Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club and the reigning champions the Northampton Saints have announced that JJ Hanrahan will leave Munster to link up with the English giants over the summer.
Speculation had been rife for the last one month regarding the future of out-half Hanrahan who was unhappy with his place at Munster after not being able to nail down a place in the starting line-up under new coach Anthony Foley and it emerged that he was considering his position in the club.
He was given a decent run of games at centre recently which raised some hope among Munster that the player might stick around but in spite of being offered a new and improved three year contract on his current deal, Hanrahan has made it clear to his present club that he wishes to leave at the end of the season.
The player said that the time he spent at Munster was great and he was privileged to have represented such a great club but he also said that he was really excited about the prospect of moving abroad and playing for one of the biggest clubs in England.
He said that he has nothing but positive experiences at Munster, adding that it is home club and running out in the red jersey onto the field has been the single most exciting thing in his career and it will remain a privilege.
Hanrahan also said that despite announcing his departure, he remains fully committed to its cause for the remainder of the pro 12 and European campaign and will give his best so that he can leave the club with another trophy.
The Northampton Saints currently sit top of Pool 5 in the European Champions Cup and with the addition of Hanrahan, will grow stronger next season.
Jarryd Hayne has reportedly signed up with leading NFL team Detroit Lions.
The National Rugby League hero & aspiring NFL sportsman has been frequently linked with the Lions in recent months since his declaration to leave the sport & take to NFL career 2 months back in October. The franchise actively denied any claim of interest yet was lately seen in a workout which was help for various NFL teams in the San Diego area.
Caldwell confirmed about the news of Lions having Hayne for visit the past week.
“He (Hayne) was travelling across the country for a glimpse of various locations for this league & it was one among those visits”, noted Caldwell.
As per the sources, the rugby hero is back to Detroit to take his physical and every sign shows that the dapper 6 ft sportsman is all set to finalize contract with Detroit Lions.
However, Caldwell was all coy whilst asked about Lions’ interests in taking up Hayne.
“We overview various players always”, came the diplomatic statement from Caldwell. “It’s kind of continuous exploration here for us. We are always striving to look for ways for further improvement & scanning all options that are viable for us.”
It’s pretty unlikely the Detroit team, which is 1 victory away from getting a place in postseason, would add on amateur Hayne to its active roster. The rugby player is most likely to be added into the squad’s ten-men practice group.
Jarryd’s projected position seems to be kind of running back of late. The veteran tailback Reggie Bush of Detroit who visited with the rugby player in his Aussie trip last summer is the man who bolstered the NFL spirit in the rugby player and inspi9red him de3claring that he just needs then right opportunity to excel.
Jonny Wilkinson is a rugby player who has suffered rugby injuries in quick successions than any other rugby player. Wilkinson is a retired rugby player who has represented British and Irish Lions and also England. He is well-known for the drop goal he scored during the finals of the 2003 Rugby World Cup because of which England was able to win the world cup that year.
After the victory in the year 2003, Wilkinson suffered from shoulder, rib, arm, neck and back problems for many years until he finally decided to end his professional rugby career from the 2013-2014 rugby season.
Stuart Lancaster (coach of England Rugby Team) is under pressure because of increasing number of players that are getting injured just before the upcoming November Internationals. Due to this, safety and health issues related to the players are once again coming into the limelight.
According to Wilkinson the rugby injury situation at the moment is not worse. He thinks most of the injuries happen due to physical contact between the players which one cannot evade. He is also aware that the sheer speed and size of modern rugby players has been increasing.
He is of the opinion that the players cannot miss the rugby seasons just because they are being injured during the training sessions or are not getting the proper treatment. These things have to be avoided and managed appropriately.
Wilkinson firmly believes that the progress in medical knowledge and physiotherapy will help the current rugby injury situations in the best possible manner. Players will be able to recover faster and cope with the pressures of the competitive rugby season every year.
He even recalled as to how he used to play rugby going against the advice of the medical professionals just because he loved rugby and thought that he might miss a good chance if he gave up due to an injury.
Wallabies (Australian Rugby Team) are trying really hard to block out all the drama and controversies that are surrounding the team just before the much awaited final match of the 2014 Rugby Championship against Argentina’s Pumas on the 4th of October, 2014.
Ever since the Australian Rugby Team lost against the Springboks (South African Rugby Team) on 27th of September, 2014 everything has been going downhill for the Wallabies.
Wallabies’ poor performance during the 2014 Bledisloe Cup had hampered their reputation. Along with that, their degrading performance against the Springboks and the verbal altercation controversy related to Kurtley Beale surely battered the already shattered image of the Wallabies.
James Horwill (former captain of Wallabies) has been selected for the upcoming match against Argentina and he said that the team is fully aware of the fact that the championship has to be finished appropriately.
