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.
Ben Morgan has hailed the sizzling form of Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club Gloucester Rugby in the inaugural European Rugby Challenge Cup for his call up to the England squad for the national side.
The English club has been flying high in Europe this season and lead the standings in Pool 5 with nine points already and according to Morgan, his selection for the England side just goes to show how the club’s new Director of Rugby David Humphreys has managed to pull together a side that largely underperformed in the last couple of seasons.
Morgan said that the entire squad is happy and in a very positive mood. And when one is enjoying the rugby, it tends to bring out the best in them. He added that there have call ups for national sides across all spectrums and not just England and that just shows how improved the team has been this season.
The Englishman is happy with the way things have gone and hopes this run of form continues for some time, adding that initially, the team took some time to adjust to the new coaching staff and their workings but now, they have settled into the grove, the results have been a reflection of that.
Morgan is also keen to carry that form for Gloucester Rugby onto the international stage as he looks to nail down his place in the side that is preparing itself for the Rugby World Cup on home soil next year.
He said that feels immense pride at being inducted into the England set up and he hopes that this run continues for a long time. He added that the atmosphere in the team is great and the new facilities have also gotten him very excited and he is looking ahead to a long run in England colors.