JACKMAN – JOHNNY DESERVES MORE CREDIT

Bernard Jackman has said that Johnny Sexton who performed creditably well in Ireland’s game against the France Rugby team proved his doubters wrong.


Sexton who recently returned from an injury, led Ireland to an impressive win over France on Saturday.

With that performance, he has thus given an answer to his critics who feel that the number 10 should be left to Paddy Jackson instead of the Leinster man. France will be looking to the IRFU model so as to be able to restore the international fortunes of the team.

Jackman noted that the game was most likely to be won by Ireland after a smart performance by the team and a successful navigation of a tricky first half. He noted that Ireland was able to minimize the attacking play from France which saw their French counterparts defending much more than they were attacking.

Taking possession counts into consideration, he noted that Ireland was pretty dominant in that aspect, and played the game in the right areas as well. He was pretty pleased that they had beaten France by more than a score. Continue reading JACKMAN – JOHNNY DESERVES MORE CREDIT

CLERMONT DEFEATS BORDEAUX IN ALL-FRANCE RUGBY BATTLE

In a hugely entertaining Champions Cup clash played at the Stade Marcel Michelin, Clermont came away with a 49-33 defeat of fellow French Rivals, Bordeaux.


The start of the game saw Bordeaux start out strong as crosses for tries were made Jean-Marcel Buttin and Jayden Spence. At each occasion, was Ian Madigan kicking in the extra points.

However, there was a limit to the damage for the Top 14 leaders as the boot of Morgan Parra helped him successfully finish off three penalties.

Minutes later, Clermont’s Noa Nakaitaci scored while an addition of the extras was made by Parra, thus handing the lead to the hosts before tries were run in by both Alexander Lapandry and Wesley Fofana.

However, Buttin posted his second try, thus giving Bordeaux a bonus of their own, before he went on to set up Met Talebula, while a late consolation was scored by Gauthier Doubrere.

On the other hand, the head coach of Leinster, Leo Cullen had bemoaned the concession of cheap tries after his side had lost in the Europeans Champions Cup, at the Altrad Stadium, losing 22-16 to Montpellier.

“It was a strange game, really strange. Those conditions were difficult and it led to it being quite a scrappy game in the first half in particular,” Cullen said. Continue reading CLERMONT DEFEATS BORDEAUX IN ALL-FRANCE RUGBY BATTLE

Wasps Move To Coventry

While you would be reading about transfer windows and players being reshuffled from one team to another in this present scenario, the Wasps management is busy working out training center plans as well as planning on relocating their business operations.

It has been rumored that the Wasps RFC would be looking to relocate their business operations to Coventry from London. The move has already been decided upon by Wasps Holdings Limited. They have changed their registered address to Ricoh Arena from Acton in London. Continue reading Wasps Move To Coventry

Twelvetrees set to miss European match

Billy Twelvetrees is a huge doubt for European Challenge Cup quarter-final match against Newport Gwent Dragons. The Gloucester centre endured a hip wound against Bath and he was ruled out of previous week’s loss to Leicester Tigers rather than rested.

On Thursday, he took some part in the train and conditioning session and he is going through his rehabilitation but he is unlikely to be fit for Kingsholm quarter-final match.

However, Richard Hibbard is all set to go back while the club are still supervising Willi Heinz’s progress after his calf strain. David Humphreys, the Director of rugby, told that they have several players who are coming back a bit closer. They had a training session yesterday and part of their come back to play is how they act. Billy selected a knock a few weeks ago and that was why he did not play previous weekend.

The winners of the tide will face the French Rugby Champions at the Stade Francais in the Semi-Finals, with tickets for the match expected to sell out in record time – previously the record for selling out the staium was 6 minutes, when the French fans all purchased their tickets through this link, but the Semi Final is expected to sell out the minute it goes online.

Meanwhile, Rugby officials told that players must not be the focus of a witch-hunt after it was showed that police are penning to clubs to caution regarding late night fracas in Gloucester.

The force stated that there have been a few alleged incidents in the city and are now taking serious action to clampdown. Issues involving a handful of players were talked about at a meeting for Nightsafe (a strategy introduced to make Gloucester streets safer at night).

Wales Rugby Team future in jeopardy

Rhys Priestland, the Wales Rugby Team and Scarlets fly half has admitted that he fears for his future with the national team following the confirmation of his move to the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club Bath Rugby in the summer.

Wales’s manager Warren Gatland has an unwritten rule, much like his England counterpart Stuart Lancaster, of only selecting players based in the country and playing for the four region sides while picking his squad. But Priestland has said that he cannot think about that anymore and he is happy that he has decided to make the move to England at this point in his career. Continue reading Wales Rugby Team future in jeopardy

Fight among Salford Red Devils players and fans

On Monday, at a rugby league match, players jumped into the crowd, stating that they were protecting their family members after a battle broke out in one of the stands.

Pictures on social networking sites showed some Salford Red Devils rugby players in the away end as the affray broke out, after it was realized that some of the rugby players’ families had become worried and were asking for help.

The Red Devils foretold a thorough probe into the scenes that marred the end of their high-profile Super League game against Huddersfield Giants at John Smith’s stadium. Also, the club confirmed to the Guardian that it had started a probe into all scenes of the incident in an endeavor to find those creditworthy.

The spokesperson told that they were working closely with Huddersfield Giants to identify those responsible for what happened following that day’s First Utility Super League match against the Giants at the John Smith’s stadium. Now, they are fully investigating not just what started it, but those people involved too and how it was dealt with.

The game was won by Salford 26-24. Earlier, the club took to Twitter to insist that they would work in collaboration with Huddersfield to find out who is responsible. They said: “We’d like to apologise for the behaviour of some of our fans today. We’ll be working with @Giantsrl to find those involved. We do not condone any behaviour of the sort.”

Blues would be happy if they had to ‘ditch’ Eden Park

The Blues rugby team, which is one of Eden Park’s important tenants, supports the idea of an arena in Auckland’s CBD and they would be happy to bid adieu to their old home.

The Blues board has thought about the whole issue at their meeting previous week and decided that it would support the making of a football specific arena in the central city in favor of carrying at the suburban ground where they have played for twenty years. The primary issue is one of size.

The Blues, this season, have attracted audience of just more than twenty thousand to both their games at the Eden Park, against Hurricanes and Highlanders, but the fifty thousand capacity arena has been less than half full. Continue reading Blues would be happy if they had to ‘ditch’ Eden Park