first_img Danny Cipriani came on as a replacement on the ninth minute The HSBC Waratahs have started the 2011 Super Rugby season in emphatic fashion, ruining the Melbourne Rebels’ inaugural match with a 43-0 whitewash at AAMI Park to be the first side to raise the Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop Shield. It represented an awful start for the new side.Cipriani wasn’t picked to start, but came of the bench to replace James Hilgendorf, after just nine minutes. Behind a beaten pack he endured a painful debut.The Tahs were forced to withstand an initial onslaught from the home side which saw them camped in the NSW half for much of the opening quarter. However two tries before half-time and 33 unanswered points in the second 40 minutes finished a strong team performance for the visitors. It is the first time a NSW team has held the opposition scoreless since the Super 12 commenced in 1996.A marching band followed by a stirring rendition of the national anthem set the tone for a passionate start to the game which saw Dean Mumm and Kevin O’Neill both shown a yellow card in just the sixth minute of play.The Rebels continued to push the advantage early on however the Tahs’ defence proved airtight and the first real opportunity fell the visitors’ way before play broke down following a Kurtley Beale break.Though it took 25 minutes, it was Beale who finally scored the opening try of the season following a turnover and a break through the centre by tireless captain Phil Waugh.Momentum had quickly shifted the Tahs way and seven minutes later Drew Mitchell, who topped the competition’s tryscoring list in 2010, kicked off his 2011 tally. Berrick Barnes missed his second tough conversion attempt and despite NSW going close in the shadows of half-time, they went to the break holding a 10-0 lead.NSW started the second half the way they finished the first, and a driving maul from a lineout saw Tatafu Polota-Nau notch one for the forwards.Three minutes later a snipe from a centre-field scrum saw Luke Burgess create enough space to send Mitchell under the posts for his second try. Barnes converted for a 22-0 lead.In the 53rd minute Beale collected a double of his own when the ball was shifted from wing to wing and the fullback held momentum through the tackle of Luke Rooney to cross in the right corner.Ten minutes later, and after a period of dominating scrum play from the Tahs’ forwards, Rob Horne celebrated his return from an elbow injury by crossing inside the left touchline. Barnes nailed his third conversion on the trot to open up a 34-0 break.Chris Hickey started to wheel the changes in the last 20 minutes, but before he gave his captain a rest, Waugh ploughed over from the back of a driving maul for his 13th Super Rugby try which takes him into the Tahs’ top ten since the competition’s inception.Beale converted for a 43-0 lead, and while the Rebels continued to throw punches in the dying stages, the Tahs kept their defensive record perfect for the first time ever in Super Rugby. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The historic match was also a memorable one for a number of players who achieved individual milestones: Tom Carter was awarded his 50th State Cap; Daniel Halangahu brought up his 50th Super Rugby appearance for NSW; Phil Waugh played his 50th match as NSW captain; Al Baxter played his 116th match for NSW taking him ahead of Matt Burke and into third on the all-time list; Ryan Cross played his 50th Super Rugby match, although along with Sitaleki Timani and Brendan McKibbin it was his NSW debut.The HSBC Waratahs return to Sydney tomorrow and are back in training on Monday ahead of their Templeton Cup clash with the Queensland Reds at ANZ Stadium on Saturday 26 February.HSBC Waratahs 43 (Drew Mitchell 2, Kurtley Beale 2, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Rob Horne, Phil Waugh tries; Berrick Barnes 3 cons, Kurtley Beale con) d Melbourne Rebels 0 at AAM Park, Melbourne VIC. Half-time: HSBC Waratahs 10-0. Yellow Cards: Kevin O’Neill (Rebels) and Dean Mumm (HSBC Waratahs), fighting, 6th minute. Referee: Mark Lawrence (RSA). Crowd: 25,524.By the clock6th – Yellow Card: Kevin O’Neill (Melbourne Rebels) & Dean Mumm (HSBC Waratahs), fighting25th – Kurtley Beale try; Berrick Barnes missed conversion. HSBC Waratahs 5-030th – Berrick Barnes missed drop goal32nd – Drew Mitchell try; Berrick Barnes missed conversion. HSBC Waratahs 10-043rd – Tatafu Polota-Nau try; Berrick Barnes missed conversion. HSBC Waratahs 15-046th – Drew Mitchell try; Berrick Barnes conversion. HSBC Waratahs 22-053rd – Kurtley Beale try; Berrick Barnes conversion. HSBC Waratahs 29-0 BALLARAT, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 29: Danny Cipriani of the Rebels runs with the ball during the Super Rugby Trial Match between the Melbourne Rebels and Fiji at St Patrick’s College on January 29, 2011 in Ballarat, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images) 63rd – Rob Horne try; Berrick Barnes conversion. HSBC Waratahs 36-067th – Phil Waugh try; Kurtley Beale conversion. HSBC Waratahs 43-0last_img read more

