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A young rugby player from Czech Republic is tearing up rugby in Scotland

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A young Czech rugby player called Martin Cimprich from Czechoslovakia has been tearing up rugby in Scotland. A new highlight reel has shown the 21-year-old in incredible form playing club rugby in Scotland.

The youngster plays for Boroughmuir Bears in Scotland at fly-half and he has made an incredible impact in the North of the United Kingdom.

The new highlight reel, which was released only a few ago, highlights the incredible skillset that this young man has.

Could this young rugby player from Czechoslovakia have a future in professional rugby?

This highlight reel would show that!

In other news: World Cup winner de Allende has let slip his toughest obstacle settling in at Munster

Springbok Damian de Allende, the new Munster midfield signing, has revealed the one thing that he has struggled most with following his recent switch to Limerick – the Irish weather. 

Having recently arrived in Ireland, the 28-year-old centre who spent the earlier part of 2020 playing in Japan for Panasonic Wild Knights is hoping to rehab a calf problem in time for Munster’s Guinness PRO14 2019/20 restart match away to Leinster on August 22. 

Speaking in his first interview since joining Munster, de Allende was asked how he is finding settling into his new surroundings. “It has been great,” he said on the Munster website video. 

“The one tough thing I need to get used to is the weather. When people say the weather is quite bad I didn’t actually believe it. We are getting a little bit of sunshine but it’s probably once every few days at most, but other than that it has been really good. To be at the HPC (high performance centre) has been great.”

It won’t be until the new 2020/21 season that de Allende will likely have the chance to play at Thomond Park. The province’s two rearranged 2019/20 regular season matches – versus Leinster and Connacht – are scheduled for Aviva Stadium and a semi-final appearance is also likely to be played out behind closed doors in Dublin.



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Rugby: All Blacks reportedly turn down historic Dubai clash with Springboks

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The All Blacks and Springboks last played at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Photo / Mark Mitchell

The All Blacks were reportedly offered a clash with the Springboks in Dubai as a warm-up to the world champions’ July series against the British and Irish Lions.

South African publication the Daily Maverick reports that New Zealand Rugby were offered the clash against the Springboks, which would have been their first meeting since the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The All Blacks have never played in the Middle East, although the All Blacks Sevens are six-time champions of the Dubai Sevens event.

However the Daily Maverick reports the offer was turned down by New Zealand Rugby due to a scheduling conflict with a 14-day quarantine on returning to New Zealand meaning it would have clashed with an already scheduled test against Fiji on July 10.

An MIQ stay on the eve of the international season wouldn’t have been appealing either.

On the original schedule, the All Blacks were to have two tests against Italy and one against Fiji. Now it is expected the side will face Fiji twice before a one-off test against Samoa.

The Springboks will instead face Georgia in preparation for the Lions series with two tests in July. The opening test against Warren Gatland’s Lions is on July 24 with the opening tour game against the Stormers three weeks earlier.

South Africa haven’t played a test since the World Cup final against England in November 2019 after pulling out of last year’s Rugby Championship tournament in Australia.

This year marks 100 years since the All Blacks and Springboks began their famous rivalry at Carisbrook.

The All Blacks and Springboks will meet in September and October in the Rugby Championship almost two years since their pool play encounter at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

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Toulouse’s Marchand set to miss Champions Cup final after ban

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Toulouse captain Julien Marchand is likely to miss this month’s European Champions Cup final after being banned for making a dangerous tackle on Wednesday.

France hooker Marchand was cited for a challenge on Bordeaux-Begles’ Romain Buros in the semi-final win and is now a doubt for the match aginst La Rochelle on May 22.

“Julien Marchand, has been suspended for four weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing by video conference today (Wednesday, 12 May),” tournament organiser European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) said.

“Marchand is free to play on Monday, 31 May and both he and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision,” it added.

Marchand is also set to be unavailable for the joint-record four-time European Cup winners’ next two league games if the ban is upheld.

Marchand’s fellow Les Bleus forward Peato Mauvaka is likely to deputise in the No. 2 shirt with his brother Guillaume on the bench.

Former New Zealand back-rower and double Rugby World Cup winner Jerome Kaino is among the candidates to lead the Top 14 holders at Twickenham in the all-French affair.

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British & Irish Lions 2021 TV Coverage

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How you can watch this year’s matches against Japan and on the tour to South Africa, including free-to-air coverage 

British & Irish Lions 2021 TV Coverage

The 2021 British & Irish Lions will play a pre-tour match against Japan in Edinburgh followed by eight matches in South Africa, including three Tests against the Springboks.

The Test against Japan, on Saturday 26 June at BT Murrayfield, will be broadcast live on Channel 4 – the first time there has been live coverage of a Lions match on terrestrial television since the 1993 tour to New Zealand.

All eight matches in South Africa will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, who have had the rights to show the last six tours. The three Tests take place on successive Saturdays on 24 July, 31 July and 7 August.

Channel 4 will also show highlights of the Lions’ three Tests against the world champions while highlights of the other tour matches will be shown on All4.

Lions managing director Ben Calveley said: “We are delighted that Channel 4 are our broadcast partners for our first match on home soil since 2005.

“I am looking forward to the excellent coverage and analysis that Channel 4 will no doubt provide and going on the recent squad announcement I’m sure the interest and numbers tuning in will be considerable for this clash.”

Radio commentary of all nine Lions matches will also be broadcast live on talkSPORT, whose commentary team includes World Cup winners Bryan Habana (South Africa) and Ben Kay (England), former Ireland and Lions wing Tommy Bowe as well as legendary Lions coach Sir Ian McGeechan.

The tour fixtures, venues and kick-offs are still to be confirmed as there have been changes due to Covid-19, but the dates and TV/radio details are below.

British & Irish Lions TV Coverage

Saturday 26 June: British & Irish Lions v Japan (BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh)

Live on Channel 4 & talkSPORT

Saturday 3 July: British & Irish Lions v tbc

Live on Sky Sports & talkSPORT. Highlights on All4

Wednesday 7 July: British & Irish Lions v tbc

Live on Sky Sports & talkSPORT. Highlights on All4

Saturday 10 July: British & Irish Lions v tbc

Live on Sky Sports & talkSPORT. Highlights on All4

Wednesday 14 July: British & Irish Lions v tbc

Live on Sky Sports & talkSPORT. Highlights on All4

Saturday 17 July: British & Irish Lions v tbc

Live on Sky Sports & talkSPORT. Highlights on All4

Saturday 24 July (first Test): Springboks v British & Irish Lions

Live on Sky Sports & talkSPORT. Highlights on Channel 4

Saturday 31 July (second Test): Springboks v British & Irish Lions

Live on Sky Sports & talkSPORT. Highlights on Channel 4

Saturday 7 August (third Test): Springboks v British & Irish Lions

Live on Sky Sports & talkSPORT. Highlights on Channel 4

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