Jack­son backed as Ex­iles’ leader

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Rugby Union - By Ben Coles

Lon­don Ir­ish fly-half Paddy Jack­son has been hailed as “prob­a­bly one of the best 10s in the world”, by team-mate Ben Mee­han.

Jack­son has taken on more of a lead­er­ship role at the club, fol­low­ing the Gal­lagher Premier­ship restart, and was spot­ted ad­dress­ing the squad prior to their de­feat against Bath. With vet­eran No 10 Stephen Myler hav­ing joined Ospreys, Mee­han has backed Jack­son to have a big in­flu­ence at the club.

Ahead of their fix­ture against Northamp­ton on Satur­day, scrumhalf Mee­han said: “Paddy has played at the high­est level and is a fan­tas­tic player, prob­a­bly one of the best 10s in the world. He leads the team around the park re­ally well on a daily ba­sis, he drives stan­dards very highly, and Paddy lets his ac­tions do the talk­ing.”

Worces­ter full-back Me­lani Nanai has been banned for three matches fol­low­ing an in­de­pen­dent dis­ci­plinary hear­ing yes­ter­day. He was sent off for a dan­ger­ous charge on Eng­land wing Jonny May last week­end. His ban was re­duced by three weeks, af­ter he im­me­di­ately ex­pressed his re­morse. He will be able to play again on Sept 1.

May sub­se­quently failed a head in­jury as­sess­ment and missed the rest of Glouces­ter’s win.

Wasps cen­tre Malakai Fek­i­toa has re­ceived a one-match sus­pen­sion af­ter pick­ing up three yel­low cards dur­ing the 2019-20 sea­son, the third com­ing against Northamp­ton last Sun­day for a high tackle.

He will now miss Wasps’ match at home to Worces­ter War­riors to­mor­row.

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