first_imgNOT FOR FEATURED So the first big test of Lancaster’s credentials is who he appoints as his coaching team. Rowntree is clearly going to stay put but can Andy Farrell be persuaded to leave Saracens and work full-time with England? And if that’s the forwards and defence sorted, who’s going to look after the attack? This is the void England need to fill. Wayne Smith is a prime contender if he can be persuaded to leave New Zealand and his role with the Chiefs, or will Lancaster look to English coaches, people like Mike Catt at London Irish or Clermont Auvergne’s Alex King?These decisions could define how successful a reign Lancaster enjoys. Getting the job full time may have seemed like a big hurdle, but the hard work is only just beginning for England’s new coach. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Head man: Stuart Lancaster has been appointed England coach on a permanent basisBy Sarah Mockford, Rugby World Features EditorI WENT to Stuart Lancaster’s Six Nations debrief last week. He had put together an impressive presentation, complete with PowerPoint display, but what really stood out were the words of Graham Rowntree, his assistant coach.Given that the England coaching appointment was still up in the air at the time, Rowntree could have been forgiven for looking after his own interests and making sure that he appeased whoever became his new boss. Instead he was effusive in his praise of Lancaster, talking about how the Yorkshireman had “dragged us out of the gutter” following England’s disappointing World Cup campaign and why the England camp during the Six Nations was the best environment he had ever been part of.It was a ringing endorsement for Lancaster to be given the England coaching role on a full-time basis and the RFU clearly agreed, ending months of speculation by appointing him. So is he the right man for the job?Happy day: Alex Corbisiero and Tom Croft enjoy England’s win in ParisWell, he’s clearly got the backing of his players and coaching staff, but most importantly he has created a strong culture in the squad. Culture might seem like a namby-pamby word to be used in a rugby context, but having everybody buying into ideas and standards of behaviour is key to developing a winning team – a few bad eggs can ruin an omelette.Lancaster has made it clear that off-field misdemeanours won’t be tolerated and has picked a squad that can produce winning performances right now and develop into World Cup contenders by 2015 – at least that’s what the RFU are hoping. For the first time in a long time planning for the future seems to be a priority for England, blooding young players now so they have plenty of experience under their belts come RWC 2015 instead of picking a side to win the next game. A key advantage Lancaster has compared to the outsiders bidding for the coaching job is his knowledge of players in England, knowledge he has gained from his years of working with England’s age-group and Saxons sides. In his briefing last week he put up a slide listing the strength in depth England had in various positions – some of the names wouldn’t have been recognised by many of the journalists in the room, let alone someone who hadn’t worked in the English system.There are still lingering doubts about Lancaster. Although his lack of experience at Test level worries other people, it isn’t a particular concern to me – Sir Clive Woodward didn’t have any when he took over but he presided over England’s most successful years while Jake White had only worked in age-grade rugby before guiding South Africa to 2007’s World Cup win. However, I don’t think everything is as rosy in the England garden as many believe after the Six Nations.A 2015 repeat? Martin Johnson lifts the 2003 World CupFour wins out of five was more than anyone expected, but those first two wins over Scotland and Italy could easily have gone the other way and simply having a strong defence won’t cut it against the world’s best. Yes, performances improved and winning in Paris is no easy feat, but there was no greater insight into England’s attacking game at the end of the championship than there was at the start.A lack of creativity is a key area that needs to be addressed – and quickly. A tour to South Africa is not a gentle affair and both the media and supporters will be as quick to criticise the coach as they have been to praise him thus far if England take a hammering by the Boks.last_img read more

first_img Special atmosphere: St James Park is one of many excellent football stadiums included on the long listby Alex LoweI HAVE spent most of this week swimming against the tide of public opinion over England Rugby 2015’s decision to scrap Welford Road as a World Cup venue. I think it is the right call. The reaction from Leicester Tigers at being dumped has been emotional and, if I’m honest, a little self-righteous.The club’s chairman Peter Tom tugged at the heart-strings as he detailed Leicester’s contribution to rugby in England, rolling out the names of Sir Clive Woodward and Martin Johnson, as if that earned them World Cup matches by right. The Tigers indicated ER2015 had betrayed the rugby history of Leicester and England in order to chase the filthy lucre elsewhere.Elsewhere, incidentally, includes a stadium that is a little more that a drop-kick away from Welford Road that is bigger, with better facilities and a pitch that measures up. Yes, England have to guarantee the International Rugby Board £80million but this was not a decision based on money alone.There is only 8,000 difference between the capacities of Welford Road and the King Power Stadium. That is not the deal breaker.Too small?: Welford Road is not on ER 2015 shortlistIt was the fact that Welford Road’s facilities on and off their small pitch – changing rooms, anti-doping, media facilities – simply didn’t stack up as a venue for the third biggest sporting event in the world.There are some who are crying foul, citing