UR7s Announce Expansion

The UR7s also known as Ultimate Rugby Sevens has made few announcements about the global restructuring of its operations in addition to the leadership team for the Olympic period. Some of the changes include the launch of Beach Rugby series as well as Beach Rugby multi sports festival.

Joe Byrnes, who has been appointed as a new director of Euro Programs is quite excited to take up his new role of restructuring in the UK. Byrnes belongs to a business background and he has worked in finance in London. He is likely to bring a different background altogether with loads of experiences as far as the leadership group of UR7s is concerned.

The UR7s is undoubtedly one of the largest brands which were formed 8 years ago in the UK. Tom Burwell will render a helping hand during the handover period and the director is happy to seek his knowledge about the marketplace and the game. The director would be soon announcing the events and dates for the summer as far as rugby is concerned as it is going to make its entry into the Olympics.

The launch in South Africa is indeed a huge task which Byrnes is excited and geared up for the Beach Rugby events in addition to the launch of programs specifically meant for the international students. The director has said that he along with his team would be busy in South Africa in order to engage more and more people to drive the business to the next level in the UK and to see rugby flourish in the country since sports is given more importance.

UR7s will be dedicated to give everyone equal opportunity to play the 7s game regardless of their backgrounds. The company has agreed to fund projects in nations that are not fully developed. Also UR7s will work towards social development as well as commercial projects.

Barrow players have a ball with youngsters

Two stars of Barrow Raiders swapped the stadium for the playground previous week as they helped at a very special school’s tag rugby event. Josh Ward and Joe Bullock visited Sandside Lodge in Ulverston as part of the enrichment day of the school before the break of the Easter.

Part of the project from Home Nations, the day targeted to bring together various aspects of the nations of the United Kingdom, with Scotland being constituted by food as well as the cooking of haggis, as well as England being corresponded by rugby.

Mr Bullock told that the school asked them to come and run a skills session for them. They wanted the children to get involved in various types of rugby skills. They taught them different grip and a bit of tackling and carry techniques. They adjusted every session for them. Some had taken part a bit of rugby earlier, but a lot of them had never touched a ball.

Mr Bullock added that the tackling appeared to be quite popular. He told that they brought the tackle pads out and they really loved it. It allowed them release some energy and anger. While teaching kids with learning troubles new sports skills might appear like a challenge, Mr Bullock insisted that this was not really the case.

He told that this was really fun to work with and they gave hundred per cent effort. It was really a pleasure doing this. They never fought with them and the teaches stated that they had not stopped talking regarding this.

Sunwolves offer worst Super Rugby lineout

The Sunwolves have not yet won a Super Rugby match, but they have claim the honor of this year’s worst lineout attempt. The force was always going to be on new Japanese team’s lineout against Bulls. And they offered a horror program with one of their very own throws which appeared more like a Keystone Cops episode rather than a broadcast of a top rugby game.

This undertook lineout had the rugby players running across in circles in the lead-up to the pose which finally hit spelled New Zealand lock Liaki Moli in the back. Whether he was supposed to be a jumper or a lifter still remains unclear.

The solace was they received a free-kick from the flock, possibly because the Bulls were more bewildered than they were with what was spreading out in front of them. The Sunwolves team has proven themselves very competitive. But their loss (30-27) to Bulls, in Singapore, was their 4th loss in as many outings in their first season.

They stay at the last spot of their conference along with only two bonus points. They could fancy their scopes when they take on the fighting Kings earlier this weekend. But they would require getting more coherency working in their lineout.

Newport Gwent Dragons signs Nick Macleod

Macleod is all set to go the Gwent region after he made more than hundred and fifty appearances for Sale Sharks and scoring over seven-hundred points. Last Wednesday, Newport Gwent Dragons triggered a stir when they released Jason Tovey controversially; and after 6 days they stated that they are signing journeyman Nick Macleod.

Lyn Jones, Dragons director of rugby, told that they really feel that their future at fly-half lies with Angus O’Brien, Arwel Robson and Dorian Jones, and all would be fighting for game time between now and the end of the season.

Now Dragons, who have lost fourteen of their eighteen matches in Guinness Pro12 and have the same victory record as Italian team Zebre, have brought in player veteran Macleod back to Wales. Jones voiced his new signing stating that they have made a strong and conscious decision to back their youngsters as well as their development, and signing someone of Nick’s caliber recognizes this as he would act as a catalyst for these rugby players.

