Niall Morris Quits Professional Rugby

The utility back player of Leinster Rugby Niall Morris has decided to call it quits and will not be playing rugby anymore.

The decision was forced on Niall Morris due to the ankle injury that he suffered last year.

Niall, who is just 28 years old, played in the two friends of the Bank of Ireland pre-season games, but could not feature in the third one against Bath. He was not able to play for his team in the first couple of rounds of Guinness PRO 12. After having consultations with a leading UK medical consultant as well as the Leinster medical team, Niall decided to quit the sport and not to further risk his injury.

It is his ankle that has given him a lot of pain and that has made him to end his career sooner than expected. Niall suffered an ankle fracture and dislocation during a game against Bath in May 2015. He was in rehabilitation for 15 months, but felt that his ankle was not the same anymore. He decided to seek further opinion on his ankle and the seriousness of the injury. In the end, he had no other choice, but quit playing rugby.
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Joe Marler Defends Team But Gets Warning

There has been a lot of theatrics that could deviate one’s mind from the main game though Eddie is determined to let nothing stand in the way of him leading his men to victory. One such incidence that has occurred concerns Joe Marler.

He has been issued a warning from formal RFU over the comments he has passed over Bob Dwyer. It shows that players need to be careful about what kind of posts they put up on social media channels that is not exempted from scrutiny. Marler passed a derogatory comment against Dwyer when there was a claim that Dan Cole might have scrimmaged in an illegal manner in the first Test.

The tweet in answer was a reaction from Joe which was natural but not acceptable against people like a former coach Bob Dwyer. Hence, he has been issued a warning and he would have to follow the warnings that RFU has in place. The organization has strict norms about the use of social media in such contexts and it seems that Joe has certainly rubbed people the wrong way as a result. Read more »

Super Rugby Enters 11th Week

If you wish to check out the latest news of the teams in the eleventh week of Super Rugby here is a lowdown of the same.

The Brumbies suffered a blow as Matt Toomua, the Wallabies back, was ruled out of the upcoming match on Friday. This match will see the team clashing with the Bulls this Friday. It is supposed to be a crucial match. The Reds have made changes in their starting side. It is a strategy undertaken by them in order to handle the Crusaders in a better manner. Chris Feauai-Sautia and Campbell Magnay would be placed back on the backline. As Samu Kerevi has a broken hand, it would allow Magnay to be an outside center. He will stand out for the under twenty sides in Queensland.

Feauai-Sautia would be returning after suffering from an ankle injury. He would be ousting Junior Lalofi who would be returning to the bench. This reshuffle has been in response to Ayumu Goromaru being removed from the squad who would be traveling to Christchurch. Ayumu was a hero of the rugby world cup for Japan, but this time he is being sidelined. Read more »

Jones keeps Itoje and Beaumont in England squad

Josh Beaumont and Maro Itoje have been added to a twenty-five-strong England team for RBS 6 Nations clash with Italy, in Rome, on Sunday.

Eddie Jones, the chief coach, was awaited to name the machday-23 on Tuesday night, he had opted to keep those selected for the 15-9 win against Scotland, with the addition of No 8 Beaumont and 2nd row Itoje. Openside Matt Kvesic and outside centre Elliot Daly have been sent to their clubs for the Aviva Premiership matches this weekend.

Eddie Jones suggested that his starting-15 would be announced on Friday morning. In fact, he has also hinted that there would be some alterations in his team because of the conditions anticipated at the Stadio Olimpico in the Italian capital.

Maro Itoje showed his tremendous skills for Saracens in this season. There is a strong chance that he would be in the line up in the round two of the tournament, probably in expense of Joe Launchbury, George Kruis and Courtney Lawes.

Jones stated that they would select the best team for their match against Italy. The conditions in Italy would be very different. This is the reason why the squad would be different compared to the earlier mach. He added that the condition in Italy would be warmer. The pitch would be faster. He is expecting that they would be able to get their attack going a lot faster that it was against Scotland.

Speaking about the opponent to, he said that has some young players and they play that traditional European style of game, focused around their eight and nine. His team must not take them lightly.

Italy were defeated by France by a tiny margin of 23-21 in their first match.

Rugby League star switches codes to join Carnegie

Kevin Sinfield, the skipper of the Super League giants the Leeds Rhinos has announced his departure from the club in favour of a code switch to join the Rugby Football Union Championship club the Yorkshire Carnegie for the new season.

The 34 year old is a former England skipper in the Rugby League code and he has put pen to paper on an 18 month deal with Bryan Redpath’s team. Sinfield was made captain of the Leeds Rhinos team at the tender age of 22 years in 2012.

Speaking about his move, he said that his entire adult life has been spent at the club and he is extremely grateful for all the support that he has been given by the fans and the officials of the club for the last two decades. He added that the decision to leave the Rhinos was the toughest he has had to make in his career but he also added that he knew it was time to finish his career in the Rugby League and move on to a fresh challenge with the Yorkshire Carnegie.

According to Sinfield, he never wanted to face the Rhinos and throughout his career, he has looked at the Rugby Union with immense respect and now he wants to challenge himself in that code. He mentioned that he is extremely fortunate that an opportunity like this exists for a professional like him and he wants to grasp it with both hands. Read more »

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