the fact that Welford Road was included in England’s successful bid to host the tournament. Don’t get me wrong, it is a real shame that the 2015 World Cup will not be stopping off at Welford Road, just as it is a shame there was no room for Exeter’s Sandy Park in this great global rugby festival. But that does not mean we have sold our soul to the devil of football. LEICESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 19: General views of Welford Road, home of Leicester Tigers during the team photocall held at Welford Road on August 19, 2011 in Leicester, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The 2007 World Cup, the wonderful carnival adventure around France, was played almost exclusively in the nation’s football grounds. I saw Wales in Nantes, Australia in Montpellier, England in Marseille. Every one of them a football ground, every match sold out, every occasion a joy to behold. Why can we not emulate that?I have reservations about some of the stadia on the long list – Derby’s Pride Park, Bristol’s Ashton Gate to name but two – but I am not concerned that ER2015 are using football grounds. Northampton were right to throw the weight of their support behind Milton Keynes. Franklin’s Gardens is another citadel of English rugby but the Saints knew it was too small for consideration. But they also recognised the value of having World Cup matches played in their region and so are backing Stadium:MK to make the final shortlist.Party atmosphere: The 2007 RWC was a huge successAnd to those doom-mongers who claim there will only be a handful of supporters rattling around St James’ Park or St Mary’s Stadium, have we learned nothing from London 2012? The reason the Olympics and Paralympics were such spectacular sporting occasions was not just because of what happened on the track, in the swimming pool, around the velodrome or down the rowing lake. They was spectacular because of what happened off it. Venues were transformed, the nation bought into the Games and made them their own. How many people found themselves cheering on equestrian riders, judokas and gymnasts for the first time ever?So why can we not tap into that same sporting fervour and aim to pack 50,000 Geordies into St James’ Park or 43,000 Brummies into Villa Park. Let’s aim for that, let’s aim for England 2015 to be remembered in the same breath as London 2012. That means looking ahead and setting our sights high not, unfortunately for Welford Road, rewarding feats of the past.last_img read more

first_imgAustralia – Tries: Cummins, Hooper (2), Cooper Cons: Cooper (3) Pens: Cooper (2) DUBLIN, IRELAND – NOVEMBER 16: Ben Mowen of Australia tries to tackle Paul O’Connell of Ireland during the International match between Ireland and Australia at Aviva Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images) Danger man: Israel Folau runs towards Australia’s 32-15 victory over Ireland during their first visit to the Aviva StadiumBy Bea Asprey at the Aviva Stadium In a nutshellIreland were outscored four tries to nil in Dublin by Australia, who enjoyed their second Test win of this month’s tour. Fly-half Quade Cooper, reinstated by Ewen McKenzie having been ousted for the summer’s Lions series, led the attack, while Ireland’s opposing number Jonathan Sexton left the field at half-time with a hamstring injury. Both 10s had their hits and misses with the boot in the first half, and after 23 minutes Ireland found themselves 3-15 down thanks to tries from Nick Cummins and Michael Hooper. But Sexton managed to claw the scoreline back to 12-15 at half-time, before being replaced by Ian Madigan for the second half. Tries by Cooper (six minutes into the second half) and a second for Hooper sealed Ireland’s fate.Under pressure: Mowen wins a lineoutThe home side’s game plan failed to get off the ground for much of the match, while the crowd looked on in near-silence for the majority of the 80 minutes as their team’s defence crumpled under the Wallabies’ pacey attack. Even more worrying for new coach Joe Schmidt was the fact that his side’s set piece was put under pressure throughout the match. Ireland lost their opening two lineouts, as both Devin Toner and captain Paul O’Connell were thwarted, and their scrum was at times annihilated by a dominant Australia pack, which operated, successfully, with seven men at the end of the second half.Key momentMadigan replaced Sexton at half-time, and though Schmidt was quick to defend the Leinster pivot, he admitted that the team was slightly ‘rudderless’ in the second half. Madigan is a sleek operator, and won the RaboDirect Pro12 Golden Boot last season, but the signing of Jimmy Gopperth at Leinster has not helped his International cause. Schmidt said: “We do have some undercooked players. We had a man on in the second half who hasn’t played many games this season. It’s also about game time as a group, and the evidence is what the Wallabies delivered as opposed to what we did tonight.”Breakdown: Hooper touched down twiceStar man – Michael HooperAustralia lived up to their reputation of hurting their opposition on the floor, and openside Hooper’s exploits meant that Ireland were simply unable to generate any tempo. Though he was penalised several times, resulting in his being sent to the sin bin after 32 minutes, his influence on the game became even more apparent in his absence, as Sexton immediately capitalised on the Wallabies’ loss and was able to boot six points before half-time.In quotes Australia head coach Ewen McKenzie: “A lot of people expected a different outcome but four tries to none is pretty emphatic. It was our first visit to this stadium and it was a tough game, but we put on a good performance. We were confident throughout the game that we could score tries, but it was our indiscipline that let us down at the end of the first half. