Here are the latest rugby evening headlines on Thursday, May 5.
Wainwright out of Wales summer tour
Wales back-rower Aaron Wainwright will miss this summer’s tour of South Africa after a stress fracture in his heel. The 24-year-old will also miss the end of the Dragons’ season but the issue is not expected to hamper him into next year.
Dragons boss Dean Ryan said: “Waino will be out for eight to 10 weeks and that will involve him missing the summer. Ross [Moriarty] and Leon [Brown] are both nerve injuries and are trying to recover. Leon has a shoulder stinger and Ross has an ongoing leg [issue]. We will be working with them but I don’t know the answer with that.
“We’re in contact with everybody at Wales with all these things. Will [Rowlands] is a shoulder and we are seeing some improvement. We’re working Elliot [Dee] back into that space as well.”
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Fly-half commits to Ospreys
Ospreys fly-half Stephen Myler has signed a contract extension to remain with the Welsh region for another season. The once-capped 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 his 21st season as a professional rugby player.
Myler said: “This was an easy decision because I am happy here and feel like I am making a contribution. I’m still motivated. Being able to make a contribution, have an impact and have the trust of the coaches has been important to I’m looking forward to continuing my part in the Ospreys’ 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 he arrived at the Ospreys, both on and off the field. His experience and leadership qualities have made a real difference to a predominantly young squad.”
Myler signs his deal amid uncertainty about the Ospreys’ future. Dropping one of the four Welsh regions is among the recommendations in a report commissioned by the WRU. The findings will be discussed next week by the Professional Game Board.
Scotland ‘A’ to face Chile in June
Scotland A will play a competitive fixture 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, with the hosts using the match as preparation for their Rugby World Cup play-offs against USA after beating Canada last year in an Americas qualifying match.
Scotland A – in effect a team of fringe players – were last in action in February 2014 at Scotstoun in a match against England Saxons where Byron McGuigan scored Scotland’s only try in a 16-16 draw. Following the match in Santiago, Gregor Townsend’s touring party will travel to Argentina for a three-Test series.
Head coach Townsend said: “With the World Cup just around the corner, the four matches this summer will allow our players the chance to gain more game time and experience on the international stage. We always enjoy connecting with other countries and we are proud to be able to play Chile for the first time.It’ll also allow us another week to acclimatise to similar conditions that we’ll experience in Argentina such as playing at altitude and in a different time zone.”
Harlequins sign ‘Bok lock
Harlequins have signed Benetton Rugby’s South African lock Irne Herbst for next season. Herbst’s arrival after five years in Italy will plug 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 believe will fit in well,” head coach Tabai Matson said.