04. July 2018 · Comments Off on England’s Preparations For Grand Slam · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: , ,

With the Grand Slam event on 17th March 2018, all eyes have been glued on the two nations who were competing at the Twickenham stadium. Ireland has a better chance at the game this time as England has been taking a beating in the last few games. This is also the last game of Six Nations for England for which it has been a vital one to watch for all the fans.

With the game getting underway in the afternoon and fans having been treated to a pre game fixture with legendary players, fun and other forms of entertainment, the hype of the Grand Slam had been built up just right. The television coverage would provide not only live coverage of the Grand Slam event, but also the game between Italy and Scotland. As per the teams, there would be seen several changes in the England team as done by Eddie Jones after they lost out to France. Hence, Owen Farrell was moved to fly half position and George Ford was dropped. Dylan Hartley having recovered from a calf injury led the team along with Kyle Sinckler who replaced Dan Cole. Other players who were interchanged were Joe Launchbury and Danny Care in place of George Kruis and Richard Wigglesworth. Anthony Watson was kept in his position as full back while Mike Brown was kept on the bench.
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17. October 2014 · Comments Off on Bath Defeats Saracens And Ends Saracens’ Unbeaten Aviva Premiership Start · Categories: Uncategorized

Saracens had started off the 2014-2015 Aviva Premiership with a bang and had not been defeated by any other teams during the premiership matches they played. However, their unbeaten record was ended by Bath on the 3rd of October, 2014.

Bath was defeated by the Northampton Saints on 27th September, 2014 at the Aviva Premiership match. However, since the team’s overall form was good they were able to bounce back and win against the Saracens this week.

This victory marked Bath’s first win against Saracens since the year 2010 and has actually helped Bath to reach the first position at the Aviva Premiership overall standing.

Saracens had got the ultimate opportunity to score a try but Charlie Hodgson could not score. Subsequently, the first try of the match was scored by Bath’s player Jonathan Joseph.

Soon Saracens were able to take a lead on the scoreboard. But then Bath won 3 penalties out of which one allowed Bath to take the necessary lead. All throughout the first half, Saracens tried their level best to make sure Bath’s scores were not allowed to increase.

However, even after the first half, Bath was able to perform well and Bath’s defense was so strong during the entire match that Saracens’ players were not giving appropriate chances to score tries.

During the second half of the match, the try scored for Bath by Kyle Eastmond remained the highlight of the entire match. Bath was determined to win the match and therefore they performance was highly impressive.

Even Mark McCall (director of rugby for Saracens) praised Bath for the way they played and the defense they put up against Saracens. According to McCall, both teams have been doing well and this is just the start of the 2014-2015 Aviva Premiership. There are more games to be played and more matches to be won in the future.

02. October 2014 · Comments Off on Jonny Wilkinson · Categories: Uncategorized

PRINCE Harry and 2003 Rugby World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson visited the hallowed turf at Rugby School to start the countdown for the Rugby World Cup at England in 2015. The organizers of the tournament England Rugby 2015 gave the town a unique status to mark the visit of the two famous faces.

Prince Harry, the Honorary President of England Rugby 2015, and England’s 2003 World Cup hero Wilkinson took to The Close, where the game will begin, to mark one year before the start of the tournament and also celebrated the town being given the status of official ‘Proud Home of the Game’ for the six week tournament with the town busy in preparing to celebrate its heritage and welcome rugby fans from across the world.

Rugby Borough Council has also announced a public Fanzone where live matches will be screened, and a stage for cultural and education programme. It will also invest £40,000 for enhancing gateways, to greet visitors on all main routes into Rugby with tournament branding, hard and soft landscaping, and herbaceous borders planted with wild flowers.

Coun Mark Williams, Rugby Borough Council’s environment spokesman told the reporters that as the Proud Home of the Game they will like to create a striking first impression on the thousands of visitors and make progress in their commitment to make rugby cleaner and greener.

The council’s culture spokeswoman Coun Heather Timms told that she was very proud the special status the town had received.

MP Mark Pawsey said that the influx of tourists would provide a great opportunity for town traders to sell accommodation, refreshments and memorabilia – just as three town centre businesses announced ambitious plans to help regenerate the area around Rugby School and the Webb Ellis statue.

