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Dreadlocked ex-Sydney surfer boy emerging as England bolter, Force veteran off OS, ‘fines for cards’ touted


Jordy Reid, the 30-year-old son of Aussie and Kiwi dad and mom who grew up browsing on Sydney seashores, hasn’t had a hair lower in 13 years and moved to England after a low key time in Tremendous Rugby, is being talked up as a left-field choice shock for England’s mid yr tour Down Beneath.

Reid, a flanker who’s excelling for Gloucester in English rugby, was featured in an entertaining interview in The Instances on Wednesday, the place he mentioned he could be desirous to play for Eddie Jones’ nationwide crew in July on his dwelling soil of Australia.

Reid’s spectacular season in England is “:the latest in a long line for the back row, who talks with a looseness befitting an ocean-loving Sydneysider,” says The Instances.

“Reid potters around Kingsholm in flip-flops — well, thongs to an Australian — baggy shorts and a blue hoodie with “Hard Yakka” emblazoned throughout the entrance.

“He has not had a proper haircut since his final school term in 2009, then growing his locks for a bet where the prize was a crate of beer. The dreads have formed naturally — helped by going unwashed when he backpacked across Europe — and even survived Gloucester’s infamous “milk challenge”, the place new gamers need to drink eight pints in 20 minutes or have their head shaved. Reid accomplished it, a lot to the frustration of his team-mates, leering with the clippers.”

Gloucester's Jordy Reid during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Bristol Bears and Gloucester Rugby at Ashton Gate on April 22, 2022 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Bob Bradford - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Gloucester’s Jordy Reid. (Picture by Bob Bradford – CameraSport through Getty Pictures)

Reid’s father and mom met in London within the Seventies earlier than returning to his mum’s dwelling city of Sydney to settle. She needed him to play soccer however her dad, from Christchurch, was a rugby fan and pointed Reid into that recreation.

He was a eager surfer.

“Mum would drop me down in the morning, go to work, then pick me up after,” he advised The Instances. “I’d steal four dollars out the coin jar to buy hot chips for lunch, and with my mates we’d surf for eight hours a day. Then I’d play rugby on the weekends.”

As a consequence of his dad’s affect he began as an All Blacks fan, then modified allegiances to Australia after they gained the 1999 World Cup.

“I’ve really timed it badly, getting rid of the All Blacks as they became good, and the Wallabies started struggling,” he mentioned.

Reid first performed professionally for the Rebels and featured alongside James O’Connor and Kurtley Beale after they misplaced to the British & Irish Lions in 2013.

“I got yellow-carded — that turned my 17 minutes into about seven unfortunately,” Reid advised The Instances. “I asked Justin Tipuric if he wanted to swap jerseys, but he didn’t and I was like, ‘Ah f***, what a prick!’ But one of the Lions staff helped to get me Stuart Hogg’s. That was cool – it doesn’t fit though.”

When Western Force have been pushed out of the competitors and competitors for spots elevated Reid discovered himself sidelined. He left for England in 2018, and have become England certified in late 2021.

An England jersey nonetheless appears an extended shot, however fascinating nonetheless.

“If the opportunity came I’d definitely put my hand up,” mentioned Reid. “I don’t know if my parents would let me stay at home if I went back! I haven’t been contacted by anyone, and need to play well for Gloucester, but if the opportunity came it would be pretty epic.”

A hand harm to Courtney Lawes is threatening his place on tour and would possibly give Reid the opening.

“It’d be powerful to wedge my means in there, however you by no means know.

“Coming here has revitalised my career and given me a second shot of playing professional rugby. I would definitely repay the favour if asked.”

Veteran commentator Greg Clark joins The Roar consultants Brett McKay and Harry Jones on this week’s version of the podcast. Stream it right here or in you app of selection

Bell name reveals worth of 20 minute purple

NSW Waratahs assistant coach Chris Whitaker says Angus Bell’s purple card, and subsequent name by the judiciary that it was wrongly waved, reveals the worth of a 20-minute purple card.

“Safety of the player is the most important thing, but I think 20-minute red card is a great idea,” Whitaker advised reporters.

“You noticed on the weekend, we received again into that recreation. It was 30-27. However again within the day it was a purple card within the first two minutes and that was the tip of the sport.