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “Even when the scorelines have looked really unkind (against the Wallabies) we’ve been moving forward. We’ve done a lot of work off the field, and you can’t assume that things will suddenly happen. A lot of hard work has to go in first.”Australia captain Ben Mowen: “Little things like a ball spilling on the ground and then three Wallabies diving on it, that’s how you know the desperation is there. That’s how we’ve been training all week.“We’re not happy about the criticism that’s been slung our way because we’ve got a very good scrum. It’s becoming a big platform for us to attack off.”Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt: “I can put my finger on a few different spots (that went wrong). We were no different to last week, and that’s unfortunate because you want to see improvement week on week. But there’s no more work to be done than I thought. We’re a work in progress.”Stifled: O’Connell is wrapped upIreland captain Paul O’Connell: “Australia have played some heavy teams in the last few months, and they will have learned a lot more about themselves than we have. The way we started the game wasn’t accurate, and that doesn’t give you confidence.“Everyone’s got to look after themselves and lift themselves now. We’ve got a lot of believe in our coaching staff, and in ourselves, and we’ve got to make sure there’s not a repeat of this next week.”Scorers Ireland – Pens: Sexton (4), Madiganlast_img read more

first_imgA chest injury could keep Jonathan Joseph out of England’s game with Wales on Saturday, but who will replace the Bath man in the midfield? Jonathan Joseph hands off Waisea Nayacalevu the England v Fiji match With all the uncertainty over England’s 12 jersey, the one constant has been that Jonathan Joseph will start at outside centre in all the big games in the World Cup.Having had to bide his time behind Manu Tuilagi, he seized his chance during the Six Nations, proving himself to be one of, if not the best outside centre in the northern hemisphere.So when Andy Farrell did everything he could to avoid admitting that Joseph would miss Saturday’s clash with Wales with a chest injury, it started alarm bells ringing for England.Instead of having to choose between Tuilagi and Joseph, Stuart Lancaster now finds his options very limited for the biggest game of his England coaching career to date.Only Brad Barritt and Henry Slade have started Tests at 13 of the current squad, and the latter’s only start came in the first warm-up game against France.Of course Barritt is first choice at 12, so even shifting him across one involves more of a reshuffle.He and Saracens teammate Owen Farrell have started together in midfield, during Lancaster’s first two games in charge back in 2012, as well as against Samoa last year.During the Samoa game, George Ford was at fly-half, and that would be arguably the safest option, with two reliable defenders to cope with the hard running of Jamie Roberts and the Welsh outside backs. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img What that would mean for England’s expansive running game is another matter though, with every chance that Jonny May and Anthony Watson would have to come infield for opportunities.Sam Burgess impressed off the bench against Fiji, but it would appear to be a massive gamble if he got the start. He has no experience at 13, and if he were to start inside Barritt, the pressure on Ford to spark the backline would be immense.Which brings us back to Slade. The Exeter youngster has actually played a lot of his club rugby at 13, even though most have pigeonholed him as a fly-half who can play at 12.It’s rather an unusual set-up, with a second playmaker at outside centre, and he offers a very different skillset to Joseph.However a second playmaker outside a hard-running inside centre has the potential to stretch the Welsh back row, and anything that forces Sam Warburton and Taulupe Faletau into the wider channels on defence will be invaluable given England’s breakdown struggles. Slade will never offer the raw speed and elusive footwork of Joseph, but if England already know that the Bath centre won’t make it, then a one-cap 22-year-old might be their best replacement.Of course if Luther Burrell had made the squad, this decision would be altogether more straightforward, then again, selection is always easier in hindsight!last_img read more

