Despite a wonderful time so far on the field, and an exciting game against Argentina where they emerged victors, thus putting them on course to cement their No 2 position in the rankings ahead of the tournament draw next may, England may face being put in another “pool of death” ahead of the Rugby World Cup holding in Japan.
With the victory of the England Rugby team over Argentina and the defeat of Australia by Ireland last week Saturday, the position of the Eddie Jones led side at No 2 in the rankings was strengthened.
The World Rugby rankings which was announced on Monday saw England trailing behind the top ranked New Zealand by 4.94 points. New Zealand has 94.78 points. At third place sits Australia after their loss to Ireland widened the gap between them and 2nd placed England from 1.7 to 2.87 points.
The Australian Men’s Sevens team is all set to welcome aboard the new signing Conor Mitchell.
This Queensland forward will be part of the sevens team that will be taking part in the 2016-17 World Rugby Sevens Series. Mitchell has already had the experience of playing the Sevens World Series in Vancouver earlier in the year. He was included in the squad from outside the contracted squad. Now, he is available for the Australian Sevens squad on a full time basis.
The head coach of the Australia Sevens rugby team, Andy Friend, is very happy to have Mitchell up his sleeves and he can call upon him anytime he needs. He said that Conor has impressed everyone by doing the Australian colors by captain the Australian University Sevens Team during the 2016 World University games. The side had claimed the gold medal at the World University Games.
Newcastle Falcons started off the new season with a great win. The game that they played with Sale Sharks ended in a win for the Newcastle Falcons.
They played and won with an edge of 19-17 which was the opening game in the Aviva Premiership league. The game was played at Kingston Park.
For those who witnessed the game, the Falcons scored about 19-10 which was a score that they led into the second half. Sale battled with their talents that included heroic efforts by Byron McGuigan, the full back player of Sale.
Among all the news that rugby games are generating right now, there is nothing bigger than the England’s tour of Australia that includes three Test series.
the first having ended in victory for England, all eyes are turned to the country and its rugby players and what Eddie Jones has lined up in terms of strategies and players to ensure a win the second time.
Among the several developments it is interesting to note that a trio of players from Bath Rugby would be starting off for the country in the second Test. The names are familiar to most – George Ford, Jonathan Joseph and Anthony Watson. They have been regulars for the England team for a while now, being favorites of Eddie. Hence, it should not come as a surprise to see them getting ready to offer the first and opening shots on the field.
For gay men and all others who have shied away from rugby or any other team games that they have felt would not include their kind, can now be encouraged with a recent event that has occurred.
Africa has launched its first inclusive rugby club that includes gay men as well. It is definitely a bold initiative and would help the club to get more players.
Having only just been recalled to the England Rugby Union Squad, Chris Ashton suffered the ultimate disappointment, when World Rugby banned him for 12 weeks, which rules him out of England's entire Six Nation's campaign.
Ashton had worked hard to play his way into the thoughts of new England coach Eddie Jones, having previously been left on the sidelines by Stuart Lancaster after a public fall-out that cost Ashton any chance of getting into the World Cup team.
Rugby Football Union Championship club the Worcester Warriors hope to tie up a new deal to keep wing sensation Cooper Vuna at the club beyond the current season.
Brian O’Driscoll added another piece of silver in an already considerable collection, and the man with whom he partook the Irish leadership for much of the past ten years left Murrayfield for the very last time on a Six Nations evening with the championship title, a winner’s medal across his neck as well as the extolments of his coach ringing in his ears.
For Paul O’Connell, it was his 101st cap while his 51st cap in Six Nations tournament. He has a contract with the Irish board till 2016’s June but has hinted that a celebrated Test career could finish after this autumn’s World Cup. It is certain that he has said he anticipated any appearance in autumn at Twickenham to be his very last.
Steve Hansen, the famous coach from All Blacks, has reportedly expressed concerns about rugby’s future, fearing that the sport is getting boring lately.
Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the London Irish has confirmed Scotland Rugby star Sean Maitland will join the club at the end of the season from Scottish Rugby giants the Glasgow Warriors.
The 26 year old, who is a full international for Scotland, has agreed a multi-year contract with the Exiles as the team looks to rebuild following the departure of long time Director of Rugby Brian Smith and the arrival of Tom Coventry as the club's new boss.