Dylan Hartley left out of England’s RWC training team

Northampton Saints hooker has unsuccessful to recover from a knee injury in time and was left out of ENG head coach Eddie Jones’ first training team for the upcoming RWC in Japan which was announced on Thursday. Sports fanatics can book Rugby World Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

Dylan Hartley left out of England's RWC training team
Dylan Hartley left out of England’s RWC training team

“The first two training camps are designed to recover individual players’ fundamentals to allow them to compete for a place in the WC team,” said Jones.

Hartley, who led ENG back-to-back Six Nations titles in 2016 and 2017, has not played since December.

The first training camp will be held at Pennyhill Park (June 23-27) trailed by another at the Lensbury (30 June 30 to 4 July).

Skilled scrumhalf Danny Care and flanker Chris Robshaw also missed out on the 29-man training team after slipping down the ENG pecking order.

Upkeep, which has 84 England caps, did not feature in this year’s Six Nations, while Robshaw has not played for his country since having knee surgery in October.

Dylan Hartley left out of England's RWC training team
Dylan Hartley left out of England’s RWC training team

Saracens lock George Kruis and teammate Mako Vunipola will be part of the camp for medical treatment. Harlequins number eight Alex Dombrandt, Northampton Saints flanker Lewis Ludlam and former England Sevens player Ruaridh McConnochie were among those who received their first call-up.

Players from losing semi-finalists Gloucester and Northampton Saints will join the site next week and Jones will name his final training party, counting players from Premiership finalists Exeter Chiefs and Saracens, on 4 July.

The team comprises players who were not involved in last month’s English Premiership semi-finals because of all those who were have been put on mandatory rest for five weeks.

The RWC kicks off on 20 September with England opposite Tonga in their opening Pool C encounter in Sapporo two days later

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Hurricanes to break records in Super Rugby final and Hoping best for RWC

Many experienced players will be back in the Hurricanes starting in the XV for the Super Rugby quarter-finals clash on Saturday night against the Bulls. Hurricanes players are happy to perform well in all these matches and keeping their eye on the Rugby World Cup Trophy.

TJ Perenara and Beauden Barrett are expected to mark a significant milestone and play their 100th game in front of their fans. Sports fanatics can book Rugby World Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

Hurricanes to break records in Super Rugby final and Hoping best for RWC 2019
Hurricanes to break records in Super Rugby final and Hoping best for RWC 2019

The duo was originally going to reach the goal during the Hurricanes tour in South Africa but was denied success after Barrett fell ill in Johannesburg. He missed the Hurricanes game against the Lions and was also absent last week when a young team defeated the Blues 29-24.

Barrett the Hurricanes point scorer will play his 124th game for the club while Perenara will play his 126th match. As well as equal the record number of club appearances held jointly by Ma’a Nonu and Conrad Smith.

Their return to the starter squad is two of nine changes made by Hurricanes head coach John Plumtree for the sudden death match.

The season’s top scorer Ngani Laumape will also be back in front of Barrett and Perenara. Wes Goosen wing has recovered from a hamstring strain which has kept him out of the side in the last fortnight.

Hurricanes to break records in Super Rugby final and Hoping best for RWC 2019
Hurricanes to break records in Super Rugby final and Hoping best for RWC 2019

Jordie Barrett was named defenseman due to Peter Umaga-Jensen’s excellent form against the Lions and Blues was awarded first place. There are four changes in the pack where highly experienced accessories Toby Smith and Jeff To’omaga-Allen are coming back.

Plumtree said there was growing excitement within the squad as they looked towards potentially their last home match of the season.

“I thought the whole squad got a real lift from the way our young side performed last week and that energy has started to really show through. We all worked really hard to earn a home playoff game and we can’t wait to get out in front of our fans and meet the massive challenge the Bulls will bring.”

The kick-off at the Westpac stadium is at 19:35.

Hurricanes: 

Jordie Barrett, Wes Goosen, Peter Umaga-Jensen, Ngani Laumape, Ben Lam, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Gareth Evans, Ardie Savea, Reed Prinsep, Isaia Walker-Leawere, James Blackwell, Jeff To’omaga Allen, Dane Coles (c), Toby Smith. Reserves: Asafo Aumua, Fraser Armstrong, Ben May/Alex Fidow, Kane Le’aupepe, Du’Plessis Kirifi, Richard Judd/Finlay Christie, James Marshall, Salesi Rayasi.