first_img Taking the chair: Eddie Jones will be working for his fourth different national team (Pic: AFP/Getty) Enjoying the ride: Life will sure be interesting for England with Eddie Jones at the helm (Pic: Getty) What are we to make of England’s first foreign head coach? Rugby World interviewed the chirpy Australian last year when his sights were set on making an impact with Japan at the recent World Cup – and we all know how well that turned out. Now the RFU are hoping he can work his magic on the England team. Here’s what Eddie Jones had to say on his life in rugby…I grew up playing rugby with the Ella brothers. We played league at primary school and then our high school started a rugby side. I was a flanker and then a fly-half before ending up as hooker of the first XV in my final year. We didn’t kick, we just ran it.The big difference back then was in training. In union it was all about the set-piece. In league it was about skill and tackling, and players could put what they learnt in the 13-man game to good use in union. Playing league was one reason why there were so many good players in that era.Mark Ella is the best player Australia have ever produced. He didn’t just read the game well, he was incredibly tough. He played hooker when we were at school and he developed this attitude that if the opposition had the ball he wanted it. I remember him making six consecutive tackles. He simply wanted to win, to tackle and to have the ball.I was too small to ever make it as a player. I was only 80kg (12st 8lb) so while I was a good club player, playing more than 150 times for Randwick, I didn’t play that many games for New South Wales.Under scrutiny: Jones’s belief in traditional No 7s put skipper Chris Robshaw’s place in doubt (Pic: Getty)I finished my playing career at Leicester. I only played three or four first-grade games alongside the likes of Graham Rowntree and Dean Richards in 1991, but it was a good cultural experience. I remember taking a quick lineout once and having one of the props come up and tell me: “We don’t do that here.”My interest in working overseas led me to Japan. I coached Randwick’s reserve grade in 1994 while a teacher, a job that included a number of trips to Ho Chi Minh City to set up Vietnam’s first international school. My wife told me that if I wasn’t going to get paid for coaching I should stop. Fortunately, rugby went professional the next year and I went to Japan to do two summer camps with Tokai University and got paid. It was heaven.My first stint with the Japan national team was in 1996. Glen Ella was the backs coach and head coach Iwao Yamamoto asked him if he knew anyone who could take the forwards. I was then asked to coach Suntory, but with Rod Macqueen leaving the Brumbies I returned to Canberra in 1997 before taking over the Wallabies in 2001.The 2003 World Cup was amazing. That’s despite the fact we lost the final. Coaching the home side in a World Cup is second to none. You’ve got the whole country supporting you and, while you never like losing, I’m not sure we could have done any better. For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Final sting: As Wallaby coach in 2003, Jones regrets not closing down Matt Dawson in the last playTo win a World Cup you need five world-class players. England were a really good side and they had at least that. They were also the best-prepared side in the tournament. The only thing we perhaps could and should have done was stop Matt Dawson making those extra yards before the drop-goal.My one big regret is becoming Reds coach. My heart wasn’t in it. I did it, in 2006, because I wanted to prove I shouldn’t have been fired from the Wallabies job. It was a bad mistake. The team was on the bottom end of a cycle and needed a clean-out.All I did in 2007 with the Springboks was paint over the cracks. I think the isolation had held them back and they were a little insecure. I look at my time there, when they won the World Cup, as being a house painter and fixing up the bits that needed a little bit of extra attention. I gave them confidence, added subtlety to their attack and taught them how to manipulate attacks.Pitch walk: The Australian helped Jake White “fix up the bits that needed attention” in 2007I jumped at the chance to take over Suntory in 2010. My mother and wife are both Japanese, so I’ve always had an affinity for the country. I always believed they had potential and was alarmed when I returned to see there had been so little development. Japan may never be the world’s top nation but if they can play good rugby consistently they can be at the bottom end of the top tier.Cricket is the only thing I miss living in Tokyo. There is nothing better than watching a five-day Test. I loved the way Ian Chappell captained Australia, standing at slip with his shirt undone. There was a change in Australian cricketing culture and you could see it in front of your eyes.I believe Japan can make the quarter-finals of the 2015 World Cup. South Africa will obviously be very difficult to beat but we’ll give it a go. And if we are at our best, there is no reason we cannot beat Scotland, Samoa and the United States.Having a stroke was a wake-up call. I had to change the way I was operating; I was pushing too hard. It made me realise what I wanted to do – coach and look after my family. I don’t drink now, I eat healthy food, regulate my sleep pattern and don’t have saunas. Running amok with the Ellas, playing for Leicester, and painting over South Africa’s cracks – new England coach Eddie Jones sheds light on his illustrious career last_img read more