“The only question mark you have there is if you have a red card and the opposition lose a player with injury because of that red card [foul], you ask is 20 minutes sufficient for that? But I think in this case, 20 minutes was probably justified. The refs thought it was a red card but 20 minutes later we had someone back on and got back in the game.”

The 20-minute purple card is getting used, basically on trial for World Rugby, in Tremendous Rugby however has critics within the north hemisphere the place it’s thought of an inadequate punishment to cease harmful contact.

Whitaker pressured he didn’t wish to criticise referee Nic Berry, who had his resolution rejected by the SANZAAR judiciary.

“It is very hard, in the heat of the moment, for a referee to decide black and white. There are too many grey areas in the game, and that’s why people love the game as well,” Whitaker mentioned.

He added that Bell was indignant at himself for giving Berrry the opening to ship him off.

“You take all that out of the referee’s control by not doing it,” Whitaker mentioned.

“Angus was more disappointed in himself than anything, to be put himself in the situation. Whether it was a red card or whether it wasn’t, puts himself in the view of the refs. Out of anyone, he was (the most) gutted, to put himself in that situation. You just can’t do that.”

‘Do we need to start fining players?’

The rise of playing cards this season has precipitated consternation, and former All Blacks John Kirwan and Jeff Wilson have raised the prospect of introducing fines to stem the ill-discipline.

“What do we need to do then? Do we need to start fining players? How are we going to have change? We are continuing to let our game fall into this. You’ve got to plan for it,” Kirwan mentioned on Sky Sport’s The Breakdown.

Wilson added: “I’m getting annoyed proper now as a result of I’m not seeing any modifications in behaviours from the gamers. They’re those which might be accountable. We’re very often placing it on the referees, placing the problem on them. How concerning the gamers making some concessions?

“We aren’t seeing modifications in behaviour. Are we simply purported to get used it? We anticipate to see playing cards each week, it’s unacceptable.

“I think for me, for the foul play thing. If it’s a controllable situation where it is lazy … whether you lose half your pay, whatever it may be, I think you are endangering the reputation of the sport and the example you are setting for the fans across the world.”

Wallaroos title squad for Check collection

Wallaroos Head Coach, Jay Tregonning has confirmed his 32-player squad for the upcoming Check collection in opposition to Fiji and Japan, with 22 uncapped participant.

NSW Waratahs Georgina Friedrichs and Sera Naiqama might be in rivalry for his or her long-awaited Check debuts being key figures inside the Wallaroos outfit for the final two years.

Skilled fly-half Trilleen Pomare returns to the group for the primary time underneath Tregonning.

The Fijiana Check would be the first for the Wallaroos, earlier than the crew tackle Japan at Bond College on the Gold Coast on Tuesday 10 Might.

Tregonning mentioned: “The teaching group has been impressed by the quantity of high quality rugby all through the Buildcorp Tremendous W season; it’s definitely made choice selections difficult.

“These two Check matches are essential to our Rugby World Cup preparation. We’re lucky that we will welcome Fiji and Japan, two sturdy rugby nations, who’re additionally competing on the Rugby World Cup, to Australian shores.

“I know both matches will be incredibly competitive and a real treat for our fans and supporters.”

Godwin off to France

Western Force vice-captain Kyle Godwin will depart the membership on the finish of the Tremendous Rugby Pacific season to affix French Prime 14 facet Lyon.

Godwin rose via the ranks of the Future Force Basis Academy to make his Tremendous debut as a 19-year-old in 2012.

He has since gone on to notch 100 Tremendous appearances, 76 of which have been for the Force.

Godwin moved to the Brumbies for a two-year stint on the finish of 2016 after which hung out in Eire earlier than rejoining the Force in 2020.

The 29-year-old, who notched his one and solely Check for the Wallabies in 2016, mentioned it was a tricky resolution to go away his hometown membership.

“I left no stone unturned in my decision-making process and have ruminated over it for a considerable amount of time,” Godwin mentioned.

“It’s the proper time in my profession for a brand new expertise and to tackle a brand new problem.

“I’ve cherished each minute on the Force. They’ve given me the chance to stay out my childhood desires and nurtured me all through my complete profession, which I’m eternally grateful for.

“The club is moving in an exciting direction with an abundance of young homegrown talent rising through the ranks and I know the future is bright for the Force.”

The Force are at the moment clinging to eighth spot with a 2-6 file, and so they face the ladder-leading Blues (8-1) at HBF Park on Friday night time.

(With AAP)





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