Tuilagi makes comeback for Leicester

Manu Tuilagi is all set to make his return for Leicester on Friday in what is turning into a 2-match warm-up before reenforcing England’s crusade for the Six Nations tournamenttitle.

Tuilagi has recovered from the hamstring tendon strain which forced him to drop Leicester’s past three matches and starts the Premiership game at the Harlequins knowing Eddie Jones will be watching.

The England coach is expecting to involve him in the match against Wales on 12th March, with LiveRugbyTickets speculating that he has a 75% chance of playing in front of a sell-out crowd, even though Richard Cockerill, the Leicester director of rugby, has expressed distrusts over such a rapid return to international rugby.

Having only just recovered from a groin injury which sidelined him for fifteen months, Manu then somehow dislocated his hamstring 3 games into his return previous month, which cast serious doubt on his involvment in the Six Nations. Cockerill stated that Manu has not played enough rugby at club level, never mind Test level. If Eddie decides to selects him because he is playing well enough then so be it.

If Tuilagi, who begins at inside-centre, comes via unharmed against Harlequins and then London Irish after 9 days, he is likely to be called into England’s training squad to get set for the visit of Wales to Twickenham.

Also, coming back to Leicester are flanker Brendon O’Connor and Ed Slater on Friday. O’Connor also recovered from several knee and hamstring wounds. Jean de Villiers is all set to make his debut for Leicester the bench after finally defeating a broke jaw as well as calf problem.

Ashton Is Not Going To Represent England

Chris Ashton is no longer going to represent England rugby team at the Royal Bank of Scotland Six Nations 2014 because Stuart Lancaster (the coach of England rugby team) has decided to leave him out of the squad that is heading to Paris for a Six Nations 2014 match against France. Along with Ashton, Ben Youngs has also been omitted from the rugby team.

Youngs will be replaced by Danny Care and Ashton is going to be replaced by Jack Novell. Stuart Lancaster said that the team is very pleased with the current form of Chris Ashton. However, Novell has been progressing very well and has played exceptionally for Exeter during the big games because of which it was decided that Jack Novell will replace Chris Ashton. It was time to find another winger for the England rugby team, added Lancaster.

According to Stuart Lancaster, Chris Ashton will still remain to be a very important part of the England rugby squad and will work hard during this rugby season to regain the position that he has lost to Jack Novell.

During the August Internationals 2014, Chris Ashton was selected because players like Christian Wade and Marland Yarde had sustained injuries. Along with that, Ashton could not prove himself that effectively especially during the Autumn Internationals matches against New Zealand, Argentina and Australia. Thus, it was obvious that there was a high possibility of Ashton getting replaced.

Uncapped players such as Anthony Watson, George Ford and Luther Burrell are going to be a part of the 26 member rugby squad that Stuart Lancaster has created. Jack Novell, Luther Burrell and Jonny May are going to participate in the Six Nations tournament for the very first time.

But Stuart Lancaster will reduce the number of members from his squad to around twenty-three on 30th January, 2014.

International Rugby

Many things are going in the world of international rugby, but one of the most notable events that have taken place in terms of international rugby is when a number of Springbok rugby players gave sixty seven minutes which was as a part of the international Mandela Day campaign. The former president of South Africa turned ninety five a few days back and as usual, there were many events held to celebrate his birthday all over the world, and the Springbok players were not far behind.

The main objective of Mandela Day celebrations is to make the world a better place, and nothing can be better than making use of international rugby in such a case. This can be done by various events and individuals can be inspired to help change the world to a better place for everyone. Mandela had spent sixty seven years striving for the welfare of the people, and after his efforts, the number has become symbolic to an extent. So, many Springbok players such as captain Jean de Villiers, Juan de Jongh and Gio Aplon along with Siya Kolisi spent their sixty seven minutes at the Siyabulela Primary School, situated outside of Cape Town. It is part of a campaign in which rugby players read to young pupils, and participate in various small events with the children.

This initiative from the Springbok players is really a huge leap forward for the international rugby community, and according to de Villiers, rugby can be really good source of welfare, and he has experienced himself how rugby can change the lives of people so easily and impact fully. It can really uplift the condition of people in the country, and he is honoured to have been able to take part in something so helpful to the children.

Leicester Tigers don’t want repeat of Twickenham heartache

Ben Youngs, the scrum half for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Leicester Tigers believes that the club has endured enough heartache in the finals of the Aviva Premiership to know how to grab that all important win. Leicester have secured just three wins in their last eight wins at Twickenham Stoop, the headquarters of English rugby and have also lost in their last two visits as well.

