Rocky Dan ElsomAge 28 (14 February 1983)Birthplace MelbournePosition Blindside flankerWeight 17st 8lbHeight 6ft 6inFranchise BrumbiesAustralia caps 64Australia points 60 (12 tries)Rocky ElsomHe’s a man who hates losing and leads by example, so Rocky Elsom will do all he can to make the Wallabies world champions for a third time. By Katie FieldAs the Elsoms welcomed their baby boy into the world on Valentine’s Day in 1983, they might have chosen a suitably romantic name for him – Romeo, perhaps. Instead, they opted for Rocky.I’ve no idea if they were fans of the iconic boxing films, or whether they had an altogether different reason for their choice. However, it turned out to be spot on, as their bouncing baby became one of Australian rugby’s great warriors. Fast-forward 26 years and Elsom became Wallabies captain. Robbie Deans chose him to lead the squad in the 2009 November Internationals because he is a charismatic battler who inspires people to follow his example.“Watch him play,” said Deans. “He loves playing the game. He likes to win. He embraces that challenge. People gravitate to him and follow blokes like that. His location on the field (at blindside) we believe will be beneficial in terms of his ability to marshall the troops, but also communicate with referees. Look at the way he plays. He initiates. He’s smart. He’s got the ability to think beyond the moment.”For his part, Elsom was thrilled. “I’m ecstatic. It’s like when you get your first jersey. You’re over the moon to have that opportunity. Responsibility also goes with that. Some of the best things you can do as a captain is just your actions. It’s a young group. Keeping everyone’s focus on the job is important. You create an environment of really high standards and guys get used to doing the right thing and everyone is going to prosper.”Elsom has already achieved much in his career – 60-plus Test caps and the Heineken Cup for starters – but now he faces the challenge of leading his nation into a World Cup on the soil of their bitterest rivals, New Zealand. Having seen the team underachieve in 2007 and lose in the 2003 final, Australian fans are desperate for World Cup success and Elsom will be a key figure if their wishes are to come true.A pupil of one of Australia’s major rugby schools, Nudgee College in Brisbane, Elsom was earmarked for stardom from an early age as he played for Australia U16 and Schoolboys. In his late teens he switched to rugby league, playing for the Bulldogs in Australia’s NRL in 2001-02, but he was soon back in union and added Australia U21 to his honours.Signed by the Waratahs, the flanker became one of their most consistent performers in Super Rugby and on 11 June 2005 he was rewarded with his first Australia cap, playing blindside in the 74-7 win over Samoa and scoring a try. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 19: Wallabies captain Rocky Elsom poses for a portrait during an Australian Wallabies photocall at Sydney City Lexus on May 19, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) By RWC 2007 he was an established member of the team and while the tournament didn’t go to plan, England knocking the Wallabies out in the quarter-finals, Elsom’s career continued on an upward spiral. He took the Waratahs to the 2008 Super Rugby final and then flew north to Dublin where he starred for Leinster as they won the 2009 Heineken Cup. Brian O’Driscoll said: “I’d say he’s the best player I’ve ever played with and I’ve played with many good players.”Former England hooker Brian Moore wrote in his Daily Telegraph column: “Rarely is it the case that a single forward can indisputably be said to have been the decisive factor between two teams; in the case of Elsom, this can’t be seriously gainsaid about any of the knockout stages of this tournament.”Despite his success in Europe, Elsom’s desire to return to the Test arena prompted him to return home in June 2009. “Playing for the Wallabies is my No 1 priority,” he said. Elsom has since been at the heart of all that is good about Australia, adding mongrel to the pack and leading a bunch of talented youngsters through the minefield of their introductions to Test rugby.A hamstring injury has limited Elsom’s game time in 2011, but while his body has been a concern, his mindset is never a problem. As Wayne Smith, of The Australian, writes: “No player enjoys losing but some cope with it better than others. Elsom isn’t one of them. He hates losing… but, unlike some players who only rage against defeat after the event, Elsom rages at it while it’s still merely an annoying possibility, while there is still time to do something about it. And at that point he applies his head as well as his heart.”This article appeared in Part 1 of our Rugby World Cup Supplement.To get a copy of the supplement contact [email protected] Or click here if you prefer a digital version of the magazine.And if you’d like 50% off a subscription to Rugby World Magazine click here
