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The build up to the new season of the Aviva Premiership is getting hotter each day with all the teams trying to make most of the transfer window in the very beginning of their campaign. This is no different for the last year semi-finalists London Wasps. The most significant signing for the club has been undoubtedly the Worcester Warriors star Ed Shervington. The veteran for the warriors put up a good performance in spite of his side’s elimination form the main draw and was thereby duly rewarded in the transfer season. The club has also renewed the contract with fellow hooker Tom Lindsay who has made his presence felt in about hundred matches for the Wasps, impressing the coaching staff and fans alike.
The Director of the club Dai Young has also been instrumental for signing his own son Thomas Young for his side. The 21 year old flanker had previously been involved with Gloucester making three appearances for his side. Buster Lawrence and Will Rolans were the other 22 year old young guns who were added to the ranks of the team. Although these players might have to wait for their chances in the big stage yet the club has pinned its hope on their agility and aggressive approach to the game. The only player to be released recently from the club was their fly half Joe Carlisle. He would be facing competition for his number 10 jerseys from Andy Goode, Ruaridh Jackson and Alex Lozowski who have joined the club recently. Wales International prop John Yapp was also signed by the Wasps from Edinburgh. Dai Young clearly mentioned that they were banking on the former Cardiff Blue star due to his massive experience in the Premiership. The team now seems to be complete and competent enough for a major title in the upcoming season.
The Sale Sharks rugby team received a major setback as their captain Dan Braid was ruled out of the upcoming season with a knee injury. The New Zealand international star had to sit out for the final matches of his team against the Leicester Tigers and London Irish as two operations were conducted on his knees. Steve Diamond, the Director of rugby for Sale Sharks was ready to admit that his team surely missed the leadership qualities of their star performer who is ever ready to put his body on the line. The Sharks failed to consolidate eon their previous wins and slipped in the table standings owing to their disappointing performances in the final matches.
The silver lining to their campaign was provided by their 26 year old Danny Cipriani who was recalled for the England national squad. Cipriani has been outstanding in his 18 outings this season whereby he recorded 5 tries, 33 cons, 31 penalties and 2 drops with a personal total of 190 points as a player. Even though Cipriani’s career has been plagued by injuries, inconsistency and off the field distractions he seems to be at the top of his game and people like Diamond have insisted on the fact that Cipriani provides a new dimension to the game of the team he plays for. New players who have joined the Sale Sharks include Italian International Luke Maclean who will be replacing Rob Miller leaving for Wasps. He is also joined by the likes of Darren Fearn from Bedford, Italian prop Alberto De Marchi and the Scottish duo of Chris Cusiter and Nathan Hines. The supporters at the AJ Bell stadium will be hoping for a much improved show as they will bank on the new and experienced players alike in a bid to their maiden title in many years.
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Bath Rugby winger Tom Biggs has swapped the European Challenge Cup finalists for a possible season in the Rugby Football Union Championship after signing for the Worcester Warriors.
The Aviva Premiership club is expected to go down from the top flight at the end of the season and have continued their drive to recruit top experienced players from their rivals in order to ensure a swift return to the Premiership.
Biggs was almost certain to switch codes after agreeing terms with Hull FC of the Super League but his failure to get an early release from his contract with Bath saw that deal collapse and the Warriors pounced quickly to snap up the flanker.
Speaking of his move to Worcester, Biggs stated that he is looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead of him. He added that club is very ambitious but the results have not gone in their favor in the recent seasons and he is looking forward to the challenge of being part of a successful Worcester Warriors side.
Biggs will link up with Carl Hogg at Worcester, someone he knows from his time at Leeds Carnegie and former Bath Rugby player Sam Vesty as well.
The veteran went on to add that Dean Ryan, the Director of Rugby of the club is very passionate about the project, and he knows the club is far away from its goals and where it sees itself and he wants Biggs to be part of the revolution that he wants to set in motion.
Ryan was also very pleased to announce the signing of Biggs, calling him a player capable of turning a match on its head with moments of sheer brilliance on the pitch. He also added that his experience of Premiership rugby will help him settle quickly as well.
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The Beach Rugby tournament saw a good turnout this year as the Nepen Hue was filled with spectators cheering for their respective team. Twenty teams from different categories participated in this fun filled tournament which started on the 1st of February. This is the second time that such a tournament has been organized and people are really enjoying the contest.
There are four categories in this contest namely Centennial and Plottier, Cinco Saltos, Allen and Picun Leufu Neuquen Capital. On the opening day of the tournament people came from all over the place to witness the grand ceremony and were treated with some great fireworks and musical shows. The teams were introduced along with the categories in which they would be divided. The rules and regulations of the contest were also explained to the teams and also to the people as the normal rugby rules do not prevail in this tournament.
In the first division the first place was won by “La Colonia” Club Los Patos de Neuquen Capital for defending the title properly. The second place was given to “The Araucaria”, the team of Rabbits.
They managed to win in the category of the Veterans. Apart from this there were some other categories as well where “Limay Classic” Plottier won the first place and the second place went to “Bugs Basket” which is a team from Neuquen Capital. “Moby Dick” the Neuquen Rugby Club won the first place while the second place was won by the “Cat and the gang”. In the women category “The Rabbits” managed to hold on to the first place like last and the second spot was taken by “The Gypsy Neuquen”. The Ministry of Social Development organized this tournament for the first time last year and it became an immediate hit amongst the rugby fans.
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