Army v Navy rugby preview – Twickenham

first_imgAs the son of a former Royal Navy player, there’s no doubt where my loyalty lies. So I hope I’m wrong when I predict an Army victory. One of the Navy’s star turns is Josh Drauniniu, of London Welsh and ex-England Sevens, but he’ll be missing after suffering a recent finger injury. He’ll be involved in a coaching capacity but Navy coach Lt Cdr Geraint Ashton Jones said: “We’re losing a player who everyone involved with Service rugby respects and a player who can turn a match.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS True Blues: the Navy’s win last year ended a run of eight defeats in the fixture Mattie Stewart won 34 caps for Scotland but he’ll tell you that the physicality of the annual Army-Navy game matches any International.On Saturday the two teams go hammer and tongs at Twickenham as the Army look to recapture the Babcock Trophy, which they let slip last year when Gaz Evans, the Plymouth hooker, went over in the final minutes. Evans is at No 8 this time to accommodate Ben Priddey.The form guide is intriguing because while the Navy beat the RAF 52-3, the Army beat them 52-0. Almost as if the Army had to go one better!It’s a bit superficial but those results suggest another nail-biter for a crowd that could top 60,000, even with Quins playing across the road at the same time. If you’re not in Twickenham to watch rugby, best give the area a wide berth.center_img The Army have a few big guns, including a Test fly-half in Jack Prasad. Fellow Fiji international Apo Satala, who has been playing for Taunton this season after a move from Gloucester to Sale fell through, will wear seven opposite the Navy’s England Sevens player Greg Barden. Chris Budgen is still going strong at tighthead and I see that Gerhard Wessells is on the bench – he was the star of last year’s National Sevens Series. I was told he would be on deployment.The Army had won eight Army-Navys in a row before losing their crown last year and I reckon their motivation to ‘right the wrongs’ of 2010 will just be enough. But not betting on it!last_img read more

Help for Heroes 2 – North v South match

first_imgThese people need specialist, high-quality help and many are suffering post-traumatic stress or other conditions. They need our help and this is rugby’s way of helping. We’ve never made any political statements about going to war, whether it’s right or wrong. What we’re about is looking after soldiers when they return.After the 2008 match we said we could never do another one but so many people said “Let’s do it again” that we relented. What happened to change our stance was the way people have reacted.Tickets for this fantastic event are on sale now from or on 0844 847 2492. If you buy just one rugby ticket in 2011, this has to be it.This article appeared in the July 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK Johnson and Dallaglio played in the first Help for Heroes match in 2008Three years after the first Help for Heroes rugby match raised £1.4m for our servicemen and women, we’re going back to Twickenham on 3 December for Help for Heroes 2.In 2008 it was a Help for Heroes team against the Rest of the World and we attracted 54,000 to HQ. This time it will be a battle of the hemispheres, North v South – a match people have tried to stage for years.We’ve already enlisted a stellar list of former greats to be team managers and their prime objective will be to recruit the players. From the North we have Lawrence Dallaglio, Jason Leonard and Ieuan Evans, and from the South Sean Fitzpatrick and Michael Lynagh. World-class coaches will be appointed in due course.Last time we selected six servicemen – two from each service – per side. So this time we’re planning to have six servicemen from each hemisphere. There will be a number of young players, and alongside we’ll recruit some of the biggest names we can find.JP Morgan are on board as the main sponsor and it will be covered live on Sky Sports, two deals that swell the coffers before we’ve started. We’re mindful that staging a game like this brings huge costs, not just at Twickenham. Transporting and housing that many players in London isn’t cheap, so packing out the ground is our priority.We love the fact that the Barbarians are playing Australia at Twickenham a week earlier, because it brings two dozen of the biggest names from the southern hemisphere to London. We hope a few will decide to stay on in London for another week!The fund-raising efforts of the Help for Heroes charity has moved on in the past three years and now – with a number of other services charities – we want to raise money for recovery centres that are being established across the country. These will be places for these guys and girls to go to, to reassess what’s going on in their lives and get further help. These will be bases around the country, converted stately homes, those sort of places which will be upgraded to receive these wounded soldiers and give them further help – it’s a £100m project. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here. For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visitlast_img read more

