Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Front Five - 16.07.19

Start your day with five eye-catching egg-chasing quotes & links from around the ruggersphere.

It will be interesting to see
how the new scrum law is enforced


"You learn as you go through your years as a pro you can't just take your three-and-a-half (preseason) weeks off and do nothing."


John Fallon - Irish Independent

The Exiles will take on the Pro 14 side on Friday 13 September (kick-off 7.30pm).


Jack O'Toole - SportsJoe.ie

The research...also featured input by international front-row players including Ken Owens (Wales), Rory Best (Ireland) and Jamie George (England).


WorldRugby.org

Rugby league has just under 500,000 registered players in Australia...This dwarfs rugby union which has just 87,000


Talking Rugby Union

Young people should be enjoying 60 minutes of daily activity but only 17 per cent actually are.


Alison Oliver - The Telegraph

[Note - the above article is based on UK research.  According to the SportIreland website, data from a 2017 publication suggests "there have been some declines in sports participation among younger age groups which have been offset by increases among
older age groups."]

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Front Five - 15.07.19

Start your day with five eye-catching egg-chasing quotes & links from around the ruggersphere.

Nice to see an Irishman
raise aloft a World Cup trophy
wouldn't mind seeing it
again in September


A full season at the top tier of the game should be ideal preparation for the final Olympic Repechage event.


IrishRugby.ie

Winning 7-5 at half-time...the Irish couldn't kick on in the second half


RTÉ Rugby

"An unbelievable club, unbelievable coaches, a great bunch of players and it’s the kind of place you feel honoured to be a part of."


Ryan Bailey - The42.ie

England slipped to their seventh defeat in eight against the formidable world champions.


BBC Rugby

"Balls the size of melons!! Take a bow @JofraArcher" - James Haskell


Ruck.co.uk

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Front Five - 14.07.19

Start your day with five eye-catching egg-chasing quotes & links from around the ruggersphere.

Very enjoyable watching the 7s
in action - despite the hiccups
against Spain both look well drilled

Don't forget you can watch all
the action on www.rugbyeurope.tv 


The winner of each tournament earns a spot at the Olympics, while the sides finishing second and third qualify for the World Rugby Repechage


The42.ie

While Munster were linked with the giant 126kg centre, Stade Francais and Montpellier looked like leading the race


RugbyPass

...each time he came off the bench with one cap at the 2011 tournament and five more in 2015.


BBC Rugby

England Women will be crowned...the No 1 team in the world if they beat New Zealand on Sunday.


SkySports.com

He played hard, lived fast, and was driven to become a record-breaker and Rugby World Cup winner by a basic desire to beat a system that told him that he couldn’t.


FoxSports.com.au

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Front Five - 13.07.19

Start your day with five eye-catching egg-chasing quotes & links from around the ruggersphere.

Best of luck to the Irish Women's & Men's
7s squads today in their Olympic qualifiers


10:06AM - WOMEN V ROMANIA
11:44AM - MEN V UKRAINE
12:51PM - WOMEN V CZECH REPUBLIC
2:29PM - MEN V RUSSIA
3:14PM - WOMEN V SPAIN
5:36PM - MEN V SPAIN


"It wasn’t even a contact session but when big men are moving at high speeds, sometimes those small collisions can cause a little bit of discomfort, nothing major."


Sean McMahon - Pundit Arena

...as far as the 30-year-old Munster star is concerned...he is locked in a battle with squad mates and fellow half-backs John Cooney, Kieran Marmion, and Luke McGrath until informed otherwise.


Simon Lewis - Irish Examiner

Pool B features Moscow runners-up Ireland, Spain, Russia and Ukraine


WorldRugby.org

The 60-year-old former Kelso and Scotland flanker, who won 40 caps and was part of the 1990 Grand Slam-winning team, replaces Ireland’s Pat Whelan.


Duncan Smith - The Scotsman

"The jerseys feature Ogham script for ‘Aontacht‘ or ‘Unity’, representing the unique coming together of the four proud provinces of Ireland."