Alesana Tuilagi and his fellow teammates react after losing to South Africa, ending their RWC tournamentIn today’s RWC Daily we have reaction from South Africa’s Pool D match with Samoa in Auckland, as well as visit the Australia and Scotland camps ahead of their final pool matches of RWC 2011. Samoa’s wing Alesana Tuilagi (C) reacts after the 2011 Rugby World Cup pool D match South Africa vs Samoa at the North Harbour stadium in Auckland on September 30, 2011. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE LOPEZ (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Hosea Gear (L) and Stephen Donald (R) join the All Black foldOn today’s RWC Daily we take a closer look at the French team named to play Wales in their semi-final encounter. Plus the RWC 1987 winning New Zealand team catch up again after 24 years to wish the current All Blacks good luck. AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – OCTOBER 11: Hosea Gear (L) and Stephen Donald (R) of the All Blacks during a New Zealand All Blacks IRB Rugby World Cup 2011 media session at The Heritage Hotel on October 11, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
GUILDFORD, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 14: Chris Robshaw, the Harlequins captain, looks on during the Harlequins training session held at the University of Surrey Sports Ground on December 14, 2011 in Guildford, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) You need to maximise a player’s potentialGood strength and range in hips is vital for efficiency of movementWork on little details and you’ll see resultsThis article appeared in the January 2012 issue of Rugby World Magazine. For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. Or you may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad. Would you like to sign up to Rugby World’s excellent weekly email newsletter? Click here. Chris Robshaw seen during training wearing a GPS vestThis season Harlequins set a club record by winning their first 12 games. Head of strength and conditioning John Dams lets us into the secret of their success…“Two-and-a-half seasons ago we started using GPS systems to monitor the volume and intensity of our players’ training throughout the week, to analyse how that affected their performance at the weekend. This enabled us to work out how best to work and utilise a player’s strength and power.“Take Ugo Monye. He doesn’t have the ability to work aerobically for long periods of time, even though he is very powerful. Chris Robshaw, on the other hand, is not as explosive but has a high aerobic capacity.“It’s very hard to change the type of person they are, but you want to maximise their capabilities. Ugo will never be a marathon runner, but he does have some aerobic potential, so you want to maximise that without losing his explosive capabilities.“Although all our players need strong shoulders, glutes and hip flexors, they will all have slightly different training programmes to suit their individual needs, taking age and injury history into consideration.“Since I arrived at Quins, I’ve been looking to improve the efficiency of our players’ movement, so we’ve worked on the biomechanics of sprinting. Last season we learnt about movement patterns, and this year we’re developing them. Good strength and range through your hips is vital for good acceleration.“All our players do speed training, even the props. Joe Marler may only do 35-40 minutes per week, but he’ll work on his technique to improve his efficiency. Gone are the days when all a prop needs to do is push. He works on transition and acceleration, and will do some forward and lateral ankling drills. It’s all about small percentages, and they’re paying off at Quins right now.”John Dams says…
