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Monday, December 22, 2014

Dylan Hartley facing hefty ban after red card for elbowing Matt Smith

Dylan Hartley will find out on Tuesday if his England career is in doubt following a straight red card he received in Northampton Saints' 23-19 win over Leicester Tigers this past weekend. Hartley struck Matt Smith with his elbow for his second red card in 18 months.

Hartley elbowed Smith in the face in Saturday's Aviva Premiership clash, which will lead to a Rugby Football Union (RFU) disciplinary hearing early this week. The outcome of which could mean that Hartley may be out of the Six Nations with a hefty ban.

Missing the Championship would make it tough for him to force his way back into the squad for the Rugby World Cup, hosted in England.

"If you strike someone in the face you are liable to get yourself in trouble," said Richard Cockerill, Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby.

Television Match Official Sean Davey convinced referee JP Doyle to reconsider, after he had initially ruled that a yellow card was sufficient punishment.

It's not the first time that Hartley has found himself fall foul of the law. He has a fairly lengthy rap sheet, one that includes eye gouging in 2007, and more recently, a ban for swearing at referee Wayne Barnes in the 2013 Aviva Premiership Final.

While those have nothing to do with this incident, they will play against him come disciplinary hearing time, where past misdemeanors always play a role in determining the severity of the ban.

Northampton achieved a famous victory without Hartley, holding on despite being down to 14 men for a large majority of the match.

"Defensively, we were poor. We were too narrow, and it will be interesting when we have a look on Monday morning that one side with one less back can create opportunities in the wide channels against us. That’s not right," Cockerill said.

We'll find out soon what kind of sanction 28-year-old Saints skipper Hartley faces.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Funnies - Prop Adam Jones' drop goal masterclass

Wales and Cardiff Blues prop Adam Jones got together with Sky Sports this week to shoot together a video that quite frankly is long overdue. Ever since front rowers the world over saw his miraculous attempt at goal, they've been wondering how he does it. Now, he shares his knowledge.

If you missed it last month, Jones struck an outrageous attempt at a drop goal in the Guinness PRO12 when playing for his club Cardiff Blues. He missed, but it was a sensational strike and one that the legendary Matt Dunning would have been proud of.

In this quick tongue-in-cheek video Jones talks us through his technique, giving everyone some top tips that number tens out there would be wise to take on board. Or, ignore completely. You decide. 

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dan Carter signs huge 2015 deal with Racing Metro in France

Dan Carter's career with the All Blacks will come to an end post Rugby World Cup 2015 as he has signed a three-year deal with Racing Metro in France, reportedly worth in excess of £1million per year. It will be his second stint in France, after time with Perpignan in 2008.

He's arguably the greatest flyhalf of the modern generation and despite having a career that has included some awfl leg injuries, Dan Carters stock is still incredibly high, making him a highly sought after prospect for clubs abroad, as this deal shows.

Carter played for Perpignan in 2008 but an injury then curtailed what was meant to be a new challenge and experience for world rugby's leading points scorer. He only played five matches for the Catalan club, including just one game in the Heineken Cup, a 26-20 victory over Leicester Tigers. 

This new opportunity with Racing Metro will mean that he gets another shot at life in France, and the Paris based club get a top number ten.

"It's going to be an awesome adventure for me and my family," said the 32-year-old on Thursday.

"Having visited France many times, including my time with Perpignan, I know what the French culture and their rugby culture is like and it's something I really love.

"Having said that, it's the immediate future that is exciting me at the moment. 2015 is going to be a big year and I'm looking forward to getting into it, firstly with the Crusaders and then hopefully with the All Blacks.

"My body is feeling really good, I'm training really hard and getting some good conditioning in so I can hit the ground running next year. I'm looking forward to getting out and playing some good footy."

Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder, who has known Carter for many years, said:

"Dan Carter has given so much to rugby in this region. He is one of the most famous rugby players in the world, but he is still a local lad who has never forgotten his roots. 'DC' is the ultimate team player and his contribution is as significant off the field as it is on the field.

