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RIP Tinus Linee
Tinus Linee passed away on Monday morning after losing his battle with motor neuron disease. Linee was diagnosed with MND in April last year and his deteriorating health resulted in him having financial difficulties. He auctioned off his Springbok and Western Province blazers in an attempt to cover his medical costs, while the WPRFU also helped him to raise funds…..read more here….
Toulon hammer Grenoble to go top
Toulon were rampant as they put nine tries past visiting Grenoble at the Stade Mayol on Sunday, winning 61-28 in the Top 14. Bernard Laporte actually credited Grenoble’s shock win at the Mayol last season for being the catalyst behind their eventual success in the Top 14 and Europe. Converting the pain of that loss into a positive outcome however wouldn’t have entirely ridden Toulon’s memory of that loss, with revenge on their mind.
Saracens off to winning start
Saracens held on for a 25-20 win over Harlequins at Allianz Park on Sunday, to get their LV= Cup campaign off to a perfect start. Two tries in three minutes set Saracens on the road to victory when centre Duncan Taylor and winger Mike Ellery both found their way over the line.
Taylor had the whereabouts to pounce on a loose clearance to run it back for the score, while Ellery, a former England Sevens player, capitalised on a break from full-back Ben Ransom to beat George Lowe’s tackle for the try.
Te’o out until mid-December
Leinster Rugby have confirmed that as a result of a fractured forearm suffered in the first half of the Pro12 game against Edinburgh, centre Ben Te’o had an operation on Saturday morning. The operation was a success, however Te’o is expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks depending on his recovery.
Get Cummins home – Kirwan
Barbarians head coach John Kirwan has backed Nick Cummins for an Australian recall ahead of the Rugby World Cup. Cummins dotted down in Saturday’s hugely entertaining clash at Twickenham, as the Wallabies finished on top 40-36.
Highlighting Cummins’ defensive work as well as his poaching abilities in attack, Kirwan was full of praise for the Coca Cola West Red Sparks winger. “I think he’s a very special character in our game,” said Kirwan.
All Blacks ready for ‘changed’ England
New Zealand are braced for another stern test from England when the two teams go head-to-head at Twickenham next Saturday. The All Blacks claimed a 3-0 series triumph when the sides met in New Zealand in June but were forced to work hard against an England side that made a significant impression on their hosts.
“England’s style of play has changed so much during my time with the All Blacks,” said flanker Jerome Kaino who made his Test debut in 2006.
Esterhuyse, injury blow for Namibia
Namibian lock Nico Esterhuyse has withdrawn from the Welwitchias Windhoek Draught Northern Hemisphere tour due to injury. Esterhuyse tore a calf muscle during the team’s final training session in Windhoek on Saturday. He will be replaced by Stefan Neüstadt. The Welwitchias leave tonight and play there first match Friday evening against Canada at Colwyn Bay, Wales.
Injury blow for England
England have been dealt a massive blow ahead of the November Tests as Joe Launchbury was ruled out with a neck problem. This is not good news for the team looking ahead in playing the All Blacks, Springboks and Wallabies in the coming weeks…read more here…..
Horwill flourishing under Cheika
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has breathed new life in to the Test career of Australia’s former captain and lock James Horwill. Almost exactly a year after he lost the Wallabies captaincy, Horwill received praise from Cheika for being the the quickest of all forwards to adapt to the team’s new playing style on their end-of-year tour of Europe.
That is a timely boost for Horwill who was fired as Wallabies captain by former coach Ewen McKenzie and replaced by Ben Mowen.
Jane and Harris head home
Cory Jane and Nathan Harris are both flying home – their respective tours over following injuries they picked up at Soldier Field. Jane has a minor hamstring strain that will take at least two weeks to heal, but the medics fear he’d be highly likely to damage it again if he were to be available to play against Wales. The decision was made on Sunday morning US time to send Jane to New Zealand rather than take him to London.