British & Irish Lions tour is on and will be played in front of fans

Tiptop, top-level rugby matches are probably going to be played in secret until a successful coronavirus immunization is unreservedly accessible, as indicated by rules discharged by World Rugby.

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The record, accumulated by four of World Rugby’s driving clinical specialists, raises the chance of the current year’s finish of year Tests and the following year’s Six Nations being played in void arenas or before a fundamentally decreased number of observers. Rugby fans can book South Africa A Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Fears of the British and Irish Lions’ mid-2021 visit to South Africa enduring a comparable destiny were dissipated on Monday when it affirmed the Springboks’ guests are a lot of still on target to make a beeline for the nation and the main viewpoint that may change is the date.

British & Irish Lions tour is on and will be played in front of fans
British & Irish Lions tour is on and will be played in front of fans

The two gatherings are available to a correction to the present 3 July to 7 August dates to later in 2021, with September-October being proposed as another option, should the need emerge.

The 2021 British and Irish Lions visit to South Africa, the first since 2009, is relied upon to give an enormous – and genuinely necessary – money infusion into the coffers of SA Rugby, yet the four home associations also, as the coronavirus pandemic keeps on unleashing devastation with the budgetary prosperity of associations in the two halves of the globe.

As indicated by The Guardian site, the World Rugby rules – arranged by Eanna Falvey, Prav Mathema, Mary Horgan, and Martin Raftery – have been given to all associations.

These rules prompt that rugby ought to be played away from public scrutiny until an immunization for the coronavirus is unreservedly accessible – which, contingent upon who you decide to accept, could take as long as a year and a half.  If that is, in fact, the consequence, it would mean no pressed arenas until late 2021 or mid-2022 in greater probability

Besides, in any event, when players do come back to preparing after the lockdown, they should keep on watching physical removing, wear covers, and maintain a strategic distance from physical contact. They will likewise be approached to answer a day by day survey and have their temperature taken before entering a preparation office. On the off chance that a player has a temperature above 37.5 degrees, they will be sent home.

On World Rugby’s proposal, serious matches should just resume once there is a full understanding between associations, players, mentors, and the opposition coordinators. Test rugby can just be beginning occurring once nations loosen up their outskirt control measures.

SA Rugby has any desires for continuing rugby movement sooner or later in the nation in 2020.

In any case, all Youth Weeks, including Craven Week, has just been dropped for the current year, as has the commonplace Under-20 competition.

There are still any desires for organizing a neighborhood establishment and association rivalry got ready for June to August as an option in contrast to Super Rugby and the PRO14, even though those dates show up exceptionally impossible with South Africa as of now on lockdown Level 4, with donning exercises just allowed to continue on Level 1 as indicated by gazetted guidelines.  Indeed, when that Level 1 may kick in relies upon who you decide to tune in to.

As SA Rugby hopes to slice up to R1 billion from their spending plan in the rest of the long periods of 2020, it might need to prepare itself for a considerably longer period without income created from the paying open at arenas.

British & Irish Lions tour is on and will be played in front of fans

While Sanzaar were making careful effort to discredit asserts South Africa might be ‘abandoned’ because of the Covid-19 emergency as plans for a trans-Tasman variant of Super Rugby including Australia, New Zealand and their neighboring Pacific rugby-playing islands later in 2020 or 2021 accumulates steam, it’s another cat-and-mouse game to perceive how that unfurls.

Sanzaar admitted in the ‘present moment’ such an Australasian and Oceania competition ‘may’ proceed, however long haul savvy they asserted the Sanzaar connection between the four countries stays solid – and set up until 2030 at any rate.

Be that as it may, these are in reality exceptional occasions with forecasts to be taken with a touch of salt as things may well change as every one of those nations have, and are probably going to have, very contrasting Covid-19 lockdown conventions going ahead.

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South Africa’s Great Rugby hookers: Who can step up to the Bok plate?

With Super Rugby nearly halfway and suspended due to the coronavirus, it’s an ideal time to see the Springboks’ options at each position for new head coach Jacques Nienaber and rugby director, Rassie Erasmus, ahead of planned tests against Scotland and Georgia.