Tommy Bowe scored Ireland’s two tries at the Stade de FranceBy Bea Asprey, Rugby World WriterIn a nutshell France clawed their way back from an 11-point deficit to draw with Ireland in the rearranged RBS 6 Nations fixture at the Stade de France. The men in green started well, and Tommy Bowe scored two tries in the first half, silencing the French crowd. But Wesley Fofana scored his third Championship try in the 51st minute, and the swing in momentum saw France even the scores thanks to Morgan Parra’s boot. Ireland couldn’t convert a surge of pressure into points in the final quarter of the match, as France’s defence proved to be water tight.Key moment Tommy Bowe intercepted Aurélien Rougerie’s try in the 13th minute and scored Ireland’s first try under the posts. It marked another slow start for France, and and got momentum rolling in the visitors’ favour.Star man Tommy Bowe scored his fourth and fifth tries of this year’s tournament, and showcased why he is regarded as one of the world’s most lethal finishers. He also defended well, but his own performance was no consolation for what the winger saw as a missed opportunity for Ireland. He said: “It’s difficult to score at the Stade de France but to come away with a draw was very disappointing. It feels more like defeat without doubt. We gave ourselves an opportunity to come away with a win and not to score a point in the second half was very disappointing.”Wesley Fofana runs in his third Championship tryRoom for improvementIreland scored more tries than France yet remained winless for the second year in a row. The number of penalties that were awarded to France will trouble Declan Kidney, and he will be looking closely at the team’s indiscipline before Scotland arrive in Dublin next weekend.In quotesFrance head coach Philippe Saint-André: “The players came back from 6-17 down but in the dressing room after the game the state was not that of a draw, but more like France had lost the game. France captain Thierry Dusautoir: “Coming back from 11 points behind is a great achievement but you can’t win when you give away 14 points like that. We knew Ireland would cause us problems around the rucks, and that was our main mistake.”Paul O’Connell battles for the ballIreland coach Declan Kidney: “I’m disappointed for the lads. They put in a huge effort and we believed in ourselves enough to play our own game. There have been seven or eight changes to the team that won the Grand Slam three years ago. We didn’t panic in the second half which was pleasing, but the more you do well, the more disappointing it is when you don’t finish with the result.”Ireland captain Paul O’Connell: “There’s a big feeling of defeat and that there was an opportunity lost. We were disappointed with our second-half performance. It would’ve been nice to come out and score first, but France nearly won the World Cup and we knew they’d come out hard too. It was very frustrating.”StatsIreland scored twice as many tries as France, but also conceded three times as many penalties – 12 to four – and even though Morgan Parra’s boot failed him at times, their indiscipline ultimately cost them the match.France: Clement Poitrenaud (Lionel Beauxis 68); Vincent Clerc, Aurelien Rougerie, Wesley Fofana, Julien Malzieu; François Trinh-Duc, Morgan Parra; Jean-Baptiste Poux (Vincent Debaty 53), Dimitri Szarzewski (William Servat 52), Nicolas Mas, Pascal Pape (Lionel Nallet 61), Yoann Maestri, Thierry Dusautoir (capt), Julien Bonnaire (Louis Picamoles 71), Imanol Harinordoquy.Not used: Julien Dupuy, Maxime Mermoz.Try: Fofana. Pens: Parra (4)Ireland: Rob Kearney, Tommy Bowe, Keith Earls, Gordon D’Arcy (Ronan O’Gara 71), Andrew Trimble (Fergus McFadden 73); Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray (Eoin Reddan 59); Cian Healy (Tom Court 75), Rory Best (Sean Cronin 75), Mike Ross, Donncha O’Callaghan (Donncha Ryan 58), Paul O’Connell (capt), Stephen Ferris, Sean O’Brien (Peter O’Mahony 66), Jamie Heaslip. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Tries: Bowe (2). Cons: Sexton (2). Pen: Sexton.Referee: Dave Pearson (England) not for featured
Flashback: Colin Charvis in action, with Jonny Wilkinson in support, during the 2001 Lions tour to AustraliaFORMER WALES back-row Colin Charvis won two caps for the Lions on the 2001 tour to Australia, which ultimately ended in a 2-1 Test series defeat by the Wallabies. In this video Charvis, who will be part of the Gullivers Sports Travel team for next summer’s tour Down Under, recalls his time in Sydney… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
