August 18th, 2014 by Liam
The 2015 Rugby World Cup is surely going to be one of the toughest competitions till date among the various nations of the world. This is especially clear from the fierce rivalry that the fans are getting to witness in the qualification campaign. Two new teams have emerged as major powers in the early stages which include Uruguay and Russia. Russia beat Zimbabwe in the Repechage semi final in Krasnoyarsk with a score line of 23-15. The Bears received huge support from the home crowd each time their players were in possession of the ball. The atmosphere was electrifying as flay half Yuri Kushnarev kicked a third minute penalty but failed to capture the extra points. The second try provided the hosts with the much needed 13-0 lead. Guy Cronje was the star performer for Zimbabwe in the fly half position but a number of easy misses in the penalty area led to their downfall. Even though Russia was a man down for a major part of the second half, they provided a resilient performance much to the delight of the fans.
Uruguay kept alive their hopes for qualifying into the final rounds of the Rugby World Cup for the third time in a row. Their win came against Hong Kong with a score line of 28-3 which does not quite reflect the tension in the match. It was only in the final quarter that the Los Teros managed to score two tries and increase the lead to such an extent. Jack Delaforce and Phillipe Berchessi were the most impressive players on the pitch throughout the match. The two evenly matched teams will be for booking a berth in Pool A of the Rugby World Cup along with England, Fiji, Australia and Wales and it is tipped to be an exciting encounter by the experts.
August 7th, 2014 by admin
June 6th, 2014 by admin
Richard Cockerill, the Director of Rugby of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Leicester Tigers has announced the signing of five new players ahead of the new season of domestic rugby, including that of Freddie Burns from domestic rivals Gloucester Rugby.
The 24 year old, who plays as a fly half, has been added to the Leicester Tigers lineup as a replacement for Toby Flood, who will be moving to France in the summer to join up with Toulouse.
The team has also completed the signings of Christian Loamanu, a utility back, flanker Robert Barbieri as well as hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini from the Italian giants Treviso. The final signing of the five is fly-half Seremaia Bai from French Top 14 side Castres.
Bai will join in the battle for the number ten shirt with both Burns and Owen Williams.
Burns is one of the most talked about young players in England at the moment and having scored a massive 986 points in his 134 matches for Gloucester, he is a proven goal scorer who will add a lot more attacking sting to the Leicester Tigers.
Moreover, with three caps already to his name, Burns is also one of the names who will hope to add to his caps for England in New Zealand.
Cockerill stated that every team wants young and talented English players in their sides and in Burns, they have signed on of the biggest talents to emerge in the country in his position since Jonny Wilkinson.
He added that when Burns plays as well as he can do, he can be as good as anybody in the world but he is also coming into a very tough environment, so he is also eager to find out how he handles things that come his way as well.