Balls.ie

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Rugby Africa roundup




Rugby Africa Helps Drive Record Breaking Year for Global Growth of Rugby

A record number of people are playing rugby worldwide as the sport continues to grow and prosper in Africa and across the globe

9.6 million players globally, including a 28 per cent rise in registered female players; More than one million registered players in Africa – up 26 per cent since 2017; Over 2.2 million girls and boys participated in Get Into Rugby around the world in 2018; South Africa tops global table for Get Into Rugby participation; Burkina Faso newest addition to World Rugby’s (https://www.World.Rugby/) global family.

A record number of people are playing rugby worldwide as the sport continues to grow and prosper in Africa and across the globe, according to the World Rugby Year in Review 2018 (http://bit.ly/2XSDBL4).

The sport’s unprecedented growth continued in 2018 with 9.6 million men, women and children playing the game around the world. This includes 2.7 million women, up 10 per cent on the previous year and accounting for more than a quarter of the total global playing population. In Africa alone, the number of registered players topped one million (1,004,674), an increase of 26 per cent since 2017 as the sport continues to thrive on the continent.

This growth was underpinned by World Rugby’s development programme Get Into Rugby, which acts as a gateway for young people to try, play and stay in rugby. For the second consecutive year more than two million girls and boys (2,280,200 with 40 per cent female participation) enjoyed the sport and everything it has to offer. More than 4,000 Get Into Rugby activities took place from Kathmandu in Nepal to Kitwe in Zambia, hosted by 159 registered unions and expanding the sport’s global reach.

In Africa, 460,000 children took part in Get Into Rugby activities, 42 per cent of them female, while South Africa topped the global table with the highest number of participants per country. South Africa also had success with its referee development programme as 261 young referees between the ages of 13-14 – 45 per cent of whom were girls – took part in the ‘I also play referee’ initiative, a significant increase on the 2017 total.

In Asia, the popularity of Get Into Rugby helped World Rugby’s Impact Beyond legacy programme reach its goal of one million new participants nine months before Japan is due to host Rugby World Cup 2019, setting the stage for a game-changing tournament. Project Asia 1 Million is a central pillar of World Rugby’s mission to grow the game locally and ensure Japan 2019 – the first Rugby World Cup to be hosted in Asia – is the most impactful Rugby World Cup to date. Namibia will join South Africa in representing the African continent in Japan after winning the Rugby Africa Gold Cup in 2018.

Excitingly the total number of registered female players grew by an impressive 28 per cent to 581,000 across all of World Rugby’s member unions. This comes during the first full year of implementation of World Rugby’s ambitious plan, Accelerating the global development of women in rugby 2017-25, which aims to support the growth and development of the women’s game and promote parity.

That success was matched off the field by increased engagement levels from female fans – 38 per cent increase in video views by women and the growth of the World Rugby and Rugby World Cup female audience on Twitter to more than 30 per cent. It was also reflected in increased diversity at the highest levels of the game in a year when World Rugby added 17 new female members to its Council and New Zealand was named as first-time hosts of Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021.

World Rugby was also pleased to welcome Burkina Faso, where rugby is now included on the school curriculum, as one of its newest associate member unions in 2018. Other highlights in 2018 included the second Youth Olympic Games rugby sevens tournament in Buenos Aires, won by Argentina (men’s) and New Zealand (women’s). Meanwhile, Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco saw 100,000 fans across three days create an incredible atmosphere inside the iconic AT&T Park, with a US broadcast audience of nine million tuning in, many watching rugby for the first time. This helped drive even greater interest in the sport, which now boasts a global fan base of 800 million worldwide, driven by young people consuming sevens digital content in emerging markets like the USA, China, India and Brazil.

Thanks to a new partnership with the African Press Association (APO) coverage of African rugby also increased significantly in 2018. The Rugby Africa Gold Cup achieved just under two million YouTube views, while 196 press releases were distributed by member unions, helping to promote rugby across the continent.

Off the field, player welfare remains World Rugby’s number one priority with the international federation focusing on evidence-based injury prevention at all levels of the sport. Alongside its ongoing focus on research, World Rugby’s training and education programmes remain core to its strategy, with more than 2,700 training courses delivered worldwide in 2018.

