South African rugby is on the focus due to different reasons. Reality comes on hard in a different way for the South African rugby team. One of the reasons is the coming on board of Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee who is being seen as someone who is keen to bring in players of color to the test teams. His goal is focused in this aspect and he hopes to have several back players spruced up for the games by the time the next World Cup comes around.
Coetzee has been putting pressure on the authorities. The sports minister has weighed the implications of his demands and has agreed to meet them as well. The players and their selections would be orchestrated by Coetee. However Coetzee is waiting to see the repercussions that would come by as the demands are being put to action. Continue reading
With weeks left till the season’s end, the formerly rattled Lions wing is still undetermined as whether to write a new deal at Arms Park.
The future of Alex Cuthbert in Welsh rugby stays in great doubt with the Lions wing still thinking whether he really wants to stay at Cardiff Blues – weeks before this season ends. Continue reading
There is an interesting development that has come up with a revelation – an ex security guard stated that the All Blacks team of New Zealand was poisoned before the finals of the World Cup. The statement came from an ex police commander. He stated that he had evidence to prove that the All Blacks team was poisoned by a betting syndicate.
This was with reference to the 1995 World Cup. In that the All Blacks team had been set to play against South Africa. Rory Steyn was then working for Nelson Mandela. He was recently in New Zealand and was interviewed when he made these revelations. Continue reading
Santiago Cordero, the Argentina wing player, will miss the 1st half of Jaguares’ Super Rugby club’s tour to Japan and New Zealand after he suffered bruises and cuts in a car mishap.
Santiago, who is one of the standouts for Argentina at the World Cup previous year, was driving in wet circumstances on Saturday night following the Jaguares’ 13-8 loss to Stormers at the Velez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Cordero, as per Argentine Rugby Union, said that he was on his way back home, it was raining a bit and suddenly he lost control of the car. Luckily it was just a fright and he is fine. Continue reading
An ex athlete has stated that he knew of Scottish rugby and football players who doped during 1980s. The allegation came from Drew McMaster after a Sunday Times probe into the use of performance-boosting drugs among elite athletes.
The Commonwealth gold medal winner, who has accepted taking steroids, claimed this on BBC Radio Scotland. He stated that at least 4 rugby players and 2 Edinburgh football players took drugs. He told that the ex Scotland rugby international would have known 4 drug users from his playing days.
Stating as why athletes turn to prohibited drugs, Mr McMaster told that sportsmen become single-minded to do everything they could to better within that sport. The higher you go up that tree, the more competitive it gets. When someone is taking part at a Commonwealth or any other world stage – to reach that level and then keep up with that level one would have to do anything that they could to basically win.
Be further went on to say that this is your state of mind as one come up higher in the ranks as one start of from a certain level as they go through the different levels of achieve and to be successful, you get more and more hungry – just to be successful.
Therefore, the temptation that is put in your way as it were, and you find that this is all around you. Over the period of time one just gets drawn into this.
Dylan Hartley might make an earlier than expected come back from concussion at the right time for Northampton’s Champions Cup quarter-final game against Saracens, on Saturday.
England’s Grand Slam-winning skipper was left unconscious in the final match of RBS 6 Nations against France previous month and has been following come back to play protocols since.
It was suggested that the thirty year old hooker might miss the rest of the season, but Jim Mallinder, the director of rugby, has disclosed he is in competition for the tour to the Allianz Park. Northampton are also looking after the fitness of centre Luther Burrell, prop Kieran Brookes and scrum-half Lee Dickson and, who are also expecting to recover from concussion in right time.
Mallinder told that Dylan is in the system and he has been running today. Without a shadow of a doubt, it would be a boost if he is back. Any senior players you want available. When one plays against the Saracens, they need as many top players as possible, but they are very fortunate that they have players to come in like Mike Haywood, who has played a lot of big games now.
He added that they have got the 4 head injuries and they are all going through their come back to play protocols, therefore they do not know how that would pan out. They might all be back, or none of them might be back. They have got to go through all the stages of the return to play protocols. All of them are at various stages of that path at the moment.