Dylan Hartley has reportedly agreed fresh terms with Northampton Saints.
The England captain was also appointed the Saint’ skipper for the second time.Hartley has 86 caps for the English team but has almost three times more in his 12 year stay at Franklin’s Gardens.
“After completing my 11th year at Franklin’s Gardens last season I was delighted when the club suggested extending my time here. I’m very proud to be offered an opportunity to continue playing and being part of such a great club,” the 31-year old revealed.
He said he was happy to have been approached about leading the Saints. He praised the timing of the offer, promising to give the “challenge” his best. Hartley opines that the “valuable experience” in the squad would drive the team forward this year and help them remain competitive as they hope to land trophies. Continue Reading “DYLAN HARTLEY SIGNS NEW NORTHAMPTON SAINTS DEAL”
According to the Wallabies prop Allan Alaalatoa any team that comes to take the All Blacks on will need excellence in the mindset to beat them, as well as perfection that is required in their forward and defensive play – mental strength counts for so much in rugby thesedays!
Alaalatoa arrived in the Newcastle camp of Wallabies along with the rest of the contingent of Brumbies on Thursday, but could feel the rising levels of anxiety amongst the home fans, he said, which sadly bodes well for the All Blacks. Continue Reading “Mental Perfection Required To Beat All Blacks”
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”