Having only just been recalled to the England Rugby Union Squad, Chris Ashton suffered the ultimate disappointment, when World Rugby banned him for 12 weeks, which rules him out of England's entire Six Nation's campaign.
Ashton had worked hard to play his way into the thoughts of new England coach Eddie Jones, having previously been left on the sidelines by Stuart Lancaster after a public fall-out that cost Ashton any chance of getting into the World Cup team.
Rugby Football Union Championship club the Worcester Warriors hope to tie up a new deal to keep wing sensation Cooper Vuna at the club beyond the current season.
Brian O’Driscoll added another piece of silver in an already considerable collection, and the man with whom he partook the Irish leadership for much of the past ten years left Murrayfield for the very last time on a Six Nations evening with the championship title, a winner’s medal across his neck as well as the extolments of his coach ringing in his ears.
For Paul O’Connell, it was his 101st cap while his 51st cap in Six Nations tournament. He has a contract with the Irish board till 2016’s June but has hinted that a celebrated Test career could finish after this autumn’s World Cup. It is certain that he has said he anticipated any appearance in autumn at Twickenham to be his very last.
Steve Hansen, the famous coach from All Blacks, has reportedly expressed concerns about rugby’s future, fearing that the sport is getting boring lately.
Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the London Irish has confirmed Scotland Rugby star Sean Maitland will join the club at the end of the season from Scottish Rugby giants the Glasgow Warriors.
The 26 year old, who is a full international for Scotland, has agreed a multi-year contract with the Exiles as the team looks to rebuild following the departure of long time Director of Rugby Brian Smith and the arrival of Tom Coventry as the club's new boss.
No rugby player will earn as much as Dan Carter Will after he starts playing for the French team Racing Metro next year. He will play for the team for three years according to the contract signed between Carter and the team. He made the announcement on Thursday, 18th December.
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.