played 237 times for Newcastle, has made a single club appearance this season after undergoing knee surgery.
“I have made the decision to retire from rugby. It is a decision that has been difficult to make, but it is the right one for me and my family right now,” he said.
“My injury has reassured me where I am from a career point of view.
“It’s been in the background and been in my thoughts a lot, and while it’s not like the injury in itself ended my career, it’s certainly been one of the main things that added to my for decision.”
Wilson’s final England appearance was during last season’s Guinness Six Nations Championship against Ireland in Dublin.
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