The first Italian player to have been nominated for the IRB International Player is the heavy built and towering figure of Sergio Parisse. He plays at the flanker position and wears the number eight jersey for the French side Stade Francais. The Italian player was born in Argentina and brought to Italy by his father and he represented the Treviso team. His handling ability and flair on the field has attracted a number of fans and critics. His influence has been a major driving force behind the limited success that the team has achieved.
Northampton Saints snatched a great victory against the Saracens in the final of the Aviva Premiership Rugby as they edged past their rivals with a score line of 24-20. It was a very satisfying victory because both sides played their heart out and ensured a thrilling encounter which ended with a last minute Alex Waller try during the end of the extra time. The opening half was a neck to neck affair as the Saints led 7-6. This was not one of the best performances of the Saints who have been almost flawless with the ball in their hands.
Former Bath Rugby player David Flatman firmly believes his former side has the squad to beat fellow Aviva Premiership rivals the Northampton Saints and win the European Challenge Cup. Flatman as part of the last Bath Rugby side that won the trophy and the former forward firmly believes the current squad is more than capable enough of matching that feat.
South Africa has decided to scrap the relegation process for the Super Rugby tournament. This in turn means that the five teams of South Africa who participate in the Super Rugby tournament will be a part of the tournament for the subsequent two seasons as well.
Since the relegation process has been cancelled the Southern Kings (rugby team based in Port Elizabeth) will not be able to regain its place in the Super Rugby 15 until the year 2015. The Southern Kings are not that happy with the decision.
Popularly known as the Springboks, the South Africa National Rugby Team represents South Africa in the Rugby Union.
With green and gold jerseys and Springboks and Protea as their emblems, the team has been competing in the International rugby since the year 1891. This year on 30th of July the team had played their first match with a British Isles touring team.
The South Africa rugby team coach Heyneke Meyer has called back Bismarck du Plessis to join the rugby team. He is one of the five changes that have been made to the South Africa rugby team, as they gear up to play for the Australian side at the Nelson Mandela Challenge Plate Test, which will be held at the Suncorp Stadium which is located in Brisbane.
England rugby team has undergone many changes indeed since the Elite Player squad was formed. The England coach Stuart Lancaster made six changes to the squad lineup, and Dylan Hartley as well as Chris Ashton are both still in the squad.
There are going to be twenty three matches until the World Cup kicks off in 2015, and the move that Lancaster has employed is that, he has kept most of the players who have helped England get through the last season of the Six Nations.
Rugby Football Union Championship side Bristol Rugby has agreed a deal to sign Jack Wallace from the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the London Wasps ahead of the new season of the English domestic rugby as they look to put up a fight for the promotion places.
The 22 year old plays at full back and is considered to be one of the brightest young players in the country and his signing by the RFU Championship side is being seen as a major transfer coup.
Anthony Allen is a huge talent and was always considered as one, but having won just two caps for the England national team is something that he is not happy with.
Playing for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Leicester Tigers, Allen is showing the sort of form that could earn him a place in the England national team once again and that too, as a regular starter. The two caps that he has for the national team came way back six years ago while he was still with Gloucester Rugby.
Marland Yarde of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Union side the London Irish has vehemently denied that the old English sporting adage that a team is as good as the performance it puts up in its last game is true for The Exiles in the wake of their thrashing at the hands of London rivals Saracens FC on the opening weekend of the new season of the Premiership last Saturday. The Exiles have the chance of putting their horrendous performance against Saracens FC last week to bed when they take on Gloucester Rugby on the second match day of the Premiership.