England and Leicester Tigers prop Ellis Genge sidelined till 2019

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Ellis Genge of Leicester Tigers

England and Leicester Tigers prop Ellis Genge is set to be sidelined until the new year as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.

Genge, 23, was hurt during England’s tour of South Africa last month and returned home early from that three-Test trip.

He subsequently underwent surgery, and Leicester head coach Matt O’Connor told the club’s official website: “We’re probably looking at him playing again in the new year at this stage.”

Genge, who has won five caps, suffered a shoulder injury last season that ended his Six Nations hopes.

O’Connor added: “‘Gengey’ has had the operation and everything went well from that point of view.

“He’s well into his rehab work now, and then he will start fitness work and building up to play again.

“But he will miss the first phase of the season, and we’re probably looking at him playing again in the new year at this stage.

“But he’s working hard on his recovery and will be good to go when he comes through that rehab.

“It is obviously very disappointing for him and for us, but I’m sure he will be raring to go once he gets back to full fitness, and we know there’s still a lot to come from him.”

Leicester kick off their Gallagher Premiership season against Exeter on September 1.

England, meanwhile, face Tests against world champions New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and Japan in November.

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Experienced Blitzboks side selected for Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco

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Rosko Specman returns for the Blitzboks for the RWC Sevens

Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell has named a side laden with international experience for their quest to bring the Melrose Cup back to South Africa at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco from July 20-22.

South Africa are the top seeded team for the Rugby World Cup Sevens, which will be played at AT&T Park – the home of MLB’s Giants, and will travel west as current HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series champions.

All 12 players in the squad were involved in the last World Series, played across 10 tournaments around the world, but only the Blitzbok captain, Philip Snyman, has experience of playing at a Rugby World Cup Sevens event. He did so in Dubai (2009) and Moscow (2013), while the rest of the squad will make their debuts at this level.

Snyman will become the first Blitzbok to play in three RWC Sevens tournaments. The rest of the team consists of Springok Sevens regulars and will see a return from injury for Rosko Specman and Selvyn Davids, both of whom missed the last two World Series events played in London and Paris last month.

Kyle Brown, Cecil Afrika, Chris Dry, Seabelo Senatla (who all played in Moscow in 2013), Tim Agaba and Stedman Gans were all ruled out due to injury, while Kwagga Smith and Sikhumbuzo Notshe were not considered because of their involvement in Super Rugby.

Cecil Afrika will miss the RWC Sevens due to injury.

Cecil Afrika will miss the RWC Sevens due to injury.

The fact that the Blitzboks used 28 players during the 2017/18 World Series and the Commonwealth Games, which took place in in Australia in April, softened the unavailability of a couple of those veterans.

“I am pleased with the squad,” Powell said from Mossel Bay, where the team are finalising their preparations before departure to the USA.

“The team was picked with this tournament in mind and I am pleased that these 12 players are all on form and best suited for the way we approach the knock-out format of the event.

“A couple of players missed out on final selection, but did contribute to our overall preparations and those efforts are appreciated and acknowledged. Just as all of the 28 players contributed towards our World Series title, all involved did great work in order to get these 12 players ready for next weekend.”

Snyman said the Blitzboks are determined to make the country proud: “We have received wonderful support from our supporters here in the Southern Cape and Gauteng last week and that made us even more determined not to let them down.

“We do not have the greatest of records in this tournament, but that said, we know we will be a very competitive team if we play to our strengths and within our game plan. It is exciting times for all of us and we are ready to do our best for our country.”

The Springbok Sevens team:

  1. Ryan Oosthuizen
  2. Philip Snyman (captain)
  3. Dylan Sage
  4. Zain Davids
  5. Werner Kok
  6. Heino Bezuidenhout
  7. Dewald Human
  8. Rosko Specman
  9. Justin Geduld
  10. Selvyn Davids
  11. Siviwe Soyizwapi
  12. Ruhan Nel

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European Rugby round-up: Manoa joins Cardiff, Fainga'a to Connacht, Morgan links with Ospreys

Alex Broun 17/07/2018
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Samu Manoa in action for the USA Eagles

With the kick-off of the northen hemisphere season just six weeks away we look at the latest signings…

Cardiff Blues sign powerhouse USA back-row forward Samu Manoa from Toulon

The 33-year-old loose forward bolsters Cardiff’s ranks again, following the acquisitions of Dmitri Arhip and Jason Harries.