We will evaluate the leading players this season in the Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers, and we will make our final selection. Rugby fans can book British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Bulls: Jaco Visagie

The former Bolander, who hails from Clanwilliam, has now matured into a solid Super Rugby hooker. He is a hard-working extra loose forward who gets around the pitch and does the unfashionable stuff, and is not a modern-day flashy No 2. The 27-year-old hits rucks hard, finds his jumpers, and makes his tackles.

South Africa's Great Rugby hookers: Who can step up to the Bok plate?
South Africa’s Great Rugby hookers: Who can step up to the Bok plate?

The Bulls are in an impressive sixth position on the tournament list with regards to lineout success, on 88 percent, although their scrum has not been as smooth, being ranked 10th on 90 percent this season.

Visagie has made 13 ball-carries and five turnovers, as well as 45 tackles – which places him joint-fourth among hookers, although he has missed 12 tackles, the most in his position.

Lions: Pieter Jansen

The Lions have won just one of their six matches, with their inexperienced pack of forwards one of the major reasons for their struggles. They haven’t been able to gain dominance up front, with their lineout not functioning optimally either.

They are ranked 11th in the tournament with an 86.3 percent lineout success rate, and have the worst scrum – statistically – with 81 percent. It is part of the reason why Jansen eventually lost his starting berth to Jan-Henning Campher for the last few matches.

South Africa's Great Rugby hookers: Who can step up to the Bok plate?
South Africa’s Great Rugby hookers: Who can step up to the Bok plate?

Jansen had the chance to establish himself as the Lions’ first-choice hooker in the absence of Malcolm Marx, who is on a sabbatical in Japan, but he hasn’t quite made the most of it. Rugby fans can book British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website.

Jansen has made 13 ball-carries, but just 20 tackles in 270 minutes of rugby across six matches. His best contribution has come in the tight loose, with eight turnovers.

Sharks: Kerron van Vuuren

At the start of the season, some people outside Durban may have wondered Kerron who?, but now the rest of South Africa would have sat up and taken notice of Van Vuuren, based on his performances.

The Glenwood High product is a “no-frills” operator who seems to have that bit of mongrel needed to be a success at hooker. He never stops working, as can be seen by his 47 tackles, the joint second-most in the competition among hookers.

South Africa's Great Rugby hookers: Who can step up to the Bok plate?
South Africa’s Great Rugby hookers: Who can step up to the Bok plate?

Van Vuuren has engineered six turnovers, and forced three tackle-busts and two offloads from his 19 runs. But the Sharks’ lineout is rated as the worst in Super Rugby at 78.4 percent.

Stormers: Scarra Ntubeni

The early-season injury to Bongi Mbonambi has provided Ntubeni with an opportunity to push for a Bok recall after he missed out on the World Cup last year. The ever-smiling front-rower has thankfully kept the perennial injury bogey at bay, and that saw him building impressive momentum during the Stormers’ four-match winning start to the campaign.

But it just appeared as if Ntubeni was running out of a bit of steam against the Blues and Sharks, and that lack of spark from their usually bustling No 2 played a part in their successive defeats.

South Africa's Great Rugby hookers: Who can step up to the Bok plate?
South Africa’s Great Rugby hookers: Who can step up to the Bok plate?

The 29-year-old has made 14 carries, mainly at close quarters, as well as four turnovers and 42 tackles in six matches. The Stormers lineout has been decent at 87 percent, which puts them eighth in the competition, while their scrum has been strong at 95 percent fifth. But Ntubeni has slipped nine tackles as well, which places him joint-second among hookers.

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Tottenham’s key remaining fixtures to beat Chelsea to Champions League place and rescue season

It’s well over a month ago since Tottenham Hotspur last took to the pitch, so it can be easy to forget the state of play in the Premier League before the season was suspended.

Without making light of the severity of the crisis, in purely football terms, Jose Mourinho and his players may well have been grateful for the break given their dire form at the time. Champions League fans around the world can buy online Champions League Tickets to enjoy its stunning performances.

When football across Europe was halted in early March, Spurs had just endured a 3-0 Champions League defeat to RB Leipzig to make it a run of five defeats and one draw from their last six fixtures in all competitions.

Tottenham's key remaining fixtures to beat Chelsea to Champions League place and rescue season
Tottenham’s key remaining fixtures to beat Chelsea to Champions League place and rescue season

“I am going to be repetitive. I would love to be on July 1,” Mourinho said, just a few short weeks before the country went on lockdown.