Wallaby Ioane out with fractured thumb

Ioane scored a try against Italy before the injuryScans today in Auckland have confirmed that Wallabies winger Digby Ioane has sustained a fracture to his right thumb.Ioane suffered the injury during yesterday’s 32-6 win over Italy in Australia’s opening match of the Rugby World Cup.The injury occurred with approximately 20 minutes of play remaining when the Australian winger accidentally came into contact with the boot of his Italian counterpart, Mirco Bergamasco, as he attempted to cover a grubber kicked in behind the Australian line. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Australia’s Wallabies fly-half Digby Ioane (R) escapes with the ball to score a try in front of Italy’s fly-half Luciano Orquera (C) during the 2011 Rugby World Cup pool C match Australia vs Italy at the North Harbour stadium in Auckland on September 11, 2011. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images) As Ioane tried to scoop up the ball, his thumb was struck by the boot of Bergamasco, who was attempting to toe the ball further down-field. Ioane will be operated on and will remain with the Wallabies in New Zealand.He is expected to be available to play again later in the tournament although the exact timelines on when he might be able to return will not be known until after the joint has been operated on, and his rehabilitation from the injury has begun read more

RFC Basel – Team of the Month (October 2011)

first_imgFind a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. Or you may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad. Swiss watch: Basel are blazing a trail in a country enjoying a growth spurt in the sport When a new job took chemist Andy Kendall to the Swiss city of Basel a decade ago, the local rugby team relied heavily on foreign workers. Not any more. “When I started playing, the first team was 70-80% expats,” says Kendall, now the head coach. “Today it’s 80% Swiss.”From two divisions of six teams, Switzerland now has ten teams in both its A and B leagues, plus a C league – 46 clubs and 139 teams nationally, springing up all over the country.“It’s down to exposure and organic growth. There are English pubs in every town and each World Cup brings an influx of new players. The Swiss also have a brilliant idea called the Schnuppertag, a day where youngsters are encouraged to try out a range of sports.”The Swiss kids at Kendall’s RFC Basel who started at ten and 11 a decade ago have stayed the course. “We have a great bunch coming through and they’re all front-rowers!” he adds.The coach can field an all-Swiss pack apart from at No 8, where Czech international and ex-Esher semi-pro Ladislav Vondrasek is a fixture. And in fly-half Lukas Quintillan and full-back Tim Ginz, Kendall has two youngsters who, in a different environment, could arguably make a career out of rugby.Results in October took Basel to the top of the B League. A first win at Lugano preceded defeats of Lucerne, Stade Lausanne, Alba and Zurich II, before Basel rattled up a century against La Chaux-de-Fonds ahead of the winter break. The season resumes in March.Canterbury Kitbags“In the past three years the young Swiss have become leaders on the pitch. They’re the key to our success,” Kendall says.Basel are our October Team of the Month and win 22 kitbags from Canterbury. Click here to check out September’s Team of the Month.This article appeared in the January 2012 issue of Rugby World Magazine. For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170center_img Would you like to sign up to Rugby World’s excellent weekly email newsletter? Click here. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

RBS 6 Nations: Crocked at the wrong time

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Ireland’s outside centre Brian O’Driscoll reacts during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Ireland and France at Aviva Stadium in Dublin on March 9, 2013. France drew with Ireland 13-13. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images) His return may be vital for Sharks’ relegation battle, but Warren Gatland will not have time to be convinced before he names his squad on April, 30. If he is not a fan already it could be too late.Ben MorganThe No 8 battle is still considered to be the most wide-open in the run up to the squad selection. However, despite not turning out since his strong display against Scotland in the opening round of the championship, it has taken until this week to be ruled out for the closing game.He may not have been a consideration, but he was scribbled in as someone to return by the end. If you are looking for a bolter to come in somewhere, at the back of the scrum may be one of those places… Mr Delve.Dazed: O’Driscoll takes a breather during Ireland’s drawBrian O’Driscoll Clipped captain: Ryan Jones feels the pain as he suffers from a broken bone in his shoulder against ScotlandBy Alan DymockIT IS hard to explain why sports stars enjoy having the underdog tag heading into big contests, but when something like the Lions tour comes up around the bend you can at least understand why being heavily backed could be seen as a bad thing. It is not so much a curse, but when you are touted to tour some players may want to avoid ladders, black cats and breaking out the pocket mirrors.Ryan JonesBarely a week ago I asked Ryan Jones if he paid any heed to the buzz around his chances to tour. He claimed he was prepared to wait and see, not willing to say he was in the mix. This despite me telling him mow much he was fancied by the nation’s bookmakers.Felled giant: Richie Gray tears his hamstring in Round 4In the midst of the much-curtailed contest at Murrayfield, though, Jones suffered a blow. Despite helping Wales to victory his role in the match was somewhat bittersweet, and he was helped from the pitch. Later we were told this was due to a broken bone in his shoulder.He has been given six to eight weeks to recover, but it would be optimistic to say he will be in the mix in April, despite his injury. Speed recovery.Richie GrayA hamstring tear has ruled out the giant second-row for a few months. The jolt of seeing the lock with the blond shock being zoomed off the pitch on Saturday may have been slightly distressing for Scots fans, but the Sale Shark’s chances of touring Down Under hang on by a thread, with him said to be returning before the season’s close. He may still be cleared to play, but the former Lions captain and his centre partner Luke Marshall are both under observation following bumps to the noggin during Ireland’s draw with France. With scrum-half Eoin Reddan out with a broken leg and Fergus McFadden also crocked it is a tough time for the Ireland squad.O’Driscoll could still be taken, just because it is BOD, but the window of recovery is a small one. If he is absent, someone may have to rise up and put in a big time performance in the centre to fill as massive void.last_img read more