Manoa made his name with four seasons at Northampton, before switching to French giants Toulon in 2015.

New Blues head coach John Mulvihill expects Manoa’s arrival to ease the ball-carrying burden on fellow bruising back-rower Nick Williams.

“This is another significant signal of intent as we build towards the new season and a return to the European Champions Cup,” said Mulvihill.

“Samu is a big, physical man, who will compete with Nick Williams for the number eight jersey and bring an abundance of experience to our pack.

“I’m really looking forward to the next chapter and getting stuck in at Cardiff Blues,” said Manoa.

“They had a great season last year, winning the European Challenge Cup and sealing a return to the Champions Cup, so it is a great time to join.

“I have spoken to both John and Blaine (Scully, former Cardiff Blues player) at length, and have heard nothing but good things about the set-up at Cardiff Blues, the city itself and the region.”

Connacht secure signing of back row Colby Fainga’a from the Melbourne Rebels

The 27-year-old made his Super Rugby debut playing for the Brumbies when Andy Friend, now Head Coach at Connacht, was their Head Coach in 2010 and went on to play every game for the club in the 2011 season.

In 2014 Fainga’a joined the Rebels and in his first season was awarded the highest honour in the club when he was named the Players’ Player of the year.

The versatile back row has gone on to make 100 Super Rugby appearances, the latest coming in the Rebels clash with the Reds last weekend.

At international level, Fainga’a captained the Australian Under 20s side in 2011 and made 7 appearances that season.

“When I was Head Coach at the Brumbies, Colby signed his first professional contract with the club, so I have an in-depth knowledge of the qualities he brings,” said Friend.

“With 100 Super Rugby appearances under his belt, Colby brings massive experience. In addition to his versatility on the field he has a fantastic attitude off it and will be a big addition to Connacht in the seasons ahead.”

Wales Sevens star Luke Morgan to link up with Ospreys after RWC Sevens

The 26-year-old from Bridgend is Wales’ leading try- and points – scorer of all time in Sevens, and ended the 2017/18 World Rugby Sevens Series second in most tries scored (44) – with only the USA’s Carlin Isles touching down on more occasions (49) across the campaign.

Morgan, who came through the development pathway at the Ospreys and played one senior game for his home region as a teenager, follows former Wales Sevens teammate Sam Cross, who joined the Liberty Stadium based region last pre-season, with Cross’ move being made permanent in March.

Head coach Gareth Williams says the agreement with Ospreys is another example of the good relationship between the sevens programme and regional rugby, and how sevens aids player development as a part of the pathway.

“This is a great opportunity for Luke following his achievements on the World Series,” says Williams. “It’s another good example of what the programme can achieve in bringing players through during those formative years post-Academy.

Centre Dries Swanepoel joins the Cheetahs on a two year contract

In the same way as Grey College school mates and Cheetah stalwarts, Francois Venter and William Small-Smith, Swanepoel joined the Blue Bulls after matric. He played for their U19 team in 2012.

He received a call-up to the SA U20 side for the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship and scored five tries in 14 appearances for the Blue Bulls U21 side.

He made his Currie Cup debut for the Blue Bulls in 2014 and represented the side in their Vodacom Cup, Currie Cup and Super Rugby campaigns.

The former Grey College pupil represented the Free State at the 2009 Grant Khomo Week and at the Coca-Cola Cravenweek for U18’s in 2011, and was vice-captain of the SA School’s side that same year. He played for UP Tuks during the 2014 Vasity Cup scoring six tries in six starts.

Swanepoel had a small taste of the PRO14 when he joined Munster in April this year on a short term loan as cover for injuries at the Irish club.

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