Ritchie Announces Retirement From RFU

Chief executive of Rugby Football Union (RFU) Ian Ritchie has made the announcement that he will end his tenure and will take retirement at the end of the 2017 summer.

Ritchie is now 63-year-old and he joined the RFU in 2012. During his tenure of five years, he has seen many titles for the team this includes Six Nations Grand Slam men’s teams and in 2014 World Cup title for the women’s team.

According to William Hill, the team are favourites to win the next Six Nations tournament too!

While sharing this news Ritchie said, “Rugby is a sport that is special to me and the one which is really hard to leave. I feel honored and privileged that I have been the part of this wonderful team and got the opportunity to lead the team.”

He further added that, “I am proud to work with many passionate, committed and talented teams at each and every level of the union and of the game.”

Prior to heading RFU, Ritchie was headed the All England Club (AEC).

After the announcement of retirement, RFU intends to find the replacement of Ritchie by the end of the 2017 summer.

Mark McCafferty in an interview shared his feeling on the retirement of Ritchie and said, “He has contributed a lot in the development of team in past five years, he is the person, we feel like doing business with him. During his tenure, he maintained a good balance between country and club.”

“Though, we haven’t met personally for more time, but we have a good amount of sharing and business between us, and this is the way the English system has to work.”

The complete working period of Ritchie with RFU was good and he never let the team face any disappointment except a couple of times. The team will miss his working period surely.

Falcons Win Against Sharks

Newcastle Falcons started off the new season with a great win. The game that they played with Sale Sharks ended in a win for the Newcastle Falcons.

They played and won with an edge of 19-17 which was the opening game in the Aviva Premiership league. The game was played at Kingston Park.

For those who witnessed the game, the Falcons scored about 19-10 which was a score that they led into the second half. Sale battled with their talents that included heroic efforts by Byron McGuigan, the full back player of Sale.

The lead that Falcons had was cut down to just two points in the second half. With the rain beating down in the second half, it was interesting to see the difference in their passing abilities once the ball was wet. Whilst you could ask how does weather affect basketball and not come up with a plausible answer, the weather can definitley make playing rugby more challenging!

Dan Mugford converted when there was just ten minutes left for the game. Marcus Watson scored a crucial ball when there were three minutes left.

However the TV replay confirmed it to be a knock on. Sale was able to get a penalty kick even when Newcastle turned the ball. Sale was able to win the penalty. When the interval came on the Falcons led with a score of 10-3. They displayed great combat in the overtime that they obtained.

Those who witnessed the match between Newcastle Falcons and Sale Sharks were excited with the kind of defensive combat styles and techniques that were displayed by the players.

It definitely heralded a great start for the season for the Falcons. With several new players coming on board, they are definitely on a high as the pre season games have revealed as well.

Those who witnessed the game this weekend are sure to look forward to the other games scheduled in the new season. Many would be looking forward to seeing the new players perform and contribute to the team’s performance with their unique skills and talents. Here’s to Newcastle Falcons and hopefully they will have a great season ahead of them.


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.

Chris Ashton

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.

His form for Saracens, where he had put the finishing touches to countless tries over the last season, had played him into the team, but unfortunatley it was his conduct when playing for the Saracens that ruled him out. Whilst playing in a European Champions Cup game against Ulster, he was adjudged to have made contact with opponent Luke Marshall’s eyes, a red card offence.

Whilst the offence is at the lower end of the scale in terms of seriousness, it carries an automatic sentence, and because World Rugby want to use bans as a deterent to ensure that players play as safely as possible, he was stuck with a 12 week ban, shortened to 10 weeks because of Ashton’s previous exemplarary conduct.

England’s Six Nations campaign begins on February 6th against Scotland, with some tickets still available on the LiveRugbyTickets website – it promises to be a cracking game! They then face Italy, Wales, ireland over the course of 7 weeks, finishing off with France on March 19th.

Coach Eddie Jones hopes that Ashton can win his appeal against the ban, and acknowledged that it was disappointing for both the team and the player. “He’s been playing well this season. Everyone has set-backs and it’s about how hard he fights back now. He has to serve his time, come back, make sure he is looking after his fitness, his speed and his skills and make sure he comes back in good fettle.

Ireland snatch Six Nations title

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.

When it was asked by titanbet, O’Connell said that he does not know if this it. It has been great 8 weeks. It is great to win a championship in any era. He added that if it does finish then it is a good way to finish and if it doesn’t finish it will be a great memory to have.

He told that he has spent a lot of years in close calls, and they would be very proud of what they have done in the past 8 weeks, in terms of how they have addressed certain things in their performance, in defense, attack and their resolve to come out and produce a good performance like that after losing last week.

Six Nations To Be Broadcasted on Bein Sports

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.

The rugby fans of Hong Kong were fuming after they heard that the Dublin based Setanta Sports would not be broadcasting this event which meant that they would not be able to watch the games on the largest pay television operator of the city. The recent turnaround happened when MP & Silva, the company who runs this tournament sold the broadcasting rights to beIN Sports owned by Al Jazeera. The contract with Setanta was for four years which ended last year and MP & Silva thought to sell the rights to another company.

With this decision it will mean that people who have subscribed for Network Vision which is one of the lesser known TVBs and only has a two channel partnership will be able to watch this tournament and majority of the people would be deprived from it. Woods also said that Setanta had a good record and they were the first to bring rugby in the television sets of people in Asia.

