Rugby morning headlines as Ospreys owners announce Super Rugby team involvement

Here is your roundup of the latest rugby headlines for Wednesday 27th April.

Osprey Owners Announce Participation in Hurricanes

Ospreys owners Y11 Sport and Media have confirmed they have taken a 25 per cent stake in The Hurricanes Super Rugby franchise.

The move is Y11’s first investment in southern hemisphere rugby, with the group set to focus on developing Hurricanes intellectual property globally, as well as commercial rights outside of New Zealand and Australia. Richard Mansell, Director of Horowhenua-Kāpiti Rugby Football Union and General Manager of Coastlands Mall, has secured another 12.50%.

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Confirming the move, Hurricanes Chairman Iain Potter said: “Y11 is a perfect fit as they share our ambitions and vision, bringing international understanding, experience and resources that will help propel our Club into an exciting new era. We are delighted to the opportunities this partnership will bring.

“Richard Mansell brings strong business experience and insights, and a true passion for rugby that will benefit us greatly.”

Y11 Chairman and CEO James Davies-Yandle added: “Professional club rugby has so much potential, especially with investment coming in at the top of the game through leagues and governing bodies, and we have positioned ourselves to invest in the clubs that compete in those leagues and tournaments, where the governing bodies want to build the best operational practices and competition, as it is the platform for talent to succeed internationally. Our investments in rugby to date complement this strategy.”

The captain of the Dragoons asks for a good end of the season

Dragons captain Harrison Keddie has called on his teammates to finish a difficult season strong, beginning with victory against Zebre in Italy this weekend.

Zebre are yet to record a URC win this term, but they came close last week when they pushed Edinburgh all the way in a 29-26 loss. However, the Dragons have only managed two wins this season, leaving them on course for their worst campaign ever, so they won’t be taking anything for granted.

“We have to be much more precise and we can’t get into our shells,” he said.

“We have to integrate well into the game and be clinical because it’s a tough place to go if you let the score slip away and let them gain ascendancy.

“We have four games left and we want to finish strong. Parts of our performance have been better recently, but we’ve only done one 80-minute performance all year and that was in Connacht.”

Irish secure their first place in the Premiership Cup final

The London Irish crushed Leicester Tigers with nine tries at Brentford to reach their first Premiership Cup final on Tuesday night with a 59-20 win.

A brace from Noel Reid, as well as tries from Henry Arundel, Albert Tuisue and Ben Donnell, put the Irish on course in a dizzying first half, before Arundel, James Stokes, Lucio Cinti and Will Joseph crossed the finish line after the break. to seal the victory. Leicester then responded with attempts from Sam Edwards and Hosea Saumaki late on.

It is Ireland’s first domestic cup final since the 2002 Anglo-Welsh Cup. They will play either Gloucester or Worcester, who will meet in the second semi-final on Wednesday.

Leicester assistant coach Brett Deacon told BBC Radio Leicester after the match: “I think we’ve learned a lot throughout the competition and it would be unfair to look at this game in isolation.

“We were the most inexperienced team, they had a group of Premiership strikers and they outplayed us in collisions.

“We have stuck to what we set out to achieve: develop a young team and reach a semi-final.”

All Blacks greats suggest fines for bad discipline

Former All Blacks duo Sir John Kirwan and Jeff Wilson have suggested the introduction of financial penalties in a bid to curb what they see as a rise in poor discipline within Super Rugby Pacific.

A high number of cards and fouls in recent games, believed to be due to the continued crackdown on high innings, has sparked debate about whether the current guidelines go far enough to change player behavior. The pair now believe hitting players in the pocket could well be the answer.

“What do we have to do then? Do we have to start fining players? How are we going to have the change? We keep letting our game fall into this. You have to plan for it,” Kirwan said on Sky Sport’s weekly The Breakdown programme.

“I am frustrated at the moment because I don’t see any change in the behavior of the players. They are the ones who are responsible. Very often we put it on the referees, we put the challenge on them. How about the players make some concessions? We are not seeing changes in behavior,” Wilson added.

“Are we supposed to get used to it? We expect to see cards every week, it is unacceptable.

“I think because of me, because of the foul play. If it’s a controllable situation where he’s lazy… whether he loses half his salary, whatever it is, I think he’s jeopardizing the reputation of the sport and the example he’s setting for fans around the world. world”.

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