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English Rugby Has ‘Hit an All Time Low’ 9

Posted on November 30, 2011 by Thomas Rooney

There has been a lot of recent confusion and turmoil for the English rugby team.

After the abysmal Rugby World Cup campaign, English rugby has hit ‘rock bottom’ according to the Rugby Football Union’s elite rugby director Rob Andrew.

Not only did England get knocked out at the quarter-final stage, but there were issues with player behaviour too, something which has been highlighted once again by leaked documents.

Those over at rugbyboots.net note how a confidential report – reviewing the team’s performances and general World Cup campaign – fell into the hands of a newspaper this week and has now been published for the world to see.

It has been a very embarrassing couple of days for English rugby, with the coaching staff and players receiving criticism for their role in a poor campaign in South Africa.

Describing the fall-out, Andrew said: “I am absolutely shattered by what is going on both on and off the field.”

“The RFU has to sort itself out. This is rock bottom, the lowest of the low, and it can’t be allowed to continue.” Read the rest of this entry →

Chris Ashton Backs England Rugby Coach Martin Johnson 23

Posted on November 14, 2011 by Thomas Rooney

Chris Ashton is supportive of England Rugby Coach Martin Johnson.

Winger Chris Ashton has become the latest player to back England coach Martin Johnson, insisting he is the right man for the job.

Those following England World Cup News will note how the side crashed out of the World Cup at the quarter final stage last month, prompting speculation that Johnson’s contract would not be renewed.

His current deal is due to expire at the end of December, and the RFU are yet to make an announcement as to whether they will offer him an extension.

But Northampton ace, Ashton believes there should be no question over Johnson’s role in the national team.

Speaking in an interview with BBC Five Live, Ashton said: “He is the perfect man for the job.

“He’s very inspirational, which those who played with him, around him and played under him, would say.” Read the rest of this entry →

Rugby World Cup: Wales Advances to the Semifinals 33

Posted on October 08, 2011 by Thomas Rooney

Jonathan Davies scores for Wales during the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals.

Wales coach Warren Gatland believes he is able to field a more rounded side than he has ever been able to put out before.

With all his star players returning from injury, the New Zealander has a full squad to choose from, and that was evident during their 22-10 victory over Ireland on Saturday to advance to the semifinals of the Rugby World Cup for the first time in 24 years.

He also believes that the blend of youth and experience in his side can only have a positive effect on results.

Gatland said: “The nice thing is I feel we have a balance we haven’t had before.

“We’ve got players who can get us across the gain line, we’ve got pace out wide, we’ve got a pretty special youngster (in wing George North), we’ve got loose forwards that can carry, loose forwards that can compete on the ball, a couple of big second rows and a more experienced front row, as well.” Read the rest of this entry →

Rugby World Cup: Leamy Reserves Praise for Elsom 8

Posted on September 15, 2011 by Thomas Rooney

Rocky Elsom leads the Aussie team.

Denis Leamy believes Australia’s Rocky Elsom has had a huge impact on the Irish back-row.

The Wallaby was a key part of Leinster’s success during the one season he was with the club and transferred his knowledge and experience to other members of the squad.

In 2009, Elsom’s final game was his most important, putting in a man-of-the-match performance to help Leinster win the Heineken Cup.

He signed off in style before returning to his homeland to reclaim his place in the national side.

As those in Ireland Rugby Shirts prepare to face Elsom and Australia on Sunday at Eden Park, Leamy insists the 28-year-old was seen as a role model and had a huge impact on the careers of former Leinster team-mates Sean O’Brien and Jamie Heaslip. Read the rest of this entry →

Is USA Rugby Ready to Take the Next Step? 5

Posted on August 31, 2011 by William Taylor

The USA Rugby team is preparing for the upcoming World Cup.

When you think of sport in the United States, you might think American Football, Basketball, Baseball, maybe even Hockey. If you think outside the box, you might notice that Soccer is getting big over there. But Rugby? Surely not.

In fact, Rugby is now new arrival to ‘The Land of the Free’ – it has been around for well over a hundred years, and this November will be 99 years since they played their first international – a 12-8 loss to Australia.

Since then, however, their game has come a long way, and in 1987, they made their first appearance in the newly formed Rugby World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Between then and now, they have featured in every tournament since the 1995 one when they missed out.

Their World Cup debut came against Japan, in Brisbane. The States ran out 21-18 winners that day in an entertaining encounter. But their honeymoon period soon ended, with defeats to Australia and England ending their World Cup dream. Read the rest of this entry →

Rugby World Cup: Andy Robinson Defends Scotland’s Preparations 5

Posted on August 13, 2011 by Thomas Rooney

Andy Robinson is comfortable in how he is preparing his Scottish team for the Rugby World Cup.

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson has defended Scotland’s preparations ahead of the upcoming World Cup, insisting two warm up games are more than enough for his side to get in shape for the tournament next month.

Robinson’s side pulled off a surprise win at Murrayfield last week over Ireland, running in a late try to record a 10-6 victory.

Next they face Italy in two weeks’ time while their Northern Hemisphere rivals play this weekend  and the Tri Nations continues with South Africa taking on Australia, prompting suggestions the Scots could be undercooked when they take to the field for their first game at the World Cup against Romania on 10th September.

Those vying for a Scottish World Cup shirt will have limited time to stake a claim for a spot on the plane to New Zealand compared to the rest of their rivals in Europe and beyond. Read the rest of this entry →

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