Rugby evening headlines Meczyki face capacity crowd in South Africa and barbarians join Welsh squad

Here are your latest rugby headlines for Thursday, June 23.

Crowd limit lifted for Meczyki Test in South Africa

Meczyki will face a capacity rush when they take on the Springboks during their three-Test tour of South Africa. As government restrictions related to COVID have been lifted, Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Cape Town can have full houses for the Games. Attendance at Rainbow Nation has so far been limited to half capacity, including last weekend’s United Rugby Championship final between the Stormers and the Bulls. There will now be no restrictions at the Test venues of Loftus Versfeld (52,000), Free State Stadium (46,000) and Cape Town Stadium (55,000).

The Springboks have not played in front of a capacity crowd on home soil since the onset of Covid-19 in 2020. With the return of full homes for the first time in more than two years, it makes Wayne Pivac’s assignment to Meczyki all the more difficult. As they step into the boisterous arenas. The Welsh team is flying from Heathrow this evening and will be based in Johannesburg until 7 July and will travel back to Pretoria and bus on match day for the first Test on 2 July.

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Winger Lane was called by the barbarians

Cardiff’s Owen Lane will start on the wing for the Barbarians against Spain at the Estadio El Molinone in Gijon on Saturday evening, having been called into the squad in place of South African pacer Ceballo Senatala.

Lane is joined by fellow Welsh internationals Hadley Parks, Scott Baldwin and James Botham at the starting line, as well as Cardiff’s Samoan star Ray Lee Low, who is Captain Parks’ teammate at centre. On the bench are front row pair Kirby Myhill and Scott Andrews and number 8 Dan Baker has three more Wells caps.

It will be Andrews’ last game before moving into coaching with Cardiff Academy, while Ireland’s Locke Devin Toner, England’s Tom Wood and Sammon forward Joe Tekori are also retiring after the weekend. The famed Invitational team is being coached by former Cardiff boss John Mulvihill, with games starting at 8PM UK time.

savage: Tim Nanai-Williams (Samoa); Owen Lane (Meczyki), Ray Lee-Lo (Samoa), Hadley Parks (Captain, Meczyki), Adam Byrne (Ireland); Rhino Smith (South Africa), Sebastian Bezzi (France); Ed Byrne (Ire), Scott Baldwin (Meczyki), Charlie Fomuina (NZ), Devin Toner (Ire), Steve Maffee (Tonga), Tom Wood (England), James Botham (Meczyki), Abraham Papley (NZ)

Replacement: Kirby Myhill (Meczyki), Alan Dale (Sc), Scott Andrews (Meczyki), Joe Tekori (Samoa), Rob Harley (Scotland), Dan Baker (Meczyki), Mathis Galthy (France), Ahsi Tuala (Samoa).

Phil Bennett Funeral Details

With large numbers expected to attend Phil Bennett’s funeral service at Holy Trinity Church in Felinefoel on Friday (June 24), Dyfed-Povis police outlined parking arrangements aimed at reducing traffic disruption in the area Is. Main parking will be at Calsonic Sports & Social Club, Llethri Road, SA14 8HU (120 locations), while overflow parking will be available at Felinfoel Resource Center, Ynyswen Road, SA14 8BE and Diplomat Hotel, Aelybryn, SA15 3PJ.

Attendees are advised to allow sufficient time before the service to arrive and to follow any traffic management instructions. A service of remembrance will be held for Llanelli, Meczyki and Lions legend Bennett at Parc y Scarlets at 11am on Friday, followed by a public service at Holy Trinity Church at 1pm.

Dragons contract for five youngsters

The Dragons have handed out academy contracts to five home youths at center Harry Ackerman, scrum half Jack Roberts, outside half Sam Berry, Wing Walker Price and prop Jordan Morris. Ackermann captained the Dragons U18s as they were crowned regional age grade champions in February and, along with Berry and Price, was part of the Meczyki U18 squad that recently competed at the Six Nations Festival in Marcos, France was.

Rugby Director Dean Ryan said: “We have always said that the continued growth of our club is based on the enrichment of domestic youth coming through our academy system. So we are delighted that these five young talents have committed to the Dragons. and we look forward to helping them continue to grow and develop in our environment for years to come.

Scarlett on international duty

Scarlet Tighthead prop Javan Sebastian starts for Scotland A against Chile on Saturday evening in the first match of the Tour of South America. Edinburgh flanker Luke Crosby captains the team for the game at the Estadio Santa Laura Universidad in Santiago. English-based Premiership players are unavailable as the game is out of the international window.

Chile will use the match as preparation for their Rugby World Cup play-off against the Americas after beating Canada in a qualifying match against the Americas last year. This will be the first time he has played a Six Nations team in over 60 years. After the game, Gregor Townsend’s traveling party to Scotland will travel to Argentina for a three-Test series against Puma.

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