Sep 17

Sergio Parisse Not Joining Summer Tour

This summer Sergio Parisse will not play opposite to Fiji, Australia and Scotland.

Along with Parisse, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Lorenzo Cittadini and Simone Favaro can also be given the rest

The motive behind this is, Conor O’Shea wants to give some rests with these veteran players

In his squad, O’Shea named four uncapped players. He announced that he is leaving Captain Sergio Parisse out from the squad of 31-man for this summer tour of the year against Fiji, Scotland and Australia.

The coach said, “I wanted to give time to Parisse and three top players of the team the hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini, prop Lorenzo Cittadini and flanker Simone Favaro. During this time, they will recover from the season of 2016-17 and prepare themselves for internationals, which are going to take place in the November.”

Winger Leonardo Sarto and Prop Simone Ferrari return to the team after the injuries which restricted them to play this year in the Six Nations. And in the absence of these players, Italy finished at the bottom of the table.” Continue reading →

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 →

Jul 16

Mallinder Rues Fitness

Jim Mallinder is all set to make late calls on his side’s injury victims ahead of Saturday’s battle with Saracens. Last Sunday, Luther Burrell and Dylan Hartley missed loss at the Wasps with head injuries, while Kieran Brookes and Lee Dickson picked up knocks during the tough fight.

All four players carry on to go through the accidental injury protocols before Champions Cup quarter-finals this weekend. And Mallinder would not rule any of them in or out while talking to the media on Wednesday. Continue reading →

Mar 16

Martin Johnson Captains Tale 2003

Jan 16

Tribute to Jonny Wilkinson

Dec 12

Changing Organizing Committee for Rugby World Cup 2015

Bill Beaumont and Paul Deighton have been officially appointed in The Organizing Committee for Rugby World Cup 2015, England Rugby 2015 (ER 2015). “I am very excited to be part of a home Rugby World Cup in 2015 and I will work tirelessly with my fellow Board members and the executive of ER 2015 to ensure that we deliver a World Cup of which the whole country can be proud,” said Beaumont after the announcement. Beaumont has knowledge about rugby and business beyond imagination and this is definitely going to be a benefit for the board. The duo is well acquainted with the international sporting and political landscapes surrounding it.

A former Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) Director and current IRB Council Member for England, his appointment further strengthens ER 2015’s relationship with domestic and international governing bodies. In addition to his passion for and commitment to the Game he is also heavily involved in charity work as Vice President of the Lancashire Association of Youth Clubs, Honorary President of the Rugby charity Wooden Spoon and with SPARKS and The Lord’s Taverners.

On the other hands, Paul Deighton was the Chief Executive Officer of LOCOG during London Olympics 2012. Using that experience he is going to be with Bill and get the best out of the Board and set an example for others and subsequent managers to follow.

Andy Cosslett, England Rugby 2015 Chairman has pledged to make the England Rugby World Cup 2015 strong and appealing to reach out to more and more people and spread the word about the sport. He said, “To do this we need to call on the talents and experience of people drawn from both inside and outside the world of rugby. I am delighted to welcome Bill and Paul to the Board.”