RWC 2019 – Sean Maitland and Chris Harris ruled out of Wales and Scotland clash

Scotland has suffered another injury setback with Sean Maitland and Chris Harris each dominated out of Saturday’s Six Nations clash with Wales at Murray field. Saracens wing Maitland picked up a foot injury throughout his club’s win over Northampton last weekend whereas Harris suffered a calf strain as urban center beat Worcester.

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RWC 2019 – Sean Maitland and Chris Harris ruled out of Wales clash and Scotland

Sean Maitland and Chris Harris will now sit out Scotland’s penultimate Six Nations clash, with Maitland’s absence especially one coach Gregor Townsend may do without, having already lost full-back, Stuart Hogg. Confirming the news, a spokesperson for the Scottish Rugby football Union said: “Maitland and Harris will return to their clubs for ongoing care and assessment.”

Back-to-back defeats by Ireland and France have complete Scottish hopes of snatching the Guinness Six Nations crown. But Townsend’s team will still play the part of an influential person over the ultimate time period of the competition, as they combat title contenders Wales and European nation.

Glasgow winger Tommy Seymour said: “There’s been a disappointment and that we will actually resurrect a lot of stuff in the next 2 games.” In terms of what we wish to get out of it, it’s primarily about where we have a tendency to see ourselves and what we’ve done.

It’s a big year for every international side going into a Rugby World Cup 2019 and we’ve got a lot of things we wish to simply put right for ourselves, get across on the park for the fans, for us. “If we are able to get 2 wins, it puts us in an exceedingly higher light and will wonder for Scotland. That is our main concern.”

Rugby World Cup 2019 – Trophy Tour reunites rugby players in South Africa

Hundreds of rugby football fans and players joined the celebration of rugby football in African country this week on the 14th stop of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy tour. The Webb Ellis Cup, rugby’s most desired prize, was on show across Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town wherever it stopped at rugby football stadia, delight many fans at the Springbok expertise.

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Rugby World Cup 2019 – Trophy Tour reunites rugby players in South Africa

In the presence of the Webb Ellis Cup and against spectacular Stellenbosch scenery, students from 5 schools across the zone took part in rugby football sessions.

Jean de Villiers commented during the get into Rugby football session: “I was very lucky to be a part of the Rugby World Cup winning squad in 2007 and to possess the Webb Ellis Cup back in Cape Town brings back many memories on behalf of me. The trophy is so special to African country and also the joy it brings to individuals here is amazing. Get into Rugby football may be a massively vital tool for growing the sport across our country and to see kids here having fun, being active and participating is something we are going to still see across African country in the future. It’s about using the skills you learn on the field to make a success of life.”

“With just over 2 hundred days to go to Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan, preparations are on track for a really special and prospering initial Rugby World Cup in Asia and the anticipation of the world’s 3rd biggest sports event can be felt right across the world. With tickets still out there for a variety of South Africa matches, I would encourage fans to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the magic of Japan 2019.”

Eddie Jones has to Ready if England are to win RWC 2019

In the run-up to the 2011 Rugby World Cup, the All Blacks held a series of “What if?” conferences. “We talked regarding worst-case scenarios,” Jerome Kaino remembered and Kieran Read said: “The worst would be if Dan Carter and Richie McCaw get harmed.” The head coach Graham Henry didn’t actually think that would happen ‘surely not possible’ he told himself but he wanted to plan for it anyway.

Eddie Jones has to Ready if England are to win RWC 2019 Tickets
Eddie Jones has to Ready if England are to win RWC 2019

Seven months out from the World Cup, it feels as if Eddie Jones continues to be so busy working out through the best-case situation that he hasn’t had time to concerning about the worst nevertheless.

Jones has built an England squad who are capable of beating anyone, so long as they need their key players fit, as they did against Ireland in Dublin at the start of the month. Then again you get to those “What ifs?”. It’s pretty simple to work out what the worst of these are.

