Sunday’s rugby match Cal and British Columbia was almost like a match of tug o’ war. It was really a test of strength in the way the two teams locked horns in the ground, not leaving a single inch of the ground each other that could pull the opposition across center line.
In a great tug of war match neither squad is able to get much of an advantage nor that is exactly how Sunday’s rugby match appeared to be till the very last seconds of the match.
A last-minute conversion kick by Jake Anderson, 5th year senior fullback as well as co-captain, was the final tug, as the resulting 3 points kept Cal ahead on scoreboard for a score of 23-21. Jack Clark, the chief coach, told that he believed that it was really good effort. It took a whole lot of guts to go to Vancouver and get a win in the game, and we are really proud of the team.
We all know that rugby is inherently a physical game, and this time the stakes were raised for Cal and British Columbia game and both squads upped the ante, triggering the ref to wave his yellow card throughout the match. The rivalry comes from a ninety five year history between these two squads who take each other on a yearly basis in the “World Cup” — which is a 2 game that fixes who takes home the prized trophy. Continue reading →
Ian Ritchie, the chief executive of the Rugby Football Union, said that a 4th consecutive 2nd placed finish for England in Six Nations was unacceptable. England lost the game on points difference against Ireland, the 4th successive time they have been 2nd spot holder under their chief coach Stuart Lancaster.
Ritchie said that he does not believe that this is acceptable at all. As a country they must win more – it is Grand Slams or Six Nations Championships. Continue reading →
Rugby World head Alan Giplin is seemingly impressed with Ireland’s 2023 bid as a probable host for Rugby World Cup. The very cross-border bid, that was declared amidst huge fanfare, has already garnered a number of admirers and one of them is surely the honorary chief of World Cup Rugby.
Ireland would be able to know about its chances in 2017 when the competition timeline would be announced by Mr. Giplin.
Describing Ireland’s bid as “fantastic”, Giplin has also confirmed about South Africa’s interest as a possible host for 2023 Rugby World Cup. USA & France too are speculated to bid for hosting the elite tournament.
“We’ve got strong interest from Ireland & South Africa”, stated Giplin.
“Ireland was really vocal regarding its desire to be the host for the World event. Continue reading →
Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Northampton Saints have announced the signing of Scottish lock Tom Ryder from the Glasgow Warriors until the end of the season.
Ryder, who previously played in England with the Jimmies’ bitter West Midlands rival the Leicester Tigers for a time, knows the game in the country like the palm of his hand and could prove to be a very shrewd signing for the Saints.
The 29 year old, who has also represented Saracens FC in England earned his only two caps for the Scotland rugby team in 2012 but has made a staggering 87 appearances for the Glasgow Warriors since signing for the club in the summer of 2010. Continue reading →
After much speculation Dan Carter has finally confirmed his shift to France. The leading rugby star has signed up a 3 year contract deal with esteemed French rugby portal Racing Metro.
According to sources, Carter would be leaving post 2015 Rugby World. It’s a sad moment for his fans no doubt since the French sojourn would almost certainly imply conclusion of his storied rugby international career.
The 32-year-old star had been earlier expected to come out of his NZ squad post the World championship next year in England soil following severe bout with injuries. It would be Dan’s 2nd foray into France rugby post his agreement to a 7-month contract in 2008 with Perpignan but he could just manage to play 5 games prior to foot injury.
“It would be a truly exciting adventure for my family & myself”, stated Carter. “Having visited the French nation several times, including the tryst with Perpignan, I am quite aware of French culture as well as the rugby culture over there & it is something which I truly love.
“Besides, it’s my immediate future over there which is thrilling me at present. The coming year is bustling with big possibilities for me & I am eager to get into it.”
Dan has joined Aussie veteran Ashley-Cooper & erstwhile Wallabies skipper Horwill (James)- who would be joining English rugby portal Harlequins post World Cup 2015.
The very exodus from Australia and New Zealand is potential with further acceleration and there are reports that Ma’a Nonu, the inside centre from All Blacks, is fielding the overseas offers.
Both the nations have got selection policies which preclude the players from offshore from playing at national sides.
Dan’s move isn’t surprising given his continuous encounters with bad injuries since 2011 Rugby World where he couldn’t play for long for a severed groin muscle.