Sale Sharks look to rebuild their squad after the captain is ruled out


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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Tom Biggs to join Worcester


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 Enters The Second Season


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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Ewers signs extension


Dave Ewers, the number eight for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Exeter Chiefs has ended months of speculation over his future by putting pen to paper to a new two year deal that will see him remain at Sandy Park till the end of the 2016 season.

The 23 year old has been in scintillating form this season, breaking into the first team and forcing his way into the England Saxons squad as well where he has nailed down a spot in the back row positions.

Rob Baxter, the head coach of the Chiefs, couldn’t hide his excitement at the thought of the player remaining at the club for the foreseeable future and stated that Dave is enjoying his time at the club and playing some great rugby. He went on to add that he is hopeful that over the next two years, he continues his development at the club as well as playing regularly for the England national team as well.

The current deal that Ewers had was to run down at the end of the current season and with new regulations in place, the Zimbabwe born English forward was free to talk to potential suitors from the 1st of January. And Baxter stated that it must seem tricky because he was being asked whether the player would re-sign for the club for quite some time now.

He added that the new extension had been agreed quite some time back but the final announcement was held up because there were some minor adjustments that needed to be made and hence, there was widespread speculation regarding the future of the player at the club.

Baxter also added that there has been no arguments or wrangling over the deal, just some casual conversation between interested people and that was all.

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