Jones surely is aware of all this. Like every international coach, he will have his depth chart, marking the chain of command of players in each position. However, take the list at fly-half. There’s Farrell, so Ford, who seems to be lucky to get off the bench, and beyond him, perhaps, Danny Cipriani, who has been frozen out since last summer. Or at scrum-half, where, after Youngs, Danny Care has been dropped from the squad and Robson can’t appear to urge a game.

Few would deny that Jones contain a first fifteen who are robust enough to win the World Cup in Japan. However, unless they get terribly lucky, they are going to prove they can do it without them, too.

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Rugby World Cup 2019 – Warren Gatland’s ability to grab best from Wales bodes

The Six Nations trumps the rugby football Championship for preparation. Wales, European country and Ireland have an opportunity of glory in Japan. Before the beginning of the Six Nations this month, Ireland was thought to be Europe’s prime challengers within the Rugby World Cup. Then it had been European country when their emphatic victory in the capital of Ireland and denuding of France at Twickenham, however within the third round the odds on the favorites New Zealand turning into the primary team to win the Webb Elis Trophy for a 3rd consecutive time shrink.

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Rugby World Cup 2019 – Warren Gatland’s ability to grab best from Wales bodes

“Wales won by default in Six Nations clash with England,” blared one headline in New Zealand this week. The rubbish remarked to the lack of space either side manufactured with the ball in hand however, matches within the knockout stage of a World Cup can be just as claustrophobic.

Gatland’s ability to squeeze the most effective out of his team has made him the media favorite to interchange Eddie Jones as England’s head coach, whenever which will be with the Australian contracted until 2021. England sounded out Gatland, who had enjoyed a trophy-rich stint with Wasps earlier in the decade, in 2007, a few weeks before Wales called him, however, failed to follow it up.

England, the country everybody likes to beat, would vary, as would its domestic system. Gatland is that the master of Welsh rugby football wherever, as in Ireland and New Zealand, the national team is at the highest of the pyramid. Jones needs to deal with a strong union of clubs who have become emboldened by an infusion of cash from a private equity company. There could be trouble ahead. Jones has largely remained above the politics however, non-interference has not been an approach taken by Gatland.

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World Rugby says World League will not exclude Pacific Nations

World Rugby has clarified that Pacific Islands will not be excluded from the World League. Proposed 12-team tournament is thought to take place from 2020. Teams playing in the Six Nations Championship (England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales) and The Rugby Championship (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina) will participate in the new competition. United States and Japan were rumored to the fill the two slots. World Rugby has now revealed that final two positions will be filled on merit through promotion/relegation basis. This means that Fiji, Samoa and Tonga are not locked out of the World League tournament.

CEO of World Rugby Brett Gosper said: “The two-division competition would provide more player opportunities and ensure financial stability for unions. Importantly, participation would be merit-based, based on rankings at an agreed time. Therefore, there is no question of closing out the Pacific Islands as we would be adding two more emerging unions to the top table whilst financing a second tier competition with all the benefits that would bring to the players.”

World Rugby CEO says World League will not force out Pacific nations
World Rugby CEO says World League will not force out Pacific nations

Brett Gosper, CEO of World Rugby hopes that World League will increase competitiveness of the international sport. He reckons that it will benefit the Rugby World Cup also. He thinks that RWC can be expanded to 24 teams in future. Gosper feels that World Rugby can work as qualification tournament for the Webb Ellis Cup as well. He revealed that World League will be two tier tournament, with inclusion in top division dependent on ranking basis. He iterated that World League will not affect British and Irish Lions tours also.

Brett Gosper further stated: “Analysis confirms a more competitive international game, and therefore Rugby World Cup, would heighten the possibility of expanding the tournament to 24 teams. It certainly would not erode the special and unique atmosphere of a Rugby World Cup and it could also act as a qualification vehicle. Lions tours would not be affected as we plan for a lighter programme in those years; the spotlight would be firmly on the Lions.”

Brett Gosper also took to Twitter to quash rumors about the World League. He addressed concerns raised by players and representative bodies. He particularly denied exclusion of Pacific islands from the lucrative tournament.

