These are your rugby headlines for Friday January 22

Cipriani's 'dull rugby' barb at England

England fly-half maverick Danny Cipriani has accused Eddie Jones of playing 'dull rugby' as the Red Rose boss prepares to name his Six Nations squad today.

The gifted No.10 didn't make Jones' World Cup squad in 2019 despite being named RPA Player of the Year for his performances in the English Premiership and hasn't featured for his country since 2018.

And as Jones gets ready to reveal his Six Nations hand with a tea-time announcement, Cipriani outlined his frustrations at the lack of entertainment in the sport at the moment.

Jones has made it clear he wants England to play a power game, even filling his bench with six forwards instead of the customary five.

In an interview with the Mail, Cipriani said: "Rugby's a bit dull at the moment. It has become a war of attrition and territory. The people at the top of the game in this country, that's what they're good at and it drip-feeds down.

"That's how Eddie wants to play the game. He wants to have a massive kick battle and they're better off without the ball – that's what they are saying in the England camp.

"The difference is that I would ask questions as to why we were doing that. I'm not going to ask it in a rude way but because I'm asking questions, that makes me difficult, does it?

"Maybe the right thing to do is just keep your head down and do what the coach says.

"With the pack they have and the talent they have behind it, England could be playing a completely different brand of rugby and still be winning games.

"They could be bringing new fans to the game too, but at the moment, I'm not sure how new fans to rugby are going to enjoy it.'

Bath victims of major Covid-19 error

Bath have emerged as the victims of an alarming error in coronavirus testing that resulted in players and staff being forced into self-isolation in fear of a significant outbreak at the Recreation Ground.

The club were told on Tuesday that they were the source of 19 of 24 coronavirus cases discovered across the Gallagher Premiership earlier this week, only for the league's testing company to realise a mistake had been made.

Upon correction, the real number throughout the 12 clubs was subsequently revealed to be two positive tests, of which Bath were responsible for one.

News of a mistake that will cause concern across the Premiership comes two days after personnel had already begun quarantining at home and the training ground had undergone a deep clean.

"Human error" was said to be the source of the fault and as a result "innovative robotic systems" have been introduced to ensure it does not happen again.

In addition to the 19 false positives, 16 players were identified as close contacts. All rugby and training activity was halted and additional testing ordered.

Apart from the financial cost incurred from cleaning Farleigh House, Bath are frustrated at the hours worked to manage the crisis and the impact it has had on players and staff.

England also use the same company Randox for their testing programme but the PA news agency understands there are currently no plans to change ahead of the Six Nations despite this error.

The positive case and his close contacts will remain in isolation, but it is not yet known what impact this will have, if any, on England when they gather at St George's Park on Wednesday. Bath supply a large contingent of players to Eddie Jones' squad.

"It is a huge and welcome relief to understand that this was a false alarm," said Bath in a statement. "However, this has caused huge disruption to our players, staff and to our training environment during an important two week break from games."

Baxter pips Alun Wyn and Nigel to top award

Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter has been voted the Rugby Union Writers' Club personality of the year for 2020.

Baxter succeeds South Africa's 2019 World Cup-winning captain Siya Kolisi as holder of the Pat Marshall Memorial Award after masterminding the Chiefs' Gallagher Premiership and European Champions Cup double last season.

Baxter follows in the footsteps of previous greats to have been acclaimed by the RUWC such as Gareth Edwards, Jonah Lomu, Martin Johnson, Lawrence Dallaglio, Jonny Wilkinson and Dan Carter, admitting "I feel in exalted company".

The list of nominees in contention for 2020 also included referee centurion and popular Wales Online columnist Nigel Owens, Pacific Islands rugby campaigner Dan Leo, Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones and France scrum-half Antoine Dupont.

Baxter, who came out on top of a poll of the RUWC's 250-plus members encompassing writers, photographers and broadcasters, was presented with the award at Sandy Park after the club's annual dinner was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic

"Looking at some of the names who have been awarded this previously, I have to say I feel in exalted company," Baxter said.

"I'm the guy lucky enough to pick up a very prestigious award for the hard work of a lot of people."

Ospreys chase Super Rugby star

The Ospreys are tracking Wales-qualified utility back Michael Collins, who has been playing Super Rugby in New Zealand.

Kiwi Collins played 15 times for the Scarlets in 2015-16 before heading home to feature for the Blues. He has since switched to the Highlanders and has captained Otago.

Eligible for Wales through a Llanelli ancestry, he also qualifies for the All Blacks and for England. Last year he had an excellent campaign for the Highlanders in Super Rugby Aotearoa.

Wales boss Wayne Pivac enjoyed what Collins contributed to the Scarlets and so would likely support the idea of the 27-year-old returning to Welsh rugby and potentially putting his hand up for Wales honours.

The Ospreys feel Collins could significantly bolster their squad.

While they are pleased with the young talent they are developing behind the scrum, a player of Collins’ ability, experience and versatility would strengthen them further.

“Having played there for over a year it’s given me the ambition to represent Wales,” Collins has previously said.

Pivac saw at close quarters what Hadleigh Parkes did during his time in Wales and the hope is that Collins could also make an impact with the Ospreys set to swoop.