David Barnes has been appointed the new Rugby Football Union (RFU) head of discipline. The former England Saxons, Newcastle and Bath star is to take over from Gerard McEvilly. The 40-year old is expected to resume in the new capacity in about a week.

Barnes has been with the RFU since 2014, working in a citing officer role. He worked on appointments for the Premiership, Greene King IPA Championship and World Rugby. He was the former chair of the Rugby Players’ Association before he assumed the role of rugby operations director. Continue Reading “BARNES RFU NEW HEAD OF DISCIPLINE”


Seanad has passed the Rugby World Cup bill, without a vote, so Ireland can continue with the dream of hosting the 2023 event. The Ireland Rugby Football Union (IRFU) is now clear to lodge the bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, according to reports.

There were concerns that the bill could fall through after emergency legislation was employed to enable the government underwrite the tournament costs of €200 million. This is aside the reported tournament fee of €138 million. Continue Reading “IRELAND TO CONTINUE WITH 2023 WORLD CUP BID”


Australian Super Rugby sides Western Force and Melbourne Rebels are likely to enter the final round next week with uncertainty over the future. Both sides have been identified by the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) as likely sides to be cut from the Super League.

The concerned sides were united in a huddle after their game in Perth over the weekend. Force were the victors 31-22 but the gesture after the game went viral. Continue Reading “FORCE AND REBELS FORM HUDDLE AFTER GAME”

Ronaldinho Recalls First Meeting with Lionel Messi at Barcelona

Ronaldinho claims that the talent within Lionel Messi was apparent from day one. Barcelona have been lucky enough to enjoy the services of great players like Ronaldinho and Lionel Messi in succession.

While Ronaldinho was on his way out, the club witnessed Messi emerging from the youth team. It was straightaway apparent that the young Argentine was going to be something special, but few would have imagined him to go on and emulate worldwide successes in the last couple of years. Messi is even regarded at a level of Diego Maradona or Pele due to his achievements in the game.

While Ronaldinho would also have been capable of achieving the same heights given his astronomical talent, he has not been able to provide the same kind of application as Messi. Ronaldinho has targeted more on enjoying his life whereas Messi has put a lot of dedication into making him even better and keeping him in the best possible shape. Continue Reading “Ronaldinho Recalls First Meeting with Lionel Messi at Barcelona”