“I would love to be in pre-season, working with Harry Kane, (Moussa) Sissoko and Sonny (Son Heung-min).”

A penalty shootout loss at home to Norwich in the FA Cup shortly before the limp defeat in Leipzig leaves Mourinho’s men competing on just one front.

Given their form and injury issues, it looked fanciful they could challenge for Champions League qualification, but when football returns everything might look very different.

With Spurs now seven points behind Chelsea in the Premier League, any hope of a top-four finish is looking remote, but there’s a chance of Champions League qualification from the fifth place if UEFA upholds their decision to ban Manchester City next season.

Manchester United currently occupy that spot, but Spurs are only four points behind them and with an opportunity to close that gap in their first game back, whenever that may be.

Tottenham's key remaining fixtures to beat Chelsea to Champions League place and rescue season
Tottenham’s key remaining fixtures to beat Chelsea to Champions League place and rescue season

Kane has talked up his chances of returning for the remainder of the season, which could kick-off in early June, while Son could also make it back after completing military service in South Korea.

Moussa Sissoko, Steven Bergwijn, and Ben Davies are also expected to be available when the squad is allowed to resume training, giving Mourinho the chance of having a fully-fit squad at his disposal.

That development could change the complexion of the season entirely for an ailing Spurs side, but it is a situation which will benefit their rivals too in three key fixtures…

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Arsenal duo on Napoli’s transfer wishlist and Arteta’s best XI to seal Champions League return

Aubameyang, Lacazette on Napoli shortlist

According to Napoli expert Ciro Venerato, who was speaking to CalcioNapoli24 via Sport Witness, Napoli manager Gennaro Gattuso is extremely keen to sign Lazio center-forward, Ciro Immobile, who has ripped up Serie A this season with 27 goals in 26 games. Champions League fans around the world can buy online Champions League Tickets to enjoy its stunning performances.

However, Immobile is valued at €100 million and Gattuso may be forced to look elsewhere.

It is said that both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are potential targets, with either of the Arsenal pair the ideal immobile alternative.

With both under precarious contract situations, Aubameyang’s expiring next year and Lacazette’s the year after that, Napoli could come sniffing on a cut-price deal.

Arsenal duo on Napoli's transfer wishlist and Arteta's best XI to seal Champions League return
Arsenal duo on Napoli’s transfer wishlist and Arteta’s best XI to seal Champions League return

Financial expert delivers a blow

The extent of the coronavirus is still being understood. However, even if the Premier League’s Project Restart plans for mid-June resumption are approved, clubs will have gone three months without playing a match.

They will also then have to face the remainder of the season and potentially large portions of next season with games played behind closed doors with no matchday revenue raised as a result.

This is damning for Arsenal, who rely heavily on matchday income.

There will subsequently be less spending in the transfer window, as finance expert Kieran Maguire explained to football.london.

“Apart from the very elite clubs, I think the transfer market will be quite subdued,” Maguire said. “The number of huge transfers is likely to be few and far between because those types of transfers will only arise if you’ve got a club who is in a very strong position as a buyer and a club who is in a very strong position as a seller, so we’re only talking between the elite clubs themselves.

“If you’ve got clubs further down the leagues, they’re going to have to make offers that they wouldn’t have particularly wanted to accept 12 months ago but for cash flow reasons, you might have had a player go for £60milion 12 months ago who will be going for half of that this summer simply because those are market forces.”

Arsenal duo on Napoli's transfer wishlist and Arteta's best XI to seal Champions League return
Arsenal duo on Napoli’s transfer wishlist and Arteta’s best XI to seal Champions League return

What is Arteta’s best starting XI?

If and when the Premier League returns to action, Arsenal faces a mad rush to sneak into the Champions League qualification positions.

At present, the Gunners sit in ninth position. However, they are only five points behind fifth-placed Manchester United and have a game in hand, though that is an away trip to Manchester City.

Mikel Arteta had inspired major improvement in the team before the postponement of play. Arsenal had not lost in the Premier League in 2020 and their only league defeat under Arteta’s guidance came against Chelsea in a match they dominated.

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The loosehead props: Who’s Number 1 on the Springboks’ Team Sheet?

With Super Rugby nearly halfway through and suspended due to the coronavirus, it’s an ideal time to see the Springboks’ options at each position for new head coach Jacques Nienaber and rugby director Rassie Erasmus ahead of the Tests against Scotland.

