Paice’s 250th Appearance

In the modern era, rugby players hardly stick to a single club for a long time. They change clubs every once in a while. So, it’s really refreshing to see someone like David Paice, who is known for his ‘one-club man’ policy.

And David is all set for his 250th appearance for London Irish. That’s not a small number. Having appeared in 250 competitive games for a single club is a rarity these days. His 250th appearance will be against London Welsh. Ever since, he’s moved to England from Australia, this foreigner stuck to London Irish. He never tried to move to another club. Read More

London Irish To Share Ground

London Irish, the Championship rugby club, has given application to share a Brentford FC’s new stadium. The new stadium is all set to be inaugurated at Lionel Road. When did they come up with this move? They started early discussions last month with Hounslow Borough.

Brentford is moving ahead with the plan to build a new home ground with 20,000 capacities. They hope that the stadium will be ready by 2019-2020 season. If everything goes according to the plan, they will be able to move to the new stadium as per the schedule. Read More

Brentford On London Irish Application

London Irish has given an application to Hounslow Council to share home ground with Brentford starting from 2019-2020 season. The proposed stadium will be built on Lionel Road. And Brentford has finally decided to comment on the latest development.

As for Brentford, they couldn’t start the construction of the stadium due to several technical reasons. They had to obtain many compulsory purchase orders to start the construction. Now they are done with all the formalities. If everything goes as planned, they will be able to kick start the construction of the stadium by 2017. And as stated before, they are all set to move into the new stadium by 2019-2020 season. Read More

Introducing the Philippines Volcanoes

Rugby 7s has been in the news after it was played in the Summer Olympics this year. The Philippines team was having a double finish on the podium for the Southeast Asian Games last year. This year the Volcanoes are looking to be again one of the best teams in Asia.

The Lady’s team is called Lady Volcanoes which is the national team for women. This team will be touring and competing against the Bangkok 7s between 12th and 13th November. Both national teams will then move on to competing in the month of February. At that time there would be two rounds of the 2017 Asian 7s series. The games would be held in Dubai and India. Read More

Hong Kong Wins Rugby Sevens Series

Hong Kong was consistent in the finals of the Asia Rugby Sevens Series. As a result the team was able to win the game in the finals against their competitor team of Sri Lanka. The host team had a good start. This gave them a good advantage when they played the Singapore Sevens. The HK women’s team on the other hand put in their best efforts even if they had a loss in the semifinals that they played against China.

The Singapore Sevens berth is open for those who win the Asia Rugby Sevens Series. This is looking to be achievable for the Hong Kong team after their recent win. The finals of the Asia Rugby Sevens had a gripping final match. Sri Lanka played against Hong Kong, where the latter team edged the former into a final score of 22-17. Read More

Crucial Changes In Argentina Rugby Team Before The Clash With The Wallabies

Argentina Rugby team (Pumas) has played around five championship matches against Australian Rugby team (Wallabies). But it has not got the opportunity to win even one of those five matches. In totality, Pumas has played seventeen matches in the Rugby Championships and has not won any match.

Surely, Argentina has improved a lot but then the fans are becoming more and more restless because the team has not been able to show any great results. There is a lot of pressure on Argentina’s Pumas as it is going to try to end its winless streak on the 4th of October, 2014 in the match against the Australia’s Wallabies in Mendoza.

Australia played exceptionally well last week but the team was defeated by South Africa. Argentina also could not outplay New Zealand and were crushed terribly.

Although the Pumas have a home advantage against Wallabies, certain crucial changes to the Argentina team lineup has taken place.

Jean Manuel Leguizamon and Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe are not going to be a part of the Pumas squad.

Benjamin Macome is going to be the substitute for Lobbe which means he takes up the No.7 position. Macome’s No. 6 position is going to be taken up by Rodrigo Baez.

Ramiro Herrera is being replaced by Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro in the rugby front row to get the tighthead pro position.

Tomas Lavanini (banned for a week because of charging into Richie McCaw- All Blacks’ captain) is going to play the test against Australia for the very first time.

Martin Landajo will take up the No. 9 rugby position instead of Tomas Cubelli.

The No. 13 jersey will be taken up by Horacio Agulla in order to replace Marcelo Bosch.

Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino is going to replace Manuel Montero as the left winger.

Nicolas Sanchez will start at five-eight rugby position.

Leicester Tigers look to consolidate with their new signings

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 make some crucial changes to the national squad

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.

London Irish to sign Edinburgh star Geoff Cross

Scottish international tight head prop Geoff Cross has confirmed he will swap the Pro 12 for the Aviva Premiership after signing a two year deal with the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the London Irish, the English club has announced.

The 31 year old has had a long stint with Scottish club Edinburgh and has made 130 appearances for the club, scoring six tries in the process as well.

He has also earned 28 caps for the Scotland Rugby Team and was also selected to be a part of the Scotland squad for the recently concluded Six Nations Championships where he was given two starts. And speaking about his capture, Brian Smith, the head coach of the London Irish stated that it is good that they have managed to capture a player of the experience as well as talents of Cross.

He is a player who has loads of international experience under his belt and he was also one of the star performers for the Scottish side which did very poorly at the Six Nations recently. Moreover, he is also a genuine tight head prop and this means, the fight for a starting place in the forward positions will increase manifolds for the Exiles next season.

And Brian Smith believes this competition for places will be great as the side targets a strong run in the Premiership with the hope of securing qualification to the Heineken Cup as well as making it to the playoff places for the Premiership.

Cross mentioned that moving south to play for the London Irish comes as a fantastic chance for him and having met Smith and discussed the future of the club, he can’t wait to get started although he admitted it was a difficult decision to leave Edinburgh after so many years.

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