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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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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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Wales’s national rugby team boss Warren Gatland has stated that the Australia Rugby Team had become stagnated for a long period under the stewardship of former coach Robbie Deans and showed hardly any signs of improvement under Ewan McKenzie.
As the coach of the British and Irish Lions, Gatland beat the Wallabies two tests to one during their summer tour of Australia earlier in the year and he did not mince his words as he looks to break a long drought for the Wales team of not being able to beat their Aussie counterparts.
But he did mention that the Aussies have finally found some rhythm after some very ropey performances in what has been a transitional year for them. He mentioned that the Australia Rugby Team is still evolving as a team, before adding that under the last manager, they were coming to the end of a circle.
Gatland went on to mention that although it might have taken some time but the Aussies have finally reached a level of improvement with several key players back to the side and with so much improvement going on all round, they could be real contenders for the Rugby World Cup 2015 which will take place in England.
The charismatic coach has not been on the winning side against Australia since his first stint as the manager of Wales in 2008 but the win with the British and Irish Lions will, no doubt, give his confidence a boost as he tries to snap an eight game barren record for the Welsh against the Aussies.
The Australia Rugby Team have won five of their eleven matches played under McKenzie, three of which came in the last three weeks and this gives Gatland plenty to think about ahead of the clash at the Millennium Stadium.