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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The England rugby team faces arch rivals Scotland in the second match of the Six Nations Tournament next month and interim coach Stuart Lancaster has announced a youthful squad that will play for them.
The team, at the moment is going through a phase of transition with players getting used to the new system deployed by the coach and getting to know each other in a new way and this might give the others an opportunity to take the almighty team head on and maybe even go on to beat them.
Paul Vaughan, organiser of the 2015 Rugby World Cup is confident the tournament will be the best ever and has set the target for all involved to ensure it is.
The planning of the tournament was officially launched at Twickenham this week and the venue, which has been central to recent turmoil at the RFU, which has resulted in a major shake-up in the organisation, is according to Vaughan going to be the hub for the most successful World Cup in the events 28 year history(by 2015).
Eddie O’Sullivan has thrown his hat into the ring to succeed Martin Johnson as England coach. The former Irish coach is fresh from an impressive World Cup campaign which saw his United States team beat Russia and run Ireland close.
His past international experience marks him out as a real contender, having guided Ireland to three triple crowns in a six year spell with his home nation. He has also been involved with a Lions tour and so has a deep knowledge of the International game in the Northern Hemisphere.