We will evaluate the leading players this season in the Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers, and we will make our final selection. In our final edition of a 15-part series, let’s look at loosehead prop. Rugby fans can book British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Bulls: Lizo Gqoboka

He was probably the next loosehead prop in line for a World Cup call-up, but missed out in Japan. So, he needed to use 2020 to push for the No 1 jersey following Tendai Mtawarira’s retirement, and he has continued the consistent form that made him a Bok in the first place.

The loosehead props: Who's Number 1 on the Springboks' Team Sheet?
The loosehead props: Who’s Number 1 on the Springboks’ Team Sheet?

Not a particularly massive front-rower, it is Gqoboka’s physical strength that makes him stand out. He makes a big impact in the tackle, and carries the ball strongly. The 30-year-old’s scrummaging is also underrated, and the Bulls have had a solid set-piece to work from this season. Gqoboka has made 20 ball-carries in six matches, including three tackle-busts, as well as 25 tackles.

Lions: Dylan Smith

He has been a mainstay of the front row that reached three consecutive Super Rugby finals, but now Smith has to play a leadership role following the departure of a number of stalwarts. And it isn’t going well for the Lions, who have lost five out of six matches.

Despite his success with the Lions, the 26-year-old hasn’t really been mentioned when it comes to discussing Springbok contenders up to now, due to the number of quality No 1s around. Rugby fans can book British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website.

The loosehead props: Who's Number 1 on the Springboks' Team Sheet?
The loosehead props: Who’s Number 1 on the Springboks’ Team Sheet?

Could 2020 be his year? He has made a respectable 25 ball-carries in six matches, which puts him in sixth position among loosehead props in the competition. Added to that, he has made 33 tackles. But the Lions scrum is ranked the lowest in the tournament with a scrum success rate of 81 percent.

Sharks: Ox Nche

He may be regarded by some Sharks fans as the ‘new Beast’, having moved from the Cheetahs to Durban following the departure of Tendai Mtawarira. But the man whose first name is actually Retshegofaditswe has carved a niche for himself at the four-time Super Rugby finalists.

The 24-year-old has brought his usual energy and explosiveness to Sean Everitt’s team. He is always a willing ball-carrier, and has made 24 runs, which has resulted in four tackle-busts and three offloads.

The loosehead props: Who's Number 1 on the Springboks' Team Sheet?
The loosehead props: Who’s Number 1 on the Springboks’ Team Sheet?

He also pulled off a memorable long pass to set up Andre Esterhuizen’s try against the Stormers, while his considerable work-rate saw him make 35 tackles as well.

Nche has conceded five penalties, though, and while the relatively light Sharks pack do hold their own in the physical stakes, they don’t usually dominate in the scrums – they are second-last in the tournament with an 82 percent scrum success rate.

Stormers: Steven Kitshoff

The world champion couldn’t quite wrest the Springbok No 1 jersey away from Tendai Mtawarira, but is now making a compelling case that he should wear it going forward.

Renowned for his mobility as a front-rower, Kitshoff has a tournament-leading 41 ball-carries among loosehead props, which has equated to 186 running metres – also the most. Seven tackle-busts and three line-breaks are not statistics that are usually associated with a prop either, while you can also add in 35 tackles.

The loosehead props: Who's Number 1 on the Springboks' Team Sheet?
The loosehead props: Who’s Number 1 on the Springboks’ Team Sheet?

The 28-year-old Kitshoff has been a rock in the scrums as well, with the Stormers earning a number of penalties, while the team has a 95 percent scrum success rate – the fifth-best in the competition.

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Lions legend says they need a pattern of confrontation against Springboks: ‘That’s their DNA’

Former captain Paul O’Connell says it will be vital for the British and Irish Lions to choose a leader capable of beating the Springboks at their own game next year. Rugby fans can book British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

The former Ireland lock, who captained the Lions when they lost the 2009 2-1 series to the Springboks, says it will be a unique experience on tour in South Africa and therefore they need a particular type of personality as a leader.

Lions legend says they need a pattern of confrontation against Springboks: 'That's their DNA'
Lions legend says they need a pattern of confrontation against Springboks: ‘That’s their DNA’

“When you go South Africa you probably need someone confrontational because that is their DNA. You have to have a tactic to beat South Africa, to trick them,” O’Connell said, as quoted by the Lions’ official website.

