Rugby World Cup U20 – England name squad v Italy

England have named their squad to play Italy in their opening game of the World Rugby U20 Championship at the Manchester City Academy Stadium tomorrow (19.45). Four players in the match day 23 make their debuts at this level with Darren Atkins, Harry Mallinder, Theo Brophy-Clews and Billy Walker in the starting line-up. Johnny Williams, who missed the Six Nations due to commitments with London Irish, and Harry Randall, who steps up from the Under 18s, could also win their first caps. With Jack Walker on the bench, Mallinder will captain the side and Jack Singleton, who scored four tries against Italy in the Six Nations, starts at hooker. The squad gathered in Manchester on Friday and after several intensive training sessions Haag...

Rugby World Cup U20’s – Launch

The twelve captains who will lead the charge for their respective teams over the next three-weeks gathered at Manchester’s Town Hall, alongside World Rugby Chief Executive Brett Gosper, RFU President Jason Leonard and RFU Chairman Bill Beaumont. “The U20 Championship is a perfect pathway for the future stars of world rugby” said Gosper. “Off the back of Rugby World Cup 2015, Manchester will provide a great backdrop for the games and fans in the region are in for a feast of open, running rugby at a tournament that will showcase some of the stars of the next Rugby World Cup in Japan in 2019.” The trophy made its final journey into Manchester on Saturday morning, starting at the Velopark before heading to...

Rugby World Cup Under 20’s – Welcome Ceremonies

Rugby World Cup Under 20's Team Welcome Ceremonies are taking place across the North West to celebrate the world’s top young rugby talent arriving in the country ahead of the World Rugby U20 Championships in Manchester from June 7. The Welcome Ceremonies formally greet each competing team to England ahead of the tournament and take place at the twelve training bases across the North West. Each ceremony includes an activity relating to a teams’ respective country’s heritage and culture, medal presentations to the players, a guard of honour by the club’s minis and juniors and a plaque presentation to the club to mark their role in the tournament. Bill Beaumont, Chairman of England Rugby, said “Throughout the past couple of weeks...

Rugby World Cup 2015: Ross Ford and Jonny Gray cited for tackles

Scotland could be without Ross Ford and Jonny Gray for Sunday's Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Australia after being cited for dangerous tackles. Tuesday morning's hearing in London will assess a challenge made by hooker Ford in Saturday's win over Samoa. And lock Gray is alleged to have committed an illegal tip tackle against the Pacific Islanders. Their fate will be decided by independent judicial officer Christopher Quinlan QC. The pair, key members of the Scotland pack, were charged by Australian independent citing commissioner Scott Nowland. Australian flanker David Pocock, though, is clear to play in the last-eight match at Twickenham if...

World Cup – WITHER ENGLAND A...

WITHER ENGLAND Nor the best of World Cups as far as England is concerned and after going out at the pool stage, albeit in a very difficult group, it was the humiliation of the defeat at the hand of Australia that really hurt. It did not take long for the 'journo pack' to start sticking in their collective knives and, having spent some time perusing the sports pages, facebook, twitter etc, I wonder what planet some of these guys live on!. Recent rugby league convert Sam Burgess has come in for a lot of criticism, some of it justified but I would suggest most of it had nothing to do with him but a lot which is just anti-rugby league. If we...

The Whistleblower – So far so good for the referees

THE WHISTLEBLOWER So far so good for the referees In spite of some TMO hiccups, David Matthews believes that the officials are having a decent World Cup 2015 England apart and that is another story we are now into the knock out stages in the Rugby World Cup 2015 and following a turbulent opening weekend when the work of the Television Match Official took most of the attention the rugby appears to be occupying the limelight. It is difficult to believe that a replay of the England 'try' in their game against Fiji was shown no less than eleven times. The perils of the whole process of referring a decision to the Television Match Official have long threatened to dominate but surely...

As Japan eye up another scalp, they head to Hartpury with one eye on...

With rugby fever sweeping across Japan after Saturday’s magnificent win over the Springboks, representatives of the Rugby World Cup 2019 host cities from Japan visited Hartpury yesterday to find out more about what it takes to be a successful ’Team Base’. A 17-strong group of representatives from Japan’s 2019 host cities came on a fact-finding mission to the college, which was selected as a Team Base by both the Scotland and USA Eagles international teams for RWC 2015. On a visit co-ordinated by World Rugby as part of the ‘Observer Programme‘, they were met by Alan Powderhill - Hartpury’s Sports Academy Facilities Manager and lead Team Base contact - and representatives from England 2015. Through an interpreter, they were talked through...

Exhilarating start to the 2015 Rugby World Cup!

From the impressive opening ceremony, and Laura Wrights rendering of "World in Union", to the weekends first round matches the RUGBY WORD CUP 2015 burst into life, and not without some surprises! click for all the Match Stats · England made a stuttering start, but look good for more success · Ireland looking even better with a 50 – 7 win over Canada · Tonga get a surprise from Georgia · Business as usual as France sweep away 6 Nations rivals Italy · Samoa and USA fight out a close match · Wales overcome a stirring Uruguay but with more injury worries · New Zealand have to battle against hopefuls Argentina, but the relentless All Black pressure finally told And Finally, oh Dear! . . . South Africa, showing...