Ospreys show extent of Tipuric’s concussion

Justin Tipuric was taken out from the arena during Wales’ Six Nations win against Italy after falling during a line-out. The extent of the rigorousness of the head injury Justin Tipuric got when he fell out of a line-out during Wales’ Six Nations win against Italy has become clear.

After that mishap, he was taken to a hospital. The incident took place on 19th March. And, a week later, he was still not able to watch TV for any length of time as it was triggering a headache. However, the 26 year old player, who landed on his head, did not damage his sight.

Gruff Rees, the Ospreys backs coach, said that Justin has been resting up and had no part in the work that they have been doing. He was in the office previous Friday and he had a tough old week of it in terms of being inactive at home and really not being comfortable in getting out and about. They are not putting any pressure on him to do anything but sit on the sofa.

He further added that as he has been shown with other people earlier with these things, you have to be wary, sit back and look at the long-term betterment of these players. Therefore, they are not offering any thought into when the next game for Justin would be. Probably, they would just sit tight and see the season out and get to the summer. It was a really hefty blow. He went to hospital for the evening and there was nothing in terms of active recovery for a fair while.

Coventry denies ‘poison club’ situation

Tom Coventry, the London Irish chief coach, suggests that the club is not at all falling apart as they confront three matches to avoid relegation from Premiership. Irish endured a 30-15 loss against Sale later on Saturday to leave them still 4 points afloat at the bottom.

The Exiles confront fellow strugglers Newcastle away later in a match which might decide who goes down. Speaking to BBC Sport, Coventry said that things are not just going right for them at this point of time and they require everything to do that.

Questioned how he would prompt his players for the rest of the season, Coventry told that he knew that they have not been winning matches and people believe that the whole place is really poison and everything is falling apart, this is just not like that. To be very honest, they are a pretty good bunch to be involved with.

They are only working hard as a team that is probably struggling for confidence and form.
Two late attempts from Sale, who won at Madejski Stadium for the very first time since 2006’s October, took the match away from Ireland after they had battled back to 16-15, and refused them a losing bonus point.

Newcastle’s loss at Harlequins suggested that the gap between the two teams stays at 4 points ahead of their meeting at the Kingston Park on April 17.

Paparazzi getting to England Rugby skipper Robshaw

The English media has always had a tendency to blow thins out of proportion when it comes to their sporting icons – everyone of their sporting personalities find themselves in the midst of a media blitzkrieg and sometimes, it is not what they bargained for. Chris Robshaw, the skipper of the England Rugby side is finding out the hard way what being in the media limelight is all about after being chased by the paparazzi.

The Harlequins FC man has admitted that he has become more cautious, especially in public due to the high level of attention he tends to get from the paparazzi. Earlier this month, the England man was snapped enjoying some time off in Barbados with his girlfriend Camilla Kerslake and he has admitted that being in media glare is taxing, meaning that he does not have a private life anymore and whatever he does will always become front page news.

The England Rugby skipper has sought the advice of former England cricket captain Andrew Strauss and another former skipper of the England Rugby Team in Lawrence Dallagio about how to deal with being in the attention at all times.

According to the 28 year old, being under the media scrutiny 24×7 is not something they welcome or wanted and this has become a noose around his neck and that of his family. He said that he has become cautious about doing anything these days and that is not natural at all.

He mentioned that he has had talks with the likes of Dallagio and Strauss about how to deal with these situations because they faced something similar and came out on the other side and these things are something he doesn’t need in a World Cup year.

Robshaw will lead the England Rugby side on home soil later this year.

Wasps In The Fourth Position In Aviva Premiership

Fine form was continued by the Wasps as they arrived at the Ricoh Arena and won over Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership with 32-31.

Despite beating Harlequins, Sale and London Irish they turned back to the Coventry City and claimed maximum points from behind.

After 25 minutes, Gloucester was leading by 10-0 due to penalty made by James Hook yet it was Wasps roaring back with Elliot Dally, Thomas Young and Rob Miller. They were ahead by 17-13. In the second half there were two attempts as well with Young and Guy Thompson scoring from the side of Gloucester and sealed a win which was nine in the Premiership. In the first half the results were looking to be going elsewhere but it was all in the hands of Gloucester who had won seven matches out of 8. Advantage was also built up.

The first penalty was missed by Hook as he was 35 metres far to make a kick. The first attempt was made by the visitors as Mark Atkinson grabbed the ball in the 18th minute. The pass was then towards Moriarty who made an attempt lying in the post. Rhythm of attack was caught by Wasps and then it was time to grab by Young in the 25 metres. Three more attempts could have been scored easily by the Wasps in the 6 minute but it was inefficient on their part.

Before it was time for break, Wasps were clear and went in with positivity. Young scored his second attempt as well. It was strong performance on the part of Wasps as they stretched ahead by which their position was fourth. The lead was by 27-21 as charge was completed by Thompson and they are above Bath with Exeter above them on points levelling.

Meakes and Murphy sign extensions with Gloucester Rugby

Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club Gloucester Rugby has announced that Dan Murphy and Bill Meakes have signed an extension of their contracts with the club and will remain at Kingsholm for the foreseeable future.

The Cherry and Whites have been making preparations for the new season for quite some time and the news of Meakes and Murphy signing an extension comes as a real boost for them.