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Southern Kings looking new head coach for RWC19

Guinness PRO14 strugglers Southern Kings are looking for a new head coach after Deon Davids picked not to take the club forward into the World Cup 2019 session. Fans who want to watch live action of Rugby can book Rugby World Cup Final Tickets online.

We greatly appreciate the hard work Deon has done in laying the foundation for the future said Loyiso Dotwana chairman of the Kings.

“He came in at a very difficult time but was still able to play an instrumental role in bringing stability and focus to the team. We take this opportunity to thank Deon for his efforts and to wish him well with his future.”

Southern Kings looking new head coach for RWC19
Southern Kings looking new head coach for RWC19

Deon Davids produce his time at the Kings and thanked the franchise for the opportunity to coach at a top level.

He said. “I have had a daunting but at the same time rewarding experience as head coach of the Southern Kings and the time have come for me to hand the reigns to the next head coach.”


I need to produce further as a coach and look forward to doing that. The Southern Kings epitomize an important role in the rugby region and I trust that with sufficient resources it will play its rightful role in South African rugby.

Southern Kings looking new head coach for RWC19
Southern Kings looking new head coach for RWC19

Davids wants to thank Rassie Erasmus for giving me the chance to coach the Southern Kings as he played a direct role in my appointment. I also want to thank Hennie Baartman the president of SWD and his executive, who unselfishly agreed to send me on this journey in 2016 shortly after my appointment as head coach of SWD.

I also want to thank all the coaches’ players the support staff and the delightful supporters of Port Elizabeth for making this a very special time in my coaching career.

“I wish the Consortium (GRC) well with their investment and role in the Southern Kings and my time with the team was well worth the effort and commitment.”

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All Blacks forward coach to step down after RWC

One of world rugby’s most innovative and valued coaches, All Blacks Forwards Coach Mike Cron has announced that this year will be his last with the national side. Sports fanatics can book Rugby World Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

Known to all in rugby circles as “Crono” 64-year-old Cron has been involved with the All Blacks since 2004 and involved in multiple campaigns during that time, including the victorious back to back Rugby World Cups of 2011 and 2015 and successful Bledisloe Cup, Investec Rugby Championship and Grand Slam campaigns.

“I’ve been incredibly lucky and had a wonderful career coaching at the international level and I’m really looking forward to this last year with the team,” Cron said.

“It will be my fifth Rugby World Cup this year so is the right time to step down from the international game.”

Cron said after coaching for 37 years, he wouldn’t be quitting for good, but would now focus on mentoring younger coaches and up and coming players.

All Blacks forward coach to step down after RWC
All Blacks forward coach to step down after RWC

“That’s my other passion. As well as coaching younger players and helping them hopefully reach their potential, I’m also keen to help out the young coaches of the future, so looking forward to doing that.”

New Zealand Rugby CEO Steve Tew has led the tributes to Cron. Crono is a national treasure and thousands of players, from school, club, provincial, Super Rugby, the Black Ferns and of course the All Blacks, have been coached and mentored by one of the best rugby coaches in the world.

“He has a real desire to mentor young players and coaches and really cares about their development, so we’re delighted he will continue to contribute to the future of the game in New Zealand.”

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “Sometimes in life, you’re lucky to come across a real influencer in your career. For me, Mike Cron is one of those people.”

He’s one of those guys I’ve learned on from day one of my coaching careers. Initially, that was around scrimmaging, with Canterbury and the Crusaders, and then with Wales. Then I suggested to Graham Henry that we bring him into the All Blacks.

 

“His ability to teach anyone – younger, older, male or female – is world renowned and the greatest gift that Crono has is his ability to always keep learning and to keep giving. I’ve seen him coach club, provincial, Super and international rugby, plus even a stint overseas, all in the one year.”

As ‘Tewy’ said, he is a national treasure. He and his family must be immensely proud of everything he has achieved throughout his career, not only with the All Blacks but with all the teams and individuals he has coached. It’s great that New Zealand Rugby hasn’t lost him completely.

“On behalf of the All Blacks family, we’d like to thank him for his many years of service. I’d also like to congratulate him and April on making their decision and wish them all the very best for the future.”

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Bastareaud misses France’s Rugby World Cup Squad 2019

Jacques Brunel has omitted the experienced both Mathieu Bastareaud and Morgan Parra from his team of 31 players for the Rugby World Cup. Neither makes the supplement list of six players either.

