Media Watch: Rennie in demand, Jones toasts recognition and Kings do business

Joe Leavey
01 November 2019

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Twenty-four hours is a lifetime in the world of rugby; since yesterday New Zealand have beaten Wales in the Rugby World Cup bronze medal match, the World Player of the Year shortlist was announced, and we moved ever closer to Round 5 of the Guinness PRO14.

We start with news from Scotland, as Dave Rennie spoke out on reports linking him with the All Blacks job after New Zealand failed to lift the Webb Ellis Cup for the first time since 2007, with Steve Hansen departing his post.

The Glasgow Warriors head coach had been named among the favourites to succeed Michael Cheika as Australia’s number one, although news subsequently spread that he was in the frame for the New Zealand chair, but Rennie remains fully committed to the Guinness PRO14 side.

“Obviously it’s flattering, it’s humbling. They’ve always been such a great side,” he said.

“I haven’t had a lot of time to dwell on that because I’m totally focused on what I’m doing here.”

The announcement of the six-man shortlist for the World Rugby Player of the Year award saw Guinness PRO14 interest, as Ospreys legend Alun Wyn Jones was recognised for his stellar 12 months.

Won last year by Johnny Sexton, the Wales skipper will look to keep the award in the competition.

Elsewhere, with the opening rounds of the European Champions Cup fast-approaching, Munster have named their squad for the tournament.

Featured among the 41-man list is South African prop Keynan Knox as well as youngster Jack O’Sullivan, both of whom made their Guinness PRO14 debuts earlier this season.

In transfer news, the Isuzu Southern Kings have bolstered their ranks, snapping up Worcester Warriors man Scott Van Breda on a short-term loan deal.

The South African back will join up with the side for their trips to Glasgow as well as Ospreys a week later, before returning to the Premiership side.

Finally, all eyes will be on Yokohama on Saturday morning for the Rugby World Cup final between England and South Africa, and Munster back-row Arno Botha has been speaking about his close ties with Springboks captain Siya Kolisi.

The 28-year-old says that, while he will be keeping an eye on happenings in Japan, his concentration, however, will solely be on domestic duties.

Cardiff City Stadium will play host to the 2020 Guinness PRO14 Final on June 20 as one of the most exciting days in the club rugby calendar comes to Wales!

General sale tickets are available from and prices start at just £13 for concessions and £26 for adults (subject to booking fees), that’s a 15% early bird discount. Family ticket (2 adults / 2 children) prices begin at £64 and fans are encouraged to buy early to get the best value tickets.

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