Gregor Hopeful For Scottish Team

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.

Gregor has stated that it has been a very frustrating season for the team, adding that the team has created opportunities but has not been able to take them. He went on to add that they have also put themselves in winning positions but it hasn’t been able to kick on from there.

The Scottish Rugby Sevens skipper has also claimed that the team has lost matches that they would ideally have loved to won and let teams off the hook by not taking advantage of the position that they have put themselves in.

Colin Gregor also claimed that the team has played well in parts or in particular halves of the game, but the lapses that they have suffered have been expensive and the team is now trying to cut those mistakes out and make amends for their earlier lapses.

The Scottish Rugby Sevens team did, however, lift the Bowl in the last round that took place in Hong Kong as they beat three teams en route to finishing above them as they also defeated France.

Gregor did admit that the team has the Commonwealth Games at the back of its mind and with the event just around the corner, it has been difficult to concentrate on the World Series.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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PLUMTREE TAKES OVER

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.

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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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Sharks Signing Streak Continues

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.

Sharks signed Mills after he was able to beat the Sharks last season on September at the Salford City Stadium. Last January, Mills finally agreed to sign a two years contract to join Sharks in the Kassam stadium. Although his stay in the premiership could only last for just a season, Mills clearly made an impression by appearing 169 times and leas them to victory along with the London Welsh. Mills has stated that it was quite hard to leave London welsh, a team where he first started his rugby career, but also stated that it was necessary to expand his rugby career in the premiership.

Mills itself is not the first athlete to be signed by the Sharks this season. Sale Sharks has been on a signing streak for the last season, already signing on eight new players for next seasons. Jonathan Mills, as the ninth addition, will join the previous signed athlete such as Tom Arscott, Michael Paterson, Dan Baines, Andy Forsyth, Kirill Kulemin, Charlie Walker-Blair, Joe Ford, and Phil Mackenzie. All of those players are deemed to be one of the best athlete and newcomers this season. Mills is also the fourth former Welsh London to join Sale Sharks this season.

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Lyn Jones promised immediate Welsh return

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.

The 48 year old also believes that the club’s retention of their base in the Oxford region of London is also vital in the club sustaining itself in the long run.

Speaking to BBC Oxford, the club’s boss stated that the club will keep hold of almost all their key players and hence, they are quite confident about an immediate return to the Aviva Premiership. He mentioned that there is an extremely strong passion and desire to stay at Oxford and he hopes the club gets it done as soon as possible.

He also stated that it requires strong people and strong leaders to shape the future of rugby in the region as well as the future of the club. The club moved to their new Oxford base at the start of the season from their old base after securing promotion from the RFU Championship and winning an appeal against them being denied a chance to play in the top flight.

Jones also paid tribute to the players for the season they have had, mentioning that it was a tough season for the players, most of whom were playing in the top flight for the first time and he was very happy with the effort they put in. The Exiles were docked points for fielding an ineligible player which saw them relegated.

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Robinson to trade London Wasps for Bristol

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.

Robinson is a former international player for the Wales rugby team and has made 31 appearances for the London club since he joined the London Wasps from their fellow Aviva Premiership rivals Gloucester Rugby at the start of the 2011 season. Although he hasn’t made a lot of appearances for the team in his two seasons at the club, he is still a player who is seen as a force to be reckoned with, considering the fact that he is hugely experienced in international rugby and his signing is expected to help Bristol Rugby push for promotion to the Aviva Premiership.

And in spite of being an integral part of the squad, the 31 year old fly half will be allowed to leave the club at the end of the season so that he can join the Memorial Ground club in the summer. Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol, Bristol Rugby coach Liam Middleton stated that he is pleased to have secured the signing of London Wasps man as he has been linked with several clubs over the last few weeks.

He stated that he had talked with the player and told him about the direction the club are going in and is delighted that he decided to join.

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