All Blacks without Conrad Smith for third England Test

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Influential All Blacks centre Conrad Smith is out of the third Test against England in Hamilton this Saturday.Having played an influential role in New Zealand’s 28-27 win in the second Test at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr, the centre has had to pull out of the series with a broken bone in his hand. He may also miss the rest of the Super Rugby season.“It’s bad luck for [Smith],” said All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen, “but an opportunity for someone else in the group. Other than that, everyone else is fine.”Hansen refused to say which of his centre options, Malekai Fekitoa or Ryan Crotty, will come in to replace Smith and start. However, the other issues that Hansen is keeping quiet on before New Zealand name their team on Thursday is the availability of No 8 Kieran Read, who missed the first two Tests against England after sitting out with concussion, while there are also calls for Beauden Barrett to replace Aaron Cruden at fly-half.England, on the other hand, will name their squad on Wednesday night, BST. There are yet to be any updates on the fitness of four of England’s starters from the second Test who have question marks over them: half-backs Danny Care and Owen Farrell and centres Billy Twelvetrees and Luther Burrell. On this he said: “[Fekitoa] been playing well and it’s just whether we think he’s ready to start. Ryan’s been there and done that, and been in the atmosphere. That’s what it’ll come down to – whether we think Malakai’s ready to start or not.” Missing influence: Conrad Smith is out of the third Test against England on Saturday last_img read more

Hotshot: Ulster fly-half Johnny McPhillips

first_img When did you start playing rugby?My older brother Patrick played at Northern (in Gosforth) and Dad did some coaching so I went to watch, then joined in when I was about five.You’re from Newcastle, so what is your Irish heritage?My parents are Irish. My mum is from Waterford and my dad was born in Tanzania but spent his early youth in Belfast.Did you play other sports?Football was my main sport from eight to about 13. I was contracted to the Newcastle United Academy. Then I went to boarding school at Sedbergh and rugby took over. I played cricket, too, and captained my county age groups.Which position do you prefer?I’d like to be a ten who can play 15. I really enjoy goalkicking too. I’ve never found it a chore.Why did you join Ulster?I liked the set-up and it meant I could do a degree as well as playing full-time. I’m reading politics.Who have you played for this season?Ulster A and Ballynahinch. On target: Johnny McPhillips in goal-kicking action for Ulster A. (Photo: Inpho) Date of birth 13 March 1997. Country Ireland TAGS: Ulster LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS You played for England U18…Yes, then I signed for Ulster Academy when I left school and got involved with Ireland U20 from there.Was playing for Ireland U20 good last year?It was massively positive and I got better through the whole experience. Now I want to keep working hard, hopefully get some senior caps for Ulster and have a good Six Nations with Ireland U20.RW Verdict: Simon Mulholland and Chris Mahon at Sedbergh helped to turn McPhillips from a footballer into a rugby player. He has the temperament and talent to go from strength to strength for Ulster and Ireland. First published in the February 2017 edition of Rugby World magazine.last_img read more