The squad has only two players with over 50 caps and four with two caps or less.That is not to say the team is inexperienced; six of the final 31 men have World Cup experience. For Alasdair Dickinson, Ross Ford and Sean Lamont this will be their third World Cup, for Richie Gray, Alasdair Strokosch and Richie Vernon, their second.Power over experience: a young squad to counter the powerful Samoan and South African squadsForwardsThe front row is a mix of old hands and young faces. Alasdair Dickinson and Ross Ford bring experience from two World Cups. Glasgow Warriors team-mates Ryan Grant, Gordon Reid and Fraser Brown are reliable additions and twice-capped, South African-born WP Nel, who qualified on residency rules in June, is also named, along with his Edinburgh team-mate Stuart McInally. Jon Welsh completes the front-row options.Richie Gray will be a steadying influence in the second row, accompanied by brother Jonny and Grant Gilchrist. Tim Swinson surprisingly pipped his Glasgow team-mate Rob Harley to the last space in the second row, despite being injured until the final warm-up game. After 63 caps, Jim Hamilton lost out to strong competition for lock and announced his retirement from Test rugby yesterday.Vern Cotter’s choices for the back row have raised eyebrows with the media and supporters. He has ditched Blair Cowan, an ever-present in the last 18 months, for another New Zealander, John Hardie, who has been in Scotland for five weeks and only played 57 minutes of Test rugby. He qualifies to play for Scotland through his grandmother from Fife.Kiwi in, Kiwi out: Highlander John Hardie’s selection over Blair Cowan has caused controversyJohn Barclay is also out, a surprise for some considering his try-scoring performance against Italy last weekend. Instead, Alasdair Strokosch, David Denton and Ryan Wilson join the back row, as well as uncapped Josh Strauss from South Africa, who will become eligible to play for Scotland only 4 days before the first game against Japan. Adam Ashe and Hugh Blake miss out.BacksGreig Laidlaw was predictably named captain of the World Cup squad, and will be backed up at scrum-half by Henry Pyrgos and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne. The fly-halves are Warriors Finn Russell and Duncan Weir.Scrum-half skipper: Greig Laidlaw will lead the team in Scotland’s World Cup bidIn the centres, Matt Scott, Mark Bennett and Peter Horne have been selected. Richie Vernon’s switch in position from back-row to centre also appears to have paid off.Alex Dunbar ran out of time to recover from a long-term knee injury, despite travelling to the USA for specialist surgery, while Grieg Tonks, despite solid performances in the warm-ups, also fails to make it.Stuart Hogg is the only specialist full-back named, but Stuart Maitland will be able to cover if need be. He will be joined by Sean Lamont, the most capped player in the squad, Tim Visser and Tommy Seymour. Scotland’s 31-man squad Props: Alasdair Dickinson (Edinburgh, 46 caps), Ryan Grant (Glasgow Warriors, 23 caps), Gordon Reid (Glasgow Warriors, 11 caps),Willem Nel (Edinburgh Rugby, 2 caps), Jon Welsh (Newcastle Falcons, 6 caps)Hookers: Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors, 9 caps), Ross Ford (Edinburgh Rugby, 88 caps), Stuart McInally (Edinburgh Rugby, 2 caps)Second row: Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby, 10 caps), Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors, 14 caps), Richie Gray (Castres, 45 caps), Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors, 12 caps)Back-row: David Denton (Edinburgh Rugby, 27 caps), John Hardie (Unattached, 1 cap, Josh Strauss (Glasgow Warriors, 0 caps), Alasdair Strokosch (Perpignan, 45 caps), Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors, 10 caps)Scrum-halves: Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Edinburgh Rugby, 7 caps), Greig Laidlaw (Captain, Gloucester, 40 caps), Henry Pyrgos (Glasgow Warriors, 16 caps)Fly-halves: Finn Russell (Glasgow Warriors, 10 caps), Duncan Weir (Glasgow Warriors, 19 caps)Centres: Mark Bennett (Glasgow Warriors, 8 caps), Peter Horne (Glasgow Warriors, 10 caps), Matt Scott (Edinburgh Rugby, 28 caps), Richie Vernon (Glasgow Warriors, 22 caps) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Wings: Sean Lamont (Glasgow Warriors, 96 caps), Sean Maitland (London Irish, 15 caps), Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors, 17 caps), Tim Visser (Harlequins, 20 caps)Full-back: Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors, 33 caps) Vern Cotter named his final 2015 World Cup squad on Tuesday, choosing the vigour of youth and power over the safety of experience. By Taylor Heyman
