Pacific nations all geared up to take part in end of season tournament. It will include New Zealand and Australia and there is a high possibility of hosting tests against Great Britain in the Lions Tour 2019. The RLIF in recent times has appointed the World Cup tournament director of 2017 Jeremy Edwards. He has been offered a new role which is of southern hemisphere general manager. Out of many tasks the prime one is to form a Pacific Championship so as to offer regular games for Fiji, Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Tonga. The decision is still on hold whether New Zealand and Australia would take part, but Pacific nations are showing interest to play after their victory in the World Cup.

The main role of Jeremy is to deliver the best plan for Asia Pacific and the main element of the planning is to go with a Pacific Championship as per John Grant, the chairman of RLIF. The RLIF has appointed many other people in the organization and Edwards and Danny Kazandijan are some of them to name a few. It was in the interests of clubs, players and NRL to take the game to an international level, which included broadcast outside New Zealand and Australia for Telstra Premiership. Grant feels that the main concern is the revenue and sustainability of the game for the long term. In the coming five years, they ought to think of strategies to drive revenues in 2022. The best way to do this is to strengthen the international rugby league with multiple games to play and they would play in Denver.
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After hosting the Asian Athletics Championships (AAC) and Champions Trophy Hockey (CTH) successfully, the possibilities are there that Odisha may soon host the Rugby tournaments of International-level.

To inspect the infrastructure of the state, a delegation of the World Rugby Federation (WRF), Rugby India Association (RIA) and Asia Rugby visited Kalinga Stadium located in the capital city of the state Bhubaneswar. If everything goes fine, then this stadium will host the international Rugby tournaments here.

After the thorough inspection of the stadium, the delegates of WRF expressed satisfaction and they said the infrastructure of venue according to the requirement of the game and they also said that the rugby tournament of the cooperation of the Asia, State Government and World Rugby, will be hosted in the same studio here in the future.

Post inspection, the team had discussions with Chief Minister of the state Naveen Patnaik with regards to organizing an event within the state.

One of the members of the World Rugby Federation, Benjamin Van Rooyen said, “We came to Bhubaneswar to check the possibility of organizing International tournaments of Rugby in the future. Bhubaneshwar has the kind of infrastructure that is required for the event.” Continue reading “Likelihood Of Odisha Hosting International Rugby Tournaments Is High”

Rieko Ioane will on Saturday, kick start his professional international rugby career for New Zealand at the age of 20 as he begins a test for the first time.

Ioane, who was named ahead of 53-test veteran Julian Savea, will feature on the left in the lineup of the All Blacks.

The player, who has already featured twice before against the Lions, for the Auckland-based Blues as well as the New Zealand Maori, is rapidly rising from schoolboy star to an important starter in the All Blacks squad.

At the young age of 17, he was called up in a New Zealand team where he featured in the World Rugby Series.

His debut against Italy last year, made him become the eight-youngest player to play a test for the All Blacks at the age of 19 years, 239 days.

Ioane who spoke about the call-up noted that it had been his dream since he was a young chap to start in the black jersey.

“I’ve been aiming for a start in the black jersey ever since I was a young fella,” Ioane said. Continue reading “RIEKO IOANE KICK STARTS INTERNATIONAL RUGBY CAREER WITH FIRST TEST”

Rugby Sevens team’s two new girls have received a boost from Philippa Tuttiett who is a former Wales rugby international player.

Both the girls are from Milford Haven School and are excellent players of the rugby game.

Recently, at school Philippa delivered a session of rugby to pupils in years 7 to 11. The move was the part of the project Sky Sports ‘Living for Sport’.

Here the role of Philippa was athlete Mentor, and being in her role, she delivered sessions that were about focusing on rugby technique, and it was not only restricted to that. In the session, she also talked about life skills, including motivation and self-esteem.

Steve Martin, the WRU Hub Officer who set up the teams, shared some information about this project and said the objective of “Living for Sport” project is to increase interest in rugby game across all age groups children, and also to strengthen the two new teams.

He said, “The sessions of Philippa were a success, and were designed according to the needs of groups who were attending the sessions.” Continue reading “Girls Get Trained By Philippa Tuttiett”

Shane Williams, former Wales’s player who now is a Television commentator since after retiring has said that Wales are under a lot of pressure considering that they would be meeting with Ireland soon.

He was quoted as saying that he had no much idea of what happened during the second half of the game between Scotland and Wales which saw Scotland frustrate Wales to come off victorious.

The former player fears that if Ireland decided to employ such tactics against Wales as they had done persistently against England, Wales would end the game frustrated and probably defeated as well.

Considering that the game is to be played in Cardiff, it even adds a lot more pressure to Wales. Williams noted that Wales had shown some positive signs during their game against England, one which he believes remains their best defensive game in two years.

However, going in against Scotland last Saturday, Wales had performed badly especially in the second half of the game and Jackman notes that they were roundly frustrated by their Scotland counterparts. Continue reading “WILLIAMS: IRELAND MAY FRUSTRATE UNDER-PRESSURE WALES”

Mark Mapletoft is a star player of London Irish while Zinzan Brooke is considered a legend of the All Blacks team. They are teaming up for a novel initiative – leading a rugby camp. There is a camp being organized next week for youngsters which promises to be action packed and high performance, teaching youngsters from the ages seven to fifteen the nuances of the modern game, and how to make it to the very top.

The camp is being organized in Old Windsor at St John’s Beaumont. The camp would run from 12th to 14th February from 9.30 to 4 pm. The costs and other details for the camp can be found on relevant websites. Continue reading “Upcoming Rugby Camp And More”

England has had a fourteen game round of wins this year. This should stun all who remember the state they were in previous to that. It definitely is no coincidence that Eddie Jones has turned things around for the team. Start Lancaster, his predecessor, is in agreement of the same. The winning streak for England started off with the final game where Lancaster was the head coach. In this game that the team played against Uruguay in the Rugby World Cup in 2015, the team won, after which there has not been any turning back.

Indeed, Lancaster had to decide on his departure when they exited the first Rugby World Cup as the host in the pool stage itself. With Eddie Jones from Australia replacing him, Lancaster probably gave the team a new leeway to win. England has definitely had a wonderful year with Eddie Jones leading the way. Continue reading “England’s Phenomenal Wins”

The Glasgow Warriors are preparing for their participation in the Six Nations games. However, Peter Horne as a back player is sidelined for some time as he is suffering from ankle injury. This could be for a period of 16 weeks, making his participation in the league games uncertain as of now. He and Rory Hughes make up a team and both of them are down with ankle and knee injuries respectively. The team was able to defeat the Pro 12 team at Munster, where both players were injured.

Center Horne is 27 years of age and is down with ankle and knee damage. Winger Hughes, at 23 years of age, will probably have to be out of circulation for eight weeks as he has suffered a knee injury and underwent surgery. The opening match for Scotland and Ireland would be held on 4th February. The head coach of the team is busy gathering up forces for the upcoming league games. Continue reading “Warriors Ready For Six Nations”