Bastareaud left Toulon this summer to sign a historic deal with Major League Rugby outfit Rugby United New York but played a leading role in the Six Nations tour of France. Sports fanatics can book Rugby World Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

Bastareaud misses France’s Rugby World Cup Squad 2019
Bastareaud misses France’s Rugby World Cup Squad 2019

Parra was dropped by Brunel’s France team in the Six Nations after criticizing the leadership in the aftermath of the 44-8 loss to England, after which the scrum-half was referring to a rift in the camp.

“I think that we are capable of doing what the English do, but are we working on this during training? I think we don’t work on it enough, even not at all,” Parra said.

“Yet these are very simple things that are today part of high-level rugby. We can do this. But do we work on it? No.”

Brunel said at the time that dropping Parra was a sports choice. What did not help his cause this time was the fact that the 30-year-old is currently struggling with an ankle injury that he contracted while playing for the team of the club Clermont Auvergne.

Parra would certainly have brought a lot of experience in the tournaments, figuring in the 2011 and 2015 World Cups. Racing 92 winger Teddy Thomas, who was punished for a night in Edinburgh in the Six Nations after losing 32-26 to France was also left out by Brunel.

Wesley Fofana who retires from international rugby after the Rugby World Cup is included in the list of 31 men.

France, a three-time World Cup finalist, is part of Group C with England, Argentina, the United States, and Tonga. They will play their first match of the tournament against Argentina on September 21st in Tokyo.

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Sevens stars and the MLR-effect – why USA could be RWC banana skin

A year ago Gary Gold guided the USA to a historic win over Scotland and now the Eagles head coach is planning to use the international success of the country’s sevens team to boost their confidence at this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan. Fans from all over the World can book Rugby World Cup Final Tickets online.

Mike Friday’s USA Eagles sevens held the No.1 ranking until piped for the title in the final tournament by Fiji and three of the players who helped secure automatic qualification for next the 2020 Olympic Games Sevens have been drafted into the 15’s training squad that assembles in Colorado this weekend for an intensive nine-week period of preparation for the Pacific Nations Cup and the World Cup pool matches with England, France, Argentina, and Tonga.

Sevens stars and the MLR-effect - why USA could be RWC banana skin
Sevens stars and the MLR-effect – why USA could be RWC banana skin

Gold believes the experience of sevens captain Madison Hughes, Ben Pinkelman and Martin Iosef, who beat all of the major rugby nations on a regular basis, allied to that 30-29 win over Scotland in Houston last year can help convince his players they are capable of causing real problems in one of the toughest pool in the World Cup.

He told Rug bypass: It is feasible that Madison, Martin and Ben could be in the final squad for the World Cup and these guys grew up playing 15’s before moving over to the sevens. The other factor is that there is very different confidence around the seven guys because of what they have achieved on the World stage and I am hoping there will be a genuine cross over and understanding of what we can achieve.

Mike turned that sevens squad around in a short space of time and while I am not saying we are going to win the World Cup, I am hoping we can put up really big performances and we could be a banana skin for one of those teams. Our win over Scotland this time last year followed by the win over a full Samoa team in Spain plus the Sevens success allied to a settled squad gives us real confidence.

 “We start our camp this weekend in Colorado and this squad of players really does know each other well having been together for 18 months and our aim is to put up some great performances at the World Cup. As much as we can, we will try and replicate the conditions in Japan during our preparations.”

Sevens stars and the MLR-effect - why USA could be RWC banana skin
Sevens stars and the MLR-effect – why USA could be RWC banana skin

Gold added: “The MLR is single-handedly the biggest game-changer for us. When I started at the end of 2017 in this job, I met up with the players in Germany and there were guys in the middle of their European seasons and those from America who had not picked up a ball for three or four months.”

The MLR final was played at a packed stadium and was televised by CBS and people love it. Now, we have to make sure that financially the game is in a good place and there has been a really important decision to move the American Rugby Championship to August and September and with that one decision they have ensured they won’t be in a club v country problem. It’s a smart decision and will make a really big difference.

“The one area of concern is the number of foreigners in the MLR and that is something that will have to be addressed.”

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RWC: Former South Africa coach Peter de Villiers criticized in veteran Springbok’s squad

Springboks Rugby team prop Tendai Mtawarira has criticized the ability of former Rugby World South Africa head coach Peter de Villiers in his new biography. Followers of Rugby can book Rugby World Cup Final Tickets online.

