Young wants more international call-ups

Dai Young, the Director of Rugby of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Union club the London Wasps believes that more players from his side will be recognized for their performances in the season so far with call-ups from Stuart Lancaster for the England national team.

Joe Launchbury, the lock for the side is in line to make his debut against South Africa in the Saturday test match and Young stated that the club wants to be able to send five, six, seven or even eight players to the England squad year in and year out for the national team.

Warriors looking to Goode for Inspiration

On paper, the second match day of the new season of the Aviva Premiership featuring the perennial contenders for the title the Leicester Tigers and the relegation favorites the Worcester Warriors is an absolute no-brainer and hardly warrants a visit to the bookmakers.

The Tigers have come out on top on the last six meetings between the clubs and have never won a match at Welford Road, the home ground of The Tigers where the match will take place on the weekend.

INTRODUCING RUGBY

One of the most popular game played worldwide is rugby. It is just a different type of running game, quite similar to soccer but with some major changes. This team game of 15 players on each side is played with an oval-shaped ball. The players are allowed to kick, carry, and pass the ball from one hand to the other.

Mills Pens New Welsh Contract

Newly promoted Aviva Premiership Rugby Union side the London Welsh have secured the services of their captain Jonathan Mills for the long term by securing him to a contract that will see him play for The Exiles at least until the next two seasons. The flanker joined the club back in 2007 after a spell with the Scarlets after spending a season on loan at the club and has been a mainstay at the club since signing on a permanent deal.

EDINBURGH GET CASH BOOST

Scottish rugby side Edinburgh Rugby are about to get a huge cash boost after exceeding all expectations and reaching the semi finals of the Heineken Cup, the top tier competition in European rugby and the equivalent to football’s UEFA Champions League by defeating the French power house Toulouse 19-14 at home in the Murray Field Park in the quarter finals.

DISAPPOINTING SEASON FOR SCOTLAND

Last Thursday saw the Scottish review of the Six Nations campaign. Andy Robinson has overseen the worst season in recent history for Scottish Rugby.

Their dismal Six Nations performance and resulting wooden spoon followed on from the worst World Cup performance Scotland have ever had with a failure to get out of their group for the first time ever.

SCOTLAND READY FOR SEVENS BATTLE

Scotland Rugby is going through exciting times as the Scotland 7s face Australia, Fiji and France in the sixth leg of the much prestigious HSBC Sevens World Series which will be held in Hong Kong.

Scotland Rugby has not been going through the best of times as they faced a disappointing defeat in Las Vegas as they failed to clinch the championship and returned home as the runners up.

SWALLOW DIVE IS ALLOWED

Stuart Lancaster has told England’s wing sensation Chris Ashton that his ‘swallow dive’ celebration will not be banned. He told the winger that he can continue to use his trademark dive so long as it is not used to wind up England’s opponents.

Lancaster has given his team a stern talking to as to how he expects them to behave in the fall out from their embarrassing World Cup campaign.

A YEAR AGO TODAY...

One year ago France were on the wrong end of the biggest upset in Six Nations history. In last year’s trip to Italy, the French were roundly humiliated as Italy outplayed them across the park to come out 22-21 winners in a highly entertaining game.

Many put the result down to French arrogance and them underestimating the Italians, and this was probably the case. It is unlikely that they will underestimate them again this year when the teams meet in Paris on Saturday.

SECOND NEW ZEALANDER IN RUNNING

New Zealand have already produced one key part of Australia’s current test side and in the form of Quade Cooper.

Now that Cooper has picked up an injury an opportunity has arisen for another New Zealand born player to make an impact on Australian Rugby.

Cooper’s team mate at the Queensland Reds is Mike Harris and he is hoping to thrive in the absence of Cooper from the sides opening games in this year’s Super Rugby tournament. Harris was born in Auckland but like Cooper, Harris has pledged himself to Australia for whom he qualifies to play through his Australian grandmother.