Media Watch: Ospreys changes while players come and go at the Blues

Paul Eddison
27 November 2019

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It’s been a busy start to the week in the Guinness PRO14 with plenty going in Wales between reports of a coaching departure, not to mention signings and injuries.

We have to start at the Liberty Stadium where BBC Wales are reporting that Allen Clarke has left Ospreys after their early-season struggles.

Of course any departure brings with it speculation over who might come in, with Wales Online putting together an extensive list of potential candidates including former Ireland flanker Simon Easterby and Wales Grand Slam-winning coach Mike Ruddock.

Across at the Cardiff Blues, Samoan international Filo Paulo is back for his second spell at the region. The lock was a popular figure during his first stint in 2013-15 and John Mulvihill is excited about what he will bring to the squad.

Staying in the Welsh capital and there was disappointing news for Blues centre Willis Halaholo, who has been ruled out for the season with a knee injury. That means Halaholo’s Wales debut will have to wait, and the 29-year-old had strong words for those who have criticised his call-up under Wayne Pivac.

One man who is fit to play for Wales this weekend is Sam Davies, the Dragons fly-half who has enjoyed a return to form since swapping Swansea for Newport. Wales Online have had a closer look at his relationship with Dean Ryan and its part in his strong start to the season.

Heading across to Belfast and Dan McFarland is setting very high standards despite a perfect start to the European campaign with two wins from two for Ulster.

But the boys from Belfast could be without Will Addison when they take on the Scarlets this weekend after he was cited for a dangerous tackle in the win over Clermont, while Billy Burns will also be absent.

One Ulster man in the news for the right reasons is John Cooney, who scored the match-winning try in the win over Clermont, and who is now being tipped for international recognition in the Irish Independent.

That should be enough to keep you going, but make sure you are ready for round seven of the Guinness PRO14 season the arrival of Fantasy Rugby! Fantasy Dave is on hand to explain exactly what you need to do to get off to a flying start.

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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