Tendai Mtawarira who still plays for the Springboks after 107 tests were first selected by De Villiers in 2008 in his first year in charge of the squad after controversially taking the reins from Jake White who won the Rugby World Cup in France the year beforehand.

RWC: Former South Africa coach Peter de Villiers criticized in veteran Springbok's squad
RWC: Former South Africa coach Peter de Villiers criticized in veteran Springbok’s squad

De Villiers became the first non-white head coach of the Springboks but Mtawarira believes the 62-year-old was lucky during his four-year tenure which ended with defeat to the Wallabies at the quarter-final stage of the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

“He was a good coach of the Junior Springboks but I think at the high level he was possibly lucky that a very good group of players was handed over to him.”

De Villiers inherited a squad that featured the likes of Victor Matfield, Bryan Habana, Percy Montgomery, Schalk Burger, John Smit, Fourie du Preez, Jean de Villiers, Jaque Fourie, Bakkies Botha and JP Pieterson, all of whom were part of South Africa’s World Cup success in 2007 and have established themselves as greats of the modern era.

Mtawarira suggested that it was the players rather than De Villiers that were responsible for guiding the Boks through one of their most successful periods in recent times which included five wins from 11 meetings with the All Blacks winning the 2009 British and Irish Lions series and claiming the Tri-Nations title that year as well.

RWC: Former South Africa coach Peter de Villiers criticized in veteran Springbok's squad
RWC: Former South Africa coach Peter de Villiers criticized in veteran Springbok’s squad

“There’s no doubt that he was happy to be at the forefront of a team that could operate on its own steam. Most of the work was done by the players, with assistant coaches Dick Muir and Gary Gold very influential.”

“His methods and approach didn’t really work with the Springboks, and as players, we had to be careful what we said to the media. What you said would get back to Peter and affect your place in the team. The media did not like Peter and thought he was a bit of a clown.”

After South Africa was eliminated from the 2011 Rugby World Cup De Villiers lost his job. He was most recently hired by Zimbabwe with the aim of coaching them to their first World Cup berth in 28 years.

But he was reportedly fired after for unauthorized absence from work following a shambolic showing at the 2018 African Gold Cup where they finished fifth out of six teams despite needing a top-two finish to keep their Rugby World Cup hopes alive.

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Disgusting – angry reaction to potential absences for the World Cup

After being accused of pressuring the Samoan and Tongan players to make them miss the World Cup this year in order to stay with their clubs in France’s Top 14, there has been an angry reaction from fans on Twitter.

For the Pacific Island players, the majority of their revenue comes from their clubs, usually in France, which means it is easier for owners and senior personalities to compel players to avoid the tournament that could occupy the first three months of the season for some players. Fans have bought their Rugby World Cup Tickets online and hoping for their favourite players to perform well in the tournament.

Disgusting - angry reaction to potential absences for the World Cup
Disgusting – angry reaction to potential absences for the World Cup

However, many fans have called on Twitter for World Rugby to take action to avoid this from happening. It’s something that has happened at every World Cup, and for the competition to develop, level two teams must line up their top teams. However, this is simply not possible if the European clubs hold certain players from Samoa, Tonga, and Fiji.

Already this year, Fijian stars Nemani Nadolo and Timoci Nagusa, who both play for Montpellier, have announced their withdrawal from international rugby, which means they will stay in their clubs. At age 31, Nadolo would have been a valuable asset to Fiji, the 20-year-old winger who has been one of the deadly players in Europe over the past few seasons.

Compared to Samoa and Tonga, Fiji may have a little more depth, which means that the loss of some players will not affect the team too hard. However, if the other two lose some of their star players, this could have catastrophic consequences on their performance.

Former Samoan internationals Dan Leo and Junior Poluleuligaga also expressed their opinion. Poluleuligaga describing the state of affairs as “déjà vu”. During their career, they may have been faced with these pressures, especially since more money is injected into the game.

World Rugby has already been criticized this year for treating the nations of the Pacific with its League of Nations proposal. Therefore, to prevent further abuse against these players, fans are calling for intervention from World Rugby.

Of course, this leaves many actors in a delicate position in which they must choose between representing their country and earning enough money, and there is no measure to mitigate this problem. But that does not prevent this from worrying the fans for a long time.

