Here are the latest headlines from rugby night on Thursday 5 May.
Wainwright out of Wales summer tour
Welsh defender Aaron Wainwright will miss this summer’s tour of South Africa after sustaining a stress fracture in his heel. The 24-year-old will also miss the Dragons’ season finale, but the issue is not expected to hamper him next year.
Dragons boss Dean Ryan said: “Waino will be out for eight to 10 weeks and that will mean he will miss the summer. Ross [Moriarty] and lion [Brown] Both have nerve injuries and are trying to recover. Leon has a stinger in his shoulder and Ross has a leg going. [issue]. We will work with them, but I don’t know the answer with that.
“We are in contact with everyone in Wales with all these things. Will [Rowlands] it’s a shoulder and we’re seeing some improvements. we are working eliot [Dee] go back to that space too.”
Fly-half engages with ospreys
Ospreys fly half Stephen Myler has signed a contract extension to stay in the Wales region for another season. The one-time England international joined the region in 2020 from London Irish, becoming Toby Booth’s first signing.
The 37-year-old has played 26 games, kicked 39 conversions and 48 penalties in his two seasons so far. His new contract will mark his 20th year and 21st season as a professional rugby player.
Myler said: “This was an easy decision because I’m happy here and I feel like I’m making a contribution. I’m still motivated. Being able to make a contribution, have an impact and have the confidence of the coaches has been important to me. I’m really looking forward to continuing with my part in the osprey journey, building on what we’ve put in place and seeing where this group can go.
Ospreys boss Booth said, “Stephen has added real value since coming to the Ospreys, both on and off the field. His experience and leadership qualities have made a real difference to a predominantly young team.”
Myler signs his contract amid uncertainty about the Osprey’s future. Dropping one of the four Welsh regions is one of the recommendations in a report commissioned by the WRU. The results will be discussed next week by the Professional Gaming Council.
Scotland ‘A’ will face Chile in June
Scotland A will play a competitive match this June when they take on Chile in the first match of the 2022 summer tour, ahead of the three-Test series in Argentina. The match will take place on Saturday June 25 in Santiago.
It will be the first time Scotland have faced Chile, and the hosts will use the match as preparation for their Rugby World Cup play-offs against the USA after beating Canada last year in an Americas qualifier. .
Scotland A, in effect a team of fringe players, were last in action in February 2014 at Scotstoun in a match against England’s Saxons, where Byron McGuigan scored Scotland’s only try in a 16-16 draw. After the match in Santiago, Gregor Townsend’s tour group will travel to Argentina for a series of three Tests.
Head Coach Townsend said: “With the World Cup just around the corner, all four games this summer will give our players the opportunity to gain more playing time and experience on the international stage. We always enjoy connecting with other countries and we are proud to be able to play in Chile for the first time. It will also allow us another week to acclimatize to conditions similar to what we will experience in Argentina, such as playing at altitude and in a different time zone.”
Harlequins sign ‘Bok lock
Harlequins have signed South African Irne Herbst from Benetton Rugby for next season. Herbst’s arrival after five years in Italy will fill the gap left by Matt Symons’ retirement at the end of the season.
“We’ve been looking to secure the signing of a physically dominant second row and Irne is someone we think will be a good fit,” head coach Tabai Matson said.