World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “2018 was another special year for rugby as we watched the sport continue to prosper and grow both on and off the field. Within a total playing population of 9.6 million it was fantastic to see our Get Into Rugby programme – run in partnership with unions and regions – continue to break participation records with over two million girls and boys worldwide getting involved for the second year in a row amid a growing global fan base of 800 million. The 26 per cent increase in the number of registered rugby players in Africa shows the sport is thriving in the region and I would like to thank Rugby Africa and its unions for the tremendous effort they put into growing the game in 2018.    

“As Rugby World Cup 2019 fast approaches, it was particularly pleasing to see our Impact Beyond programme surpassing all expectations in Asia in 2018, reaching its target of one million new participants in the region a full nine months ahead of schedule. With the tournament expected to be game-changing in every respect, the stage is now set for the most impactful Rugby World Cup ever.

“From a women’s rugby perspective, 2018 was a breakthrough year as we began implementation of our groundbreaking strategy to accelerate the development of women in rugby at all levels. Progress was evident with increased participation and engagement levels as well as in the governance of the sport, where we welcomed the first women onto World Rugby Council. We will continue to strive for even greater parity in 2019.



Brendon Mandivenga Named Captain of the Zimbabwe National Rugby Team, The Sables

“As Zambezi Battle Lines Are Drawn"

Brendon Mandivenga has been named as the Sables Captain ahead of the Zimbabwe’s opening match in the Victoria Cup against Zambia at the Machinery Exchange Stadium, Harare Sports Club on the 13th of July.


Zimbabwe and Zambia will match up in the ‘Battle of Zambezi’ as the first match for both nations in the tournament that features four nations including Kenya and Uganda.


The battle of Zambezi will include ladies match between the Zimbabwe Lady Sables and Zambia Women’s national team.


Mandivenga had led the Zimbabwe Rugby Academy in their maiden appearance in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge earlier this year and will extend his leadership duties with the men’s national team.


“It is an honour and great responsibility to lead the team and I am glad there is a lot support on and off the field. We have been working very hard as a team and we look forward to the Zambia match and we will put everything we have into it.


“Zambia are able to cause an upset and they have proven that in Sevens, so we will not drop our guard this Saturday,” said Mandivenga.


Meanwhile St Georges Dragons will have a tall order in breaking Churchill Bulldog’s unbeaten streak since the start of the Zimbabwe School Boy rugby season, the two stalwarts will be on the three heavily contested events of the day building up to the Sables versus Zambia match.


The match between Zimbabwe and Zambia will kick-off at 15:00 hrs.


Zambia: Red Arrows are the Champions....Again!!

The Championship Cup games, which raised alot of banter on the local scene, had divided opinions among fans and supporters with some expecting either one of them to win

The 2019 Zambia Rugby 15 a-side League finally came to a close on Saturday 6th July, 2019 in a grand finale which pitted two of the fiercest teams in the local league namely Red Arrows and Mufulira Leopards.


Red Arrows who have been champions since 2013 after dislodging Diggers Rugby Club once again proved why they have held on to the Championship Trophy for so long in a hard-fought victory over Mufulira.


The Championship Cup games, which raised alot of banter on the local scene, had divided opinions among fans and supporters with some expecting either one of them to win.


The defending champions imposed their dominance on the game with a try each from Vincent Nkole, Israel Kalumba, David Chimbukulu, Pekah Phiri, Brian Mbalwa. Brian who was voted Man of the Match also contributed 3 conversions plus penalties. Terry Kaushiku also added a penalty goal to ensure the airmen were beyond reach from the oppornents. 


Meanwhile, the men from the Leopards Cage managed to score tries each via Gabriel Mungalaba and Mike Masabo while their playmaker Fine Chikumbe scored 1 conversion and penalties.


The finals which were played in Kitwe at the Diggers Rugby Club also hosted the Challenge Cup game between Lusaka Rugby Club versus Chibuluma Rugby Club saw the latter being crowned champions with a 32-03 scoreline.




Many thanks to the APO Group for including us on their media list.  JLP

Friday, July 12, 2019

Front Five - 12.07.19

Start your day with five eye-catching egg-chasing quotes & links from around the ruggersphere.

