By Friday night, Fiji would take on the famous Barbarians at the Kingspan Stadium, a place which might not look too familiar to both the coach and captain.
Fiji’s coach, John McKee with a CV that includes stints in England, France, Australia and Tonga, is still well ble to remember the visits he had made to Kingspan while it eas still Ravenhill, with Michael Bradley as his assistant at Connacht.
“I really enjoyed my time in Ireland,” McKee had recalled.
“My wife is from Mayo so the time I spent there was very good rugby-wise but also for the family.
“I can well remember a few trips up to Ravenhill to play Ulster, there were some great contests.”
Fiji’s skipper, AkapusiQera has had some less frequent visits to Belfast, having been part of the Gloucester team that had taken a bonus-point win home in the year 2007 from a Heineken Cup game.
He also talked about the vast improvements that had been made to the facilities, saying that it would bode well for Ireland’s bid for the 2023 World Cup. His words, Continue reading
Japan will be hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup ad the preparations for the tournament are in full swing.
There are only three more years to go to the game changing tournament and everyone involved with the game in Japan are looking to make this spectacle the best that the world has ever seen. Japan recently celebrated their best achievement in their rugby history and that was their 2015 World Cup victory over the Springboks in England. It happened on 19th
September 2015 and to commemorate with the anniversary of their sport’s greatest achievement, the achievement was celebrated all over the nation.
A special event was organized in Tokyo by the organizers of the Japan Rugby 2019 and the Japan Rugby Football Union to mark the first anniversary of Japan beating South Africa in a World Cup game. The members of the rugby team were present at the event to add glamour and glitz to the show. Everyone now is looking forward to a path breaking world cup tournament in Japan in 2019.
The national broadcasters and all the media were in attendance for this special event. The Japanese rugby fans also got into the act of sharing their excitement and their curiosity about the Rugby World Cup in Japan on social media. The hosting preparations are in full swing and Japan does not want anything to be left out in the last minute.
Dean Richards, the director of rugby, stated that Newcastle Falcons lost to Harlequins as they showed a lot of “respect.” In the match Newcastle trailed by fifteen points at half-time on Saturday and, in spite of a late comeback, finally lost 46-25.
Richards told BBC that this was what might have been if they had not offered them the attempts in the first half. They showed them too much respect. Therefore, in the 2nd half they said that they are not ready to do this and they scored three tries.
It was a 6th back to back loss for the Falcons, who stay 4 points above bottom positioned London Irish with 3 matches left of the season. The fifty-two year old further went on to say that he believed that they looked quite sharp, but after that they lost Sean Robinson to the sin-bin and then started going after the game. They gave a few penalties away that they did not required to do and Harlequins converted those and began to pull away again. Continue reading
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