Cotter Prepared For A Summer Tour Of Japan

Vern Cotter, the current coach of Scotland rugby union national team is preparing his team for the upcoming summer tour which will be held in Japan. Scotland rugby national team will play its first match with Japan at the Toyota stadium in June.

The coach, who was a former player and coach for New Zealand rugby union is now determined to stay focused with his existing number of players in his team and has also kept the option open for others to join the team later. As per the coach, the two match tour offers the benefit of taking smaller squads, although the opportunities will remain open for others to join in.

The squad has to put in their best efforts to do well in the match as this is one of the best opportunities to assess their last game with Ireland and also to help them move forward. The team is all geared to play smartly in order to achieve their main objective of winning. The first game may be tough, but the team is strong and has a few days to prepare soon after their arrival in Japan.

The summer tour of Japan has brought in some excitement and Scotland rugby team believes in winning the game positively in order to influence their ranking for the World Cup. The coach has also said that their main motto of this game is to win and also to develop the leadership group. In addition, the team will gain some experience and control fixtures in a better manner by understanding and making best use of the opportunities in the rugby match. With the tight Scotland squad for the two test tour in Japan, it is quite interesting to figure out the performance of both the teams on the match day which is likely to take place on the 18th of June.

Scotland Rugby On The Rise

Rob Wainwright, the former captain of the rugby team in the country, seemed to have enjoyed watching the revival of the team that took place in a recent match.

Rib has wanted a big change to come by in the country’s team and performance and he had stated so in many places. After 2014 things have been working for the better for the country’s rugby team. Rob is delighted that his friends are in charge of bringing about the change in the team’s performance.

Rob, who comes from the island of Coll, feels that he is not in any position to exert influence on the Scottish rugby team. The sport as well as the national team reached a new low in a few past performances and that is when he felt that he had to take some action. Rob, having been part of the British Lion and the captain of the Scotland team, felt frustrated when he saw the team perform in 2014 at Murrayfield.

At that time, England won the cup and the hosts did not even win a point. At such a juncture Rob felt that he owed his team some action and initiative from his side. Since then there has been several changes and improvements in the team. As he surveys the recent Scottish rugby team he feels delight in seeing the improvements that have come about.

Indeed, the team even ended up at the World Cup and they came close to performing in the semifinals even. That was certainly a feat for the national team. They have also done well in the games of the Six Nations. They were able to secure victories over countries like France and Italy, which speaks well of the vigor and verve that has come into the team’s performance.

Police looking for Irish rugby fans

Police are looking for a few Ireland rugby supporters after a passenger was drummed up on a train after a Six Nations rugby match. The duo are believed to have roomed a carriage in South London after going to the Ireland and England match on 27th February, in Twickenham.

The officers told that one of the men vomited on the floor and another complaint came from a 58 year old passenger.

Sarah Garden, the Detective Sergeant, told that the victim was assaulted after taking consequence with one of the men who was vomiting on the floor. He was pushed and punched to the floor by the men who just ceased their attack when other passengers interposed.

Det Sgt Garden told that officers saw CCTV from the train between East Grinstead and Victoria and distributed photographs on local police intelligence nets. The victim had bruises and cuts to his face and went to hospital for assessment. It was very fortunate that his injuries were not that serious.

He added that the scopes of turning a victim of violent crime are very low on the rail network and they work hard to make sure that the railway stays a safe place.

Police have already contacted other departments who could help them in their investigation. As of now, police have not received any updated information regarding the offenders from any side.

BT to sponsor Scotland Rugby Team

The Scottish Rugby Union or SRU has announced that their principal sponsor BT will be replacing the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Group as the new sponsor on the jerseys of the national teams including the men’s Scotland Rugby Team.

The three year deal signed between the two parties will see yet another new jersey to be unveiled for the national team and signals the end of a four year association with the RBS Group which will now become the SRU’s official banking partner.

July 2013 saw BT sign an agreement to place their name on the shirts of both the Edinburgh Rugby and the Glasgow Warriors, the only two professional clubs in Scotland and also furthered their sponsorship deal with the SRU by buying the naming rights for the fabled Murrayfield stadium a few months later. BT also became the principal sponsor for the country’s domestic league and cup competitions as well as the three regional academies.

Already a sponsor for the Scotland Sevens team, this new deal sees the BT logo appear on the jersey of the Scotland Rugby Team for both the men’s and women’s national team as well as the three age grade teams with the Scotland Under-20 team becoming the first team to sport the new logo during the World Rugby Under 20 Championship which takes place in June.

