Media Watch: Delaney steps up at the Scarlets as Dragons try to keep Wales pair

Andy Baber
07 February 2020

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With the Guinness PRO14 on a brief hiatus, the eyes of the rugby world will be focused on the ongoing battle for supremacy in the Guinness Six Nations this weekend.

But while today’s media watch starts in Wales, it is regional outfit Scarlets that have stolen the headlines rather than the national side after their appointment of a new head coach.

Glenn Delaney is the man tasked with succeeding Brad Mooar, who is returning home at the end of the current campaign to be part of the All Blacks coaching team under Ian Foster.

Current defence coach Delaney will step into the top role in the summer after beating off competition for the position from all around the world, according to Wales Online.

Staying in Wales, Dragons chairman David Buttress is confident Ross Moriarty wants to remain at Rodney Parade despite being on the radar of clubs in England and France.

Buttress is less sure about the future of Cory Hill, however, admitting to the Western Telegraph that he is in the dark over the future of the Wales lock, who is also out of contract this summer.

Meanwhile, over in Scotland, Finn Russell has been told he will have to wait until after Scotland’s Calcutta Cup clash with England before finding out where he stands.

Gregor Townsend stood down Russell from the action last weekend for breaching team rules before their opener with Ireland – and he has also been omitted from the team to face England.

Glasgow Warriors Adam Hastings has instead been handed the No.10 jersey for both games and The Guardian reports that Townsend will not reassess his position until after their Round 2 match.

Scotland have made just the one change to their starting line-up for the visit of England to BT Murrayfield, with Edinburgh’s Magnus Bradbury recalled at No.8.

Elsewhere, there is pressure on Munster scrum-half Conor Murray to rediscover his best form when he lines up for Ireland this weekend in their encounter with Wales in Dublin.

The Ireland No.9 will win his 80th cap on Saturday but last scored an international try 12 months ago, with many calling for Ulster’s John Cooney to take his place in the starting XV.

Jacob Stockdale

Staying with Ulster, the news of Jacob Stockdale’s IRFU contract extension was cause for celebration for the province, who will have his services until at least the end of the 2022/23 season.

Callum Braley’s decision to swap Gloucester Rugby for Guinness PRO14 side Benetton was also welcomed by the Italians, with the scrum-half joining at the end of the season.

And finally, Toyota Cheetahs have been given a huge boost ahead of their crucial tour of Europe by the news that lock Sintu Manjezi and No.8 Gerhard Olivier will be fit to travel.

Both players missed their side’s derby triumph over Isuzu Southern Kings in Bloemfontein last weekend but will be on the plane when Cheetahs head to Dublin to face Leinster.

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