Nick would be mentoring the players like Angus O’Brien, Arwel and Dorian while also playing his part in the squad moving forward next season. Dragons’ supporters would be amazed at the decision to sign Macleod, who spent much of his days at the Aviva Premiership team Sale Sharks playing at full-back.

South African National Rugby Union Team To Include Members Of Non White Races Mandatorily

According to the South African Rugby Union, the team will include seven players who belong to any race other than Caucasian in their team. The South African Rugby team will compete in 2015 Rugby World cup and the decision was taken right before that.

The team would consist of twenty three players. Two of the seven players who will be included in the South African national Rugby Union Team have to be blacks according to the latest announcement. The plan actually is to increase member of the black races in the National level Sports team. Half of the members of a South African National Sports team must consist of players who do not belong to the Caucasian race; this must be achieved before the year 2019.

Jurie Roux, who is the Chief Executive of the South African Rugby Union has said that the aforementioned system which is about to be in effect is not in any way a quota system.

The decision is not only about numbers, according to Mr Roux. The decision mentioned above is in line with the current South African Government’s policy. He said that Judgements will be made according to representation on the field but he also thinks that the coach of the South African National Rugby team will feel a lot of pressure if he is not offered any help. The team that will be selected by the 47 years old Coach of the National Rugby Union team of South Africa, Mr. Heyneke Meyer will only consist of players who are the top performers in the domestic level.

The team chosen by Heyneke Meyer for the match that took place last year in the month of November where the springboks faced off against the Welsh team consisted of only one player who was black. The name of that player is Tendai Mtawarira. He is 29 years old now and is not likely to get selected in the national team.

Bristol boss rules out spending spree

Sean Holley, the head coach of the Rugby Football Union Championship club Bristol Rugby, has ruled out a spending spree in the summer or even this month, despite given financial backing by Steve Lansdown.

The Bristol boss admitted that agents of players are using the new found wealth of the club to drive up the wages of players during the negotiations but he has vowed not to be held at gunpoint and admitted that the club has to embrace its status as a rugby powerhouse.

The club has already signed Italian international centre Tommaso Benvenuti while former England international flanker Tom Varndell has agreed a two year contract to move to Ashton Gate from Wasps RUFC in the summer.

The club has also been linked with several high profile players including Marc Jones, the Sale Sharks hooker, Brad Barritt, the highly talented centre for Saracens FC as well as versatile and controversial Bath Rugby back Gavin Henson, who has played under Holley at Ospreys.

When asked if agents were deliberately trying to push for higher wages for players, the Bristol boss admitted that it might be happening but he can’t do anything about it.
He mentioned that he knows many coaches and Directors of Rugby and they are linked with absolutely no one at all. But they have got to get used to that now because the new owner is a very wealthy person.

Holley, however, said that it doesn’t mean he will go out and sign any player off the market. He said that there is a budget and there is a plan and that is how Lansdown made so much money, because he had a plan and it is also Bristol Rugby and his intention to stick to that plan and have a long term sustainability as well.

New Zealand’s First Ever Beach Rugby To Feature Coastal Side

No lineouts or scrums, no conversions & breakdown rule which is easy to follow.

In spite of the radical differences in rules, beach rugby is still a rugby form which is relished on sand.

Beach rugby tournaments might be something novel in the Kiwi rugby scene, but it commands a huge fan following in other nations and carries an established connoisseur base in France, Italy, Australia, Singapore, London & the USA.

New Zealand is all set to come up with its own beach rugby championship that would be hosted at Mount Maunganui. The tournament has been christened as Mount Beach 5s and will feature the Coastal side.

Played on 30m by 25m field, the beach rugby tournament will have teams with 5 players each as well as rolling substitutes. Every half is 5 minutes, one try signifies one point and a tackler should allow ball carrier a ball release- whilst the person in possession should play within a couple of seconds of getting tackled.

“I have played beach rugby in Europe & it’s a very fast-paced game. There is no question of scrums or lineouts to slow the game down”, stated Coastal star Kelvin Weir.
“We thought that we would chuck a squad in for fun. It’s tough on sand as you cannot step on anything and hence it’s mostly running on, hard lines.”

Weir remarked that as per his experience, most of the players could only be for 30 to 60 seconds on sand prior to being subbed since the game itself was really taxing. The maiden tour has been limited to 12 squads – 3 from South Island and 9 from North Island.

A 2nd tournament is due for 2015 January.”They’re getting experienced beach rugby referee right from Europe whilst some have arrived from Australia to help out in organizing the tournament.” Weir informed.

