Here are your rugby morning headlines for Friday, June 18.

Screech called up for Wales after Hill bombshell

Wales have called up uncapped second-row Matthew Screech after a bombshell statement which announced the axing of Cory Hill from their summer squad with immediate effect.

Hill has left the squad after he revealed his intentions to explore opportunities overseas.

The Cardiff Blues lock has 32 caps for his country and a move abroad would make him ineligible for international call-ups due to the Welsh Rugby Union's 60-cap selection policy.

It is believed that Hill informed Wales boss Wayne Pivac of his intention to look abroad for a new team on Thursday morning.

Pivac has acted swiftly by replacing Hill with Screech, who is joining Cardiff from the Dragons this summer.

In a brief statement, Cardiff said: "Cardiff Blues can confirm Cory Hill has been released from Wales’ summer squad with immediate effect.

"The decision was taken after the second-row informed the Cardiff Blues of his intention to explore a possible opportunity overseas.

"As a consequence, new signing Matthew Screech has been called up to Wayne Pivac’s squad as a replacement."

Luke Price joins French side

Welsh fly-half Luke Price has joined French side Valence Romans Drôme Rugby (VRDR).

The 25-year-old was released by the Ospreys this summer, despite having a more pronounced role recently following Gareth Anscombe's ongoing injury troubles.

But, after 64 outings for the Liberty Stadium outfit, they released him to go and find regular rugby elsewhere.

That, it appears, is in the French second tier as Pro D2 outfit VRDR announced the capture of the former Wales under-20s player on Thursday evening.

"A new member joins the Checkers from across the Channel!" they wrote on Twitter.

"Luke Price - fly-half - 25 years old. Welcome to the Checkers, Luke!"

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McBryde leaves door open for rookie's Lions call-up

The Lions have left the door open for Ronan Kelleher to join the squad at a later date.

Kelleher was invited to train with the Lions out in Jersey owing to a shortage of numbers, with Jamie George and Luke Cowan-Dickie still with their clubs.

The Leinster hooker has clearly given a solid account of himself, with Lions assistant coach Robin McBryde believing they would have no qualms in calling up the Leinsterman if necessary.

“He will grow undoubtedly,” McBryde said of Kelleher.

"“There were some close calls and Ronan’s was a close one as well.

“It gives Ronan an opportunity to make an impression on the other coaches. I’m familiar with Ronan from a Leinster point of view and I had no doubts that he could come here and really set a marker for himself.

"It’s a great opportunity for Ronan. It’s great for him to have that experience to rub shoulders with the best of the best of the British and Irish Lions.

“It is going to grow him as an individual and I’m sure Ireland will get to use him in these summer Tests, so it works both ways and you never know he could join us at a later date as well.”

Welsh coach lands Worcester job

Former Wales and Barbarians coach Liza Burgess has landed the new forwards coach role at Warriors Women in Worcester.

The Newport-born Burgess, who was capped 87 times by Wales, will join the club ahead of the 2021/22 Allianz Premier 15s season.

“The welcome that I’ve received from everyone at Worcester Warriors has been phenomenal,” she said following the announcement.

“It’s been a fantastic experience from the off and I’m really excited to get started in this role. We’ve got straight into pre-season and I’m really excited to see how the players do when the new season starts."

The decorated former second-row has a mountain of playing experience behind her, having captained Saracens to the first domestic treble in the women's game and having been inducted into World Rugby's Hall of Fame in 2018.

She was also the first female Welsh Rugby Union vice-chair to be elected.

Burgess most recently coached at Gloucester-Hartpury, who finished fifth last season.

Jenkins reveals 'pride' at Wales' Euro 2020 feats

Wales and Lions coach Neil Jenkins has spoken of his pride following his country's impressive start to their Euro 2020 campaign.

The former fly-half is currently in Jersey on the Lions' 10-day training camp ahead of their first warm-up game against Japan.

But while it's hands to the pump getting the Lions ready for their opening fixture, Jenkins has still managed to find time to watch the football as Wales beast Turkey and drew with Switzerland.

"Very proud," Jenkins said while on Lions duty. "It was a massive win for them which puts them in a good place.

"I was very proud. We’d compete at Tiddlywinks!

"It’s important that Wales are successful – congratulations to the footballers."

England face Scotland on Friday and there are a number of players from those two nations out in Jersey at the minute.

The Anglo-Scottish banter will be "flying about", according to Jenkins and the kicking coach admitted they are hoping to find some time in the diary to allow the players to watch the game.

"I’m sure there will be a bit of banter flying around and with some of the coaches as well," the Welshman said. "We can put our feet up tomorrow because we’ve won one, drawn one."