Why are so many of the Stade Francais Top 14-winning squad set to leave the Parisian club? Cut and run? Stade Francais players warm up for a Top 14 match. Photo: Getty Images Now three of them are leaving and more will surely follow. And there’s little Quesada can do to stop them, not when the club’s owner, Thomas Savare, is tightening his belt having invested €20m of his family’s money since buying the club in 2011. He did so against the wishes of his two sisters, but with the blessing of his father. However, a report in Monday’s Le Parisien newspaper alleged that the patriarch of the family has decided that it’s time they ended their investment.Savare, whose family runs a security solutions company reputed to be worth €1.2billion, is one of the Top 14’s more cautious owners who has implemented a wage structure he refuses to break. Only last week he criticised the Montpellier president amid allegations he is offering exorbitant wages to lure players to the Mediterranean. “Mohed Altrad is actually destabilising the salary level in France,” he said.Happy day: Thomas Savare (left) celebrates the Top 14 win in 2015. Photo: Getty ImagesOne may admire Savare’s sentiments but what to some is integrity is to others a lack of intent to keep Stade competitive. “The feeling among the players is that the club is not ambitious enough,” a club insider told RMC Sport this week.Le Parisien claims that Savare is ready to sell the club, and a “bank has even been approached in anticipation of a future deal”. Would it be an easy sell? Probably not. Attracting fans to the Stade Jean-Bouin – even after its stylish redesign – has never been easy and only 8,788 spectators watched them beat Lyon on Saturday. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS There are times when one has to pinch oneself to remember that a little over 15 months ago Stade Francais beat Clermont to win the Top 14 title on a warm Parisian evening. The season that followed was a disaster for Stade and the 2016-17 campaign is only marginally better. The club are eighth in the table with four wins from nine matches but it is what’s happening off the field that is making the headlines.Last week Raphael Lakafia announced he was off to Toulon at the end of the season and a couple of days later Geoffrey Doumayrou revealed he’d agreed terms with La Rochelle. Rabah Slimani has already committed himself to a three-year deal with Clermont starting in July, so three members of that Top 14-title winning team are on their way out of Stade. There could be more. Twelve players in total are in the final season of their contracts and Hugo Bonneval and Jeremy Sinzelle are both said to be talking to clubs (Toulon and La Rochelle, respectively, according to one French report).There are even rumours that head coach Gonzalo Quesada, the man who masterminded their Top 14 triumph, is considering whether to activate the release clause in his contract that would allow him to leave in June. He has until December 31 to decide but according to RMC Sport, the Argentinian has been contacted recently by Bath, and there is also sure to be interest from one or two French clubs, aware of what he achieved in a short space of time.Head man: Stade coach Gonzalo Quesada is rumoured to be in demand. Photo: Getty ImagesQuesada was offered the job of head coach at Stade in 2013 and, as he told this column last year, he accepted despite advice to the contrary. “When I signed on at this club it was quite unstable with a lot of changes in the structures, the players,” he explained. “Some of my friends said, ‘Don’t go there, you’re too young, your career is going really well and you’ll blow it there’. But I knew it wasn’t that suicidal because I know the spirit of the club.”Within two seasons Quesada had steered Stade to their first Top 14 title in eight years but even as the club celebrated the foundations on which the success was built started to loosen. Ten of the starting XV in the final were French, and at a time when the LNR are tightening the rules about French-qualified players rival clubs began casting covetous eyes at the Stade squad.The financial problems of 2011 had forced Stade to rely more on developing home-grown talent, something which pleased Quesada. “I prefer to push our kids up (from the academy) rather than just grab any high-profile player who comes along,” he told this column.Moving on: Stade centre Geoffrey Doumayrou scores against Castres. Photo: Getty ImagesThe 2014-15 squad was built on a nucleus of talented young French players: Slimani (27), Lakafia (28), Doumayrou (27), Bonneval (25), Sinzelle (26), Jules Plisson (25), Remi Bonfils (28) Jonathan Danty (24), Alexandre Flanquart (27) and Djibril Camara (27). When Mourad Boudjellal let it be known in the summer he was thinking of selling Toulon he was said to have been inundated with offers. But on his stretch of the Cote d’Azur rugby is king; in Paris indifference reigns and the club which sits in the shadow of the Parc des Princes faces a fight to avoid becoming the pauper of French rugby.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here.