"The Crusaders will be very sad to see a player of DC's calibre go, but we are thankful for all that he has given us over the last 11 years and we are looking forward to a final season with him in 2015.

"I know that this will be a special season for Dan and we'll certainly be hoping to help him leave on a high note," the former Crusaders skipper added.

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Nick Evans and Brian O'Driscoll give a great phase play pitch demo

The guys at BT Sport's Rugby Tonight are doing an excellent job of creating quality content for everyone from the armchair enthusiast, to youngsters that are still learning the game. Last week on the show their Masterclass demo featured a few backs that know a thing or two about rugby.

In this pitch demo Harlequins flyhalf Nick Evans joins Brian O'Driscoll and Matt Dawson to go through some number ten flyhalf play based around dummy runners. As they explain though, the dummy runners are actually options that can all be used at the last second.

It's another great feature from Rugby Tonight. If you find this type of thing helpful or even just enjoyable, please let us know your thoughts below, and share it with your friends.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Seven of the Best Tries from the South Africa Sevens

There were some brilliant team and individual tries scored at the SA Sevens this past weekend. Here is a recap of Seven of the Best, as chosen by World Rugby (formerly the IRB). It includes efforts from Portugal, England, New Zealand, Australia and champions South Africa, with three tries.

View match highlights from the South Africa Sevens

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Monday, December 15, 2014

South Africa retain title with Port Elizabeth Sevens 2014 win

South Africa's sevens team won for the second week in succession, this time beating New Zealand 26-17 in a thrilling final, to successfully defend the Port Elizabeth Sevens title and take the lead in the overall HSBC Sevens World Series.

After three rounds it's the Blitzboks that have stormed into the lead after another high tempo, calculated series that saw them coming up trumbps against the old foe in the Cup final.

Fiji, who were leading the table before Port Elizabeth, finished sixth, so have been overtaken by South Africa as all sides race to be in the top four places so that they quality directly for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Philip Snyman, Cecil Afrika, Seabelo Senatla and Kwagga Smith all scored in the final and continued their impressive form on home soil, with the win meaning the Blitzboks now have 59 points.

Coach Neil Powell was pleased with his side's ability to stay calm under pressure and to play to their strengths. "We had to dig deep. We had three very worthy opponents today and each asked very different questions. We had to come from behind in each match today, but this team has shown they have the determination and belief to succeed."

Australia, who were runners up in Dubai, beat Argentina 34-19 to take third place overall.

The USA were very impressive as they used their speed out wide and new found structure under coach Mike Friday to win the Plate Final, beating Fiji 21-14, while Portugal won the Shield by upsetting Samoa 19-14, and Canada beat Kenya 24-7 for the Bowl.

The top 5 standings after three rounds are:

1. South Africa 59 | 2. Fiji 51 | 3. New Zealand 47 | 4. Australia 46 | 5. Argentina 40

View all the highlights from Day One here

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Match winning try scored by boy with Down Syndrome goes viral

Last week we shared this heartwarming story on our social media pages, only to then be blown away by the incredible response from the rugby loving public. The story has since gone viral, so today we're archiving it here for those of you who missed it.

The story was captured by a teacher at Ysgol Brynhyfred secondary school in North Wales.

It features a match winning try against Ysgol Y Berwyn, but what isn't clear at first is that fact that the boy who scored it, Ethan Morris, has Down Syndrome.

Scott Pollington Woods, manager of the Down Syndrome Association's DS Active programme, told ITV that he has never seen anything like it.

"It's fantastic to see players from both teams not only including him but allowing him to shine. People with Down's Syndrome, as a result of the condition, often find it difficult to participate in mainstream and even PAN disability sports," he said.

The story goes that players on both teams spoke to their teachers before the match in the hope of giving Ethan an opportunity to play the game he's always wanted to play. Kudos to them.

The support and love shown for this wonderful achievement exemplifies the values of rugby. If you'd like to have an emotional read through the reaction, including comments from his mother and others, you can do so on our Facebook page here.

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