However it is to be seen whether the owners change their mind or not because the fan base in Hong Kong is huge. They would be broadcasting more than 500 rugby games and would try their best to ensure that the fans are not deprived from this great sport. A spokesman was also heard to say that every effort is being done to bring the Six Nations into the home of every person but the final decision is yet to be taken.

Priestland set to stay in Wales

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.

A number of the top players in the country have been offered contracts by big name club abroad and they look to cash in on those offers, partly due to the uncertainty that has been raging in the domestic game and the uncertainty regarding which tournaments they will be playing in come the new season.

Not only Priestland, a number of home grown players come to the end of their contracts at the end of the current season. Sam Warburton as well as Leigh Halfpenny has yet to reveal where they will be playing their rugby the next season where as the likes of Alun-Wyn Jones, Scott Williams and Adam Jones are also coming to the end of their contracts and will have to decide their futures immediately.

While many of them could choose to pursue their careers abroad, according to media reports in Wales, Priestland is ready to stay in Wales a little longer. However, it is not clear whether he will sign a new contract with his club the Scarlets or take up the option of the central contract offer from the Welsh Rugby Union.

The player was linked to a move to England with Gloucester Rugby or the London Wasps but his decision to stay put is a huge boost.

Bedford Blues sign Argentina international prop Paz

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.

The player has signed for the fallen giants of English Rugby Union from San Isidros in his native in Buenos Aires and has three caps for the Argentina national team, giving a decent account of his capabilities whenever called on for the Pumas.

Mike Rayer, the Director of Rugby of the club was delighted at clinching the signing of one of the most promising prop players in the Southern Hemisphere and according to him, the injury to Dan Seal has taken longer than expected to heal and Nic Auterac has returned to his parent club Saracens FC in the Aviva Premiership, leaving them with just four options in the prop position and the signing of Paz will give them an exciting new option in the position.

The boss stated that they are extremely delighted to announce the signing of the player because it means there will once again be a competition for places and adds a lot of strength and depth to the squad, which will only be good for the overall team.

Rayer mentioned that it had been hard work to get him to England. The first thing they had to do was to track him down and then get through with all the paperwork needed to get a work visa for him. Rayer also mentioned that they wouldn’t have been able to sign him if he wasn’t a full Argentine international.

Exeter Chiefs sign Romana Graham

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.

Graham is the seventh signing that the club has signed in the off season and is slated to play a big part in the club’s fortunes this season. He spoke to the media after being unveiled by the club and stated that coming over to England and playing for the Exeter Chiefs represents a brand new challenge for him but he believes it will definitely be good for his game as well.

However, Graham also feels that it will take him some time to adjust to the style of rugby played in the Northern Hemisphere and he mentioned that he has watched highlights of the Aviva Premiership on television and noticed that there are some big players in the country. He also said that the game is more forward oriented in England but he admitted that he will not complain about it much and he just wants to get stuck into all the action.

Rob Baxter, the club’s head coach also expressed his delight at snapping up one of the most prodigious talents from New Zealand and he hopes the player will be able to live up to expectations surrounding his signing at the club.


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.

So it is good news indeed for the Ireland rugby team to have him as the coach. He has a huge area of experience, which will no doubt prove extremely valuable in training the Ireland team.

When asked how he felt regarding joining the Ireland rugby team, Plumtree stated that he has gone through the recent match footages and videos, and there are quite a few areas which will need looking into. And shaping up the team will indeed be a positive challenge that he is willing to accept. And he is greatly looking forward to joining the coaching team of the Ireland rugby team, and he will do his best to take the team forward, and help them to win more and more games.

In other Ireland rugby team news, Paul O’Connell will be the next captain for the team, and the way ahead of him is clear it seems. Rumours are rife right now, regarding that Joe Schmidt is surely going to hand over the captaincy of the Ireland rugby team to O’Connell. And since O’Connell right now does not have any responsibilities that he needs to tend to at the club level of the game, it seems almost certain that he will be crowned the next team captain.

Famous Australian rugby players

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.

Often this is simply a matter of business, with players eager to prove themselves in a different environment rather than simply sticking to what they know; but whatever the reason it is clear that this rivalry breaks down when it comes to club rugby – just as it does in other areas where business is more important, like online gaming, where a UK site like Gaming Club can establish itself in Australia with its Jackpotcity – Australia Gaming Club site. These are a few of the Aussie players to make this switch.

Matt Burke
Burke won an impressive 84 caps for the Australian national rugby team during his eleven-year career as an international, but – although he proved a fierce opponent of the English in these games – that did not prevent him spending four years playing his club rugby for Newcastle Falcons. Given his talents as a fullback, it’s unlikely that many of the club’s fans held it against him.

Michael Lynagh
One of the most famous Australian rugby players of all time, Lynagh was the holder of the record for the most points scored in international rugby, at the time of his retirement in 1995. Aside from being one of Australia’s all-time great fly-halves he also spent a two year spell in the mid-to-late 1990s playing for the famous English club side Saracens.

Chris Latham
This fullback is presently ranked second only to the legendary David Campese when it comes to scoring the most tries for the Australian national side, but when he isn’t starring for the Wallabies, he has spent his club career with a number of different sides in different countries – including a two-year spell with Worcester between 2008 and 2010.

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