And according to Youngs, the pain of those defeats, especially the one the club suffered last year at the hands of Harlequins FC will be the driving force as they take on the eternal rivals the Northampton Saints in the final in a huge Midlands derby. Speaking to BBC Radio Leicester, the youngster stated that they have reached the finals twice in the last couple of seasons but they have come up short on both the occasions and not given a good account of themselves.

He added that he remembers coming off extremely frustrated, as well as the other Leicester Tigers players, mentioning that he felt that they had saved their worst game of the season for the one game that mattered most. And Youngs has admitted that they are hopeful of avoiding that same mistake this time around. He stated that some players have been there with the club when they have won and there are some others were there when they lost as well and so, they know what it takes to win.

The England international player also stated that the Leicester Tigers will need to call on their vast experience both at domestic and international level to beat the Northampton Saints, who are making their first ever appearance in the final of the Aviva Premiership after years in the shadow of their local rivals from the Midlands.

Focus on BKK Lions

The Bangkok Lions Rugby Union or the BKK Lions was founded and established by a group of people in the region who used to play the game themselves.

The main motive behind the formation of the Lions was to promote the game and make it known among a new generation of youngsters, especially to children between the ages of 4 and 10 in the city and then gradually spread it throughout the country. Having begun as a very small initiative, the Lions have treaded a path uncharted previously and have been very successful in what they set out to do.

Rugby training clinics have established by the Lions and they also offer some level of formal coaching to the youngsters and in order to make the game even more popular, the BKK Lions organize tournaments for the kids during the summer months when the schools are closed to further popularize the sport in the region.

Some of the most well known and renowned players of their time look after the clinics and their primary job, apart from managing these clinics is to persuade young parents to send their kids for the coaching camps and participate in the tournaments.

The Lions arrange for matches on a regular basis, and encourage the kids to play on the weekends in order to boost the kids. The coaching centers also bring in professional players as guides in order to make them aware of what exactly is required to make it to the top.

The BKK Lions are considered as the pioneer of the sport in Bangkok and have done a lot of work to make the sport a household phenomenon in the city and although they have had loads of problems along the way, their will to succeed has seen them develop the game a lot.

BKK Lions: An Insight into their Formation

With the main motive to spread the word about rugby to the new generation, especially among the children aged between 4 and 10 years, the old players of rugby set up a union for the rugby players of Thailand and named it the Bangkok Lions Rugby Union or BKK Lions in short.

Starting from just an awareness forum, the union has grown to give formal coaching to those who wish to learn the game. For this they have even set up a rugby training clinic in which there are eminent rugby players of old times to encourage their parents to expose their kids to rugby. There are tournaments conducted during summer months every year for the trainees to show their skills.

Other than the summer months’ tournaments, BKK Lions also conduct weekly matches to pump up the confidence level of the kids learning out there. Former rugby players train the kids with their great experiences during their career. Their tasks also include spreading awareness among school children of the country about rugby and its benefits. They do this because they believe that this game has a thrill of its own and that it makes one really strong.

Through their endless efforts, BKK lions have been able to invoke interests among the kids of Bangkok to play rugby.

The success is so much so that even sponsors are eager to come forward to finance the matches and tournaments conducted by them. More and more kids are now pouring in the union to learn rugby. Not only for the tournaments, have the big companies of Bangkok also readied to sponsor for the coaching centers and institutes of rugby. With such a backing, it has become easier for BKK Lions to promote rugby these days and rugby has gone up to a new level in Thailand.

Rugby Star Falls from Apartment block

25-year-old David Tait, a former Premiership Rugby Union player died after he fell from an apartment block in Hong Kong. He was known to have represented Sale Sharks and, and also Scotland rugby team. The news came down like thunder crashing over his family.

Tait did not have much luck in his rugby career though he played really well because he used to be down with injuries so he engaged himself in corporate management in finance for multinational firm KPMG. A back-row forward, he spent five years since his teenage with Sale in Greater Manchester as a back-row forward before he went on to play with the Scotland rugby team.

He had also gone for England’s training squad for the 2008-09 International Rugby Board world sevens series, but did not play. Later, before going to the 2009 Dubai Sevens, he joined the team of Scotland. The chief executive of Rugby Players’ Association, Damian Hopley has said that it has been a huge loss in the world of rugby at the death of such a young and talented rugby player and that they would try to do their best in order to help his family who was totally dependent on him. A condolence has also been called for all of his mates to gather and remember the player.

