Rugby news tonight as Welsh rugby star marries celebrity girlfriend

Here are the latest rugby headlines on Saturday night, June 25.

Welsh rugby star Jenkins marries

Welsh rugby star Ellis Jenkins has married his girlfriend, actress and singer, Sophie Evans.

Sophie posted a photo of her new husband on her Instagram on Saturday, captioning it: “Officially Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins. 2022 is our best year yet. Love you so much.”

The couple married on Saturday, a fortnight after revealing that they are also expecting their first child in December. Jenkins announced the happy news on her Instagram account, posting a photo of the couple while on vacation in Ibiza holding an ultrasound.

The couple got engaged on Christmas Day last year after the Cardiff boss popped the question.

Jenkins was dropped from Wayne Pivac’s Six Nations squad just four months after winning plaudits following his triumphant Test comeback against South Africa last fall. He has not been included in the tour to head to the home of the world champions this summer.

Tonypandy’s Sophie rose to stardom as a finalist on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s talent show Over The Rainbow, then played Dorothy on the hit show The Wizard Of Oz and most recently reprized her role as Glinda on the West End smash Wicked.

The U-20 of Wales shines

Wales U20 started the summer series in style when they defeated Scotland 45-15 in Treviso.

Byron Hayward’s team scored seven tries and outscored their opponents in a truly impressive display.

You can read more about the match here.



Smith and Farrell team up

Marcus Smith insists he is ready to join Owen Farrell as the England twin playmakers look to channel their competitive spirit against Australia.

Eddie Jones is likely to trust Smith and Farrell with the keys to England’s attack in the series opener at Perth’s Optus Stadium just three weeks after they met in Gallagher’s Premiership semi-final.

Farrell’s Saracens triumphed that day, but he is likely to be moved from his preferred position of fly-half to inside center to accommodate Smith, who has been Jones’ first choice at the job.

He was a creative lynchpin seen for just 68 minutes against the Wallabies in the fall, and while he showed promise, successive ankle injuries affected Farrell’s season.

Now working together as part of the England squad that take on Australia in three Tests from 2 July, Smith relishes the opportunity to join forces once again.

“Owen is a brilliant player. I loved playing with him in the fall,” said Smith, the Harlequins’ outside middle.

“He’s a great competitor and he has his heart on his sleeve. More than that, he has brilliant vision and skills down the line.”

“We trained together a couple of weeks ago and I really enjoyed it. I loved learning from him and sharing ideas with him.”

“We complement each other very well, we both see the game quite similarly. I hope we can both come together and bring out the best in each other.”

“Hopefully I can be there to get the best of him and allow him to show his skills in the park. Hopefully I can also allow myself to show the best of me.”

“If we can do that together and continue to build our relationship off the field, I think it will lead to good results and days on the field.

“Hopefully we can pool our competitive edge to try and get a win in the Test series. We both want to do that. We’ve talked a lot about it.”

Anscombe was absent from the Wales team flight

Gareth Anscombe will fly to join the Wales team in South Africa tonight after being given permission to stay home for a couple more days for family reasons. Milica, the fly-half’s wife, is expecting her second child imminently, so she has been allowed to travel a couple of days later than the rest of the squad, who left Heathrow for Johannesburg on Thursday.

He has no injury concerns and there is no change in the 34-man field selected by Wayne Pivac for the three-Test series against the Springboks. The 31-cap Anscombe will provide an option as both a fly and side with the versatility of it.

He will compete for the No. 10 position with tour captain Dan Biggar and Rhys Patchell, while covering Liam Williams, the only No. 15 specialist on the team, at full-back. The first Test against the world champions Springboks will be held at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria next Saturday.

All of Black’s pain

The partner of former All Black Carl Hayman has described how he now asks her what is the meaning of living after her dementia diagnosis.

In an interview with The Guardian, Kiko Matthews and Hayman explained how his diagnosis came about, as he was also suffering from depression and headaches, now leaving him questioning whether life is worth living.

“Carl will say, and I totally understand where he’s coming from: ‘What’s the point of living? It’s only going to get worse. I have headaches every day. I can’t function. And this is the best thing to wear. There is no cure.”

The couple and their young daughter now live in New Plymouth, where they run a boat rental business. “Carl has joked about going out to sea in his boat,” she said. “Put in a lot of fuel and only go in one direction. And, you know, the fuel will run out eventually…”

Last year, Hayman joined a class action lawsuit being prepared by former players who claimed rugby federations failed to protect them from concussion risks.

Looking back on his career, he said: “I was a commodity, and I understood that. It’s like that scene in Saving Private Ryan, when the guy says to the shocked guy, ‘When you can accept that you’re dead, you can function as a soldier.’

“That rang true from a rugby point of view. Once you accept that your body is screwed and you don’t respect it, you become an amazing player. Now I’m paying a bit of the price.”

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