Media Watch: South African derbies, Italy’s new squad and Power Rankings

Paul Eddison
14 January 2020

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While most eyes will be on Europe this weekend, the Isuzu Southern Kings will be hoping to warm-up for their upcoming South African derbies with clash against the Stormers.

That is where we start Media Watch today as Robbie Kempson explained what he hopes to get out of the fixture at Knysna, as reported by Rugby365.

Elsewhere Italy have named their squad for the Guinness Six Nations, with a trio of new caps. Zebre pair Danilo Fischetti and Michelangelo Biondelli, and Benetton’s Niccolò Cannone could all be in line for a first cap.

Staying on the international stage, the search for Rory Best’s successor has gathered pace, but one man who feels he is not yet ready is his successor at provincial level. Iain Henderson told the Irish Mirror that he doesn’t feel he is ready for the job just yet.

Best called time on his career after the World Cup, and another man hanging them up is James Hook, who is going to retire at the end of the season. The Ospreys and Wales great spoke in detail about his decision to Wales Online.

Also in Wales, the Dragons have brought in a new member of their coaching staff as former Gloucester No.8 Luke Narraway comes in. He was already with the squad for Saturday’s Challenge Cup defeat in Castres according to the South Wales Argus.

Finally, for those who enjoy power rankings – who doesn’t! – Rugby Pass have done theirs of the Guinness PRO14 after ten rounds. No guesses as to who is leading the way, but well worth seeing where the rest of the teams slot in.

Away from the Guinness PRO14, there were a couple of notable developments with England naming two new coaches, including the man who masterminded their demise in the World Cup final, while Welsh wing sensation Louis Rees-Zammit has signed a new deal at Gloucester while reiterating his commitment to Wales.

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