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Sunday rugby headlines as Dan Biggar in danger of missing Lions warm-up and Mike Brown reveals struggles after red card ban


Here are the most recent rugby headlines from Wales and past for Sunday, May 30.

Dan Biggar faces anxious wait

Dan Biggar may very well be a doubt for the Lions’ warm-up conflict with Japan after a controversial Gallagher Premiership incident at Franklin’s Gardens.

Playing for Northampton Saints, the Wales worldwide escaped on-pitch punishment for successful to the pinnacle space of Wasps fly-half Jacob Umaga.

But the 31-year-old might nonetheless be in hassle if the citing officer opts to take motion.

Biggar was key to Northampton’s 30-25 victory, marshalling his aspect and supplying 13 factors in a show which underlined why he’s favorite to nail down the Lions No. 10 jersey in the Tests this summer season.

However, Warren Gatland will hope there are not any repercussions over the incident which noticed the house fly-half clear his reverse quantity from a ruck.

Inexperienced referee Adam Leal and his TMO Graham Hughes did not seem to overview what had occurred.

Wasps head coach Lee Blackett stated later: “I assumed the TMO selected when he needed to come back in and when he did not wish to.

“I feel while you’ve obtained younger officers on the market on the sphere, you want expertise. Graham Hughes has that, however I don’t assume he needed to take a look at the incident with Dan Biggar.”

The Lions play Japan at Murrayfield on June 26.

A forearm to the pinnacle can carry a usual-case ban of between three and six weeks.

Biggar left the sphere with a leg harm 9 minutes from time.

Mike Brown’s struggles after red card ban ends Harlequins profession

Mike Brown has opened up on the untimely finish to his Harlequins profession following an unsuccessful enchantment towards his red card ban.

Brown was despatched off for standing on the pinnacle of Wasps hooker Tommy Taylor at Twickenham Stoop, prompting a disciplinary panel to carry a high-end sanction of 12 weeks down to 6 as a result of of the England worldwide’s unblemished disciplinary file and admission of guilt.

A subsequent enchantment to cut back the suspension proved unsuccessful, which means Brown’s 17-year profession with Quins is formally over.

The Newcastle-bound wing/full-back has admitted he has struggled however has “had good folks round me to speak to, and to cease me from slipping right into a darkish gap”.

In a column for the Mail on Sunday, Brown stated: “It’s a bitter capsule to swallow as a result of what occurred was not intentional and the disciplinary panel accepted that. I don’t assume that was mirrored in the high-end 12-week sanction.

“I’ve at all times tried to play the sport in the suitable method: aggressive, powerful, bodily and on the sting. I feel I’ve been an excellent ambassador for our sport so to have this on my file doesn’t sit simply.

“So much of folks have been piling into me on social media and they rapidly overlook that it’s one mistake in 17 years. I deleted the Twitter app from my telephone. Look on the Marcus Rashford abuse in the week; it’s develop into a platform for folks to have a pop at you and it wants extra monitoring. What occurred hurts sufficient, with out folks abusing you on high of that.”

South Africa boss Rassie Erasmus anticipating surprises from Gatland

Rassie Erasmus believes that outdated rival Warren Gatland is plotting a couple of tactical surprises for the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa.

Erasmus coached towards Gatland’s Wales on three events, dropping the primary two earlier than masterminding a 19-16 victory in the 2019 World Cup semi-final with the Springboks occurring to be topped international champions.

The must match South Africa bodily whereas additionally providing a innovative in assault has formed Gatland’s squad choice, however Erasmus suspects the New Zealander may be making ready an ambush for the Test sequence.

“We usually are not buddies. I do not go and have a BBQ with him after I see him, however he’s a man that I’ve at all times felt has the suitable intention with teaching,” SA Rugby director of rugby Erasmus stated.

“There is rarely a bizarre, humorous feeling after a match – lose or win. I get pleasure from him as an individual and I feel we now have very comparable mindset in phrases of teaching and that is why it is at all times such a bizarre tussle once we play.

“The method Warren has picked his Lions squad, his backline, his assist workers and assistant coaches with Gregor Townsend in there, I feel he has one thing up his sleeve.

“I do not assume we’ll see the battle of attrition and grinding it out like in the World Cup. I feel he has different plans.

“I feel we’ll see a change in his gameplan, however he would possibly simply be throwing us some bait, I’m undecided.

“Finishing with two Highveld video games and the free forwards that he has picked, I feel he has a couple of plans.”

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Lions centre Chris Harris leaves pitch injured

Lions call-up Chris Harris was an early exit from Gloucester’s 30-28 win over London Irish with a hand harm.

Scotland worldwide Harris was taken off halfway by way of the second half with a hand harm.

Gloucester boss George Skivington stated: “Chris took a bang on the hand and it’ll should be assessed. It was a straightforward resolution to take him off with Lloyd Evans approaching and Billy transferring to the centre.”

Skivington was additionally full of reward for fly-half Billy Twelvetrees after he kicked a last-minute penalty to safe a 30-28 win over London Irish at Kingsholm.

Twelvetrees held his nerve to succeed with a 40-metre kick to ship the house crowd of 3,250 pleased with a bonus-point win.

Tries from Santiago Carreras, Willi Heinz, Kyle Moyle and Wales’ Louis Rees-Zammit earned Gloucester that time with Twelvetrees including two conversions and two penalties.

Curtis Rona, Will Goodrick-Clarke and Albert Tuisue scored tries for Irish with Paddy Jackson kicking three penalties and two conversions.

Glasgow Warriors come from behind to safe win over Dragons

Glasgow Warriors got here from behind to file a 27-16 Rainbow Cup victory over the Dragons on the Cardiff City Stadium.

Tries from Kyle Steyn, Ross Thompson, George Turner and Kiran McDonald have been sufficient to get the Warriors over the road, whereas Thompson additionally contributed seven factors from the kicking tee.

Aneurin Owen scored the Dragons’ solely strive with Sam Davies kicking 12 factors.

Glasgow centre Nick Grigg had an early strive disallowed after

Benetton preserve good Rainbow Cup file with win over Connacht

Benetton maintained their flawless event file with a 20-12 victory over 14-man Connacht in the Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup.

Unbeaten in the event going into the sport, Benetton prolonged their profitable run with a powerful bodily efficiency towards Connacht, who completed with 14 males after Abraham Papali’i’s 73rd-minute red card.

Benetton’s dominance of the scrum restricted Connacht’s probabilities all through the sport, particularly in the second half, with the guests unable so as to add to the scoreline after their Forty second-minute strive.

Paolo Garbisi, who made six kicks from six two weeks in the past, additionally had an excellent sport regardless of a barely much less spectacular file with 5 profitable penalty kicks.

Despite Connacht scoring two tries to Benetton’s one, it was to not be for the Irish aspect, with some resolute defending denying them simply metres from the road simply earlier than the half-time break.

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