Jul 17

Frederic Michalak

Frederic Michalak is a French rugby player who was born in 1982 and hails from Toulouse. He is currently an international player who plays in Top 14 as part of Lyon OU.

Early part of his career was spent in playing for Toulouse, a team he was part of when they played for tournaments like Heineken Cup and Top 14.

His debut for the Toulouse rugby team began in the year 1998. He was part of the French national team when they won the Heineken Cup in years 2003 and 2005. He made his appearance in France when they played for South Africa in the year 2001. He was also selected to be a member of the squad that went to play for the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia as well as the 2007 tournament that was held in France. He was part of Six Nations French Grand Slam when they won in the years 2004 and 2006.   Continue reading →

Feb 17


With Wales in final preparations against their trip to Italy to feature in their clash with Italy, they will be looking to ensure that all players are in top-notch fitness levels ahead of the game.

Taulup Faletau, Wales’s inspirational number eight, is being given enough time to prove his fitness levels before they make the trip for the Six Nations match coming up this weekend.

During the November internationals the Bath player was in superb form. However since their defeat in late December to the Wasps, he has been unable to feature for Bath ever since then.

According to Coach Shaun Edwards, Faletau will be assessed once again by Wednesday. This done, a decision will then be taken on whether he would be in the game or not.

He has seen a lot of progress in recent times but at the moment, he remains a big doubt for the clash holding in Rome. Rob Howley, the stand-in boss will hope to start the competition with a winning in the absence of Warren Gatland.

Edwards, who spoke on the case of the player, hopes Faletau would be fit in time for the game. He didn’t however rule out the possibility of getting a replacement for him if it doesn’t go as hoped. Continue reading →

Dec 16


Captain of the Italian Rugby team, Sergio Parisse was recently given a three week ban and will miss Saturday’s Test against Tonga.

In their 20-18 win over South Africa last weekend in Florence, Parisse had earned an Italian record 121st cap. He however, got sanctioned in an incident in his club side game for French Top 14 club, StadeFrancais, on November 5 against Bordeaux.

The French club of leagues had found him guilty of involuntarily hitting the face of an opponent with his foot in the game.

A short statement signed by the Italian rugby federation (FIR) had said,

“Parissehas been suspended for three weeks by Top 14 disciplinary officials. The Italy captain will miss Saturday’s Test against Tonga.”

Conor O’Shea, Italy’s coach had announced his lineup for Tuesday’s Tonga Test with Parisse included, while only one change was made to the squad that stunned their South African counterparts.

However, announcing a revised squad for the Test on Thursday, O’Shea named flanker, Simone Favaro as the captain for the game, while to replace Parisse, was Andries Van Schalkwyk who steps in at No. 8 Continue reading →

Apr 16

Contribution Of Sergio Parisse For Stade Francais

Sergio Parisse is a renowned rugby player who has already shown his captaincy skills for French team that was named as Stade Francais.

He is currently the existing captain of the national rugby team of Italy. There are many good players in the rugby team across the world and Sergio Parisse is one amongst them as he plays exceptionally well and stands up for his team. Nick Mallett chose to bring Sergio Parisse as a replacement for Marco Bortolami so as to bring a new chapter in the Italian rugby history as the player has been of the best performer in the campaign that was held last year.

The rugby player, who is currently 32, has still managed to remain as a strong player in the Italian rugby team. It is not clear on how long he would continue to play and it will certainly not be easy for Italians to cope with his news of retirement.

Stade Francais performance in this season has just been fair. Gonzala Quesada, the former Argentina player and coach explained the reason behind his success during the beginning of this season of rugby. The player had set a framework that helped him to train and work when he made his arrival at Stade. Some of the things he focused on included respecting squad and his playing philosophy. He has also created the space for his players within the framework so that they feel responsible for the destinies that they create for themselves. Continue reading →

May 15

Sergio Parisse blasts FIR boss for lack of respect

There is a big problem in the corridors of power in Italian rugby – the playing staff is not entirely happy with decision makers in the federation while the suits are not happy with the way the team has performed in recent events – leading to almost an all out war between the two in the last couple of weeks.

And Italian skipper Sergio Parisse has come out publicly in order to throw some sense into the matter. The extraordinary events were rolled into motion first when the president of the Italian Rugby Federation or the FIR, Alfredo Gavazzi labelled the players in the team as pensioners for the performance they had put in recent tournaments they had taken part in.

The team had slumped to their worst position in the official world rankings after their dismal display in the Six Nations Championships, dropping down to 15th. This means that they are no longer seen as a part of the elite six of European Rugby after Georgia surpassed them to take over in 14th place.

Italy, led by their charismatic skipper Sergio Parisse, did finish in 5th place in the tournament after a miraculous victory against Scotland but previous defeats by huge margins including 23, 30, 29 and 41 points in their four other games as well as winning only four games in their last 23 matches points to a very sorry state of affairs for the team. Continue reading →

Mar 15

Tsunami Damaged City Selected Venue For 2019 Rugby World

Kamaishi, the little Nippon city which was hugely devastated by the monstrous 2011 Tsunami, has been selected as one among the honored venues for 2019 Rugby World.

The World Rugby officials & the rugby tournament committee from Japan recently had a meet in Dublin where 15 probable World Cup venues were confirmed. According to reports from the meet, Japan already boasts a huge range of mid-sized stadiums compatible to house rugby, whilst the largest 80,000 seater National Stadium (Tokyo) would be hosting both the inaugural & finale, scheduled for September 6th & October 20th, respectively.

However, World Rugby’s attention to the tiny coastal city of Kamaishi, which hosts merely 30 thousand residents, pulled particular attention. As per the statements from the officials, the tsunami-damaged stadium would be renovated into 16,187-seater Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium in memoriam of over 1200 residents who were killed by the gigantic Tsunami waves.

“Kamaishi was the most devastated city of Japan when the 2011 Tsunami struck the Nippon coastline”, stated Alan Gilpin, the director of World Cup Rugby. “If Rugby World could play a role in recovering the area, it would be really fantastic.” It’s definitely a commendable step on behalf of Rugby World. Continue reading →

Jan 15

Coventry not expected at London Irish until after World Cup

Tom Coventry, the newly appointed head coach of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the London Irish is not expected to start in his new job until after Samoa’s exploits in the upcoming Rugby World Cup in the summer is over.

Coventry was announced as the club’s new coach this past week, but he remains in charge of the Super Rugby XV side the Chiefs as assistant coach and the co-head coach in charge of the Samoa national team. Bob Casey, a director for the Exiles said that he is keeping in touch with the new coach constantly.

Casey said that they speak every day or every alternate day and said that he will be arriving at the club after Samoa’s stint in the Rugby World Cup is over. Continue reading →

Jan 15

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