Here are your rugby morning headlines for Friday, December 6, from Wales and beyond.
Ireland style 'not developed' for World Cup
Ireland's governing body has ruled their style of play should have been further developed heading to the Rugby World Cup.
The Irish Rugby Football Union has published a review into their performances in Japan, where they were knocked out by the All Blacks in the last-eight, with performance director David Nucifora presenting the review findings in Dublin.
He said: "Should we have developed our game further? Potentially, yes, with the benefit of hindsight.
"We pay our coaches for those decisions, they've been good at those for a long period of time. We could have gone down that path, but I want to be clear there's no guarantee it would have produced a better result.
"We could have changed, but that creates a risk. That's the decision; they have to choose a path to go with and we chose the path of 'let's stick to what we do, what's worked and get 5/10% more out of it'."
He added: "There's an argument on both sides around style, but should we have armed our players with more tools? I think, with benefit of hindsight, we should have."
Bernard Jackman on 'volatile' nature of coaching
Having made a career swap and now working in high finance in Dublin, former Dragons coach Bernard Jackman says he has no yearning to return to rugby.
"Coaching is an unbelievably volatile, unstable way of making a living", he said.
"It is a much easier lifestyle for a single person with no family to worry about.
"Take Martin Johnson, a non-Irish example, his brand has been damaged massively by coaching England.
"He is the only England captain to have won a World Cup. But, he is nowhere near as prolific in the media or on the after-dinner speaking circuit as Clive Woodward, the only England coach to win a World Cup.
"The potential of failing in coaching could certainly damage someone’s brand."
England hopeful owes debt to Adam Jones
Bath prop Lewis Boyce says he will owe Wales rugby legend Adam Jones a huge debt if he goes on to fulfil his England ambitions.
Boyce, 23, linked up with Bath over the summer in a move from Harlequins, where he flourished under Jones.
“Adam’s the reason why I am where I am today as far as scrummaging goes,” Boyce told The Rugby Paper . “When I first joined Quins, even though I’m a prop, my scrummaging was probably one of the weaker sides of my game, especially moving to the Premiership.
“It was a big learning curve coming from the Championship, but Adam was class and he’s been a big influence on me and Kyle Sinckler. He’d spend hours going through my games, proving what I could do.
“I’ve kept his points in mind since I left Quins and just tried to be consistent."
The England U20s Junior World Cup winner added: "On a personal level, he’s been a top coach and a top boy and he’ll always be someone I’ll look up to and have a lot of time for.”
Saracens players 'must be in the right head space' for Six Nations
England head coach Eddie Jones says he wants the Saracens players to be "in the right head space" ahead of the Six Nations, after reports some England players could miss the tournament to prioritise Premiership survival.
Jones said: "I have talked with Mark McCall [Saracen rugby director] about it. And he, as expected, said there will be no pressure on players not to play in the Six Nations and I think that," he said.
"But I will probably reach the players at the beginning of the new year and I will simply chat with them, see where their heads are, because it is a difficult time for them.
"Many of the other clubs are mad at them, which is quite understandable, but they will feel some pressure and I just need to make sure they are in the right space to play in England."
New challenge for Gareth Thomas
Ex-Wales and British Lions rugby captain Gareth Thomas is set to cycle 500 miles across three nations in seven days for the Sport Relief charity.
Thomas, 45, will begin the challenge on Monday, December 9, in Cardiff, taking the BBC Sports Personality of the Year trophy from 2018 winner Geraint Thomas' home city to Aberdeen to deliver it to this year's recipient.
Cycling for 12 hours a day, Thomas will bring the trophy to the stage at the P&J Live Arena on 15 December, and says he wants to help break the stigma around HIV along the way while also raising money for Sport Relief.
"We all deserve to live without being stigmatised for who we are. Everyone deserves acceptance, everyone should be celebrated and feel able to access support," he told the BBC.
"I want to help raise vital funds for Sport Relief projects that include supporting mental health issues, homelessness, domestic abuse, LGBTQ+ discrimination and vulnerable people."