The Rugby World Cup will kick start on 18th September next year with England’s match against Fiji at Twickenham and will end on 31st October with the final at the same venue.

18. August 2014 · Comments Off on Sergio Parisse looking forward to inspire his Italian team once again · Categories: Uncategorized

The first Italian player to have been nominated for the IRB International Player is the heavy built and towering figure of Sergio Parisse. He plays at the flanker position and wears the number eight jersey for the French side Stade Francais. The Italian player was born in Argentina and brought to Italy by his father and he represented the Treviso team. His handling ability and flair on the field has attracted a number of fans and critics. His influence has been a major driving force behind the limited success that the team has achieved. However they often have to face up with defeat but the commitment of their captain can never be questioned. Sergio Parisse is influenced by a number of countries due to the cosmopolitan nature of his family.

The upcoming fixture for Italy is going to be crucial as they will be facing England in the Six Nations game at Rome. It will be a tough game for the Italians but the redeeming factor for them will be the return of their captain Sergio Parisse who will be again taking the field in order to prove his might. Parisse will be replacing Paul Derbyshire and Robert Barbieri will be reverting to the position of flanker. Matias Aguero will be replacing loose head Alberto De Marchi. Lorenzo Cittadini will be coming in for injured player Martin Castriogiovanni. George Biagi will also be spending his time on the bench. The fans are looking forward to some inspiring performances from their players. Italian players have to play out of their skins in order to defeat the much fancied oppositions in the Six Nations tournament. They will be looking up to their hero Parisse once more for inspiring the entire team and carry the responsibility of the team on his shoulders.

01. April 2014 · Comments Off on Jonny Wilkinson close to calling it quits · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags:

Legendary England international fly half Jonny Wilkinson will retire from the sport at the end of the current season.

The news first broke after a local Welsh media outlet quoted a source close to Leigh Halfpenny, who will be joining the powerhouse French club Toulon as a direct replacement for the England legend.

According to the source, Jonny is close to calling it a day. He added that he will hang up his boots once the season is over and then he will help Leigh Halfpenny settle into the club as he tries to help him fulfill the task of filling his huge boots.

The source also mentioned that Leigh is a player who is always keen to learn and having the legendary England man as his mentor will make him one of the best players in the world.

Jonny Wilkinson admitted in February that he wasn’t looking too far ahead and was taking each game at a time. He had mentioned that there are some weeks when he walks off the field and think that he is absolutely useless and has nothing more to give to the game.

He added that there is one thing he doesn’t want to do and that is put himself in a position where the desire and enjoyment for the game is no longer present, adding that it would be unfair to whoever he shares the field with.

The former England international stated that his role in the team has been developing for some time. He spends some time training and then works with his teammates trying to make them better players as well.

It has been reported since that Jonny Wilkinson will remain with Toulon as a kicking coach and a club ambassador after he retires from playing at the end of the season.

03. February 2014 · Comments Off on Wilkinson would welcome Halfpenny · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags:

England legend Jonny Wilkinson is hopeful his club Toulon can take advantage of the contract impasse surrounding Leigh Halfpenny in Wales and bring the British and Irish Lions hero to France.

The former Newcastle Falcons hailed the 25 year old Welshman as one of the best in the game and added that he would welcome his arrival at the club with open arms if the club manages to swoop for him.

Halfpenny has a contract with the Cardiff Blues till the end of the current season and with the four Welsh regions still embroiled in a contract wrangle with the Welsh Rugby Union or the WRU, there is widespread fear that the youngster could become the latest player to be lured by the mega bucks on offer in the south of France.

Halfpenny became a household since his starring role for Wales as they beat England to win the RBS Six Nations Championship last season and also during the defeat of the Wallabies Down Under for the British and Irish Lions.

Jonny Wilkinson and Toulon also got a closer look at the player as the Cardiff Blues were defeated 20-43 by the French powerhouse club in a recent Heineken Cup match.

Speaking to a Welsh website, Wilkinson stated that Leigh would be welcomed at Toulon as well as any club in the world. He mentioned that he brings a lot to the team, adding the he is a player could add another dimension to the team, inspire his teammates and leave a mark on the action – all signs of a great player.

Jonny Wilkinson, at 34 years old, admitted that his own future is still in doubt and he doesn’t know whether he will renew and this gives Toulon the scope to snap up his successor in the form of Halfpenny.