Pacific Islands consider Rugby World Cup boycott over World League plans

World Rugby members in Pacific Islands are thinking about boycott of 2019 Rugby World Cup over proposed plans of World League. Fiji, Samoa and Tonga are very critical of World Rugby proposal of 12-team World League. New tournament is likely to include teams participating in the Six Nations Championship and Rugby Championship, joined by Japan and United States, from 2020. World Rugby has come under severe criticism over exclusion of Pacific Islands nations. Fiji, Tonga and Samoa are all part of the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.

Pacific Rugby Players Welfare (PRPW) wants its 600 members to vote whether they should boycott RWC 2019 to protest the plans of revamp in international Rugby tests calendar. PRPW has asked member unions of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga to join the protest of Pacific islanders against World League. It has urged other player bodies of the region to join to stop the exclusion of Pacific island nations from the new lucrative tournament.

Pacific islands nations Fiji, Samoa and Tonga may miss World League Rugby tournament
Pacific islands nations Fiji, Samoa and Tonga may miss World League Rugby tournament

Chief executive of PRPW and former Samoa captain said: “Now is the time for the voice of Pacific rugby to be heard through our players. World Cup would lose. I don’t think the competition could go ahead if you took out a quarter of the players. We want to be known as a progressive sport – one that’s inclusive, one that allows sides to be promoted and allows sides to have equal opportunity – but the signs are a bit ominous. This would be a disaster for the Pacific Island nations, and for any nation omitted from the top 12 teams. Even if promotion and relegation were involved, all that would happen would be that the top teams would pull away from the rest. Everyone wants to play against the All Blacks, England, and the top teams. If that is ring-fenced, it becomes a real problem. I don’t think you’d find that it would minimize the number of Pacific Islanders playing in that competition I just think you’d see Pacific Islanders playing for everybody else. Really, there is a lot at stake here.”

Ireland back to winning ways after Scotland lose 13-22 in Six Nations 2019

Ireland have taken victory leap after overcoming Scotland in the 2019 Six Nations Championship match. Scotland were defeated by World number 2 ranked team Ireland by 13-22 on 9th February 2019 at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. Ireland have won first match in the Six Nations 2019 after crashing out against England in their opening game. Scotland have lost after a run of seven consecutive home victories. This is first defeat for Scotland at Murrayfield Stadium after 2016 Six Nations. This is largest defeat for Scotland in an international match at Murrayfield, since Ireland subjected them to 10-40 defeat in Six Nations 2015. Rugby union teams hailing from northern hemisphere who are participating in 2019 Six Nations Championship, are getting ample preparation for Rugby World Cup 2019.

Scotland attacked on favourits Ireland in the start of match. Scottish captain Greig Laidlaw opened score with a penalty on 7′. Ireland came charging with scrum-half Conor Murray kicking a try on 10′. Irish winger Jacob Stockdale nailed a try on 17′, that Conor Murray converted on 17′. Scottish centre Sam Johnson smashed a try on 29′, and skipper Greig Laidlaw followed with subsequent conversion on 30′. Scotland were two points behind with 10-12 versus Ireland on half time. Scottish side had displayed strong performance in first half to take Irish team to the breaking point. But then Scotland missed chance in last five minutes before break to take lead.

Ireland make victorious return by defeating Scotland in Six Nations 2019
Ireland make victorious return by defeating Scotland in Six Nations 2019

Ireland dominated second half, attacking Scottish defence after half time. Keith Earls hit a try on 56′, that Joseph Carbery converted on 57′. Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw booted a penalty on 62′. Joseph Carbery hit a penalty on 69′ to seal the game for Ireland. Scotland had lost the steam and could not make another scoring shot. Scoreline read 13-22 with Ireland in front, having nine point lead over Scotland. Match finished with Scotland dejected and Ireland coming out as victorious team by 13-22 on closing time.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt said: “I think we just muscled our way through it. We restricted them to an intercept try and it was a massive defensive effort. Scotland are a good team who play in a really positive manner.”

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw stated: “Romain Poite picked us up in the middle of the field, Sean O’Brien’s reefed the ball out and he’s given a knock-on right in front of him.He doesn’t seem to like us, Romain. He refereed us against South Africa as well and we don’t seem to see eye-to-eye. We’re not going to blame him, we look at ourselves, and credit to Ireland.”