Nice to see preseason fixtures
on the menu; can't wait for
news of Leinster's schedule


The two provinces have announced they will meet in a pre-season fixture in Galway on Saturday 21 September


Ryan Bailey - The42.ie

Initially it was feared the injury, which cut short his season in April, would rule him out of the World Cup entirely


Brendan Fanning - Irish Independent

Barrett turned down big money offers from abroad to join the struggling Blues - a team he believes has "huge potential".


NZ Herald

The 31-year old is set to play a key role in the Wallabies’ World Cup campaign before joining Kintetsu with old mate Quade Cooper.


FoxSports.com.au

The 31-year-old Oakland Raiders wide receiver sent out a message on Twitter looking for somewhere to train in Paris and Zebo swiftly replied


Josh Raisey - RugbyPass

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Rugby on TV : July 11-18

Rugby on TV is brought to you by
the IrishRugby TV YouTube channel


THURSDAY, JULY 11

1:10AM - CANADA V USA (L) - WOMENS INTL - SKY SPORTS MAIN EVENT
6AM - RUGBY TONIGHT : THE DEMOS - BT SPORT 2
8AM - NRL TRY TIME - SKY SPORTS ARENA
10AM - ENGLAND V FRANCE (R) - WOMEN'S INTL - SKY SPORTS ACTION
12PM - RUGBY AM - FREE SPORTS TV
6PM - CANADA V USA (R) - WOMEN'S INTL - SKY SPORTS ACTION
7PM - HULL FC V LONDON (L) - SUPER LEAGUE - SKY SPORTS MAIN EVENT

FRIDAY, JULY 12

8:55AM - PANTHERS V TITANS (L) - NRL - SKY SPORTS ARENA
8:30PM - PREMIERSHIP TRIES OF THE SEASON - BT SPORT 3
7PM - LEEDS V HULL KR (L) - SUPER LEAGUE - SKY SPORTS ARENA
10:15PM - SUPER LEAGUE GOLD - SKY SPORTS ARENA

SATURDAY, JULY 13

IRISH MEN AND WOMEN'S SEVENS TEAMS IN OLYMPIC QUALIFIERS

LIVE ON WWW.RUGBYEUROPE.TV

10:06AM - WOMEN V ROMANIA
11:44AM - MEN V UKRAINE
12:51PM - WOMEN V CZECH REPUBLIC
2:29PM - MEN V RUSSIA
3:14PM - WOMEN V SPAIN
5:36PM - MEN V SPAIN

10:55AM - OLYMPIC MENS 7S QUALIFIERS - FREESPORTS TV
5:55AM - RABBITOHS V SEA EAGLES (L) - NRL - SKY SPORTS ARENA
4PM - WESTERN PROVINCE V BLUE BULLS (L) - CURRIE CUP - SKY SPORTS ARENA RED BUTTON
6PM - TORONTO V FEATHERSTONE (L) - RL C'SHIP - SKY SPORTS ARENA RED BUTTON

SUNDAY, JULY 14


9:55AM - OLYMPIC MENS 7S QUALIFIERS - FREESPORTS TV

8:45PM - NEW ZEALAND V ENGLAND (L) - WOMENS INTL - SKY SPORTS MAIN EVENT
11:55PM - FRANCE V USA (L) - WOMENS INTL - SKY SPORTS MAIN EVENT

MONDAY, JULY 15


8PM - NEW ZEALAND V ENGLAND (R) - WOMENS INTL - SKY SPORTS ARENA

10:45PM - FRANCE V USA (R) - WOMENS INTL - SKY SPORTS ARENA

TUESDAY, JULY 16


12:45PM - SUPER LEAGUE FULLTIME - SKY SPORTS ARENA

1PM - THE SUPER LEAGUE SHOW - BBC 2

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17


8PM - PREMIERSHIP TRIES OF THE SEASON - BT SPORT 3
8PM - RUGBY AM - NRL - FREESPORTS TV


THURSDAY, JULY 18

6:30PM - THE WORLD RUGBY SHOW - SKY SPORTS ACTION
7PM - WIGAN V WAKEFIELD (L) - SUPER LEAGUE - SKY SPORTS ARENA
8PM - RUGBY LEAGUE BACK CHAT - FREESPORTS TV

L = LIVE
R = FULL REPEAT
T = TAPE DELAY
H = HIGHLIGHTS

Times generally refer to beginning of broadcast not kickoff
Check local listings for repeat showings
Feel free to let us know if something is missing! paganoblog@gmail.com



Front Five - 11.07.19

Start your day with five eye-catching egg-chasing quotes & links from around the ruggersphere.