Dominic McKay, the director of commercial operations for the SRU has stated that he is delighted to unveil BT as the new shirt sponsor for the Scotland Rugby Team in all levels and added that he hopes that this is the beginning of a long and prosperous association between the two parties.
He added that BT is already their principal partner and this added investment brings more good news for fans of Scottish Rugby as well.

Scotland Rugby Team Disappointed After Losing To Italian Rugby Team

Scotland Rugby team had to face hard times before but it was never as bad as it is at present.

The Scotland Rugby team was defeated in their match against Italy which was held on Saturday, 28th February at Murrayfield Stadium. The final score of the Scottish team was 19 while that of their opponent, Italy was 22.

The defeat is being considered by some as humiliating for the Scottish team. As a result of losing that match, the Scotland Rugby Team is currently at the lowest position in the League Table of 2015 Six Nations Rugby.

Before this match the team was certain that good days for Scottish Rugby lay ahead but they can’t say that now. The 53 years old Vernon Cotter from New Zealand is, at present, the coach of the Scottish Rugby Team. The team is at present in a very bad position.

They will be in Twickenham after fourteen days to compete against England for the Calcutta Club. The team lost a match to the Italian Rugby Team in their home ground once before and the repetition of the same in this year’s Six Nations is obviously quite embarrassing for the team. In this match, the Scottish Rugby team was likely to become the winner but eventually the Italian Rugby team got the better of them.

The 29 years old Greig Laidlaw, who is the captain of the Scottish team, has said that it was indeed a very disappointing experience for him. He said that their start was indeed very good but they committed a number of mistakes on the field which were taken advantage of by the opponent team on account of which it became easier for the Italian Rugby team to become the winner. He said that in the beginning their lead was good enough for them to win the match comfortably. He said that the team is disappointed at this defeat

Former Scotland Rugby Team player Rennie announces retirement

Ross Rennie, the former Scotland Rugby Team player has announced his retirement from all forms of the game following a failure to recover from a neck injury he suffered three months back.

The flanker, who was a part of the Rugby Football Union Championship club Bristol Rugby has announced that he took this decision after consultation with his doctors and specialists as well as the club.

His retirement comes as a huge blow to the promotion chasing Bristol team as he was one of the stars of the team and although hampered by injury during his one year at the club, Rennie scored seven tries in 13 appearances for the club and when on song, he was one of their biggest assets.

Rennie, who earned 20 caps for the Scotland Rugby Team, said that it was a great privilege for him to play rugby, a game he loves to the core, on a professional level, adding that he takes with him some great memories as a player and these are something that he will cherish for a long time.
The Scotsman also thanked the players, support staff and coaches and the fans at Bristol Rugby, saying that it was one of the best experiences of his life.

Andy Robinson, the Director of Rugby at Bristol, who brought him to the club after working with him for both the Scotland Rugby Team and Edinburgh Rugby, said that it was a shame that such a promising career was cut short at such a young age.

He added that he has worked with Rennie since he was very young and he could safely say that at his peak, Rennie was the best open side flanker in the Northern Hemisphere, a player that was truly world class and it’s unfortunate he had to retire early.

Scotland Rugby Team Seems Potential Contender For Six Nations 2015 Trophy

Scotland rugby team shows the potential to be a tough contender in the upcoming Six Nations and if everything goes well has every chance to clinch the coveted champion’s trophy at the esteemed championship.

Yes, it’s true that the Scottish team were badly nailed by South Africa & Australia at Autumn Series last year. It’s also true that they showed up with a very meek performance against the English rugby squad in the early quarter of 2014 & had a disastrous fate with Wales team which even had Stuart Hogg red carded during Six Nations 2014.

But then again, according to experts, the Scottish team carry this potential to come up with the winning trophy at the 2015 Six Nations. The confidence is mostly because of the tutelage of the great coach Vern Cotter who has proved to be a very powerful guiding force for the Scott rugby guys in the recent times. The brilliant coach has been a huge motivator for the Scottish guys who have come up with this novel approach of boosting up their spirit by showing winning footages of Scottish sportsmen from other sports as well

In fact, since his joining with the team a few months back, the Scottish squad have displayed certain positive changes that further reinforce their potenti8al as a tentative champ of the Six Nations trophy the coming year.
The New Scotland today is bustling with a great pool of youngsters who have brought strong zeal and enthusiasm in the team. They are playing their matches at top level with top stakes and have proved their potential to succeed even under huge pressure and that too on regular basis. A huge aspect to note about the Scott squad is that a great load of current players from the core team are now pretty used to win major games.

