Danny Wilson has admitted he could understand Nigel Owens’ decision to red card Taufa’ao Filise – but still felt the decision was harsh. The Cardiff Blues coach has paid tribute to his team’s tenacity after they lost 40-16 at Glasgow on Friday night, where they played all but the opening half hour with 14 men. They were reduced to 13 when flanker Olly Robinson was sent to the sin bin, but it was the dismissal of Filise for a high tackle that proved the real turning point.
Hadleigh Parkes will make his Wales debut against South Africa five years after he says he finally realised he would never be an All Black. The New Zealander will win his first cap for his adopted country on Saturday, having served out – just – his three-year residency period. Parkes, 30, was tending sheep on the family farm as recently as 2014, before he arrived at the Scarlets, where he has thrived as a hard-running centre.
George North is returning to Wales and all four regions are keen to sign him up. But with Wales the priority, Peter Jackson wonders what value they will get from a player who has so often been kept on the sidelines through injury. George North arrived at Franklin’s Gardens from West Wales one year after Chris Ashton left for North London. The Welsh colossus reported for duty in the summer of 2013 fresh from some famous deeds for the Lions in Australia and eager to help Northampton continue to lord it over the rest as newly-crowned champions of England. They had won the title, what’s more, at the expense of the opponent they love to beat more than any other, Saracens – and Ashton to boot.
Paul Clement has admitted Swansea City are already facing “Cup finals” in their search for points – and the Premier League season is not even halfway over. The Swans remain in the relegation zone after taking only one point from their last six games. But Saturday's opponents Stoke are only four points better off than Swansea, having won only once in seven games.
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