Here’s the latest rugby news for Tuesday, March 7th.

Jenkins Identifies a Future #10 That Could Follow in Dan Carter’s Footsteps

Wales kicking coach Neil Jenkins believes young center Joe Hawkins “definitely” has a future at fly-half and could replicate Dan Carter’s change of position.

Young Osprey, 20, has been positive throughout the Six Nations despite Wales’ unbeaten run.

When asked about youngsters like Hawkins and Cardiff center Mason Grady, Jenkins said: “They’ve been great, no doubt. There are these two, Rio [Dyer]Congressperson [Louis Rees-Zammit]. We have some fantastic young talent on our team right now.

“Joe is a fantastic player with his skill, exploration and understanding. He is comfortable on the ball and has good aspects of his game. He has a lot of talent. He is a big man and physically handles his workload very well. He understands. So far they’ve been great and I hope they continue to improve.”

As for Hawkins’ potential move to 10th later on, Jenkins said: “Yes, absolutely. I’ve said this in the past. I think he’s a fantastic talent. Dan Carter played a lot early on in his career at 12 and then he changed at 10 and I think Joe could probably look like that. He’s obviously a fantastic 12 now.

“There is no doubt that he can easily become a top ten in time. He’s been working a lot on goal kicking and there are good people in that group. He sees how hard they work.”

“Wales must be in full force”

While Wales have won their last seven Tests against Italy in Rome, their overall Six Nations record shows two defeats (2003 and 2007), with the Azzurri claiming a famous victory at the Stadio Principado 12 months ago. Italy also continue to show significant improvement under manager Kieran Crawley, showing excellent rugby, albeit in defeat, against France, England and Ireland.

“They play a certain style of rugby that is exciting to watch but can also put you under pressure,” added Jenkins. “We’ve already seen the Six Nations games with France, England and Ireland, quality opponents they faced, but they reacted a lot.

“We are playing against a very, very good team and we have to be at our best, there is no doubt about that, otherwise we can make mistakes.

“They have incredible talent in the team and are not afraid to play from anywhere. I think they also tend to make the right decisions, it’s not just about throwing the ball either way. We have good structures and we make the right decisions. It will be a very, very tough test for us on Saturday.”

Fans save the life of a man who fell during a rugby match in Wales

Cardiff Rugby have thanked fans who helped save a man’s life during a medical emergency during Saturday’s match against Ulster at Arms Park. Midway through the second half, the South Wales Ulster Rugby Supporters Club member went into cardiac arrest and collapsed.

Ulster fans and the Cardiff team acted quickly and the patient was safely transported for emergency treatment, Cardiff said in a statement. They then joined forces with the St John Ambulance team and paramedics working at the scene to resuscitate the fan, who was taken to the University Hospital of Wales in the city.

The ventilator is now undergoing further testing and is due home later this week.

A club statement read: “Cardiff Rugby would like to thank the club staff, the Ulster Rugby Supporters Club of South Wales, St John’s Ambulance and the paramedics who assisted. Thanks to his quick actions and expertise, the fan was able to receive the necessary treatment to save his life.”

Smith remained in the England squad for the France match

Marcus Smith retained his place in England’s Six Nations squad for the Six Nations clash with France after being favored over George Ford. Ford has been left out of the 27-man squad signed for Saturday’s clash at Twickenham, indicating Smith continues to feature in Owen Farrell’s off the bench midfield.

Courtney Lawes’ injury curse has struck again after a shoulder problem ruled him out of the competition’s penultimate round. The Northampton striker’s season has already been marred by concussions, neck, buttock and calf problems. Head coach Steve Borthwick named his starting lineup at lunchtime on Thursday.

Sexton was expected to return for Ireland’s clash with Scotland.

Jonny Sexton is one of several big names expected to return for Ireland’s Six Nations title clash against Scotland in Edinburgh on Sunday.

Sexton has been named in a 37-man training squad for the championship’s penultimate round as Andy Farrell’s men step up their Grand Slam pressure. The 37-year-old midfielder is expected to replace Ross Byrne, who started in the 34-20 win over Italy after being sidelined with a groin injury.

Scrum half Jamieson Gibson-Park, prop Tadhg Furlong and center Robbie Henshaw are also available after treatment periods in the treatment room.

Source: Wales Online