LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Today’s offering is, well agony for the almost try-scorers as this video looks at some of those unfortunate players who blew it (hilariously in some cases) with the try line at their mercy. Some deserved the agony as they were showboating and for others, well you can’t do anything but sympathise and hope it never happens to you!!!
PADOVA, ITALY – JUNE 26: Marland Yarde of England runs with the ball during the IRB Junior World Championship Final match between England and New Zealand at Plebiscito Stadium on June 26, 2011 in Padova, Italy. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – JANUARY 22: London Irish forward David Sisi in action during the Pool two match between Edinburgh Rugby and London Irish at Murrayfield Stadium on January 22, 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS London Irish Academy Manager Neal Hatley said: “Marland and David are two individuals who have come through our Academy EPDG system and have this season proved their worth in the Aviva Premiership and Heineken Cup. They are part of a promising group of young players we are immensely excited about.”London Irish head Coach Toby Booth added: “Both players are talented Academy youngsters who we think have very promising futures. Marland is a natural finisher and has all the attributes to be a great player. David is a very physical player, as well as natural leader, who has made a good impact when required this season.” The talented duo Sisi (L) and Yarde Marland Yarde and David Sisi have committed their foreseeable futures to London Irish, signing new contracts. Marland has signed a two year deal whilst David has signed a one year extension.Marland Yarde, 19, has made three Aviva Premiership appearances this season. Standing 6ft tall and weighing 90kg, he has the physical attributes to go with his abundance of pace, to compete with the best in his position. He was a member of the England U20’s squad that reached the final of the World Junior Championships in Italy last July and has retained his place in the squad for this season’s fixtures.Yarde said: “I joined the club from school and I have learnt a lot in the last few years under the guidance of Neal Hatley, Justin Bishop, Mike Catt and Toby Booth. I have been very pleased with how I’ve performed on the field and look forward to pushing on now at London Irish over the next few seasons.”David Sisi progressed from the London Irish AASE programme into the senior Academy last summer and has made seven appearances for the Exiles this season. He scored his first try for London Irish in the LV=Cup clash against Harlequins earlier in the season. He has also represented England at U18 level. Sisi said: “I owe a lot to London Irish and I’m thrilled to be here for another two seasons. Giselle Mather and Neal Hatley are two coaches I have worked closely with and I look forward to developing further under them and Toby Booth over the coming season.”
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Over it goes: Jonny Wilkinson does what he does best – but this time in the most important game of his lifeTHIS FRIDAY there will be a replay of England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup final, ten years on, while a number of the England stars from the night Tweet along with the match live.From 10.35pm, highlights from the 2003 match will be broadcast on ITV. As well as being gripped by the action all over again, fans will also get a brand new perspective on the game thanks to a live Twitter commentary from Matt Dawson (@Matt9Dawson), Lawrence Dallaglio (@Dallaglio8), Will Greenwood (@WillGreenwood), Phil Vickery (@Phil_Vickery), Ben Kay (@BenKay5) and Richard Hill (@RHillRugby), all of whom played in that fateful 2003 game. Before this, at 7.30pm, Sir Clive Woodward will be talking through his memories of that World Cup final for BBC Radio 5 live, offering insight into his plans and emotions on the day. This hour and a half show was recorded after Woodward watched the final back for the first time and also features the match commentary of Ian Robertson.If you want to re-live the images from that entire World Cup, as well as the final, check out Rugby World’s picture special in the December edition of the mag – out now!