Scotland Vs Ireland 13-22
9th February 2019 – Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland
Scotland: 13
Try: Sam Johnson (29′)
Con: Greig Laidlaw (30′)
Pen: Greig Laidlaw (7′, 62′)
Ireland: 22
Try: Conor Murray (10′), Jacob Stockdale (17′), Keith Earls (56′)
Con: Conor Murray (17′), Joseph Carbery (57′)
Pen: Joseph Carbery (69′)

England thrash France 44-8 in 2019 Six Nations

England have continued good run in Six Nations Championship 2019, with 44-8 victory against France on 10th February 2019 at Twickenham Stadium, London. England have won second match in a row in 2019 Six Nations. This is France’s second defeat with largest margin versus England, after their 37-0 loss in 1911. This is second biggest loss for France against any team in Six/Five Nations history since that drubbing. Six Nations Championship offers adequate training for Rugby World Cup 2019 to rugby union teams hailing from northern hemisphere.

England attacked on France right from the start of match. Jonny May opened scoring with a penalty on 2′. English captain Owen Farrell kicked a penalty on 7′. Morgan Parra opened account for France by nailing a penalty on 10′. Farrell smashed his second penalty on 13′. Jonny May booted his second try on 24′. Jonny May completed his hat-trick of penalties on 29′, that Owen Farrell converted on 31′. Damian Penaud registered second and final scoring shot for France with a try on 35′. Henry Slade knocked a try on 40′ that Farrell converted. England were way ahead with 30-8 against France on half time.

England overpowered France in Six Nations 2019
England overpowered France in Six Nations 2019

With a 22 point deficit, chances of revival were bleak for France. A penalty try on 49′ all but sealed the game for England. Owen Farrell hit a penalty on 55′ and did a subsequent conversion himself on 56′. Scoreline read 44-8 in favour of England and remained so till match finish time. France were so devastated that they could not manufacture another scoring shot. Game closed on 44-8 with England emerging as victorious team on the closing time.

England coach Eddie Jones stated: “We weren’t happy at half time; we felt we had gone off the boil a little so I was really pleased with the second half as we shut them out … left a few scoring opportunities out there but certainly our second half was better than our first. It is a difficult game, you get points in front, your natural tendency is to get seduced by the scoreboard and you start doing things you wouldn’t normally do but we kept to our discipline. That’s the way the game is going (the kicking). If teams defend like that (with a high line) then the space is there in the back field and we have the pace. I’m sure teams will start defending us differently and that will create space in other areas.”

France coach Jacques Brunel said: “It was obviously very disappointing, especially the first half. The kicking game created pressure that we were not able to overcome. The same things happened throughout the game. We found ourselves on the line without anyone in behind and we were punished.”

England Vs France 44-8
10th February 2019 – Twickenham Stadium, London
England: 44
Try: Jonny May (2′, 24′, 29′), Henry Slade (40′), Penalty Try (49′), Owen Farrell (55′)
Con: Owen Farrell (31′, 40′, 56′)
Pen: Owen Farrell (7′, 13′)
France: 8
Try: Morgan Parra (10′)
Pen: Damian Penaud (35′)

Italy beaten by Wales 15-26 in Six Nations 2019

Italy have continued their lean run in 2019 Six Nations Championship, with a 15-26 defeat against Wales on 9th February 2019 at Stadio Olimpico, Rome. Wales have won second match of 2019 Six Nations to extend their winning run to eleven matches. Six Nations Championship provides ample preparations of Rugby World Cup 2019 for rugby union teams belonging to northern hemisphere.

Wales played attacking game from the start with Dan Biggar going on penalty spree, scoring four times on 2’, 15’, 19’ and 30’. Visitors were on the roll with scoreline reading 0-12. Italy opened score with a try by Braam Steyn on 34’, that Tommaso Allan converted on 36’ to make score 7-12. Wales had a lead of 5 points over hosts Italy on half time.

