Healy ready to front up to Jones


RUGBY DIGEST:CIAN HEALY thrived against the Ulster scrum and All Black tighthead John Afoa during last Saturday’s European Cup final. Next on the chopping block for Healy is the Ospreys, Wales and Lions number three in Sunday’s Pro 12 decider.

“Adam Jones is a top class tighthead, I figured that out the hard way before,” said Healy yesterday. “He hits out at the loosehead and doesn’t let you get in underneath him. When I get in underneath, same with Heinke (van der Merwe), we’re quite similar in that you get underneath the tighthead you have him beaten.

“He knows how to defend that – he’s been around the block. It is just a case of scrummaging, trying to wear him down and catch him off his guard and get underneath him.”

Hayman cited for dangerous tackle

FORMER NEW Zealand prop Carl Hayman has been cited for a dangerous tackle on Biarrtiz winger Taku Ngwenya in last Friday’s Amlin Challenge Cup final. Hayman was sin binned by Wayne Barnes but the citing commissioner felt he has a case to answer.Ulster’s Stefan Terblanche may yet be cited for a similar action on Seán Cronin. Under the IRB recommended sanctions Law 10.4 (j) carries a suspension between three and 52 weeks.

Edinburgh load up on recruits

MICHAEL BRADLEY’S wish appears to have come true with Edinburgh’s recruitment process continuing at a noticeable rate. Free State Cheetah’s lock Izak van der Westhuizen is the latest to sign on a two-year contract.

The South African is joined by fellow Cheetah WP Nel (prop) and former All Black centre Ben Atiga along with Wales internationalists John Yapp (prop) and Richie Rees (scrum-half), Georgian number eight Dimitri Basilaia and English Premiership pair Greig Tonks and Michael Penn (full-back/wing).