Investigation launched into World Cup qualification in Europe

first_img Expand Eligibility controversy in World Cup 2019 qualifying Cook Islands replace Tahiti in Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifying Eligibility controversy in World Cup 2019 qualifying Ugly Scenes As Spain Fail To Automatically Qualify For RWC 2019 As for the reactions of Spain’s players at the end of the match, which cannot be condoned, Rugby Europe has appointed an independent judicial panel to look into their conduct.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Cook Islands replace Tahiti in Rugby World Cup… Depending on the findings of the committee, teams could be fined and removed from the World Cup qualifying process, and match results could be overturned.There is a precedent for this in that World Rugby overturned Tahiti’s win over Cook Islands after they were found to have fielded two ineligible players.However, it took seven months from that game last August to the sanctions being announced. World Rugby simply cannot take so long this time given the time constraints involved.The grand prize: The Webb Ellis Cup will be lifted in Yokahama on Saturday 2 November 2019. Photo: Getty ImagesThe play-off qualifier between Portugal and Spain was due to take place this month, but that obviously cannot be played until it is determined which team should qualify automatically from the Rugby Europe Championship and which team should be playing Portugal.The winner of that fixture – when eventually played – is then due to face Samoa in the summer in a two-legged play-off, while the loser will go into the four-team repechage tournament at the end of the year.Time is clearly of the essence and World Rugby have stressed the committee will be meeting on an “emergency basis” to get an outcome as soon as possible. There could still be a Belgium v Spain replay, but it will be dependent on the results of the eligibility investigation.Boiling over: Spanish players confront the referee after the Belgium defeat (Getty Images)Questions will now no doubt be asked about the eligibility of players at all levels of international rugby and how the capturing of players is monitored (it is the responsibility of the union to ensure all players that represent the national team are eligible to do so). The recent controversy could result in an overhaul of the processes surrounding Regulation 8 and possibly even changes to the rules. Spain’s defeat by Belgium saw Romania qualify automatically for Japan 2019, but with Romanian officials in charge in Brussels – something Spain raised concerns about before the fixture – World Rugby deemed it was a serious enough incident for the match to be replayed. If Spain had beaten Belgium, they would have qualified automatically as Europe 1.World Rugby’s statement said their concerns specifically related “to the process and perception of Rugby Europe’s appointment of a match official team that was not neutral in the context of qualification and failing to act on Spain’s concerns in respect of the appointment”.Since the match there have been various reports of teams fielding ineligible players in the Rugby Europe Championship and World Rugby have now convened an independent disputes committee to look into all these issues.World Rugby said: “Given this information concerns potential breaches of World Rugby regulations, and given the complexity and interconnectivity of the issues, a full and independent review is warranted. This is in the best interests of the sport, teams and fans and is fully supported by Rugby Europe.”Related: What are rugby’s eligibility rules? LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Downbeat: Spain’s Fabien Perrin shows his disappointment after the Belgium game (Getty Images) Cook Islands replace Tahiti in Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifying World Rugby launches investigation into RWC 2019 qualification process following ineligibility reports Ugly Scenes As Spain Fail To Automatically Qualify… Collapse The eligibility of Belgium and Romania players has… Investigation launched into World Cup qualification in EuropeThe saga surrounding Rugby World Cup 2019 qualification, and Spain in particular, has taken another twist.Having received a report from Rugby Europe on the Belgium v Spain match last month that centred on the appointment of Romanian officials for a key match in qualifying, World Rugby’s Executive Committee felt a replay “would be in the best interests of the game”.However, in light of reports of several players representing countries when they were ineligible to do so, World Rugby have convened an emergency committee to investigate whether there have been any breaches of Regulation 8 before determining what the next steps will be.MORE FROM RUGBY WORLD ON RWC 2019 QUALIFYING Expand Ugly Scenes As Spain Fail To Automatically Qualify For RWC 2019last_img read more

