Slade focused on final after ABs snub

Posted on Jul 30, 2014

Being dropped from the All Blacks squad wasn’t the best way for Colin Slade to prepare for the Super Rugby Final but he’s not moaning about it. The Crusaders fly-half is focused on Saturday’s clash with the Waratahs in Sydney and has put his omission from Steve Hansen’s Rugby Championship squad behind him. ”I had Read More ...

Carter returns for All Blacks

Posted on Jul 28, 2014

A rejuvenated Dan Carter is back in the All Blacks set-up as one of three additions to their squad named for the Rugby Championship, which starts next month. Carter, who took an extended break at the end of last season, was recalled along with Charles Piutau and Sam Cane who missed the June tour by Read More ...

Hayman succeeds Wilkinson at Toulon

Posted on Jul 26, 2014

Former New Zealand prop Carl Hayman has been named captain of Toulon following the retirement of Jonny Wilkinson. Hayman joined the current French and European champions in 2010 from Newcastle Falcons. Supported by fellow forwards Chris Masoe and Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe, the former Highlanders prop has been awarded the captaincy by head coach Bernard Read More ...

Spencer criticises SA style of play

Posted on Jul 25, 2014

Eastern Province Kings coach Carlos Spencer has criticised South African rugby’s conservative style of play and wants his side to implement an expansive game-plan in the Currie Cup. The former All Blacks fly-half said while South Africa had a plethora of rugby talent, the players were often prevented from expressing themselves. “There is definitely talent Read More ...

Cipriani keen to extend Sale stay

Posted on Jul 23, 2014

England fly-half Danny Cipriani is enjoying his stint at Sale Sharks and wants to sign a contract extension with the club. Cipriani, who is in the final year of a three-year deal which he signed in 2012, said last season he is keen to stay at the club and I faster has pay day or Read More ...


England closing on NZ – Care

Posted on Jul 30, 2014

Harlequins and England scrum-half Danny Care has high aspirations for the new season, including toppling the All Blacks. Care struggled with injury in New Zealand but was one of England’s standout performers in the Six Nations. One year out from the Rugby World Cup on home soil, Care reflected on the tour back in June Read More ...

Bath finally permitted expansion

Posted on Jul 30, 2014

Bath have announced that B&NES Council have approved the club’s temporary planning application. This decision enables the Club to increase capacity at the Rec from 12,000 to close to 14,000 for the next two seasons (2014/2015 and 2015/2016) and provide improved facilities for their supporters in the lead up to the club’s 150th Anniversary. “We Read More ...

Dragons and Burton part ways

Posted on Jul 30, 2014

The Dragons have confirmed that Italian international fly-half Kris Burton has left the Welsh Region. The 33-year-old had one season with the men of Gwent whilst also appearing for Welsh Premiership sides Bedwas and Cross Keys. The Australian-born pivot made 15 appearances for the Dragons during last season. Dragons chief executive Gareth Davies commented: “I Read More ...

Speight out, Wallabies call-up Betham

Posted on Jul 30, 2014

Waratahs wing Peter Betham will join the Wallabies Rugby Championship squad, after Brumbies flyer Henry Speight was sidelined for a month with a hamstring injury. Speight, who becomes eligible to represent Australia from September 11, suffered the injury in the second half of the Brumbies’ recent Super Rugby semi-final clash against the Waratahs in Sydney. Read More ...

Toulon sign another Springbok?

Posted on Jul 30, 2014

Former South Africa prop CJ van der Linde has joined French and European champions Toulon, according to reports in France. Midi Olympique have reported that van der Linde has joined Toulon on a two-year contract. The 33-year-old last turned out for London Irish in the Aviva Premiership last season, but failed to finish a single Read More ...

Stegmann named Blue Bulls captain

Posted on Jul 30, 2014

Blue Bulls coach Frans Ludeke on Wednesday confirmed Deon Stegmann’s captaincy for his team’s upcoming Currie Cup campaign. The 28-year old Stegmann will lead the team in Friday’s warm-up match against Pumas in Nelspruit. “It was an easy decision to call on ‘Steggies’ to lead the team this year,” Ludeke said. “He is not only Read More ...

Bath Rugby can win Amlin Cup, says David Flatman

Posted on May 21, 2014

Former Bath Rugby forward David Flatman believes the club’s current squad is more than capable of matching his team’s achievements by winning the Amlin Cup on Friday night. Bath travel to Cardiff Arms Park to take on Northampton Saints hoping to follow in the footsteps of Flatman and co, who won the competition in 2008. Read More ...