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Gold will bring attacking mind-set to Sharks
New Sharks director of rugby Gary Gold says that he’ll be bring an attacking philosophy to Durban. Under Jake White, the Sharks came under criticism for their style of play, where they led their stats from kicks from hand during the Super Rugby season. Speaking to Ballz Radio, Gold said that while White deserved credit for the success that he brought to the Sharks, he would be taking a different approach.
‘I’d really like us to go and really show our attacking philosophy in a big way,‘ said Gold. ‘We’ve got some absolutely outstanding players at The Sharks, we’ve got a solid pack and great game breakers out wide. ‘Super Rugby is not the cold and wet of Europe. You’re not going to win games 9-6 by having a kicker. You’re going to have to score tries. That’s what people want to see.‘
The Golden Lions have signed three Blue Bulls players and are busy drawing up a contract for a fourth
Wing Sampie Mastriet, centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg, scrumhalf Lohan Jacobs and lock Marvin Orie are the latest crop of players to leave Loftus, after they fell behind in the pecking order.
The foursome follow in the footsteps of Robbie Coetzee and Marnitz Boshoff among others, who were disregarded by the Pretoria-based union, but went on to make a name for themselves at the Lions and have caught the eye of Bok coach Heyneke Meyer.
All but Orie have officially signed for the Lions, but it’s believed the U21 lock’s contract is being negotiated and a deal between the parties is imminent.
McCaw gets some prime facetime at NFL
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw was given some prime facetime at a Chicago Blackhawks NHL game today, ahead of their Test against the United States at Soldier Field.
McCaw was one of four contestants taking part in the traditional ‘Shoot the Puck’ segment which takes place between periods and didn’t look too uncomfortable taking shots from centre ice wearing a personalised Blackhawks jersey.
Rugby fans will be pleased to know that there were no embarrassing incidents – McCaw was correctly introduced as the All Blacks rugby captain – and he wasn’t far off from winning the prize money of NZD$560,000.
Film star Cuba Gooding Jr. won last month with his third and final attempt before disrobing in front of a 20,000-strong crowd at the United Centre.
Other All Blacks in attendance included Cory Jane, Dan Carter, Julian Savea, Sam Whitelock, TJ Perenara, Victor Vito and Wyatt Crockett.
Asked in a televised interview what it meant to be playing in Chicago, McCaw said: “Chicago is a pretty cool town to sell out 60,000 tickets in, especially where they don’t know much about rugby. It’s pretty awesome.”
Wales receive boost for November test
Wales have been handed a boost with the news that injuries sustained to Jonathan Davies, Scott Williams and Cory Allen aren’t as bad as first feared. The centre trio suffered injury setbacks during their respective games over the recent European club weekend, which was a worry for the Welsh. However, it now appears the latter duo could be in contention for Wales’ November 8 opener against Australia while Davies received a timely boost.
Blues ready to unleash Gonzalez
Cardiff Blues director of rugby Mark Hammett is ready to unleash Pumas back Lucas González Amorosino in Saturday’s PRO12 clash with Munster. The wing or full-back, who joined the region at the end of September after the Rugby Championship, has signed a contract until the end of 2014/15. But the Puma has had to wait for his debut due to not being registered for European Challenge Cup action. Now though the back is ready to play
Lancaster playing the waiting game with Barrell
Northampton Saints centre Luther Burrell is unlikely to play for England against New Zealand at Twickenham on November 8. That was the word from England head coach Stuart Lancaster, who admitted that time is running out for Burrell – who sustained a hand injury in Northampton’s European Champions Cup victory over the Ospreys – to be considered for selection against the world champions.
“I think it would be tight for New Zealand, if I’m being honest,” said Lancaster. “He’s not been in camp this week at all. He’s seeing the specialist and it will probably unfold over the weekend.
Tighthead problems for Boks
Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has named a very strong looking squad for the upcoming November tour of Europe but there are serious concerns about depth amongst the props.
There’s a famous old quote from Danie Craven, who said the first player on any teamsheet should be your tighthead prop. And any coach’s second selection should be his back-up tighthead before he starts thinking about the rest of his team….read more here…..
Will Genia keeping door open for overseas contract
Will Genia remains open to the prospect of linking up with Sam Burgess at Bath next season but it won’t distract him from his Wallabies spring tour duties. The 26-year-old halfback has been strongly linked with a move to the English rugby club after next year’s World Cup. Asked whether he would use his time in the UK to further explore the possibility of move, Genia said in London on Tuesday: “We’ll wait and see.”
No NSW bias
The Wallabies’ new coaching connection hopes to replicate its success with the NSW Waratahs but won’t simply be trying to create a clone of the Super Rugby champions. The green and gold has taken on a distinct sky-blue tinge with title-winning coach Michael Cheika taking the reins and installing Nathan Grey, his trusted Waratahs assistant, as the Australia’s defensive coach.
But former Wallabies hardman Grey said a perception there would be a bias towards Waratahs methods or players under the new regime was wrong. “No chance,” Grey told reporters in London ahead of Australia’s European tour opener against the Barbarians on Saturday.
Kurtley Beale ‘played me for a fool’
The former Australian Rugby Union staff member at the centre of the Wallabies text messaging scandal has broken her silence, claiming player Kurtley Beale “played me for a fool” and lied to her face about an offensive and lewd photograph that he sent captioned with her name, according to a report….read more here….
Horwill close in signing England deal
Former Wallabies skipper James Horwill is understood to be on the verge of signing a deal that will see him join English Premiership club Harlequins after next year’s World Cup, according to a report in The Mail on Sunday. The Queensland second-rower is believed to have been offered £300,000 ($550,000) per season to leave Brisbane and move to Twickenham.