Here are your rugby morning headlines for Wednesday, September 2.
Jones wants Lions domination
Eddie Jones wants to see Warren Gatland pick at least 20 England players in next year’s British and Irish Lions squad..
The Lions travel to South Africa in the hope of extending their impressive recent record on tours having beaten Australia in 2013 before drawing with New Zealand four years later.
And England boss Jones says he wants the majority of the travelling party to come from his own side.
“I want to see a record, I want our side to be by far the dominant force in the Lions,” said Jones.
“I am hoping for 20-plus [but] that will be a consequence of them playing well for England.”
When asked if he felt it was possible such a number of English stars could be included, the 60-year-old simply responded: “100%.”
Cardiff Blues to build on Ospreys triumph
Josh Navidi says Cardiff Blues have to build on their triumph over the Ospreys when the 2020/21 campaign gets underway.
John Mulvihill’s side defeated Toby Booth’s men 29-20 in the Guinness PRO14 encounter between the pair at Rodney Parade on Sunday.
Wales star Navidi was among those to impress for the capital region who can now look ahead to the upcoming campaign.
“For my first game back, the lungs were certainly going but it was a good performance from us,” he told the Cardiff Blues website.
“We spoke about wanting to play a simple game and we brought an intensity throughout the week.
“I felt that’s how we also started the match and carried it on throughout the game.
“We want to win week-in, week-out and keep our performances to a standard.
“We need to keep working on what we can improve but we can look back on Sunday as a big positive before the season starts in a few weeks time.”
Top 14 game cancelled due to Covid-19
Stade Francais’ Top 14 season opener against Bordeaux has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It comes after the Paris club were unable to field the required number of players because of Covid-19.
The fixture has been rescheduled to take place on the weekend of September 26-27 on the proviso that Bordeaux fail to reach the semi-finals of the European Challenge Cup.
Trio eye French international
Northampton, Bath, and Gloucester are all eyeing a move for France international Virimi Vakatawa, according to The Rugby Paper.
The 28-year-old’s contract with Racing 92 expires next summer, and he is said to be exploring his options.
Vakatawa – whose tally of 13 tries was the most of any player in the Top 14 in 2019 – touched down for France in their Rugby World Cup quarter-final defeat to Wales in Japan last year.
It is said Sale Sharks could also swoop for the centre if Manu Tuilagi does not stay at the club beyond his initial one-year deal.
-- to www.walesonline.co.uk