first_img By Paul WilliamsWhy can’t our southern hemisphere coaches coach the southern hemisphere way?We, in the northern hemisphere, want to play rugby like the southern hemisphere. The quality of play in this year’s RBS 6 Nations has received a lot of negative reaction in the media, yet all of the home nations are coached by gents from south of the equator.It is an unusual situation. Is it that Warren Gatland, Joe Schmidt, Vern Cotter and Eddie Jones can’t really be considered ‘modern’ southern hemisphere coaches? Schmidt hasn’t coached Down South since 2007, Cotter since 2006, and Gatland since 2007. Eddie Jones is the most recent to have coached in the southern hemisphere ‘style’, even though Japan is north of the Tropic of Cancer. Jones, to his credit, is the only coach in this year’s Six Nations to have played genuine footballers at ten and 12.Is the reality that when these four coaches, particularly Gatland, Schmidt and Cotter, were actually plying their trade in the southern hemisphere, rugby was a different game? Before the change to the breakdown laws, rugby was very much a kicking game where it was safer to play without the ball than with it. Or is it that all four have ventured north and simply not found the players that are able to play the southern hemisphere game? Either way, it’s weird.Jaguares’ instant impactSomeone has given the Jaguares the cheat codes to Super Rugby. That can be the only explanation. Their impact on the opening weekend was remarkable. It would be newsworthy if the Jaguares had merely beaten the Cheetahs – which they did 34-33. The Jaguares would have garnered even more attention if they’d beaten the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein – which they did. The Jaguares would have lit up Twitter if they had come back from 24-3 down – which they did.Easy on the eye: The Jaguares, under charismatic captain Agustín Creevy, made a stunning debut (Pic: AFP)But the reason, above all, to applaud the Jaguares is that they did it in true Super Rugby fashion. This victory wasn’t sneaked with rolling mauls and penalty kicks – it was achieved with 80-metre breaks and Agustín Creevy, the Pumas hooker and captain, delivering offloads so silky that the silkworms left a trail on the ball.The Jaguares beat 45 defenders, made 14 clean line breaks and had a wing and a centre who carried more than 140 metres each. They will have harder games to come, and this opening victory may have been a blip – but what a beautiful blip.Super Rugby taking all the right risksSuper Rugby is a wonderfully challenging brand – in every sense. Its attitude to risk, and the benefits of that risk, should be admired. This mindset is obvious in the style of rugby played in that league. Where even combining the relatively reserved rugby of South Africa, the product nets out with more offloads, running metres and tries than a northern hemisphere supporter can comprehend.Lots of noise: Stormers fans celebrate a try in a competition that embraces risk – on and off the fieldBut this expansive attitude extends beyond the field and into the boardroom. Whilst in Wales some are still muttering about the lack of rugby 15 miles north of Cardiff, Super Rugby has flicked its tentacles over to Argentina and Japan. As with everything in Super Rugby the expansive attitude with the ball, or the ballpoint pen, may not always work. But the overall ethos does, and has to be applauded. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Northern stodge: Wales have lacked sparkle under Warren Gatland – despite the coach’s New Zealand roots center_img Test rugby no longer the pinnacle for French playersLet’s face it, French international players no longer see playing for France as the pinnacle. And who can blame them? The reality of Test rugby is that it needs to be the elite point of a player’s career. Not only the environment in which they can reach their peak on-field performance, but the point at which they reach their peak earnings – through fees, sponsorship or public appearances.Test rugby has always been the juncture from which players achieve this – in every other Tier One nation it is still thus. But French rugby has passed that point. French players no longer need to play for their country to hit their maximum earnings, fame and self-fulfilment.French test: Do players like Toulon’s Maxime Mermoz see club or country as the pinnacle? (Pic: AFP/Getty)French rugby has become English football, where playing for your country is a step down. A step where you have to play for a manager that you don’t know, with players you have little rapport with, in a tournament that has no impact on your life. French Test rugby is in a mess.Welsh regions recruiting shrewdlyFebruary saw the Welsh regions continue a new trend in recruiting overseas names. The regions no longer employ players that merely deliver column inches, they bring in players that deliver performances.The Ospreys’ recruitment of Kieron Fonotia is a perfect example. Fonotia isn’t an All Black superstar like Justin Marshall. He’s not even a Super Rugby star, despite being a regular starter for the Crusaders last season, and having started their first game of this Super Rugby season.But Fonotia is exactly what the Ospreys require. A rock-solid option at centre/wing who will play his guts out all season – in exactly the same way that Hadleigh Parkes has for the Scarlets. The reality is that the second- and third-choice players in New Zealand Super Rugby, and first-choice players in the ITM Cup, are hugely capable individuals. And Welsh rugby is shrewdly recruiting them.Class act: The Crusaders’ Kieron Fonotia is no celebrity but will do a great job for the Ospreys (Pic: Getty)For the latest Rugby World magazine subscription offers, click here.last_img read more