“But you certainly have to take them on confrontationally as well. If they begin to get on top of you in the collisions their belief begins to grow, as we saw in the World Cup final. You need to take them on and you need a captain that will drive that philosophy as well.”

O’Connell, who also toured with the Lions to New Zealand in 2005 and Australia in 2013, mentioned the names of England lock Maro Itoje and flyhalf Owen Farrell as candidates. Rugby fans can book British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website.

He is the type of player you want to play against South Africa. He is a world-class athlete and a phenomenal second-row striker. I like to watch him play, he’s always pushing the limits. I’m surprised that he doesn’t award more penalties than he does.

Lions legend says they need a pattern of confrontation against Springboks: 'That's their DNA'
Lions legend says they need a pattern of confrontation against Springboks: ‘That’s their DNA’

“He is always pushing at the rucks, around the offside line, and is brilliant at collapsing mauls, brilliant at stopping teams mauling. He is a real pleasure to watch in that regard. But I do not know what he is like in the dressing room, what he is like in terms of leadership, and leading a group of men.”

Owen Farrell

Regarding Farrell, who was England’s captain when they lost last year’s Rugby World Cup final 32-12 to South Africa in Yokohama, O’Connell stated: I know a lot of people feel like you need a second rower or a front-row forward captaining the side when you face SA, but a player like Owen Farrell also has that abrasive attitude.

“He is also very experienced now in terms of taking on Southern Hemisphere teams and beating them. He has obviously also had that tough experience against South Africa in the World Cup, so he is someone who springs to mind.”

Lions legend says they need a pattern of confrontation against Springboks: 'That's their DNA'
Lions legend says they need a pattern of confrontation against Springboks: ‘That’s their DNA’

Paul O’Connell

O’Connell, 40, played 115 tests in an illustrious career that included 108 for Ireland and seven for the Lions.

He retired from professional rugby in 2016 before going into coaching – he was an assistant coach for the Ireland under-20 side 2017-18 and forwards coach at French giants Stade Francais 2018-19. He currently works as a rugby pundit and commentator for BBC Sport.

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Tottenham’s recruitment decision helped launch Champions League conquerors’ transfer empire

The former Spurs head of recruitment Paul Mitchell moved to RB Leipzig and is flourishing in the role

Tottenham is known to be fond of buying in players who can impress, improve and then inevitably move on to excel even further elsewhere but they perhaps didn’t expect to be doing that with staff members, too. Champions League fans around the world can buy online Champions League Tickets to enjoy its stunning performances.

Michael Edwards is the best domestic example of that, having left Spurs to eventually become Liverpool’s sporting director, but another who has gone on to thrive in a position of influence in the transfer market environment is Paul Mitchell: the former Spurs head of recruitment and analysis, now a key component of RB Leipzig’s recruitment process.

Tottenham's recruitment decision helped launch Champions League conquerors' transfer empire
Tottenham’s recruitment decision helped launch Champions League conquerors’ transfer empire

Mitchell was appointed head of the Bundesliga club’s recruitment and development in early 2018, while the position he now holds is listed as Technical Director of the entire Red Bull International Soccer Empire, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Overseeing the incoming transfers at Leipzig, he has seen his influence help send the club toward the top of the table in Germany so exactly who has he deemed of the quality and value necessary for the club to invest in?

Since his first window with the club the summer of 2018/19, a total of 16 players have been signed under his say-so

Nordi Mukiele

A versatile defender, the 22-year-old signed from Montpellier for around €16m and has been pushing his way into the team this season, firstly at center-back and then, increasingly as the season has gone on, at right wing-back.

The French youngster is a talent for now and the future—Leipzig’s, and perhaps Mitchell’s, favorite kind of investment Already linked with PSG.

Matheus Cunha

The Brazilian forward played a peripheral role last season after joining from Sion in Switzerland. He didn’t have a huge impact and was sold on for a similar amount in January, as Hertha Berlin’s effective replacement for the outgoing Krzysztof Piatek.

Quickly made an impact with two goals in four games for his new club; at just 20 years of age, he could easily still be a major success story in Germany.

Tottenham’s recruitment decision helped launch Champions League conquerors’ transfer empire

Marcelo Saracchi

A Uruguayan left-back who has already debuted for the senior international team. Minimal impact with Leipzig so far, but the 22-year-old has been on loan with Galatasaray since January.

