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Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club Saracens FC has claimed that it has the support of seven top flight clubs in England that want the current salary cap that exists in the professional game to be scrapped.
The club has also claimed that this is a matter of grave concern and it needs a thorough debate and will be discussed in the next shareholders meeting of Premiership Rugby on the 4th of February.
The former Aviva Premiership champions issued a statement recently where it said that it wants to build a consensus to remove the handicap that the salary cap is on the professional game and release the handbrake that s holding back the development of club based rugby football in the country. Continue reading ‘Saracens FC wants salary cap to be removedrgb’
Australian rugby squad seems to be quite a disgraceful state even when they are just ten months away from upcoming Rugby world Cup 2015.
The Wallabies seem to be pacing backwards only at momentous rate and the team just experienced their worst possible European Tour championship in almost 10 years, having accomplished no more than a single victory out of 4. Back home, the situation is even weaker as what is discovered from the recent meet between head honchos of Aussie Rugby Union (Bill Pulver & Michael Hawker) and representatives of Sydney Rugby Union Board, New South Wales Country & Shute Shield Club of Sydney. Hawker & Pulver cast a terribly morbid view on the finances of Aussie Rugby during the 2-hour meet and even warned of bankruptcy concerns by 2016.
A fair share of sources who gathered at the meet remarked that head honchos mentioned about the bankruptcy threat at least 10-12 times throughout the meeting. They also emphasized on the significance of sharing the pain & responsibility evenly by everybody across the Aussie rugby community.
At SRU’s instigation, Hawker & Pulver, who for several months were under severe criticism for their inefficient administration of Australian rugby, attended the meet to garner backup for their scheme that called the grassroots to come up with revenue through player levy. But the very ARU plea did not work. In fact, the meet was said that ARU is about to face terrible “economic disaster” by 2016 in case the clubs didn’t extend backing for the national funding program.
According to the proposed fiscal model from ARU, each of the rugby players in the Australian team would have to submit individual registration subscription & insurance levy. The Union have even decided on the fee structure to be followed for each level of players.
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Each and every person associated with Northampton Saints- directors, management, staff and the players- felt really sad when they got to know that their youngest fan, Luis Ghaut passed away on the 23rd of September, 2014. This young boy had successfully inspired many people who are a part of Northampton Saints.
Luis was suffering from a very rare kind of bone cancer called the Osteosarcoma and his family had approached Northampton Saints in order to get support for the awareness and fundraising activities associated with Osteosarcoma. This is how Luis Ghaut became a known face for Northampton Saints.
This young boy from Upton used to attend the training sessions of the rugby team and some of the players had become extremely close to him and his family members.
Christian Day said that Luis was just like a comrade and a fellow player. He never got upset about anything. Day was heartbroken to hear the news about Luis’s death.
Luis had actually become the mascot for Northampton Saints in the month of May during the 2014 Aviva Premiership finals against Saracens. This was something extraordinary and it proved the determination of the boy because Luis had undergone surgery and chemotherapy few days before the Premiership finals.
Tom Wood had commented after the Premiership finals on the bravery of the boy and how it had motivated the Saints in every possible manner.
Northampton Saints extended their deepest condolences and regrets to Luis’s relatives and friends.
At the home match of the round 6 of the Aviva Premiership which is going to be played against Sale Sharks, Northampton Saints are going to pay tribute to the brave boy.
Lee Dickson said that Luis Ghaut was a part of the Northampton Saints’ family. The entire Premiership season will now be dedicated to Luis and they are going to do everything for this little man only.
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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.