first_img TMO – television match official explained Also make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Bonus points are not awarded in the knockout stages. If a match is drawn in the knockout stages, the following procedure applies to determine a winner:Extra-time of ten minutes each way (with an interval of five minutes).If scores are still tied after normal extra-time, there will be ‘sudden death’. This period lasts a maximum of ten minutes and the first team to score any points will be declared the winner.If scores are still tied after sudden death, there will be a kicking competition. Five players who were on the field at the completion of the sudden death period will be nominated to take part in the place-kicking competition, where they have to kick from three areas on the 22m line – directly in front of the posts, on the 15m line to the left of the posts and on the 15m line to the right of the posts. A player from each team takes it in turns to kick, moving between the different positions, and the winner is the team with the most successful kicks after five attempts. If there are an equal number of successful kicks after five attempts, the competition moves into a sudden death basis until one team has more successful kicks than the other from the same number of attempts.While bonus points have been used in domestic club competitions and major tournaments like the World Cup for many years, they were not implemented in the Six Nations until 2017.The Top 14 runs a different bonus-point system, where teams are only awarded a try bonus point if they score three or more tries than the opposition and lose by five points or fewer. In Super Rugby, bonus points are awarded for a loss between one and seven points or scoring three or more tries than the opposition.Follow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features. What is HIA? Rugby’s Head Injury Assessment Explained Collapse Expand Rugby World Cup Bonus Points ExplainedBonus points were introduced to the Rugby World Cup at the 2003 tournament in Australia and ever since teams have been awarded an additional point for scoring four tries in a match and/or losing by seven points or fewer.Teams are awarded four points for a win, two for a draw and none for a loss, with bonus points added on top of that.For example, Namibia picked up their first-ever Rugby World Cup point in 2015 when losing 17-16 to Georgia because they were defeated by less than seven points.Narrow defeat: Namibia on the attack against Georgia at RWC 2015 (Getty Images)A team can pick up two points in defeat, if they score four tries and finish within seven points on the scoreline.The maximum points a winning team can be awarded is five, with the additional point coming for scoring four or more tries.Here is a summary of how points are awarded in the Rugby World Cup: Expand What is the TMO? Rugby’s television match official… TMO – television match official explained Four points are awarded for a win.Two points are awarded for a draw.A try bonus point is awarded for scoring four or more tries in a match.A losing bonus point is awarded for losing by seven or fewer points.At the end of the pool stages, if two teams are level on points this criteria is used in the following order to determine their final standings:The winner of the match between the two tied teams is ranked higher.The team with the best points difference in the pool stages is ranked higher.The team with the best difference between tries scored and tries conceded in the pool stages is ranked higher.The team which has scored the most points in the pool stages is ranked higher.The team which has scored the most tries in the pool stages is ranked higher.Should the teams still remain level after steps 1-5, the official World Rugby Rankings on 14 October 2019 will determine the higher ranked team. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Confused about the bonus-point system at Japan 2019? We break it down here To The Four: Sexton scores Ireland’s fourth and bonus point try against Samoa (Getty Images) What is HIA? Rugby’s Head Injury Assessment Explained What Happens If A Player Is Sent Off In The World Cup? What Happens If A Player Is Sent Off In The World Cup? We explain the series of checks used in… We explain all in this piece.last_img read more

first_imgSaturday 24 October    Ireland 21-7 ItalySunday 25 October       Scotland 13-13 FranceRelated: England win Women’s Six Nations with a game to spareROUND FIVESunday 1 November        France v Ireland (tbc, Dublin) Live on RTESunday 1 November        Wales v Scotland (4.15pm, tbc) Live on BBC AlbaSunday 1 November        Italy v England (5pm, Stadio Sergio Lanranchi) Live on Sky SportsROUND THREE Fierce Rivals: England facing Ireland at Twickenham is always a huge contest (Getty Images) Here are some of the key dates you need to know about in the 2020 Six Nations Follow our Six Nations homepage which we update regularly with news and features. Sunday 6 December    Italy v Scotland (6pm, Stadio Sergio Lanranchi) Live on BBC Alba Also make sure you know about the Fixtures, Injuries, TV Coverage by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Sat 8 February France 45-10 ItalySun 9 February Ireland 31-12 WalesMonday 10 February Scotland 0-53 EnglandRelated: All the goings-on from round two of the Women’s Six NationsRound 3Sun 23 February Wales 0-50 FranceSun 23 February England 27-0 IrelandSun 23 February Italy v Scotland – POSTPONED due to coronavirus outbreakRelated: England remain on course for Grand Slam after round three of Women’s Six NationsRound 4Sat 7 March England 66-7 WalesSat 7 March Scotland v France – POSTPONED due to coronavirus outbreakSun 8 March Ireland v Italy – POSTPONED due to coronavirus outbreakRound 5Sun 15 March Wales v Scotland – POSTPONED due to coronavirus outbreakSun 15 March Italy v England – POSTPONED due to coronavirus outbreakSun 15 March France v Ireland – POSTPONED due to coronavirus outbreakRESCHEDULED MATCHESROUND FOUR Six Nations DatesHere’s