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In the upcoming Rio Olympics the women’s rugby team of South Africa will play a big part as fifteen players have been given full time contract for the rugby sevens program. This is the first time in history that fifteen Springbok Women’s Seven players have got national contracts from the South African Rugby Union. This is definitely a big step towards the Olympic Games in 2016 which will be held in Brazil and it also proves the commitment of women towards rugby.
The players who have been chose are the member of elite Sevens which is supported by Arts and Culture, Recreation and Eastern Province’s Department of Sport. There are also star players in the squad such as Veroeshka Grain, Mathrin Simmers and Zenay Jordaan who featured in the South Africa’s Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 tournament. They were also seen in great form in the qualifier for the World Cup 2014 against Uganda.
Jurie Roux the chief executive of SARU said that this is a moment of watershed South Africa and it is great to see so many enthusiastic women rugby players come up. He also went on to say that it creates a faith for the national side and they would be hoping to see more ladies excel in this international stage. The results that would follow should determine the future of women’s rugby in South Africa and they are confident about it.
The general manager of SARU Rassie Erasmus was also excited about the decision of choosing the South African women’s squad and he says that it would be an inspiring moment for all women who are associated with sports and this would be the beginning of more players in the national team in the upcoming years. He said that the 2016 Olympics will be a grand event to prove what these women are capable of.
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Chris Ashton has recently made it clear that he is absolutely disappointed that England dropped him from the squad that is representing England at the Six Nations 2014 tournament. Not playing for the rugby team of England is literally killing him. However, Ashton is determined that he will prove his ability as a Test Stage player to coach Stuart Lancaster.
Ashton has been in good form and played well for the Saracens club. From being the first player of choice for England Rugby team, Ashton has become the third choice for the team because Christian Wade and Jock Novell have become the preferred choices of the team. Christian Wade could not participate in the Autumn Internationals 2014 and Six Nations 2014 because of an injury.
The English rugby player said that he became associated with rugby only because he had a chance to represent England. But now he is really not happy that he cannot play the matches in which England rugby team is participating. He is desperately waiting for the day when he will be back in the team.
According to Ashton, every player wants to get associated with the big tournaments not only for England but also for their individual rugby club. He is extremely happy that his club Saracens in performing exceptionally well at the Aviva Premiership as well as the Heineken Cup.
In the Six Nations 2011 tournaments, Ashton scored around six tries. Later on in the Rugby World Cup, he scored another six tries because of which he stood in the first position along with Vincent Clerc (French rugby player) on the try-list.
After so many achievements, his performance has been degrading and questions are being raised regarding his ability. Therefore, Chris Ashton has to work really hard to prove himself and regain the prestige he has lost.
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