Jim Mallinder Positive About The England Trio

Jim Mallinder is the coach of Northampton Saints and he has recently put to rest the concerns that were related to the three England forwards namely- Alex Corbisiero, Courtney Lawes and Tom Wood and their respective injuries.
Courtney Lawes (Saints’ lock) and Tom Wood (Saints’ flanker) had missed the rugby match against Bath on the 27th of September, 2014. Northampton Saints won the match. While Alex Corbisiero (Saints’ pro) played this match but got injured during the game.
If the England trio is fit by the end of this year then they will participate in the November Internationals by being a part of the England rugby team.
According to Mallinder, Lawes and Corbisiero might probably become fit by 4th of October, 2014 in order to play the match against London Irish. Alex Corbisiero had missed the latter half of last year’s rugby season due to a knee injury. Corbisiero has injured his shoulder this time during the match against Bath and Mallinder is hoping that the injury is not serious. Lawes is also suffering from a shoulder injury right now.
Commenting on Tom Wood’s back injury, Mallinder said that Wood’s condition has been improving and he even took part in the training session on Wednesday and Friday. But he had a reaction because of the training. If the authorities had forced him to play in the match against Bath, he would have played but then Mallinder thought it was wrong to put pressure on Wood. Mallinder is of the opinion that in about a week or so, Wood will recover.
Jim Mallinder has surely made it clear that the injuries are not very serious and the England trio will return with a bang as their recovery process is going on very smoothly.
Northampton Saints are currently at the 2nd position at the Aviva Premiership overall standing.

Worcester look to rebuild and improve

Worcester Warriors had quite a disappointing season in the Rugby Premiership ending up second from the bottom. A number of poor performances and failure to capitalize on the crucial situations led to their downfall in the standings. Even though they are relegated to the Championship, the Director of Rugby Dean Ryan sounded optimistic about the attitude of their fans, saying that they were still full of support for the club. In order to ensure an all round development of the club the officials are concentrating on the infrastructural facilities especially the youth academy. Spreading the academy across the West Midlands is on the cards for the club. They are planning to set up six centers of excellence at Shropshire, Herefordshire, Warwickshire and Great Birmingham along with satellite academies at Broadstreet Rugby Club, Hereford Cathedral School, Luctonians Rugby Club, Telford College of Art and Technology, Warwick School and an undecided Birmingham location. Worcester is also planning to rope in some additional strength and conditioning coaches, physiotherapists and nutritionists.
Worcester is now in the same league as Moseley owing to their relegation and this has left the latter club in much retrospective. Although the youth and development manager Simon Bartlett has recognized the threat imposed on them by their rivals yet he believes that his own club shall be ready to face up to the challenge. Both the clubs boast of their youth development program and the number of players those have come through from the same and are determined to maintain their reputation. The greatest impetus to the Warriors has been the decision of their talisman Chris Pennel who was determined to lead his club out of relegation in the next season as a result of which he refused to represent any other club on loan. The club shall be banking on his experience and their elaborate plans to fetch better results.

Saracens eye greater glory with the young group of players

Steve Borthwick, the captain of the Saracens Rugby club had announced his retirement from professional Rugby at the end of the previous season. The experienced English and former Bath lock had moved to Saracens in 2008 and has not looked back since. He has ridden high on confidence and has been fittingly identified as one of the legends of the club by their director Mark McCall. It was a big decision for Borthwick who was given a choice by his team and he chose to leave on his own terms. The much important onus of captaining the club now lies on Alistair Hargreaves, the South African international. Alistair joined the club from the rugby premiership team Sharks and has impressed the coaching staff while gaining the respect of the other players. He was announced as a befitting replacement for Borthwick and the fans are hopeful that they will scale new heights under the new leadership and improved coaching facilities in its base camp.
The signing of players like Kieran Longbottom from the Australian Super Rugby side Western Force has strengthened the squad of the Saracens. The 28 year old star, who is eligible to represent either England or Australia in the international arena, will be out to prove a point in his new jersey along with the other major new signings of the club. These include the Scotland lock Jim Hamilton and the Argentinean prop Juan Figallo both of whom are coming from the top French club Montpellier. The club is also providing massive opportunities to young players like the England sevens winger Mike Ellery who will be on the field trying to do justice to his own potential. Earlier Joel Tomkins returned to his former club Wigan Warriors from Saracens. The club fans and officials hope that the new players will provide the much needed edge to their side.