our guide to the 2020 Six Nations, the bulk of which took place early in the year before being suspended because of the pandemic. The fixtures below include the rearranged dates for the four men’s matches that were postponed in March – check them out below.Six Nations Dates2020 Men’s Six NationsRound 1Sat 1 February, Wales 42-0 Italy Reaction: Hat-trick for Josh Adams as Wales thrash ItalySat 1 February, Ireland 19-12 Scotland Reaction: Stuart Hogg drops ball over the line Sun 2 February, France 24-17 England Reaction: France’s fire-up youngsters overcome EnglandRound 2 Sat 8 February, Ireland 24-14 Wales Reaction: Jordan Larmour’s brilliant footworkSat 8 February, Scotland 6-13 England Reaction: England hold nerve in sodden Calcutta Cup boutSun 9 February, France 35-22 Italy Reaction: France go top after blowing hot and coldRound 3Sat 22 February, Italy 0-17 Scotland Reaction: Stuart Hogg scores scorching try in RomeSat 22 February, Wales 23-27 France Reaction: France keep Grand Slam bid on trackSun 23 February, England 24-12 Ireland Reaction: Sexton fumble leads to George Ford tryRound 4Sat 7 March, Ireland v Italy, Aviva Stadium, ITV – POSTPONED due to coronavirus outbreakSat 7 March, England 33-30 Wales Reaction: Wales score stunner to bring clash to lifeSun 8 March, Scotland 28-17 France Reaction: Mohamed Haouas sent off against ScotlandRound 5Sat 14 March, Wales v Scotland, Principality Stadium, BBC – POSTPONED due to coronavirus outbreakSat 14 March, Italy v England, ITV – POSTPONED due to coronavirus outbreakSat 14 March, France v Ireland, BBC – POSTPONED due to coronavirus outbreakRESCHEDULED MATCHESRound 4Sat 24 October, Ireland 50-17 Italy Reaction: Hugo Keenan scores double on Ireland debutRound 5Sat 31 October, Wales v Scotland, venue TBC, 2.15pmSat 31 October, Italy v England, Stadio Olimpico, 4.45pmSat 31 October, France v Ireland, Stade de France, 8pmWomen’s 2020 Six Nations Round 1Sun 2 February France 13-19 EnglandSun 2 February Ireland 18-14 ScotlandSun 2 February Wales 15-19 ItalyRelated: Catch up on what happened in the first round of the 2020 Women’s Six NationsRound 2last_img read more

first_img Max Malins in action during England training (Getty Images) Find out more about the versatile England player who is comfortable at fly-half and full-back 8. Malins has wanted to be a professional sportsman since he was a child. He told the Daily Mail that he would spend “a lot of time in the garden pretending to be Jonny Wilkinson or Rafael Nadal”.9. He represented England at U18 and U20 level. He was a part of the team that won the 2016 World Rugby U20 Championship and he scored a try in England’s semi-final against South Africa.10. He was extremely nervous when he met his childhood hero Jonny Wilkinson, telling PA in 2021: “I had a group session with Jonny a few years back and met him on a couple of camps. The first time, I was curled up into a little ball, a nervous wreck!“It’s still very surreal that he is in and around these camps when he was someone I looked up to and wanted to be as a young boy.” 4. Malins admires Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi. He has previously said he streams the club’s games just so he can watch the star play.He told the Daily Mail: “His vision… Before he even receives the ball, he’s looking everywhere. He already knows where the defence is and where he wants to play his next pass.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img 5. Malins has studied for a business and finance degree at the University of Hertfordshire.Max Malins compared to Beauden Barrett6. He has been dubbed ‘England’s Beauden Barrett’ by many rugby pundits and Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall.“Max Malins at full-back just looked like a great player,” said McCall in 2019. “He reminds me a little bit of a young Beauden Barrett who wanted to be a fly-half but played 15 in his early years for the Hurricanes and the All Blacks.”Related: How to vary kick-offs – tips from Max Malins7. He lives in Clifton, Bristol, and shares a flat with England team-mate Ben Earl, who is also on loan at the Bears from Saracens. Can’t get to the shops? Download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet. Subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Who is Max Malins: Ten things you should know about the England full-backMax Malins, whose versatility means he can play at full-back and fly-half, made his debut for England in 2020 in an Autumn Nations Cup match against Georgia.The 2021 Six Nations match against France marks his first Test start – at No 15 – and you can find out more about the England star here.Ten things you should know about Max Malins1. Max Malins was born on 7 January 1997 in Cambridge. He stands at 5ft 11in (1.8m) and weighs 13st 3lb (84kg).2. He joined Bristol Bears on loan from Saracens in the summer of 2020 following confirmation of Sarries’ relegation to the Championship.He first played rugby for Saffron Walden, aged around six, and then moved on to Bishop’s Stortford, where he played until U17 level.3. He was scouted for Saracens while he was still at school. He attended Felsted School where he reached the NatWest Schools U18 Vase and caught the eye of the club.He told Rugby World in 2016: “Matt Davies from the club saw me in a school game for Felsted, and I joined their junior academy at 17.“Andrew Le Chevalier at Felsted really backed me, and Ian Vass, my mentor at Sarries – he’d try to get to my school every week to work on my kicking and skills.”last_img read more