These days rugby players challenging the decision of referee in a loud and offensive manner is becoming a common phenomenon. Sergio Parisse has done such a thing before and still continues to commit such offences. Last year he was banned for insulting an official but that hasn’t taught him the lesson apparently. He got a penalty which gave Stade Francais the advantage last weekend, all because of misbehaving with the referee. Challenging the referee in a rugby match is something the fans don’t like to see.
Sergio Parisse, an Italian rugby union player, currently plies his trade in the French rugby union club Stade Francais. The current captain of the Italy national rugby union team is the first Italian to be nominated for the IRB International Player of the Year.
Parisse, born in Argentina played for La Plata in his early career. Later he moved to Italy and signed for Treviso in 2002 where he played for four seasons. After that he decided to join the French giants Stade Francais in 2005 and has stayed there till date.
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.
Colin Gregor is hopeful the Scotland Rugby Sevens team can use home advantage to the full as he looks to kick on after one of the most disappointing seasons in the HSBC Sevens World Series.
The Scotland skipper has admitted his frustration at the way the side has performed, which has seen the side languishing at twelfth in the World Series standings with just two rounds left to go. The Scots had targeted a mid-table finish this season but they are still 16 points and four places off that target.
One of the biggest international events in sports, the Six Nations rugby championship will not be broadcasted by its former broadcaster in Asia. They have apologized and said that it is not only frustrating for the fans but also for them. They have apologized to the fans separately and said that losing out the regional airing rights is a big setback for them.
Rhys Priestland, one of the most notable names in Welsh rugby, is ready to buck the trend of recent times and extend his stay in his homeland for another few seasons at least.
With the battle of wits for power between the Welsh Rugby Union or WRU and the four major regions of rugby in the country still showing no signs of coming to a conclusion anytime soon, many big names in Welsh rugby have decided their futures in the domestic game lies far away from Wales itself.
Rugby Football Union or the RFU Championship side the Bedford Blues have completed the signing of Argentine international prop Tomas Gilardon Paz.
The 24 year old has put pen to paper to a deal with the club after the officials of the Blues put in the extra efforts to get the important paper works through the government so that the player could acquire a work visa to play in England.
Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Exeter Chiefs have confirmed the signing of Romana Graham, the New Zealand born lock ahead of the new season of the English top flight season.
The huge Maori All Blacks player has put pen to paper on a long term deal at the club and is expected to be the marquee signing the club was crying out for after last season. The 27 year old was part of the Chiefs side of New Zealand that played in the Super 15 and played at the club for the last five years and has also played for his provincial side Waikato.
John Plumtree has been announced as taking over as the forwards coach for the Ireland rugby team. He has last coached the Natal Sharks in South Africa, and he coached the South African team for five years, during which time he helped them win the Currie Cup, twice, in 2008 and again in 2010.
And what’s more, he was named the Coach of the Year, before he finally left the team. Plumtree has a huge list of teams that he has helped win on several occasions, and his credentials are solid.
Despite there being a very distinct and fiercely competitive rivalry between England and Australia when it comes to rugby, there have always been Australian players who have made the switch to play for the top English club sides.