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Disappointing Rebels could face the swing of the axe for the Wallabies in RWC

Melbourne’s Reece Hodge concedes their horror Super Rugby season capitulation could cost the Rebels players Wallabies’ Rugby World Cup spots. Followers of Rugby can book Rugby World Cup Tickets online.

The Rebels lost seven of their last nine matches, blowing the final round clash with the Chiefs 59-8 which cost them a maiden finals appearance. In the penultimate round, Rebels also had a shocker losing 66-0 to the Crusaders.

It was in stark difference to flying start unbeaten in the opening 4 rounds with well over a dozen players looking in contention for a Test call up.

Now the only players who could feel confident are halfback Will Genia, five, eighth Matt Toomua, utility backs Hodge and Dane Haylett-Petty, winger Marika Koroibete and lock Adam Coleman.

Disappointing Rebels could face the swing of the axe for the Wallabies in RWC
Disappointing Rebels could face the swing of the axe for the Wallabies in RWC

Those who are nervous that’s why to include Jack Maddocks, Billy Meakes, Luke Jones, Matt Philip, Isi Naisairani, Quade Cooper, Richard Hardwick, Jordan Uelese and Jermaine Ainsley.

I know myself I’ve been horrible the last couple of weeks the 24-year old said. I’m soiled about it and if it costs in my spot then I have to live with that.

We come here to win for the Rebels in Rugby World Cup and if selections happen down the track then that’s the coach’s prerogative.

Although Melbourne coach Dave Wessels said the team was soft Hodge described them as inconsistent and was baffled about their mid to late season slide.

“I don’t think there has been one player in our squad who has been consistently at their best every game if one or two or three guys are off every week then that going to cost the team.”

While 7 win their best ever result from the nine seasons they carried much more hope this year given the depth of talent at Wessel’s disposal.

“Inconsistency in our last 2 seasons is pretty apparent and we haven’t deserved to make the finals either season as we couldn’t finish the season strongly.”

“The review process starts straight away on Monday and next year we have got to be better and have a more complete season rather than just starting well.”

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EAN-MARC DOUSSAIN: TO LIVE A RWC IS EXTRAORDINARY

It must come as little amazement that it has taken Jean-Marc Doussain the best part of eight years to fully figure out the magnitude of what occurred in four-and-a-half rapid months in 2011. Fans from all over the World can book Rugby World Cup Final Tickets online.

Doussain ended the 2010-11 Top 14 season as a Bouclier de Brennus winner, helping Toulouse beat Montpellier on 4 June. But full international honors seemed some way off as he captained France to a World Rugby U20 Championship 2011 opening win over Fiji just six days later.

“When I think about it now-now that I have taken a step back eight years later – I realize that it was amazing to live it so soon,” Doussain told World Rugby.

EAN-MARC DOUSSAIN: TO LIVE A RWC IS EXTRAORDINARY
EAN-MARC DOUSSAIN: TO LIVE A RWC IS EXTRAORDINARY

But in the end, I did not take in enough because it was all so fast in four months.

“Now that I’m at Lyon, it’s one of the things I’ve been told. When we talk about me, it was that, my first test in the final against New Zealand. In retrospect, I realize that I was privileged to live this adventure.”

Impossible to refuse

Maso had called Doussain on a Tuesday, his call-up was inveterate by France coach Marc Lièvremont the following day, but before staying his flight to New Zealand the young playmaker first had to run out for Toulouse against Biarritz on Friday.

Everything happened very quickly: six months with the first team, we are champions of France, I go with the U20s, I come back for the championship and they call me for the France XV.

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“It was amazing to train with the best French players of the moment. I was a kid and the average age was under 30 years old.”

“Of course I was well prepared for the U20 Championship, but the craze for the World Cup, especially in New Zealand, was multiplied by 10!” he said.

There was a lot of pressure around the team, especially since there were no good results.

Never too early

The debutant was unable to prevent Les Bleus from losing 8-7 in his short time on the field but, all these years later that has not dented his pride.

 “I hope for them that they will be selected because it is never too early,” Doussain said.

We have struggled, as French players, to build over time and it’s good to take young players for this World Cup.

“My advice is to enjoy it, even if it will be hard. I lived it, but I did not appreciate the moment enough because it went so fast. They have been selected throughout the year and I would find it normal for them to be selected, given their potential.”

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