Tonight's rugby news as pundit 'feels sorry' for overlooked man and police investigate fan incident

-Credit: (Image: Huw Evans Picture Agency)
-Credit: (Image: Huw Evans Picture Agency)

Here are your rugby evening headlines for Tuesday, June 4.

Police investigating fan incident at Premiership semi-final

Police are investigating a report of assault following an incident involving England international Jonny Hill and a fan.

Police have confirmed that one man received medical treatment from a paramedic as they appealed for any witnesses to contact them.

In a statement, Avon and Somerset Police said: “Officers are investigating after receiving a report of one man assaulting another at Bath Rugby grounds, in Spring Gardens Road, Bath, on Saturday 1 June."

Sale Sharks launched an investigation on Saturday into a heated incident involving injured lock Hill that resulted in a spectator allegedly being put in a headlock and cut above the eye.

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Hill was seated amongst the Sharks' coaching staff when tempers flared following the intense match. A 28-year-old man, who wished to remain anonymous, ended up with a cut above his right eye and broken sunglasses

The fan recounted: "I was sat there, and he came down the stairs, grabbed me around the throat, snapped my sunglasses and cut the top of my eye. I don't want to make a big thing."

'System should work to pick form players like Morris' - Shanklin

Former Wales centre Tom Shanklin has joined the chorus of pundits surprised that Wales haven't selected in-form No. 8 Morgan Morris - saying that the system should work to reward the form of the Ospreys star.

Morris has once again been overlooked by Wales, having not been included in the 36-man squad for the summer.

"Maybe it's just people like me constantly talking him up," said Shanklin on the Scrum V podcast. "Maybe that is the reason. Maybe we need to stop talking about him. I feel sorry for him because he can't really play much better than he has.

"That's how the system should work. You should play well - and he has played well, not just for one season but a few now - and get a chance.

"Maybe he will later on down the line. They've gone for Mackenzie Martin over him. He's an 8, Morgan Morris. He doesn't often play six but that's maybe down to the strength of back-row the Ospreys have."

Tributes to be paid to Rob Burrow at finals

Tributes to Rob Burrow have been planned in matches from both codes this Saturday.

Rugby league's Challenge Cup final at Wembley and the Gallagher Premiership final at Twickenham will both see fans invited to join a minute's applause after seven minutes - with Burrow having worn the seven shirt for much of his career with Leeds Rhinos.

Burrow passed away at the age of 41 on Sunday after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2019

“Saturday provides us with an opportunity to celebrate his life for everyone at the stadium and also the BBC TV audience,” said Rugby League commercial managing director Rhodri Jones.

“All teams will show their support for Rob and their support for the battle he championed against MND.”

A statement from Premiership Rugby added: “Premiership Rugby will unite with The Rugby Football League and pay tribute to Rob Burrow with a round of applause after seven minutes of the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Final.

“Rob was truly inspirational. As he said: ‘In a world full of adversity we must still dare to dream.’"

Dragons announce new coach

Dragons have announced Sam Hobbs will take over from Mefin Davies and Luke Narraway as forwards coach for next season.

Hobbs joins defence coach Filo Tiatia and backs coach Matt O’Brien in Dai Flanagan's backroom team.

The 36-year-old has previously worked as academy head coach, while he's also worked with Newport RFC and Wales U20s.

Dragons finished 15th of 16 teams in the United Rugby Championship this year, winning just three of their 18 games.