Italy defeated by Wales 15-26 in Six Nations 2019
Italy defeated by Wales 15-26 in Six Nations 2019

Tommaso Allan nailed a penalty on 44’ to take Ireland close with 10-12. But then Wales went on to take game out of the reach of Italy. Josh Adams kicked a try on 54’, that Dan Biggar converted on 55’. Owen Watkin hit a try on 70’, with a conversion by Gareth Anscombe on 71’. Scorecard read 10-26 in Wales favour at that point. Edoardo Padovani slotted over a penalty for Italy on 75’ to take hosts to 15 points. Italian side could not score more points, and match finished on 15-26 with Wales turning victorious on the close.

This was Wales’ 11th consecutive win, international men’s rugby union competitions. It equaled their longest winning run, set between 1907 and 1910. Italy have been defeated for record 19 times in Six Nations. Italy had last won versus Scotland in February 2015. Josh Navidi was judged man of the match. Wait of Italy rugby team and coach Conor O’Shea for a victory in Six Nations continues.

Wales coach Warren Gatland said: “There’s definitely things we need to work on. Our lineouts were poor again, and if we play like that against England, it could be embarrassing. We won’t play like that, though. There were a few guys out there that hadn’t played a lot of rugby so we weren’t as tight in the front five as we would have liked. We made those changes because we are trying to look ahead to the World Cup. We didn’t have as much momentum and tempo as we would have liked, but we’re looking at the Six Nations and trying to build for the World Cup.”

Italy Vs Wales 15-26
9th February 2019 – Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Italy: 15
Try: Braam Steyn (34’), Edoardo Padovani (75’)
Con: Tommaso Allan (36’)
Pen: Tommaso Allan (44’)
Wales: 26
Try: Josh Adams (54’), Owen Watkin (70’)
Con: Dan Biggar (55’), Gareth Anscombe (71’)
Pen: Dan Biggar (2’, 15’, 19’, 30’)

Australia remove assistant coach Stephen Larkham before Rugby World Cup 2019

Rugby Australia has removed Stephen Larkham from assistant coach job. He had strong differences with Wallabies coach Michael Cheika. He is appointed as national performance national high-performance coach adviser. The decision to axe Stephen Larkham from attack coach post was made by head coach Michael Cheika. His removal is surprising because there are just little over seven months are left in the Rugby World Cup 2019.

Rugby Australia (RA) issued a statement: “Larkham will move into the new role with immediate effect after a decision was made by head coach Michael Cheika that Larkham should no longer continue in the role of assistant coach of the Wallabies”.

Australia remove assistant coach Stephen Larkham on head coach Michael Cheika's demand
Australia remove assistant coach Stephen Larkham on head coach Michael Cheika’s demand

Stephen Larkham had been attack coach since 27th October 2015. Michael Cheika had chosen him for assistant coach role after joining wallabies as head coach in 22nd October 2014. Michael Cheika and Stephen Larkham guided Australia to final of 2015 Rugby World Cup, where they eventually lost to New Zealand. Relationship between the two coaches deteriorated. They were not on same page regarding strategy and game philosophy. Stephen Larkham will focus on coach mentoring, coaching and skills development across Rugby Australia’s national programmes, including Australian sevens program, Junior Wallabies, state under-20s academies and Wallaroos.

Stephen Larkham said: “Ultimately Michael is responsible for the performance of the team. We have differences in attacking strategy and overall game philosophy. We couldn’t agree on these key points and it is in the best interest of the team that they receive clear and consistent messages from their coaches. I am obviously disappointed with this outcome as I had chosen to pursue the experience of taking the Wallabies through to the World Cup, however I am pleased to be able to continue coaching and contributing to Australian Rugby in this new role.”

Australia gone through worst season in 2018, winning just 4 out of 13 matches. This was worst win-loss record for Wallabies in 60 years. Rugby Australia reviewed dismal performance, but shown faith in coaching of Michael Cheika. RA though have roped in Scot Johnson for newly created post of Director of Rugby. Shuffling in team management has also resulted in resignation of Haydn Masters from head of athletic preparation job.