Tait had been a respected man for his humble nature and his clean and fair playing techniques at the field. Not only that, outside the field too at the corporate sector, he had been quite successful because of his efficiency.

Premiership Rugby chief executive Mark McCafferty said that he had no words to describe how he felt after hearing the mishap and he too said that it was mandatory to waste no more time but to stretch out a helping hand to his family.

Gavin Henson Ready for Welsh Debut

Gavin Henson will make an early return from injury and be rushed straight into the London Welsh lineup against Saracens FC on Sunday as he hopes to make one last push to impress the selectors ahead of the autumn tests for his country.

The Wales international was injured before the start of the season and he hasn’t started a single game for The Exiles in the new season and even if he impresses the selectors for his club, he will need a miracle and a lot of injury crises for the national team to even have a chance of being selected for the national team set up.

The 30 year old, signed in the close season by the newly promoted side was looking to making his debut for The Welsh back in August but after he fractured a check bone in the last pre-season friendly for his club against the Llaneli Scarlets. And although it was expected that the newly promoted side would struggle without the services of the charismatic and enigmatic playmaker, they have not missed him much and have had a decent start to their campaign.

Many people thought that The Exiles were taking a risk when they signed the enigmatic player for free at the close season, especially since he has had three clubs in the last months including Sunday’s opponents Saracens FC, Toulon and the Cardiff Blues, all the spells ending in tears; but The Exiles showed no hesitation in signing him up when they had the chance and they will integrate him straight into the lineup now that he is fit and raring to go with a point to prove.

And maybe, Gavin Henson in full flow might just be a bit too much for Saracens FC to handle, considering their weak defense and midfield.

A SHORT HISTORY

The bkk lions or the Bangkok Lions rugby union was founded and established by the old players of rugby from Bangkok. The main motive was to spread and promote the game to the young generation especially the children between the ages of 4 to 10 of Thailand.

They have established a rugby training clinic which organizes some formal coaching for the game as well as a tournament during summer months. The rugby clinic is managed by some renowned rugby players of their times. Their job is to encourage the parents to make their kids participate in the tournaments.

Regular matches are arranged by the bkk lions club on weekends to boost the kids for the next time. The coaching centers have expert rugby players as guides who can tell the kids what it takes to be a master of the game. They have also tried to hit different schools of the country to create an awareness regarding the game so that more number of kids can be made a part of the tournaments at least as spectators. They feel that the game of rugby is so thrilling and exciting that they will sure like to be a part of it.

The bkk lions have done a lot to assist and gradually develop the interest of rugby among the young kids of Bangkok. The venture has soon become so popular among the inhabitants of the Thailand that some renowned companies now wish to sponsor the events. These companies also pull out their hands to pay for establishing more such coaching centers for playing and practicing the game. It will not be wrong to say that bkk lions has surely been able to create a unique platform for the kids to exhibit their talents as far as rugby is concerned. It is indeed a great initiative.

WHO ARE THE LIONS

The Bangkok Lions Mini Rugby Union was established by some of the old rugby players of Bangkok to help promote and spread the sport among the youths of Thailand.

The initiate is aimed at children between 4 and 7 years. The soccer season comes to an end in April and that is when the BKK Lions aims at started the rugby training clinic.

A coaching clinic is organized followed by a tournament where the children from the clinic participate. The BKK Lions has some of the best rugby players managing the clinic, like Paul Clifton. There are over 196 children who have signed up for the clinic. Parents are encouraged to coach the children or participate in the clinic by coming and watching and matches and encouraging the kids.
The success of the clinic organized by the BKK Lions has seen several companies coming in as sponsors.

Regular matches are held on weekends. In the age group of 4-6 years, the Bangkok Harlequins were defeated by the Krungthep Warriors. Ben Farebrother scored six tries which helped them seal the victory. He had scored nine tries in two weeks and has been moved to a higher age group because of his brilliant performance. In the same group the Bangkok Wasps were defeated by the Siamese Cats. In the 7-8 age group Siamese Crusaders were defeated by the Wanderers with four tries, which were scored by Ian Ramsey. The Banga Vagabonds were also defeated by the Bangkok Sharks in the same category.

In the age group of 9-10 years, Typhoons were defeated by the Hurricanes and the Aliens defeated the Barbarians in the age group of 11-12 years. The standard of rugby in the under 17 match has been improving considerably. This week, The Falcons and The Eagles drew 4 tries, with Jack Carroll scoring two for the Falcons and Brett Keyes scoring for the Eagles.

BKK Lions has surely created a great platform for children to come and showcase their talent and learn from the best players in the sport.