Horwill also said that last week’s performance had been disappointing and since they are not winning the championship, it proves they have not done certain things rightly. However, he is positive that the Wallabies will be able to end the Rugby Championship with a bang.
According to Horwill, the team is less distracted in Mendoza and is focusing on working hard for the final match of the championship.
Ewen McKenzie (coach of Wallabies) has also been facing a lot of pressure in relation to the Beale controversy and the upcoming game against the Pumas. Wallabies had also lost their luggage when they arrived in Argentina and McKenzie had to manage this issue as well.
McKenzie said that the match against Pumas is a difficult one because the Pumas have been playing well but have not got the chance to win any of the championship matches. Therefore Argentina will try hard to win the final match and Wallabies are going to try equally hard to end the championship by winning this match.
The Bangkok Lions rugby union, popularly known as the BKK Lions created by old rugby players from Bangkok coming together and forming the team.
The main motive behind the creation of this team was to inspire young players to take further interest in the sport and making them take up rugby as their career. To make the young generations understand, appreciate and practice the game of rugby was the main focus behind the formation of the club.
Along with creating a team, a rugby training clinics is also established, to give formal coaching of the game to the young aspirants of the sport, and also a tournament was set up during the summer months so that the children who like rugby can participate together in the event. In order to involve more youngsters the Lions club organized regular matches during the weekends. They also talked with their parents and persuaded them to send their children to the club so that they can receive formal training in the sport.
The BKK Lions contributed enormously in creating an interest among young people for the game of rugby in Bangkok and their efforts has reached high levels of productivity and recognition. A relatively good number of local companies have also started staging interest to sponsor the various events masterminded by the Lions club. The companies have also showed their interest to set up more rugby clinics around different parts of Bangkok, to make formal training in the sport available for more and more young people. As of now the opportunities created and the platform given to the children by the club has really been more that they had visualized at the beginning.
The BKK Lions is regarded as the pioneer of the sport in Bangkok and have done a commendable work in making the sport a household name in the city. Their sheer will to succeed in their aim have allowed them to surpass all the loads of problems that came along the way.
Saracens Rugby club is based in London and was set up in the year 1876. In the beginning Vicarage Road in Watford was the home ground for the club form which they relocated to Allianz Park which was renovated off late. The artificial turf was set up by the infrastructural committee in order to ensure a better environment for the players. The fans will also be able to experience something new through the free flowing rugby that the club is determined to play form the upcoming season. They will get their money’s worth each time they visit this stadium. It is built in such a way that mud or snow or even heavy rain shall not be affecting the game. The possibilities of the players getting injured is reduced to a great extent because of this new technological improvement. The chairman of the Aviva Premiership has welcomed the new development of the club. Other clubs in the premiership are expected to follow the same strategy in the near future.
Saracens always paid great attention to International Relations. The club has managed to build up partnerships with different clubs in some of the leading cities like Abu Dhabi, Kuala Lampur, Moscow, Sao Paulo and Tonga. Discussions and plans about setting up clubs in Republic of Georgia, Seattle and Timisoara are also set for launch. They have been involved in a number of cross border encounters in the 2013 season. They beat the South African Barbarians on 16th May and also toured the Bermuda Islands in order to promote Rugby. Saracens CEO Edward Griffiths seemed confident as he boasted that about forty players from his side may be representing different countries in the Olympics. It is indeed a tough plan to carry out yet the club seems to have carved out its niche and is working on execution on the same.
Legendary England Rugby Team fly half Jonny Wilkinson has announced his retirement from all forms of the sport at the end of the season.
Wilkinson, who currently plays for Toulon in France, has two more matches to look forward to before he calls it a day with his team taking on Saracens FC in the Heineken Cup final before going up against Castres in the Top 14 the following weekend in what will be the last match of his playing career.
The former England fly half made 91 appearances for the national team with his extra time drop goal in the Rugby World Cup final in 2003 that won the trophy for England earning him legendary status.
Having made his debut for the Newcastle Falcons, Wilkinson played 12 years for the club before retiring from international rugby and the England Rugby Team to make a big money move to the south of France to Toulon.
Speaking about his retirement, Wilkinson stated that he has spent 17 years at the very top level of rugby and he felt that the time was right to call it a day and hang up his boots. He will join up with the back room staff at Toulon at the end of his playing days and he also took the opportunity to thank everyone who has been key figures in making him the player that he has been.
Wilkinson mentioned that all he wanted to do now was to focus on the final two games of the season and leave the game with his head held high and with a trophy in tow.
Jonny Wilkinson won three Six Nations Championships with the England Rugby Team apart from the 2003 Rugby World Cup and he retires with the second highest number of points in international rugby.
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.
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.
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.