Tyler Adams

A versatile performer who has been seen both in a central midfield role and as wing-back so far The American joined from MLS side New York Red Bulls—a promotion from within, of sorts—and has impressed sporadically, but has also had several fitness issues to overcome.

Looks an undoubted talent and is only 21, with 10 USA caps to his name already.

Emile Smith-Rowe

A loan move for the Arsenal midfielder, which didn’t pan out due to injury concerns Leipzig was keen to get him back, but it didn’t happen in 19/20.

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Willian exit moves closer as Chelsea handed Moussa Dembele transfer encouragement

Willian set to leave Stamford Bridge

Chelsea has been dealt a blow in attempting to convince Willian to remain at Stamford Bridge with both club and player unable to agree on a new contract. The 31-year-old’s current deal expires at the end of June and the club’s best efforts to sign off on a renewal look to be in vain, according to recent reports. Champions League fans around the world can buy online Champions League Tickets to enjoy its stunning performances.

TeamTalk reports that the Brazilian would like a new three-year deal, while the club is only willing to offer a two-year extension given the player’s age, and say talks are ‘dead in the water’.

Willian exit moves closer as Chelsea handed Moussa Dembele transfer encouragement
Willian exit moves closer as Chelsea handed Moussa Dembele transfer encouragement

This could open up the possibility of a cross-London move to one of Chelsea’s rivals on a free transfer.

Willian has spent seven seasons at the club after signing for a reported £30m in 2013. Despite Frank Lampard’s focus on youth, the soon-to-be 32-year-old has featured heavily this season with 28 appearances and five goals in the league.

Chelsea has given a boost in pursuit of Lyon striker

Olympique Lyonnais President Jean-Michel Aulas has admitted that keeping the club’s best players will be a struggle this summer.

The French club has failed to qualify for European football for the first time since 1993 after the Ligue 1 campaign was curtailed by a coronavirus.

This could put Chelsea in pole position to sign French forward Moussa Dembélé in a cut-price deal. The 23-year-old has been prolific this season, scoring 22 times in all competitions.

Aulas told Le Progres: “I am going to do everything to keep the players.

“But players who are programmed to play in Europe could want to go elsewhere because we don’t have European football.”

Eight clubs oppose Project Restart

The Premier League’s proposal to resume the season behind closed doors at neutral venues has run into further opposition.

Six clubs, including Brighton & Hove Albion, AFC Bournemouth, Aston Villa, and West Ham United had initially expressed their opposition to the plans, but now a further two clubs have sided with them, according to the Telegraph.

This comes ahead of the Premier League’s latest conference, due to take place on Monday, discussing plans to move forward and complete the season.

Willian exit moves closer as Chelsea handed Moussa Dembele transfer encouragement
Willian exit moves closer as Chelsea handed Moussa Dembele transfer encouragement

Three Brighton players tested positive for coronavirus over the weekend and have entered into two weeks of isolation, delaying the Premier League’s proposals further.

Chelsea is currently fourth in the Premier League and is scheduled to face Manchester City, Liverpool and Wolver Hampton Wanderers in the battle to finish in the Champions League if the season resumes.

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Why Jaco Kriel in a Bok jersey again isn’t an outrageous idea

As popular as he is among local rugby enthusiasts, Jaco Kriel has understandably fallen off the Springboks’ radar. 30 months devastated by injuries will invariably translate into the world from any player.

Upon his return to Ellis Park in February, the 30-year-old flanker pointed out carefully how the national team had to be delayed as an ambition, simply because he first needs to play for a lengthy period of time again. Rugby fans can book British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Why Jaco Kriel in a Bok jersey again isn't an outrageous idea
Why Jaco Kriel in a Bok jersey again isn’t an outrageous idea

However, as much as a Springbok jersey seems improbable at the moment, Kriel’s case is intriguing. When you retired halfway through the unfortunate 2017 Rugby Championship tour of the national side, does anyone remember 57-0? – He did it at a relatively high.

Selected out of position on the blind flank by Allister Coetzee due to Siya Kolisi’s convincing form, Kriel performed surprisingly well. After three rounds of that year’s campaign, he completed the most tackles 39, made the third most dominant hits, and still found enough gasoline in the tank to make the most turnovers.

