Friday, December 27, 2013
We recently posted the first episode of the 2013 edition of Sky Sports' School of Hard Knocks, which this year is based in Scotland. Today here is a look at episode two, which features a meeting and talk with an inspirational former marine who gives the boys a new perspective on life.
Chris Chudleigh then leads the guys on a brutal army style teambuilding day that tests not only their natural fitness, but their teamwork and temperament too.
As always, it's a fantastic show and well worth watching. We'll post the next episode soon.
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Monday, December 23, 2013
Sale Sharks beat London Irish 15-3 in the Aviva Premiership on Friday night, and this moment pretty much summed up the evening for the Exiles. Danny Cipriani starred for Sale as he set up a try and kicked a conversion and penalty in poor conditions.
The weather played it's part with this London Irish restart, as the ball was kicked off but went straight up and backwards by a few meters. A few months back we saw a similar thing in New Zealand as wind blew a kick back way over the dead ball line.
This wasn't quite that bad, but was an amusing example of how not to play the conditions.
It was Sale's fifth league win of the season, and London Irish's eighth defeat. Things got worse for the Exiles today as news spread that James O'Connor will be moving to Toulon next season. If reports are indeed correct, he will link up with other former Wallabies Drew Mitchell and Matt Giteau.
View more strange kicks where wind played their part in the Related Posts below
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Friday, December 20, 2013
Last week Sam Egerton became the first player to ever be red carded in the annual Varsity Match between Oxford University and Cambridge University. Egerton, who starred in last year's game, has been suspended for 15 weeks following a RFU disciplinary hearing.
Egerton scored a try early in the second half to contribute to Oxford's fourth successive victory over Cambridge in the traditional encounter between the two famous Universities. Egerton received his marching orders in the 49th minute, but Oxford managed to win 33-15 a man down.
Cambridge's Nick Viljoen alerted the referee to the incident after Egerton appeared to rake the eyes of the second rower. It looked as though he was possibly trying to grab his scrumcap after originally going for the ball, but the big screen replays left the referee with little option but to send him off.
It was the first red card sending off in the 132 year history of the annual challenge.
On Tuesday evening Egerton pleaded guilty to a charge of making contact with the eye(s) or eye area of an opponent contrary to Law 10.4(m). He is suspended for 15 weeks, from December 12 to March 26 and will be free to play again on March 27.
Below is a quick look at the incident. You can also view the full match on page two of this post.
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Cardiff Blues back Rhys Patchell kicked a mammoth 62m penalty against Glasgow Warriors at the weekend as the Welsh side won 9-7 at Scotstoun. While they had Leigh Halfpenny to kick two penalties, it was the 20-year-old's effort from his side of the ten meter line that impressed the most.
We've seen a few huge kicks in recent years so while it's not incredibly rare, it's always good to see players push the boundaries of what we know to be possible. How long long will it be before someone gets a kick from 70m out?
Patchell is just 20-years-old, so with a few more years and a bit more bulk in those legs, we're sure to see a few more of these from him at some stage.
With the win, the Blues now have a chance of making the Quarter Final stages of the Heineken Cup, providing they are able to win away at Toulon, and then at home against Exeter.
View more long distand kicks in the Related Posts below
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Monday, December 16, 2013
Just when we thought his time in the spotlight was over, 'Caveman' Sebastien Chabal has hit the headlines for this knockout blow on number eight Marc Giraud during the ProD2 match between Lyon and Agen at the weekend. Giraud was carried off on a stretcher.
Now aged 36, the former French icon is still playing rugby, plying his trade with Lyon in France's second division. He built a reputation for not only looking like one of the scariest men in the sport, but playing like it too, famously breaking Ali Williams' jaw and knocking out Chris Masoe.
Not too long ago he announced that this would be his final season of rugby due to his body starting to feel the aches and pains that come with playing professionally for so long. He clearly hasn't lost any of the competitive spirit though, as was seen, and felt by Agen eighthman Giraud.
Giraud appeared to hold Chabal back - a common annoyance for loose forwards - but the reaction was probably a little disproportionate as the burly Frenchman swung what initially looked like a slap with a straight arm. The result made it seem more like a punch, as Giraud was knocked out cold.
He was carried off the field in a stretcher before coming around in the changeroom, then was taken off to hospital after there were fears that he had broken his jaw. They later found that it was fine, although he did injure his ankle when he fell, unconcious.
Chabal was promptly shown a yellow card after the touch judges alerted the referee, so he left the field for ten minutes, but protested his innocence on the way off. He will no doubt face a disciplinary hearing in a fortnight, and could be out of rugby for quite some time with a lengthy suspension.
Agen showed the incident to the referee post match, and he admitted that it should have been a red card. "I am furious with the referee who did not show a red card," said Agen's Alain Tingaud.
Giraud later tweeted: "It's not too bad, thanks for the support. I'll sleep well."
Lenghty ban for Seabass? Also, do you think that those that hold other players back like this should be penalised, or is it one of those things that is too difficult to monitor? Suggestions welcome!
credit: rugbyrama and gorpitsenjunior
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Sunday, December 15, 2013
Based in Glasgow, School of Hard Knocks 2013 took place not too long ago and those of you that were able to watch it at the time will attest to the fact that it was another outstanding season. If you haven't seen it, today we've got the first of four episodes.
If you don't know anything about the show, the main premise is to use rugby as a vehicle for helping to provide opportunities and improvement in the lives of a group of troubled youths.
There have been a number of seasons already, most of which we've featured before, and this was yet another unmissable series.
Mentored by the inspirational Scott Quinnell, Will Greenwood and Chris Chudleigh, this year's series in Glasgow took a group of individuals who had all been through some awful experiences.
While rugby is the main driving force behind the project, the end goal is to improve the lives of those that take part. School of Hard Knocks is now an established charity and they do great work around the UK, with the Sky Sports TV Show that we've come to love simply a small part of their work.
When put in this format, it does make for great viewing so if you have the time, get comfy and get ready to watch Quinnell and co unleash the dragons.
All credit to Sky Sports
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
This year we launched the All Blacks Channel, featuring and archiving latest updates and news from the World Champions, in association with AIG. To acknowledge their great year, we have two copies of The Real McCaw: The Autobiography to give away.
It's been a huge year for Richie McCaw and the All Blacks, after having won each of their 14 matches in 2013. McCaw was at the forefront, and despite a working with a body that has suffered just about every injury possible, the great man showed exactly why he is held in such high regard.
In his brutally honest autobiography McCaw discusses the family life that defined his character, learning to play the game on the farm and being inspired to fly gliders his his war-hero grandfather.
The 124 capped All Black has set the standard for all professional players. A natural leader of men both on and off the pitch, his autobiography gives great insight into what it's like on the front line.
"Better on one leg during the Rugby World Cup than most players on two" - Pack Ackford
The Real McCaw: The Autobiography by Richie McCaw is available now
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