Castleford Tigers Ace Tom Holmes Poses In The Dressing Room With Rugby League Leader’s Shield — And Sparks A Drugs Riddle

The scrum half, who plays for the Castleford Tigers, posed with the Leader's Shield for an Instagram snap, when fans noticed the two lines on the table to his left
SCRUM half Tom Holmes poses in the dressing room with a trophy — and sparks a drugs riddle.

His Castleford Tigers beat Wakefield 45-20 to win rugby league Leader’s Shield.

However, after further inspection it was revealed not to be drugged at all but actually two scratches in the surface.


Former national rugby captain, Terrence Khoo is now the new president of the Singapore Rugby Union after an election saw him emerge.

Replacing Low Teo Ping, his predecessor who stepped down from the position after 11 years at the helm of affairs, Khoo began the latest phase of his lifelong relationship with rugby, his beloved sport on the night of Tuesday, June 20.

It was not an easy victory for him as the other candidate vying for the post was Cheo Chai Hong, SRU’s honorary secretary.

Ritchie Announces Retirement From RFU

Chief executive of Rugby Football Union (RFU) Ian Ritchie has made the announcement that he will end his tenure and will take retirement at the end of the 2017 summer.

Ritchie is now 63-year-old and he joined the RFU in 2012. During his tenure of five years, he has seen many titles for the team this includes Six Nations Grand Slam men's teams and in 2014 World Cup title for the women's team.

Scots Farewell Wins For Coach

The game between Scotland and Italy ended with a score of 29-0.

This was also the game where Murrayfield saw the last game under coach Vern Cotter for Scotland. Hence a tribute was paid to the coach by the fans at the stadium as he handed over his charge to his successor. Finn Russell on the other hand scored in this game after 27 minutes into the game. This was probably a pressure that he has been feeling from his team mates which finally helped him to perform.

Jones’s Message To Team Rugby-Wales

Alun Wyn Jones is the new captain of Wales Rugby, on his advice to the team he said, “If the team wants to win the Six Nations championship that they won four years back, then the team had to grow more leaders.”

Jones has led his country on five different tournaments and has 105 caps, after being announced as captain of the team, he said, “I was able to take a decision in team earlier as well and have taken it at various occasions in the past, and the captaincy is only the label.” “We have strong players in the team and if they groomed to become a leader then achieving any type of goal will not be difficult for the team. If the team will reach to the level where everyone things in the same way and make similar decisions without consulting each other, the half of our work will get complete.” he added.


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.

Conor Mitchell Signs Australia Sevens Deal

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.

Falcons Win Against Sharks

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.

Changes Eddie Introduces For Starting Line Up In Second Test

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.

The SA Rugby Team Becomes All Inclusive

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.