LONDON, ENGLAND – Here are some fast bits of rugby news we found interesting concerning the 6 Nations, Toby Flood & Pat Lam.
Flood Cleared: Last week we discussed that Toby Flood of England and the Leicester Tigers had been cited. It appears that Flood was cleared of a tip-tackle. The citing commissioner noted that the involvement of a second tigers player in the tackle is what tipped the ball-carrier and was not a result of Flood’s actions. It may be a miscarriage of justice but all we can do is pout as the decision has been made and there is no going back.
6 Nations Squad Announcements: The Squads for the RBS 6 Nations have been announced by each participating nation. There are always selection debates and questions and 2013 is no exception.
England: People are surprised to see David Strettle picked over top Aviva Premiership try-scorer Christian Wade.
France: There is a recall for Mathieu Bastareaud, who after the France tour to New Zealand in 2009 seemed to be banished (click here fore the full story).
Ireland: It a question of who will partner with Donnacha Ryan in the second with no Paul O’Connell available.
Scotland: Mike Blair has retired from international rugby and Nick De Luca is hurt, so the look of the Scottish backline under new coach Scott Johnson is a very hot topic.
Wales: How will Rob Howley and Sean Edwards do managing Wales after a dreadful Autumn Internationals and a growing injury list?
Italy: The questions over their fly-half play continue, yet they hope the solution will result in more than one win this season.
Click on the nation for their squad list:
Pat Lam: Former Auckland and Super 15 Blues head coach, has been announced as the future head coach of Connacht Rugby. Lam will take over at the end of this season for Eric Elwood. Elwood announced he is stepping down at the end of this season. Elwood, a Connacht born and bred man, had overseen the development of Connacht from an IRFU development province to a legitimate rugby playing province since 2009. Lam struggled at the Blues but did lead Auckland to an NPC Title. He was also influential as an assistant in the successful Autumn Internationals tour for Samoa. His hire means that the head coach of each Irish rugby province will be a New Zealander. Pat better have a warm raincoat.
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