Seven members of the squad apart from these two have already signed new contracts with the club for the new season and they will be joined by Jeremy Thrush and Tom Marshall have been signed for the new season from New Zealand Super Rugby sides the Hurricanes and Chiefs respectively.

Meakes was a non-contracted player with Gloucester Rugby only a year ago with the club down on numbers ahead of the LV=Cup due to injuries and international call-ups. He showed enough promise for the club to give him an Academy contract and this renewal shows just how good he has been for the club when called upon.

Unlike Meakes, however, Murphy has been a part of the club for four years now having signed from London Irish. He has been a regular in the team but has been sidelined for some time due to injury. He is expected to make a return to action soon enough.

David Humphreys, the Director of Rugby at the club said that it is great news that the two have signed extensions with the club. He added that the two of them are highly respected in the squad and very hard working and have always come in and done a job as and when required by Gloucester Rugby.

Humphreys said that it is important to have depth in the squad as they look to make an assualt on trophies next season.

David Halaifonua To Join Gloucester Rugby Team

David Halaifonua has always been the target of Gloucester which had been trying to sign the Tongan Winger for a very long time. Since the month of September, Gloucester was trying to make a deal with Halaifonua. However, Gloucester was unsuccessful due to the contract that the Tongan winger had signed with Bergerac.

Now this hurdle in the form of the existing contract with Bergerac has been dealt with and David Halaifonua is going to be a part of Gloucester after his visa is approved.

In the month of November, David Halaifonua played for the Tonga national rugby team against USA and performed exceptionally well at Kingsholm.

International teammates namely- Sila Puafisi, Aleki Lutui and Sione Kalamafoni are going to be joined by David Halaifonua. Halaifonua is replacing Tom Isaacs who is going to be a part of Cardiff Blues. This addition to Gloucester has also been made possible because James Simpson-Daniel retired.

David Humphrey (Director of Rugby for Gloucester) is of the opinion that David Halaifonua is going to bring in something unique and different to the Gloucester rugby team. Gloucester team has been keeping an eye on Halaifonua and has also seen him play for Tonga national rugby team in November.

The team is eagerly waiting to welcome Halaifonua and excited to see how he can contribute to the team this season. Since Halaifonua was offered a contract for one-year previously, it is probable that he has got the same contract this time as well.

David Halaifonua is really elated to be a part of Gloucester because he is getting a chance to play with the international teammates. Along with that, he said that he is ready to accept the challenge of playing against some of the most well-known rugby teams.

Attack and backs coach, Nick Walshe is also pleased with the deal with David Halaifonua.

Gloucester’s Hook All Set To Lock Horns With Rival Cipriani

Gloucester hero Hook (James) is gearing up hard to lock horns with big rival Cipriani (Danny). The Wales man would don the #10 jersey to help out his club on the fight against the Sale Sharks.
Both the sides lost out on their inaugural Premiership encounters, Cherry & Whites by record margin & are naturally determined to regain the usual glory at Kingsholm.The interesting bit of the upcoming fight is surely the mouth-watering tiff between two among the most stellar talents across the game.
“Danny’s is no doubt a high quality player & when he is in full form the whole team starts playing well”, stated Hook. The Gloucester man has always been extremely respectful to his top rival.
“There’re amazing challenges out there & it feels great to play against luminary players such as George North with whom I played the previous week- that is one among the reasons for me to be here. But Danny & me are very similar the very way we bring guys in to game with us. Danny takes ball to line & he has got fantastic skills, pace & feet. He loves to take the players on. However, we are aware of his threats & we would be on the lookout for Danny.”

The Gloucester man admitted that magnitude of their defeat was quite shocking to everybody yet he also insisted that Cherry & Whites would soon come out with aplomb at Kingsholm.
“We need to come up with something against Sharks now. Sale are fantastic when it comes to defence. They are backed some really great players, especially at 9 (Chris Cusiter) & ten (Cipriani) with strong attacking threats yet we are well aware of the team & absolutely ready to take on the challenge”, Hook added in.

Australia Rugby make some crucial changes to the national squad

Australia Rugby is looking to make a mark in the upcoming World Cup of 2015. The preparation for the same has started long ago but the most important decision taken till date was the inclusion of Kurtley Beale and omission of Bernard Foley in the team. Everyone including Beale himself was expecting his Waratah teammate to make the cut into the national team. Both of them have been prolific performers for the Waratah as they defeated the Crusaders in the Super Rugby league final. New Zealand coach Steve Hanson was quoted being “dumbfounded” at the decision made by the Bosses of Australia Rugby. According to him it might be a conscious and political decision in order to keep Beale in the Rugby Union. Beale had clearly mentioned his desire for the number 10 jersey and was duly rewarded. Hanson’s sid eon the other hand will look to drive against all the odds and planning of the rival nations with the sole purpose of winning each and every game that they play.
The other changes that have been made to Australia Rugby team are the movement of Adam Ashley Cooper from wing to outside centre at the expense of Tevita Kuridrani. Rob Horne and Pat McCabe are the new wingers with Nick Cummins moving to Japan with a new assignment. Israel Fulau, Matt Toomua and Nick White have retained their position in the squad. Nathan Charles and Sam Carter make it to the forward line up owing to some injuries. The former captain James Horwill has been left out of the squad which is concentrating on nurturing new talents. Ewen McKenzie mentioned that the selection process was an extremely tough job but they have ensured that the best foot is put forward. The fans and the officials will now be looking forward to the players to deliver the goods.