ENGLAND VS SCOTLAND RIVALRY IGNITED BYEDDIE JONES

By warning Scotland not to allow their confidence turn into complacency, Eddie Jones has ignited the Calcutta Cup fuse.


In less than a week’s time, the teams would head out to Twickenham on Sunday. The match is expected to be a major deciding factor in the outcome of the Six Nations Championship

Where Scotland can pull off a confident win at Twickenham, they would be heading home with their first win at the Twickenham since 1983. They go into the round four with the knowledge that they can make some major shakeup in the contest for the title, win the Triple Crown and shatter England’s hopes of a Grand Slam.

The opening weekend of the competition saw the Scottish team prevail over Ireland, while also defeating Wales last Saturday in a 29-13 victory. Since then, the confidence level of the team has been on the rise. However, they would be facing an England side recently coming away from their not so great experience against Italy last week Sunday. Read more »

IRELAND IN RACE FOR GRAND SLAM TITLE

By becoming the first side to beat three superpowers of the southern hemisphere in the same calendar year, since 2003, England’s World Cup vintage, Wales finished this month (November) in the grandest of manners.


Having discovered reserves in personnel and character which they had no idea about, Ireland went on to beat Australia 27-24, at the Aviva Stadium, in front of a teeming crowd of supporters.

Due to a wonderful outing by the Irish Rugby team at the autumn international series, a lot of interest had been generated ahead of the country’s Six Nation campaign beginning next year.

Ireland has been able to cement their position amongst the world’s top four, thus whetting the appetite of fans for the Six Nations.

Ireland will be starting out the campaign with a first home game against France. On the final Saturday, which would be a day after St Patrick’s, they would play host to the current Grand Slam title holders, England. Read more »

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 Liverugbytickets.co.uk, 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.