Jordan Larmour gets the scoreboard ticking at the Aviva Stadium! #GuinnessSixNations #IREvWAL pic.twitter.com/6YZYbDte8G— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) February 8, 2020Ireland were building patiently in the Wales 22 with a series of pick-and-goes following a lineout, then Conor Murray fired a long pass to Larmour, who used his footwork to find a way through several defenders in red.Nick Tompkins tried to close down Larmour but as the full-back stepped back inside Tompkins went high with his tackle attempt and the Ireland player was able to break through. Larmour then used his momentum to weave past Josh Adams and Leigh Halfpenny, too, and ground the ball over the line.It was an excellent finish – and one the Welsh defence will not enjoy watching again.Wales showed decent skills of their own in scoring their first try. Dan Biggar passed to Alun Wyn Jones, who then popped an accurate offload out of the tackle to his fly-half. Biggar then released Tomos Williams into space and the scrum-half broke clear to score.The TMO was happy that neither pass was forward and Biggar converted to give Wales a two-point lead after half an hour. Here is the Williams try… The March issue of Rugby World magazine – a Six Nations special – is on sale now. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Jordan Larmour’s brilliant footwork to score against WalesJordan Larmour showcased his brilliant footwork to score the opening try in Ireland’s 24-14 bonus-point win over Wales at the Aviva Stadium in the second round of the Six Nations.It was a typically physical encounter between these two sides, with CJ Stander again in impressive form with his turnovers at the breakdown to win the Man of the Match award for the second week in a row.Yet alongside the traditional pick-and-goes, we also saw more creativity in attack from both teams – and Larmour’s willingness to run the ball and use his sidestepping skills typifies this.The Ireland full-back talks in the latest issue of Rugby World magazine about how he’s looking to become more of a ball player and act as a first receiver. It’s something he has been working on with Leinster coach Stuart Lancaster – and it paid dividends midway through the first half in Dublin… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Opening act: Jordan Larmour beats several Welsh defenders to score the first try (Getty Images) Is there anything Alun Wyn Jones can’t do? #GuinnessSixNations #IREvWAL pic.twitter.com/JEDDnPzzC8 Ireland full-back scores opening try in bonus-point victory in round two of Six Nations — Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) February 8, 2020It was a Welsh mistake that led to the game’s third try just a few minutes later, though. In fact, Wales made several uncharacteristic errors in this match and it cost them just as much as their inability to finish opportunities.Back to the game’s third try. Williams knocked on close to the Welsh line after captain Jones seemed to catch him off-guard with a pass from a lineout.Ireland got penalty advantage from the ensuing scrum, Bundee Aki and James Ryan made ground, and then Tadhg Furlong powered over – with a little help from Rob Herring and CJ Stander.Johnny Sexton’s conversion meant the match was finely poised at 12-7 at half-time.Another show of Irish power shortly after the break resulted in their third try. They kicked for a five-metre lineout from a penalty and their driving maul surged over the line, with Josh van der Flier awarded the try.Hadleigh Parkes had a chance to reduce the deficit for Wales as he hit a hard line and stretched for the line, but he lost control as he tried to touch it down in the 56th minute.Wales had other chances in the Irish 22 around that time but couldn’t convert them whereas the hosts were more clinical.Andrew Conway scored the bonus-point try in the 75th minute after a concerted spell of pressure deep in the Welsh half. From a scrum they drew in the Welsh defence and Conway was released into space out wide – one of several times Ireland were able to catch Wales short of numbers in those channels – to run into the corner.Justin Tipuric scored a consolation try from a driving maul in the final minute but it was not enough to give Wales even a losing bonus point.In contrast, Ireland will travel to Twickenham in a fortnight with two wins from two – and noticeable improvements from their win over Scotland to this victory.
