These are some of the rugby headlines for Sunday 15 May
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Dazzling full-back Henry Arundell is being compared to New Zealand legend Christian Cullen, starters who seem more likely to get him out of the clutches of Wales.
Wayne Pivac is said to want the talented young Irishman from London, who is of Welsh descent, to align himself with the Welsh red. Arundell, the teenage standout who shone in England’s recent Under-20 Six Nations, also qualifies for Scotland.
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However, with Celtic interest floating around, England boss Eddie Jones is thought to be ready to accelerate the teenage sensation’s fast lane in his senior Red Rose. That scenario seems even more likely after former England full-back Mike Brown compared the 19-year-old Arundell to the great Cullen, one of the greatest players in New Zealand rugby history.
Brown delivered his assessment after being bowled over by a wonderful solo strike from Arundell against Toulon, which is being dubbed the try of the season. Read about it here..
He wrote in a column for the Mail : “I couldn’t believe my eyes. There’s so much natural ability there. What’s so impressive is the way Arundell swerved at top speed, threw in a little bit of footwork, slowed down to almost a stop and then went back.
“His deceleration and rapid acceleration back to top speed is really impressive. You see a lot of incredibly fast athletes struggling to beat defenders at top speed. That body movement to the beat is what sets Cullen apart from the rest. There’s no a lot of players in the world who move like that. He’s fast but he’s also strong, 96kg, with big legs.”
Brown continued: “You always see a bolter at the World Cup, making his way into the starting squad and making a real impact. People wonder if there is still a place in the international game for running threats. Yes, there is less time and space in the Test game, but there are still opportunities for moments of magic.
“No one has really made England’s winger positions their own, so it’s up for grabs for someone like Arundell. If you need to try it late in the game, when bodies are tired, it could be lethal.”
“I could see him starting as one of Jones’ ‘finalists’, and there’s no reason why he can’t work his way into the starting squad over the next 12 months if he seizes any chance he gets. He could be the most exciting player in England.” . running back from Jason Robinson”.
Fullback Arundell made a big impression for England in the junior Six Nations, scoring two tries against Wales and one each against Scotland and France, with the touchdown in Edinburgh being described as a “moment of pure magic” as the youngster ran 80 metres. . To note.
His possible problem if he joins England is that they have another young No. 15 with great potential in 21-year-old Freddie Steward. Wales has a proven and stellar last line of defense in liamwilliams, but he is 31 and Leigh Halfpenny is 34 this year. So the young Arundell could find further opportunities to shine at Test level by joining Wales.
But with the kind of headlines Arundell just got from Brown, it looks like Pivac’s prospects of landing the young ace are even slimmer.
The English club conquers the young Welshman who broke records
English Championship club Ampthill are seeking to sign Ospreys youngster and Welsh under-20 record holder Morgan Strong, according to reports.
The Rugby Paper reckons Paul Turner, the former Wales fly-half in charge of the Bedfordshire side, is interested in carrying the ball at number 8.
Strong, 21, has yet to make the Ospreys first team. But he is seen as a talent, powerful with the ball in his hand, a hard worker and someone who makes a lot of tackles.
In fact, Strong set a record for most tackles in a single under-20 game when he and Ben Carter reached the 29 mark against Italy two years ago. The Opta stats experts have never before recorded a higher figure for any individual at that level.
Carter, of course, has since gone on to break into Wayne Pivac’s Wales setup in blocking.
Leinster will improve even more
Leinster head coach Leo Cullen acknowledged there is still room for growth within his side despite their convincing 40-17 Heineken Champions Cup semi-final win over Toulouse at the Aviva Stadium.
Antoine Dupont’s breakaway attempt put Toulouse in front during the early stages of the heavyweight clash, but attempts by James Lowe (two), Josh van der Flier and Hugo Keenan propelled Leinster to their first European final since 2019.
After watching his charges wrap up an impressive victory in which captain Johnny Sexton scored 15 points, Cullen said: “I think it was a good performance overall. There is still room for growth, as always, but to put on a great performance in a semi-final, it’s nice.”
Leinster take on the semi-final winners of Racing 92 versus La Rochelle on Sunday and whoever it is will be a familiar foe.
Racing 92 provided the opposition as Cullen’s men last tasted European success in 2018, while La Rochelle defeated them at the semi-final stage last season.
Farrell’s frustration as English euro interest ends
Owen Farrell was frustrated with the performance of his Saracens team after Toulon knocked them out of the European Challenge Cup.
The former English champions put themselves in a strong position to win but were outclassed before falling 25-16 at the Stade Felix Mayol. As a result, there will be a French final in two weeks’ time when Toulon take on Lyon in Marseille.
English representation in this season’s Challenge Cup has come to an end following Wasps’ loss to Lyon earlier in the day. English interest in the Champions Cup was over.
Saracens captain Farrell insists his team should have done much better. “Obviously we are disappointed with the result, but probably more so with the performance, especially in the first half,” he said.
“I feel like we could have given a better account of ourselves, especially in some areas that we pride ourselves on.
“We couldn’t put too much together. Big credit to Toulon for the way they defended and how they slowed down our collapse in particular.
“It was tough playing against him. We need to make sure we find out why and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”