Japan 2019 Travel Guide: Yokohama

first_imgTake a Segway tour and feel the fresh sea breeze of Yokohama ( This guided tour happens in the Minato Mirai 21 district, where you can enjoy beautiful views of the water and the cityscape.There are two tours a day (morning and afternoon) with up to six people and it lasts two-and-a-half hours. It is usually conducted in Japanese but organisers are planning to have English tours. Check the participation requirements on the website.Wheels and spiels: A Segway tour in the Minato Mirai 21 districtAt the Minato Mirai Manyo Club you can relax in different hot springs. Or channel your inner chef by creating your own cup noodle at the Cup Noodles Museum.The Party Animal To make the most of the nightlife head to the Noge district. Even though Noge is located in the centre of Yokohama, it retains a nostalgic feel with more than 500 izakayas and bars.There are many craft beer offerings and jazz venues as well as street events, and the area is set to become a hub for fans after World Cup matches. To get to Noge, take the JR train to Sakuragicho station – about 15 minutes from Shin-Yokohama, the nearest station to the stadium.For more travel information… Super skyline: Yokohama lights up at night (Hideo Mori) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS How to make the most of your time in Japan’s second-largest city How to get thereYokohama is 30 minutes from Haneda Airport and 90 minutes from Narita by train or limousine bus. The stadium hosting World Cup games is at Shin-Yokohama, 15 minutes from downtown on the metro. TAGS: Japan Advertising FeatureJapan 2019 Travel Guide: YokohamaThe venue for four Rugby World Cup pool games as well as the semi-finals and final, this city has something for everyone…The Culture Vulture Admire authentic Japanese architecture, including 17 historical buildings, as well as a vast Japanese garden in southern Yokohama. Sankeien Garden ( is designated as a national scenic point and is gaining a reputation as a tea ceremony venue and as a great attraction for worldwide travellers. The perfect place to switch off from the city’s hustle and bustle.Peaceful setting: Sankeien Garden in southern YokohamaDuring the World Cup, the garden’s business hours will be extended to 7pm for an evening event featuring Japanese music performances and illuminations at the former Tomyoji Temple. The event will take place on 19 days in total – 20-22, 27-28 September, 4-5, 11-13, 18-19, 25-26 October and then from 28 October to 1 November. The garden is ten minutes by bus from JR Negishi station or you can take a taxi from Sakuragicho station.The Foodie We only need to make one suggestion here but that suggestion has plenty of options. Head to Yokohama’s Chinatown in the heart of city. It’s lined with more than 600 shops and restaurants, so there is lots of choice!Packed: Yokohama’s Chinatown has more than 600 shops and restaurantsWhen the city’s port opened to the world in 1859, Chinese traders started moving to Japan and they created Yokohama Chinatown. It also features Kanteibyo Temple, which is where people visit for good luck in business.You won’t only find different varieties of Chinese food but also colourful and vivid buildings to catch your eye. The nearest stations are JR Ishikawacho or Motomachi-Chukagai (Minatomirai line).The Adventurer last_img read more

Cory Hill: How to catch in a lineout

first_img Cory Hill: How to catch in a lineoutCory Hill made his Wales debut against Australia in 2016 and famously scored the decisive try after 34 phases in his country’s Six Nations win over England in 2019. Here he talks about a skill second-rows are more known for and gives his advice on how catch the ball at lineout time…The catch“Develop a relationship with your hooker. First, stay on the floor to get used to catching above your head. Then build in the lift, staying straight-on with hands above head.”The lift“It is important to get
 a good lift. The front lifter should be low, their hand just above the knee, with the back lifter having their hands under your buttocks. They step in and squeeze you up – if you emphasise staying square, with a strong core and arms above your head and trust the lift, you are in a good place to catch.”The drill Hands up: Cory Hill claims the ball for Wales at a lineout (Getty Images) England Women’s full-back Danielle Waterman gives her top… The timing“Work on your timing. At the front of the lineout you can attack the ball, but if you are catching at the middle of the lineout, the later you leave it to go up the more chance you have of beating the opposition. So know where the ball should be above your head at full stretch.”This article originally appeared in the October 2017 edition of Rugby World magazine. Danielle Waterman: How to sidestep Collapse Beauden Barrett: How to mix your kicks “The catcher’s responsibility is to take the ball. So try a drill where you are on your knees, with someone kicking the ball to you to catch it. The more confident you are, the harder the kick. You can also practise catching up-and-unders above 
your head.”MORE SKILLS ADVICE… All Blacks fly-half Beauden Barrett, the World Rugby… Jake Polledri on how to be a top ball-carrier Jake Polledri on how to be a top ball-carrier The Wales lock gives his tips for getting your hands on the ball in the air Beauden Barrett: How to mix your kicks Every month Rugby World features advice from professional players and coaches on specific skills. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Expand Danielle Waterman: How to sidestep Jake Polledri, the formidable Gloucester and Italy ball-carrier,… Expand LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more