For Argentina rugby fans, there is an upcoming repeat match of Argentina facing Australia again at Twickenham.
The coincidence of the same venue and nearly the same period of the year for the game are hard to miss by the fans. The championship games will start from August and Argentina will be hosting Australia on October 8th at Twickenham. It would certainly be a novel move on the part of the authorities who have decided on this venue which is outside the usual venues for this game; mainly it is countries like New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and Argentina are hosting the game. This time, the venue indicates a move up the equator and not at any venue which is to the south of the equator.
It's hugely popular in Europe, New Zealand and Australia, but rugby is still in a little blip in the United States. North America's first professional rugby body Professional Rugby Organization’s Chief Executive Officer Doug Schoninger sees that as an advantage.
Their new league is all set to debut on 17th April, is targetting people by positioning itself as a hip, alternative sports option.
Schoninger said that they are new and disruptive and this is what differentiates them from most of the sports out there.
This is going to be really welcome to the younger millennial group, the 28 and under demographic, who have not attached themselves to traditional sports.
All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw has blasted suggestions that domestic rugby is an afterthought for many New Zealand players and that they are just going through the motions just for the sake of it.
The Kiwi has admitted that he has not been able to get back to performing at his best, having played 503 minutes in nine games for the Crusaders, who currently sit at fourth in the New Zealand conference. However, he added that it doesn't mean he doesn't care about the Super Rugby anymore.
He sat down for an interview recently where he said that he knows he has not been playing up to the high standards he has set for himself and that is the same for a number of players in the squad, but mentioned that it is difficult to have an impact going backwards and for the last few weeks, he hasn't had the impact he hoped he would have.
The Argentina Rugby squad have been quite a great addition in Rugby Championship. The great Pumas have been doing incredibly well with win in one match, draw in another & are moving closer to plenty of fantastic performances in near future.
However, according to experts, albeit the Argentine team is gathering kudos for honest graft & endeavor, yet they are not a sexy squad. It’s unfortunate they fare miserably when it comes to the glamour quotient. In case, Samoa were there, they possibly won’t be as competitive yet that would have been largely easier for getting the Kiwis interested.
Rugby Football Union Championship club Bristol Rugby have announced the signing of former England flanker Tom Varndell on a two year deal from the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club Wasps RUFC ahead of the new season.
The 29 year old spent six years at the Premiership giants and was one of their star players as they went from mediocrity following success in the early 2000s to stabilising again when Dai Young took over as the new head coach.
Argentina rugby team would be reportedly playing the Barbarians in 2015 November. The match would be hosted at Twickenham.
The match is going to be a significant one for the Barbarians as it would mark their successful 125th anniversary. Baabaas had quite a tough time last year but then they managed to bounce back with great vigor this year fighting against some of the elite most squads of the rugby world. They came up with 49-39 to youthful English squad and had narrow loss to Australia with a score of 40-36 last month.
Stuart Lancaster has renewed his contract for six more years as the coach of the English Rugby team. He will be able to see England through the rugby world cup of 2009 which will be held in Japan
His coaching team comprising of coaches Graham Rountree, Andy Farrell and Mike Catt he also each signed a deal that will be in effect till the end of the season of 2019-2020.
Lancaster had to fight for the post of permanent head coach of England Rugby Team in the March of 2012, but this contract shows that RFU has much faith in him.
In today’s world people have little time to sit and watch sports for long periods of time. As a result of this there have been quite a few innovations in the format of the sports like cricket and rugby. Much like the twenty-twenty format that had been introduced in cricket and received great popularity within a very short span of time, the Rugby Sevens is also coming of age. It was a huge success in the Commonwealth Games and the crowds absolutely loved it. This has greatly increased the interest in the World Club Sevens that is going to be held at Twickenham.
London Irish Rugby Club Director Brian Smith has welcomed Mark Tainton as their new skills and kicking coach for the new season of 2013-14. Smith sounded hopeful as he showed his confidence in Smith saying that his experience shall come in handy for the kickers in the team as well as improve the core skills of each and every player in their squad. Brian Smith is a former Bristol fly-half who has previously worked with the English national team before coaching Ireland for ten years as the technical kicking coach with Ronan O’Gara and Johnny Sexton.
James Hanks, the forward for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Exeter Chiefs, has been forced to hang up his boots following his failure to recover from a serious neck injury.
The 29 year old suffered the injury during the club’s win against Bath Rugby in the semi final of the LV=Cup last month and following several visits to specialists, he has been told to end his ten year long career.
With Hanks retiring, he becomes the third Chiefs player to call time on his career this season due to injury, following the likes of hooker Chris Whitehead and skipper Tom Hayes.