For a man considered a bit small for the blindside role, Kriel is 1.84m and weighs just 100kg, he did quite well. The point here is that Kriel is not going to evict a Pieter-Steph du Toit or a Duane Vermeulen. The important thing is that it is adaptable.

“Well, I once played on the wing from the bench for the Boks in 2016, he told Sport24 with a smile. I have played in many positions in my life. Most of my coaches told me to play it as I see it and I think that experience has allowed me to read the game quite well.”

Why Jaco Kriel in a Bok jersey again isn't an outrageous idea
Why Jaco Kriel in a Bok jersey again isn’t an outrageous idea

Jaco Kriel

Kriel is not naive: he is well aware that versatility is invariably more of a curse than a gift in South African rugby. As a result, he prudently continues to favor his beloved No. 6 jersey. Rugby fans can book British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website.

“I really like being a hunter. I enjoy playing ball, said Kriel. You’ll also find me defending on the broader channels, particularly when the support play comes a little late!”

Focusing on playing in the opening, regardless of whether you’re in the national frame, is quite possibly the most realistic way to get back to the Springbok team. And before discarding the idea based on the perception that the national configuration today favors a more “traditional” trio composition, a reminder is necessary.

Rassie Erasmus has shown her willingness to give loose forwards like Kwagga Smith and Marco van Staden a chance.

Jacques Nienaber

In fact, if Bok coach Jacques Nienaber were to choose a local national team immediately after the Super Rugby suspension, he would face an excess of smaller “6” (captain Siya Kolisi would still be injured) in the form of James Venter, Van Staden and Marnus Schoeman.

Why Jaco Kriel in a Bok jersey again isn't an outrageous idea
Why Jaco Kriel in a Bok jersey again isn’t an outrageous idea

Venter in particular flourished in a shark pattern that closely resembled Springboks. Given the skill set he has displayed in the past, a fit Kriel could easily be located internationally. Probably unlikely, but hardly absurd.

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UEFA announce Champions League plan that will affect Chelsea’s second leg tie vs Bayern Munich

Manchester City and Chelsea have a round of 16 fixtures against Real Madrid and Bayern Munich respectively to complete. UEFA have outlined their plans for a conclusion to the Champions League campaign in August by compiling a provisional calendar for the remaining fixtures in the competition. Champions League fans around the world can buy online Champions League Tickets to enjoy its stunning performances.

The Champions League was suspended in mid-March, midway through the Round of 16 stages, due to the coronavirus crisis and there are still several matches to play at that stage, as well as the entire round of quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final, due to be played in Istanbul.

UEFA announce Champions League plan that will affect Chelsea's second leg tie vs Bayern Munich
UEFA announce Champions League plan that will affect Chelsea’s second leg tie vs Bayern Munich

Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund were both knocked out of the competition before the suspension, with Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain sealing their spot in the knockout stages of the competition alongside Atalanta and RB Leipzig.

Four second-leg Round of 16 fixtures needs to be played through, consisting of Bayern Munich vs Chelsea, Manchester City vs Real Madrid, Juventus vs Lyon and Barcelona vs Napoli.

UEFA and relevant club bosses met via video-conference on Wednesday, where the desire to complete this year’s Champions League was made clear, and they also outlined for the remaining games of the competition to be played in August, starting with the four remaining last 16 matches, on the weekend of August 8.

French outlet RMC Sport suggests that Lyon’s clash with Juventus is provisionally scheduled for that date, with quarter-final ties then taking place the following midweek.

However, there remains uncertainty over the format to the latter stages of the competition and whether home-away ties are suitable for the current global climate, which could lead to single-leg matches held at neutral venues.

That would help to reduce the risk of fans gathering outside the stadium with matches behind closed doors, which was witnessed in Paris when PSG defeated Borussia Dortmund before the competition’s suspension.

UEFA announce Champions League plan that will affect Chelsea's second leg tie vs Bayern Munich
UEFA announce Champions League plan that will affect Chelsea’s second leg tie vs Bayern Munich

As mentioned above, Chelsea still has to face Bayern Munich in the second leg. Frank Lampard’s side will have a massive mountain to climb following a 3-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge in February, but perhaps the long wait to complete the tie could work in the Blues’ favor.

With that said, Bayern might have the advantage in terms of match sharpness after German chancellor Angela Merkel gave the go-ahead for the Bundesliga to resume in the coming weeks.

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