Don’t miss a moment of the action from Northampton’s upcoming contest with Bath. Northampton v Bath live stream: How to watch from the UKNorthampton v Bath which kicks off at 7.45pm on Wednesday, will be shown live on BT Sport 2 and the BT Sport app in the UK. If you don’t have a BT contract but want to watch the match, don’t worry because you can still easily watch it online.That’s because BT Sport has a contract-free monthly pass that allows you to get instant access to all four of their sport channels for just £25.That’s great value given they are showing every Premiership match played behind closed doors live and will also be covering the European Champions and Challenge Cup knockout stages in September and October. Plus, you can cancel at any time because there’s no contract.Get a BT Sport Monthly PassIf you’re from the UK but are overseas when Northampton v Bath takes place, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above. 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Consuming pirated content that is paid-for is neither endorsed nor approved by Future Publishing. Northampton v Bath live stream: How to watch from anywhereThe late kick-off on Wednesday in the Gallagher Premiership sees Northampton take on Bath. The sides sit 6th and 5th in the table respectively at the moment and both sides have 40 points. No doubt they will both have ambitions of chasing down the teams above them.The last time the two sides met was back in November where Bath secured a 22-13 victory despite having Aled Brew sent-off in the 47th minute. Northampton themselves had two players sin-binned in what was a chippy affair.Form-wise, Bath have resumed their season in great form as they have won their last two matches with bonus points whereas Northampton have won once and lost once.Bath have lost just two of their last seven fixtures against the Saints in Premiership Rugby but their only victory at Franklin’s Gardens since April 2000 was 18-14 in September 2016.Northampton: Ahsee Tuala, Tommy Freeman, Fraser Dingwall, Piers Francis, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Dan Biggar, Henry Taylor, Nick Auterac, James Fish, Owen Franks, David Ribbans, Api Ratuniyarawa, Courtney Lawes, JJ Tonks, Teimana Harrison (captain)Replacements: Sam Matavesi, Francois van Wyk, Ehren Painter, Lewis Bean, Tui Uru, Tom James, Rory Hutchinson, Tom CollinsBath: Tom de Glanville, Semesa Rokoduguni, Max Clark, Cameron Redpath, Gabriel Hamer-Webb, Josh Matavesi, Will Chudley, Beno Obano, Jack Walker, Christian Judge, Will Spencer, Elliott Stooke, Mike Williams, Josh Bayliss (captain), Zach MercerReplacements: Tom Dunn, Lewis Boyce, Will Stuart, Charlie Ewels, Miles Reid, Ben Spencer, Rhys Priestland, Ruaridh McConnochieHere’s how to find a reliable live stream for Northampton v Bath wherever you are.How to watch Northampton v Bath from outside your countryIf you’re abroad, but still want to watch your local coverage of Northampton v Bath, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network.VPNs allow you to get around any geo-blocking by changing your IP address so you appear in a different location and can watch the same legal Premiership live stream you would at home.Our friends at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPN and recommend ExpressVPN, which is easy to use, has strong security features and allows you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs.Plus, ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. 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