Friday, May 22, 2015
The team lists for Saturday's international fixture in Montevideo have been announced. Uruguay is to play host to Fiji in what is a preview of their Rugby World Cup match on October 06 at Milton Keynes. As the fixture is not taking place during a World Rugby international player release window neither team has full access to all players. Consequently 80% Fiji's team is to be made up of local players. As such caps are not on offer for the visitors who are to play under the name Fijian Warriors, which is the country's A team. The URU is, however, to cap the Teros players despite World Rankings not being on the line. The match is to be the first of two and the winner of the series will be awarded the Copa Scotiabank.
Despite being stacked with attacking talent the Rugby World Cup 1999 winning Wallabies were famous not for playing with flair but for their near-flawless defense. So strong were the Australians in this area that the country conceded only one try in Rugby World Cup 1999. This was the case despite playing against all of Ireland, Wales, South Africa and France. The one that got through was from none of these nor was it from Romania but, rather from the USA. Eagles winger Juan Grobler dived over in the corner to score the only try against the Wallabies and did so not in the official host nation of Wales but in Ireland. The try came several phases after a set-piece move from a lineout with the great Dave Hodges giving his country good go-forward ball to draw in defenders which enabled Grobler to finish off the try outwide. All Pool E games were played in Ireland with Australia v USA taking place at Thomond Park in Limerick.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
The application process for submitting interest in being the host nation for Rugby World Cup 2023 remains open. The global governing body of the sport, World Rugby confirmed recently that unions have until June 15 to confirm their intention of hosting the competition. To date France, Ireland, Italy and South Africa have all done so while speculation exists that this list will grow to include others. Despite there still being time and for the individual details of the bids remaining largely unknown a bomb-shell has been dropped as Dick Spring, the Chairman of Ireland's bid has told RTE Radio that Ireland has also secured 40% of the required votes. Such confidence brings into question the legitimacy of the decision making process with it appearing to be anything but fair.
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Canadian international winger Taylor Paris scored a quite remarkable try this past weekend as he ran from inside his own try line to score under the opposition's posts in a French second division Semi Final. Playing for former Top 14 side Agen v the Top 14 2009 champions Perpignan Paris ran the length of the field to score one of Agen's four tries. With the match finishing in a 26-26 draw at full time and then 32-32 at the completion of extra time Agen advanced to the Pro d2 Final by virtue of outscoring Perpignan by four tries to two. Paris is likely to to starting for Canada at the World Cup and to do so in a wing combination with Jeff Hassler, one of the best wingers in Wales.
Monday, May 18, 2015
Sunday, May 17, 2015
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