Come the new season and Leicester Tigers are determined to reproduce their winning performance in the 2012-13 seasons whereby they won the Aviva Premiership title. Over the years they have been one of the most successful clubs in the premiership with a record nine consecutive appearances in the final from 2005 to 2013. Keeping in mind the rich success of the previous years the officials have gone forward to sign some new and exciting players for their upcoming campaign. Richard Cockerill, Director of Rugby in Leicester has recently released a declaration of signing five new players for the club. Due to the increasing excitement among the fans who love to watch young English talents on their side, Freddie Burns, the Gloucester star, has been picked up by the coaching and management staffs. On the other hand, Christian Loamanu shall be strengthening the defense. He is also joined by hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini and flanker Robert Barbieri. Castres fly half Seremaia Bai shall be adding to the experience of the team at 35 years of age.
The greatest number of eyebrows has been raised about the signing of Freddie Burns who has had a rough patch recently due to on and off field reasons but there is no denial of the fact that he is one of the best talents in contemporary England. Leicester Tigers are hopeful that Burns shall be able to adjust to the new club and the alien conditions. Along with Owen Williams he shall be a force to reckon with and it will also help in maintaining a healthy competition for a spot in the team. The fans are pinning their hopes on the team and the lineup looks complete with the addition of the new players. Contract details of the players remain undisclosed till date but they have joined practice sessions.
Australia Rugby is looking to make a mark in the upcoming World Cup of 2015. The preparation for the same has started long ago but the most important decision taken till date was the inclusion of Kurtley Beale and omission of Bernard Foley in the team. Everyone including Beale himself was expecting his Waratah teammate to make the cut into the national team. Both of them have been prolific performers for the Waratah as they defeated the Crusaders in the Super Rugby league final. New Zealand coach Steve Hanson was quoted being “dumbfounded” at the decision made by the Bosses of Australia Rugby. According to him it might be a conscious and political decision in order to keep Beale in the Rugby Union. Beale had clearly mentioned his desire for the number 10 jersey and was duly rewarded. Hanson’s sid eon the other hand will look to drive against all the odds and planning of the rival nations with the sole purpose of winning each and every game that they play.
The other changes that have been made to Australia Rugby team are the movement of Adam Ashley Cooper from wing to outside centre at the expense of Tevita Kuridrani. Rob Horne and Pat McCabe are the new wingers with Nick Cummins moving to Japan with a new assignment. Israel Fulau, Matt Toomua and Nick White have retained their position in the squad. Nathan Charles and Sam Carter make it to the forward line up owing to some injuries. The former captain James Horwill has been left out of the squad which is concentrating on nurturing new talents. Ewen McKenzie mentioned that the selection process was an extremely tough job but they have ensured that the best foot is put forward. The fans and the officials will now be looking forward to the players to deliver the goods.
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Brian Smith, the Director of Rugby of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the London Irish is increasingly confident his side will have plenty of strength in depth next season and this will give them a much better chance of challenging for top honors.
The Exiles boss stated that they have put in a lot of resources into the forward pack. He added that the scouting team worked tirelessly to identify raw talent all over the world and mentioned that the team is not too far away. He went on to admit that club still hopes to tie down a couple of more signings before the start of the new season and they are pretty close to giving confirmation of the signings in the coming weeks.
The London Irish have already completed the signings of Tom Guest from Harlequins FC, Luke Narraway and Dan Leo from Perpignan, Tom Court from Ulster, Geoff Cross and Sean Cox from Edinburgh Rugby as well as Conor Gilsenan from Leinster.
With several players coming in, the Exiles have already allowed Ian Gough to link up with the Newport Gwent Dragons and Declan Danaher has already called time on his career.
According to Smith, the team will be functioning with 38 senior professionals and a couple of youngsters will be sent out on loan and they are expected to play in the Rugby Football Union or RFU Championship next season. He added that with the number up from the last two seasons, they will have a far better chance of competing for silverware next season.
London Irish are also losing Marland Yarde to Harlequins FC and James O’Connor will sign for Toulon and with Ian Humphreys set to move to Ulster, a fly half will also be a priority for the club in the new season.
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