Sunday, February 01, 2015
Henry Slade and Christian Wade scored tries as the England Saxons beat the Irish Wolfhounds 18-9 in Cork on Friday night. Slade, Henry Thomas and Sam Burgess have since been called up the senior England squad ahead of the Six Nations.
Flyhalf Slade scored 13 points in what was a stop-start affair that featured a lowkey international debut for former League star Burgess. Slade kicked 8 points and scored the first try, while Leinster number ten Ian Madigan kicked three penalties for the hosts.
It was tight late in the game, with the Saxons leading just 11-9 before winger Wade crossed in the last minute to seal victory.
Following the match Slade, prop Thomas and centre Burgess have been promoted to train with the senior England squad this week. Slade will provide cover for inured Bath centre Kyle Eastmond, while Thomas will cover club teammate David Wilson.
Sam Burgess will join the squad to help with his transition into top flight rugby union.
"Sam will just come into camp for two days to further his rugby experience before returning to Bath on Monday evening to get more game time with the club over the next few weeks," said England head coach Stuart Lancaster.
"He is still learning the game and this is an opportunity to help his development."
Below is a quick look at the two tries that were scored on the night. On page two you can view a post match chat with top points scorer Slade.
credit: sky sports
Friday, January 30, 2015
In the build up to the Six Nations, today we look at an insightful piece that catches up with some of the top UK and Ireland rugby writers at this week's tournament launch. They go through their predictions for the Championship, and what excites them most.
If you've ever read their articles or followed their thoughts and opinions on twitter, now you'll be able to put a face to the name and get their first hand knowledge ahead of the tournament, and the much anticipated first match next Friday night.
Speaking here are Rob Kitson, Alex Spink, Owen Slot, Tom Hamilton, Alex Lowe, Murray Kinsella and Chris Jones. Thanks again to Nick from @rugbymedia
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
With the Six Nations just around the corner, as part of the build up we'll be sharing clips from previous years, as well as highlights and videos during once the tournament itself kicks off. This one above looks at six of the best tries scored in last year's Championship.
Unfortunately there is no commentary, due to rights restrictions, but some of the scores are excellent and it's enjoyable nonetheless. Tryscorers in order are Andrew Trimble, Michele Campagnaro, Jamie Roberts, George North, Danny Care and Hugo Bonneval
Jamie Roberts was named Man of the Match in Racing Metro's 32-8 victory over Northampton Saints at the weekend. Roberts carried well and showed superb handling skills, particularly on this occasion when he got down low to pick up a low pass.
Racing Metro's deep pockets have meant that they can call on players of the calibre of Roberts to play their part in Europe, as they strive to challenge the likes of Toulon at the top.
"We have a big squad with a lot of depth and we want to make an impact in the league and in Europe. We have a home draw and no one will be looking forward to coming to Paris," said Roberts.
He hasn't had a whole lot of game time but certainly took his chance on this occasion.
"It was only the third game I have played since the November internationals. The squad is so big that you sometimes find you do not play for a couple of weeks. It is frustrating but when you have the opportunity in a big match you have to deliver and I am glad I did."
Wales fans will be pleased to see the form he's in, just ahead of their crunch Six Nations opener with England. Roberts was up against Luther Burrell, who he might see next in England colours.
"Luther plays in a similar mould to me. He is very physical and very direct and he is a dangerous player. England have an embarrassment of riches in the midfield with Luther, Brad Barritt, Billy Twelvetrees, Kyle Eastmond and Jonathan Joseph. It will be a huge match-up whoever they pick.
"The game against England promises to be an epic battle: it is World Cup year and they are in our pool. It was a special day when we played them two years ago and the ingredients are there next month to better that. It is a game that as a player you want to be part of and it will be good to go into camp on Monday."
Below is a look at his outstanding pick up, and on page two you can view a quick highlights reel featuring all his best moments from the match.
Monday, January 26, 2015
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Friday, January 23, 2015
With Oscar season just around the corner, Yoann Huget has made his best effort to scoop the coveted statuette with a best actor in a leading role performance that simply cannot be beaten. Sense has since prevailed, as he received an official warning.
Toulouse wing Huget's big role took place in their heavy defeat at the hands of Bath on Sunday.
The French winger took a tumble after making the slightest contact with what looked like his shoulder. He rolled around on the floor as if he'd been hit by a sniper, which the BT Sport commentators took exception to, Ben Kay in particular.
"That is pathetic. Personally I think that the powers that be, the disciplinary committee, should look at that and they should act on it because we do not want to see players taking dives. Just a little push in the chest and he grabs his face.. That is pathetic," said Kay.
European Professional Club Rugby agreed with the general media and fan sentiment. They issued a formal warning to Huget this week. EPCR said that the warning followed an "act contrary to good sportsmanship in that he (Huget) deliberately feigned an injury in contravention of Law 10.4(m)."
Players who accumulate three citing warnings or three yellow card offfences for foul play - or a combination of both - during the Champions Cup and European Challenge Cup competitions will be required to attend a disciplinary hearing.
Last year we saw the likes of Bryan Habana, Richard Hibbard and a few others feigning injury or appealing for foul play, when clearly it wasn't the case. This official warning sets a good precedent, and will hopefully remind all rugby players that acting should be saved for the movies.
View more acts of simulation, or faking injury, in the Related Posts below this
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Sky Sports have put together a list of their Top Five tries for the past weekend. Efforts include those by Bath and Toulon, as seen here in the last few days, plus a few others featuring Steffon Armitage, Chris Ashton and Tadgh Furlong. Which is your favourite?
See more excellent scores in our archive of Great Tries