What might have happened if both clubs had been able to field anything like their best teams is anyone’s guess.

International commitments and injuries meant that Bath were denied at least half their First XV; Harlequins, according to their director of rugby, John Kingston, were “30 light in availability” out of a squad of 56.

Dala Sevens Champion Event

For those who follow the rugby games scene for Kenya, they would have seen the Kenya cup rugby matches that had been played in the month of February. Impala RFC and Homeboyz are two popular teams here.

Having played at the Impala club in February, the Homeboyz team again appeared victorious when they played against Kenya Harlequin. The score of the match between the two teams was 48-5. The victorious team was crowned as the champions of Dala Sevens. Continue reading “Dala Sevens Champion Event”

Leeds criticizes RFL’s Hardaker investigation

Leeds are seemingly infuriated over the controversies regarding Zak Hardaker and have reportedly criticized of the investigation carried on by RFL on their full-back.

The Rhinos have tagged the RFL investigation as a “witch-hunt”.

According to sources, the investigation is pertinent to the comments meant towards Helens’ 2nd rower Flanagan (Mark) in past Friday’s thirteen-twelve triumph for Saints.

Gary Hetherington, Rhinos CEO is puzzled as why the investigation is being launched as Richard Silverwood, math referee, neither commented nor reported any sort of incident.

“We are actually concerned that a witch-hunt is going on by RFL towards Hardaker & we need to call for external investigation about the issues regarding the investigation”, Hetherington stated while stating their agitation regarding RFL’s investigation.

“We are aware that Match Commissioner has been asked by media at post-match media conference whether the match Referee had noted about any comment or incident & he said “No””, he continued.”We need clear explanation as why Referee’s report suddenly now contains references to some possible comment.”

“It deems incongruent with RFL’s stance & vigour that the group is presently pursuing the incident with which the referee won’t have noted this to superior that night, as per pertinent protocols, or have taken some steps during this game.”

“We do understand that one Helens’ guys has been already interviewed & he has declared that he didn’t hear anything. The whole issue seems really mysterious & use of one lip reader particularly has rendered a novel dimension to the on-field conduct- especially while the matches are televised”, he continued.

“We also need to comprehend that why RFL people are so rigorous with the investigation. The only personnel who seems to have got hold of anything regarding this issue is the match Referee & he has reported it belatedly, in spite of not raking steps on field.”

BKK Lions look to inject new life in their Committee following their successful season

The country of Thailand is known for its beautiful locales, markets and hospitality. Sport is an integral part of the nation as well. It is one of the most cosmopolitan countries in Asia. Thus the interest in various forms of sports is owing to the cross culture that exists in the country. There has recently been a growing interest in Rugby. It is an upcoming sport and the younger generation is taking to it like the fish to the water. The BKK Lions is one of the most popular clubs in the nation that helps the junior players to have a proper training and grow up into worthwhile players. The club nurtures children from the age of five to eighteen. A large number of professional coaches, medical and conditioning staff have been associated with BKK Lions over the last decade. The facilities and infrastructure has improved in leaps and bounds.

The BIT 2004 International Youth tournament proved to be a great success story for the club. Strong and impressive performances were put up by the players in Under 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18. They became the club runners up in the categories for Under 10, 12 and 14. However the greatest impression was created by the Under 16 and 18 players who managed to become the Plate champions. The teams will be hoping to perform even better in the upcoming events like Pattaya-10 and Phuket-10. New blood has been injected into the Committee of the BKK Lions. Rod Kerr has joined as the club chairman and Atawhai Tibble as the General Manager. Brian Sinclair Thompson takes up as the Youth coaching coordinator for 13-18 along with Keir Merrick for the 8-12 age groups. Tony Taylor takes up as the Sponsorship manager and Dinner co-ordinator with Billy Hill as the recruitment co-ordinator.

England look for luck and form ahead of encounter with Italy

England has put up a fairly impressive show with the group of young talent in the Six Nations Rugby championship. Stuart Lancaster’s side put up a great performance against the Wales team but the coach was ready to admit that it was a very tense affair for them as their hearts was in their mouths in the must win situation for the team. Wales struggled as their better players like Gethin Jenkins and Adam Jones failed to deliver the goods. England cashed in on the opportunity to continue their dominance over their neighboring country. The captain Chris Robshaw put up a strong performance and never let his side down. Owen Farrell was the outstanding performer for the team who displayed great skills and ability. Roman Poite, the French referee took some important decisions that raised the controversy surrounding the match.

In spite of the gritty performance of his side Lancaster remains worry about his chances in the Six Nations championship. This is because Ireland is in a much better position than them in the table according to the points. Even if England wins all their matches Ireland will be able to topple them with a narrow victory over the French. However the return of important players to the English side will boost their confidence. The likes of Manu Tuilagi, Marland Yarde, Tom Croft and Alex Corbisiero will surely be adding a greater dimension to the game of their team. The players and their coach are confident of their success but there is no denying the fact that they will also look forward to the other game as it will play a major role in determining their fortunes. The fans will be rooting for their favorite stars and hoping for an even better performance from the team as they keep their fingers crossed for some luck.

Harlequins FC targeting NFL rejects

Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union clubs Saracens FC as well as Harlequins FC will be among a host of clubs from England that will be keeping a close watch on a trial taking place in the United States of America which will see a number of American Football players who are keen on giving the Rugby Union game a try.

The trial will be taking place over a two day period on the 5th and 6th of April in the National Football League stadium of the Minnesota Vikings and overall, more than 180 athletes are set to attend the trial. Recently, Hayden Smith of Saracens FC left the club on a temporary basis to give the NFL a try and this could well see a reversal in that trend as well and the Harlequins FC as well as their London counterparts’ hierarchy are keen on making a splash across the pond.

Former Ireland coach Eddie O’Sullivan will be overseeing the trial in April and he has also tipped a number of players to make the grade in England as well as in Europe.

He stated that some of the players who are expected to come on trial are tremendous athletes who have just missed out on a professional contract with an NFL side by the skin of their teeth or have been cut out from their sides but still want to make it as a professional.

O’Sullivan also mentioned that most of them have not played rugby but having played in the NFL, they are aware of the game and being highly talented, it wouldn’t be too difficult in turning them into professional rugby players.

He confirmed scouts from Saracens FC as well as Harlequins FC and French club Grenoble are coming over and he expects more European clubs to send scouts too.