ICYMI click here for episode 35
of our Harpin Points feature 
also known as episode 2 of our podcast


The overall winner of the tournament will earn a place at Tokyo 2020, while the teams finishing second and third will have a final opportunity to qualify


Ryan Bailey - The42.ie

An outcry from women's rights organisations ensued and some London Irish fans have vowed to boycott the Madejski Stadium in opposition at his arrival


RTÉ Rugby

...following the death of his sister in a car crash last February the 35-year-old will play in Conference A for the Cheetahs next season


Irish Times

"He always played with the type of passion and courage that encapsulate what Springbok rugby stands for, and he lived his life in the same way."


SkySports.com

...some feel that mental health should be treated and approached in the same way that physical injuries are treated in rugby. However, there are still a lot of players that remain silent...


John Raisey - RugbyPass

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Harpin Points 35 : from Yankee twangs to Axial loading (PODCAST)


From now on we plan you do our Harpin Points feature as a part of our podcast.  We're still feeling our way through the new format so please forgive the teething troubles as we work our way towards a routine.  This week's headings include...

1. YANK OF IRELAND

2. A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE

3. SHOULDERING THE BURDEN

Front Five - 10.07.19

Start your day with five eye-catching egg-chasing quotes & links from around the ruggersphere.

Hoping to 'drop' episode 2
of our podcast later today


The issue, believed to be a dislocation, could keep him sidelined for between four and six weeks


Ruaidhrí O'Connor - Irish Independent

Back in November 2006...myself and Johnny Sexton came off the bench against the Border Reivers at Donnybrook to make our Leinster debut.


Devin Toner - The Sports Chronicle

"...they will look at the progress of the likes of Scott Penny and Hugh O’Sullivan and will know what can be achieved even in your first year."


Ryan Bailey - The42.ie

The 2018 programme conducted 2,236 tests at men’s and women’s sevens and 15s international representative level


Matthew Southcombe - WalesOnline

...the tournament winners will earn a place at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The teams that finish in second and third will get another shot...


RTÉ Rugby

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Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Front Five - 09.07.19

Start your day with five eye-catching egg-chasing quotes & links from around the ruggersphere.


...a proposed amendment...that, if approved, will outlaw the practice of front-rows placing their heads onto opposition players’ shoulders between the call of ‘bind’ and ‘set’.


RugbyPass.com

...he recalls the disappointment of not being picked for England, only to then receive a phone call, in which he was asked, “would you ever consider playing for Ireland?”


Joe Ronan - InTheLoose.com

Heavyweight options who have succeeded offshore such as Warren Gatland and Joe Schmidt have effectively ruled themselves out.


The Guardian (via AAP)

...David Pocock...is to continue rehab on his problematic calf muscle while in South Africa.


FoxSports.com.au

"I haven't left rugby for a glamorous lifestyle. It's not about the money."


Charlie Morgan - Irish Independent

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Monday, July 08, 2019

Front Five - 08.07.19

Start your day with five eye-catching egg-chasing quotes & links from around the ruggersphere.

Leinster & Ireland rugby headlines
still hard to find hopefully
that will change very soon, need my fix


"He keeps us honest, we respect what he says because he's done it 120 something times for Ireland."


Jack O'Toole - SportsJoe.ie

There might be some new and returning faces to the squad that flew out of Sydney on Sunday for Johannesburg, but the time for experimentation is over.


Christy Doran - FoxSports.com.au

"I can't tell you how frustrated I am about the continuing off-the-field nonsense we have to deal with in Welsh rugby."


Anthony Woolford - WalesOnline

The victory is England's seventh in a row against the Canadians and they will next play France on Wednesday


SkySports.com

“I don’t think (England) are strong enough. I can’t see us getting to the final so Eddie Jones may go"


RugbyPass.com

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