Kurtley Beale, the troubled playmaker for the Australia Rugby team has seen his contract with the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) extended by a further year despite off field troubles ahead of the Rugby World Cup in the summer.
Beale will be a part of the Wallabies squad for the upcoming Rugby World Cup on English soil despite being sanctioned by the ARU for a lewd text message that he had sent to a former business manager of the Wallabies and an altercation in-flight against a member if the team staff in October 2014.
The tragic news of Hughes’ demise was not only saddening for the Australian cricket team but for the entire sports sector of Down Under. Along with the Baggy Greens, the Aussie rugby too came up with their tribute to the late young cricketer earlier this month.
Australian rugby team players put out cricket bats in the memory of Hughes at Dubai Sevens & produced a stellar power play that definitely made their country, even amidst the mourning ambience for a premature death all over.
Dai Young has said that despite winning, his side’s performance was not up to the mark. Two tries were scored by tom Varndell and James Gaskell and Rob Miller each scored a point. The team won a bonus point and moved up to the fifth place. Their overall performance though was good enough to win them the match; it wasn’t an overall good performance. Young said that some parts of their game was “messy” and they appeared “shaky” at times, he admitted that they provided opportunities for their opponents to score which they utilized.
The 2015 Rugby World Cup is surely going to be one of the toughest competitions till date among the various nations of the world. This is especially clear from the fierce rivalry that the fans are getting to witness in the qualification campaign. Two new teams have emerged as major powers in the early stages which include Uruguay and Russia. Russia beat Zimbabwe in the Repechage semi final in Krasnoyarsk with a score line of 23-15. The Bears received huge support from the home crowd each time their players were in possession of the ball.
The London Irish Rugby club is getting ready for a stern test against the Harlequins at the Super Sevens Rugby championship quarter finals. The Exiles qualified for the quarter finals after winning their two group B games in Gloucester. The team put up some impressive performance in attack and defense by the young as well as the experienced players coming to the fore. Cam Cowell who will be playing as a winger expressed his confidence in the side lauding their fearless nature.
George North has claimed that he joined the Northampton Saints to win silverware, stressing that he wants to play an important role as the Jimmies chase two titles over the next two weeks.
The Saints face the challenge of fellow Aviva Premiership rivals Bath Rugby in the final of the European Challenge Cup this weekend and then take on Saracens FC in the final of the Aviva Premierships playoffs in what is their second straight final appearance.
A new competition involving nine new domestic rugby union teams called the National Rugby Championship will kick off in August, according to a press release by the Australian Rugby Union or the ARU as they target further development for Australia Rugby in the next few years.
The competition is set to feature four teams from New South Wales, two from Queensland and one team each from the three regions of Victoria, ACT and Western Australia.
These teams will also be representing the New South Wales Country as well as Queensland Country.
Quade Copper could be handed the task of taking one of the most remarkable transformations in sports history in recent years following the decision of Ben Mowen to quit Australia Rugby at the end of this season.
Mowen, the Wallabies skipper stunned the local community of rugby by announcing that he will quit playing in the country when his contract at the end of this season and move to a French club, taking a decision that will benefit his family. This move for Mowen also takes away his opportunity to be the leader of the Australian national team in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Alex Cuthbert has declared that he cannot wait to get into the fold once again and renew his acquaintance with the Australia Rugby Team this Saturday at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.