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Philip Snyman Appears For Rugby World Cup Sevens

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

The tournament will commence from 20th to 22nd July 2018 in San Francisco. Snyman has won three times with the Blitzboks in the World rugby Sevens Series. The final preparations were done by the coach Neil Powell in Stellenbosch for the American showpiece with a training camp. It consisted of 14 players in addition to Snyman. The coach played in the World Cup in the year 2009 and is now set to name 2 reserve players and a 12 man squad by this week before the departure of the team to San Francisco.

Snyman did represent South Africa in Dubai for World Cup 2009 and Moscow, Russia in 2013. South Africa was in the elimination list in the Cup quarter finals for both occasions. Branco du Preez, the squad member of 2013 has been added to the team. Although many experienced players were ruled out due to injuries, but Powell is hopeful as there are many young and smart players who have joined the squad just in time. He said that 28 players were included in the World Series. There are three biggest tournaments being held in a single season, and the only way to succeed is to focus on the welfare and management of players. With the emergence of many competent squads, there is a hope seen by the coach.

Jones keeps Itoje and Beaumont in England squad

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

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.

James quits Bath to re-sign with the Ospreys

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Paul James, the loose head prop for Wales, has returned to former club the Ospreys on a two year deal that will see him leave Aviva Premiership Rugby Union club Bath Rugby at the end of the season.

James, who has been capped 55 times by Wales at senior level, moved north of the border to England and Bath Rugby in 2012 and in his three years at the club, he has formed an impressive partnership at front row alongside David Wilson and Rob Webber.

But he will make an emotional return to the Ospreys at the end of the season and the Welsh regional side admitted that the new Participation Agreement the sides agreed with the Welsh Rugby Union or WRU played a major role in bringing James back to the club.

For Bath Rugby, however, the new of his departure comes as a huge blow.

Mike Ford, the Director of Rugby of the club stated that Paul James has been an outstanding performer for the club since he moved to Bath in 2012. He added that James has all the attributes of a great leader, turning up for training with the right attitude and state of mind everyday and then gives the team all he’s got on match days. Ford admitted that he will be huge miss for the club but he wished him all the best for the future as well.

As for the player, he was slightly emotional after announcing his departure stating that nothing he says will fully capture what the club and the fans have meant to him. From the perspective of his family, the move to Bath helped them grow a lot but he felt the time was right to head back home and he made the decision to leave Bath with a heavy heart.

England look for luck and form ahead of encounter with Italy

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

England has put up a fairly impressive show with the group of young talent in the Six Nations Rugby championship. Stuart Lancaster’s side put up a great performance against the Wales team but the coach was ready to admit that it was a very tense affair for them as their hearts was in their mouths in the must win situation for the team. Wales struggled as their better players like Gethin Jenkins and Adam Jones failed to deliver the goods. England cashed in on the opportunity to continue their dominance over their neighboring country. The captain Chris Robshaw put up a strong performance and never let his side down. Owen Farrell was the outstanding performer for the team who displayed great skills and ability. Roman Poite, the French referee took some important decisions that raised the controversy surrounding the match.

In spite of the gritty performance of his side Lancaster remains worry about his chances in the Six Nations championship. This is because Ireland is in a much better position than them in the table according to the points. Even if England wins all their matches Ireland will be able to topple them with a narrow victory over the French. However the return of important players to the English side will boost their confidence. The likes of Manu Tuilagi, Marland Yarde, Tom Croft and Alex Corbisiero will surely be adding a greater dimension to the game of their team. The players and their coach are confident of their success but there is no denying the fact that they will also look forward to the other game as it will play a major role in determining their fortunes. The fans will be rooting for their favorite stars and hoping for an even better performance from the team as they keep their fingers crossed for some luck.

Rugby Sevens To Be Organized

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

The rugby sevens tournament is back in the schools and they play an important role in selecting the best players for the national team. This year the tournament will be organized in two places which are Bryanston School and Fylde. Fylde located in Lancashire will host some of the best schools of North England which would include two sides from Kirkham Grammar School.

Dan Bibby, a player from this school is now in the England squad. There will be five teams in every group and in Group A there is Kirkham Grammar 2’s, St. Bee’s, Dame Allan’s, Filton, Sandbach and Ashville. In Group B there is Whitchurch, Myerscough, Arnold King Edward, Birkdale, Solihull and Ermystead’s Grammar. In Group C there is Giggleswick, Warwick, Ellesmere, RGS Lancaster, Rossall and Filton 2’s. In Group D there is Hymers College, Austin Friars, Manchester Grammar, Kirkham Grammar, Pocklington and Radyr Comprehensive.

In Bryanston too there will be some big names from South England and they would also be joined by the Canadian school GP Vanier. The tournament is scheduled to start from 16th of March 2014 and here also the schools have been divided into four groups. Group A has Filton, Kind Edward VI Southampton, GP Vanier Secondary (Canada), Bryanston and Abingdon. In Group B there is Truro, Portsmouth Grammar, Millfield and King’s College Taunton. In Group C there is Taunton, Hampton, Bristol Grammar and Blundell’s. In Group D there is King’s Bruton, KES Bath, Canford and Brighton College.

It has been a tradition that young players are selected for the England team from this tournament and this year will be no different. Some of the players who has already made a mark in the England team from this school tournament are Marcus Watson, Dan Bibby, Sam Edgerley, Christian Wade and Christian Lewis Pratt.

Welsh players have to choose

Monday, January 20th, 2014

With the battle between the Welsh Rugby Union or the WRU and the four regions of domestic rugby showing no signs of being resolved anytime soon, the likes of Sam Warburton as well as Leigh Halfpenny, both of whose contracts come to an end at the end of the season, might as well move abroad to pursue their careers. They have to make a decision by the end of the week and it is something that none of them are willing to do.

The regions rejected the terms from the WRU for a participation agreement last week and this week, the governing body of the country’s rugby union will submit fresh terms as it tries to keep hold of its regions and the country’s best players. The key issue in the contract wrangle is the central contract for Wales international players and all rugby regions have rejected their terms simply because agreeing to those terms will leave them financially unstable.

Six players from the Wales squad come to the end of their contracts at the end of the season, the Cardiff Blues pair of Halfpenny and Warburton, Alun-Wyn Jones and Adam Jones with the Ospreys and Rhys Priestland and Scott Williams with the Scarlets.

Priestland is already a target for English clubs such as the London Wasps and Gloucester Rugby although media reports at home state that he is keen to remain in the country and hasn’t decided which contract he will sign ye – the central contract or a renewal with his region.

Most of the players have been offered deals that are unconditional by their regions although it is still unclear which tournaments they will play in come the new season. But if the impasse doesn’t pass, many players will not play in whichever tournaments the regions choose anyway.