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.
After signing eight new members to the team, Sale sharks have Jonathan Mills as their newest addition. Mills is now joining the Sale Sharks after six years playing for the Exiles. The 29-year-old is known for leading the Exiles for a successful championship in the last season in the Aviva premiership. One of his highlights as the lead player of exiles was the 29-19 win that led him to being voted as player of the year and supporter club player of the year. By joining Sale Sharks, Mills is hoping to expand his premiership career right after leaving the London Welsh.
Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the London Welsh is all but relegated to the Rugby Football Union Championship for next season but the club’s Director of Rugby Lyn Jones has vowed nothing will change for the club after their relegation having played just one season in the top flight of English professional rugby.
Jones has also promised the fans of the club the club will bounce back and return back to the top flight at the end of next season.
Nicky Robinson, the fly half of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the London Wasps has agreed a deal to sign with the Rugby Football Union Championship club Bristol Rovers at the start of next season.
Bristol are currently sitting in fourth position in the RFU Championship table and are looking good for making it to the promotion playoffs, and the signing of the fly half in Robinson is sure to bolster their push for promotion next season if they do not manage to get promotion to the Aviva Premiership this season.
London Scottish produced a vintage performance in their last pool game of the British and Irish Cup against Gala as they thumped The Borderers 32-0, avenging their own defeat to the side earlier on in the competition.
The hosts had no hope of making the quarter final stages after the results of the previous weekend and they were keen to avoid finishing their pool at the very bottom and they managed to achieve that in some style and although Gala had rested some players with an eye on the resumption of the Premiership, it doesn’t make the result any easier for The Exiles.
According to the reports obtained from Glasgow club, Tommy Seymour has renewed his contract and according to the contract, he will play for the club till summer 2015.
Formerly, Seymour used to play for Ulster but this season rugby lovers saw him playing for Glasgow all through, as their try-scorer. He crossed the line five times for the RaboDirect Pro12 side. Originally a Nashville-born, Seymour had also got a contract offer from the Scotland squad right before the EMC Test series. He got the offer only because his mother was born in Glasgow which made sense.
Dai Young, the Director of Rugby of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Union club the London Wasps believes that more players from his side will be recognized for their performances in the season so far with call-ups from Stuart Lancaster for the England national team.
Joe Launchbury, the lock for the side is in line to make his debut against South Africa in the Saturday test match and Young stated that the club wants to be able to send five, six, seven or even eight players to the England squad year in and year out for the national team.
On paper, the second match day of the new season of the Aviva Premiership featuring the perennial contenders for the title the Leicester Tigers and the relegation favorites the Worcester Warriors is an absolute no-brainer and hardly warrants a visit to the bookmakers.
The Tigers have come out on top on the last six meetings between the clubs and have never won a match at Welford Road, the home ground of The Tigers where the match will take place on the weekend.