Patrick Lambie kicks A Penalty To Give South Africa A Win

New Zealand was winning with a lead in the score with just a bare 3 minutes left in the match when Wayne Barnes the referee made a penalty decision after replacing Liam Messam who had shoulder charged Schalk Burger. The replacement was Patrick Lambie who had the nerves to make a 55metere penalty shot and this secured the first win of South Africaover the All Blacks since the game in 2011.
This became the perfect end to the breath stopping matches that had witnessed New Zealand come back from a deficit of 11 points and take the lead by one point with just 69 minutes to go in the match. New Zealand had already won the 13th Rugby Championship after they beat Argentina by 34-13 as there was no more competition in the match.
At this game, New Zealand had opened by scoring a penalty earlier from Beauden Barrett and brought the crowd up on their feet. South Africa were willing to keep the ball with them and this try paid off perfectly as they scored a goal in the 11th minute and this gave the team take the match towards their own line.
The second penalty saw Barrett narrowing down the gap but the Springbok players were playing so good that the left hand touch line that came from Bryan Habana witnessed Handrè Pollard to take over from 15 meter and converted the match. New Zealand grabbed the opportunity to lead in the second attempt and that was in about four minutes after passing the ball through six passes with the help of the replaced hooker Ben Coles who slid under the left hand corner. Lambie had the final say in the match with his the kick of a perfectionist that looked nothing short of never-ending.

Scotland Rugby learns from mistakes and resolves to prepare better

Scotland Rugby received a major blow after their crushing defeat to South Africa. It was a learning experience for the players who are trying to find their strong hold in the international arena. Scotland lost the game 55-6 to the South Africans even though a number of their stars were missing from the squad. They concede a number of tries and more importantly it was the way they went down in such situations which is to be scrutinized. Vern Cotter and his team had several reasons like jet lag, injuries and tough conditions to show as the cover up for the poor performance but they surely could have done better. The first try was some terrific power packed play by the unstoppable South Africans but the second try was fitting to infuriate the Scotland Rugby defense coach Matt Taylor. The positioning of Stuart Hogg and the role played by Henry Pyrgos as a sweeper seemed inappropriate to former Scotland scrum half, Mike Blair. Scotland’s attack lacked penetration and it almost seemed easy for the South Africans to snub their opponents. Rob Harley was easily the best player for the Scottish team.
Scotland Rugby players have been prone to numerous injuries over the past few years which clearly show a definite problem underlying the system. The back rower David Denton who has represented both Edinburgh and Scotland suffered an injury to his hamstring in the training camp. His omission has left the team dilapidated before the next season which will hopefully be better for the Scottish internationals. The fans are expecting some fireworks from the players in the next season. Ayshire shall be the new destination for the team where they will be facing up against Tonga. Mark Dodson, the chief executive of Scottish Rugby Union seemed very happy to introduce the new artificial ground with world class facilities.

Northampton looking for more success under Mallinder

Northampton Saints are riding high on their success in the Aviva Premiership which they won due some stellar performances by their stars in the last season. The Saints claimed their first domestic championship by winning last season’s final against the Saracens. The club rewarded their Director of Rugby Jim Mallinder with a new five year contract following their 24-20 score line to lift the trophy. The fans and officials associated with the club were delighted with their success in the concluding season and have vouchsafed for some more success in the following years. Mallinder was also responsible for winning the Amlin Challenge cup only a few days ago. Northampton Saints have won in five out of the nine finals they have played under Mallinder since his arrival at Franklin’s Gardens. The club is looking ambitious as they are hungry for some even sweeter success in the time to come. The club chairman Tony Hewitt has lauded the director of the club for being instrumental in putting together a great team under some able coaching stuff.
Alex Waller is the newest addition to the long line of English players that Saints have produced over the years including the present members like Luther Burrell, Tom Wood, Ben Foden, Lee Dickson, Dylan Hartley and Phil Dowson. Each of them have impressed one and all in the domestic season and are retained by the club for the future. The newest addition to the Northampton squad is Joel Hodgson whose transfer from Newcastle Falcons has been recently confirmed. Jim Mallinder has welcomed the new prodigy to his team showing his confidence in the immense talent which was appreciated by one and all in the previous season. Hodgson accepted it was difficult to leave his alma mater yet everyone is upbeat about his development as a player that might take place under Mallinder.