TAGS: Highlight Test rugby: blink and you can miss a major moment. Sometimes, in the direst of circumstances you can miss a career.On Saturday, as the Wallabies were choking on the spoon their medicine had been served with – at 51-20 in Eden Park against the All Blacks, that dose of medicine doesn’t much nippier – one of their players was helped off. Pat McCabe, who had twice suffered a fractured neck before, damaged it again. This third fracture would be the one that ended his career. At the age of 26.For All Blacks stand-off Aaron Cruden, who orchestrated the Wallabies’ rugby downfall, it came as a shock.“I wasn’t aware of Pat’s injury during the game,” Cruden tells Rugby World, “but I saw him afterwards. I headed into the physio’s area to get my pectoral (sic) checked out, and Pat was there with a neck brace on. I asked him how he was and he said he was ‘hoping to be just fine.’ Then, it turns out he cannot play.“It doesn’t get much more physical that a (Bledisloe) Test. It’s like that in the heat of the moment, but you never wish injuries like that on any opponent. For Pat it was just one of those things, and he won’t want it to be, even if he lost. But he can walk away, which is the important thing.”In the middle of it all: Cruden was at the centre of the All Blacks’ good playFor Cruden, talking on behalf of AIG who have launched a safety campaign to educate clubs and grass-roots level players, it is a particularly poignant issue. Things have come a long way in a short space of time with on-field safety, he says, but international players are beholden to spread a message of safety. The fly-half tells of passing on “good habits”, in terms of learning proper technique and using the right equipment. He also is saddened by those trying to tear down the game, rather than focusing on improving standards.In the May edition of Rugby World, the Rugby Rant was about professor Allyson Pollock, from Queen Mary University of London, calling for a ban of the sport. Despite McCabe’s extreme misfortune, Cruden isn’t convinced.“It can be difficult to hear people like that on the sport that I love,” the Waikato Chief says, “but you cannot please everyone. The important thing is to educate parents and young players and to take safety forward.”Of course, before McCabe left the game, there was plenty of inspiration on display for those fond of a comeback tale. The Wallaby winger had recovered from two neck fractures, his team-mate Nathan Charles is playing Test union despite living with Cystic Fibrosis and Cruden himself has famously recovered since suffering from testicular cancer at the age of 19. Calling it quits: Wallaby Pat McCabe has called time on his career after a third fractured neck LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Cruden agrees that there was plenty to admire there. “I think it is special to see these guys play. Life throws up a lot of challenges and you are defined by how you respond. That’s especially true of rugby. It’s a sport we all truly love and you have to make the most of it while it lasts. You’ve got to do what you can when you get that chance.”In rugby terms Cruden is particularly pleased with how his game has improved since he last spoke to Rugby World, just before the All Black’s first summer Test against England. Then, he felt he had a lot to prove to himself after sloppy Super Rugby performances and breaking his thumb. By the time he was masterminding a heavy Bledisloe win, he had played into form.Impressive: He may be unattached, but Nicolas Sanchez has shoneHe is also pleased with how he and close friend Aaron Smith are growing as a half-back pairing. After getting a ‘boot up the backside’ before the second Rugby Championship Test, they upped their work-rate, went on the attack and shone. Keeping Australia‘s playmaker Kurtley Beale quite by shutting him down definitely pleased him – though obviously he did so with the help of a voracious back-row unit.Certainly Beale has extreme talent and you cannot keep him too quiet for too long, as evidenced when the Waratah popped up to flick a “little, sneaky inside ball to Izzy Folau to score.” However, Cruden passed that Test. Now his sights are on Argentina’s No 10.“From the few games I’ve seen from Nicolas Sanchez, he has been fantastic. He brings natural flair, in unpredictable, adds balance to their team and, like me, he’s not afraid to attack the line even if he’s not the biggest guy.“It does seem bizarre that he is not attached to any team, considering he is Argentina’s leading No 10. You’d think they would want him to find his timing before a World Cup campaign. But then again, look at his last two results – he’s clearly doing something right!” Aaron Cruden was speaking at the launch of the AIG Rugby Safety Awards, a global campaign to tackle safety in rugby. Watch the video or visit www.aig.com/saferugby to find out how you could win equipment for your club.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dY7hI0Gm_OY
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS A common pitfall for people is failing to plan. A lack of support also makes it difficult for people to stick to a diet, and you see the best results when someone has adopted a new lifestyle with a friend or partner. So get your team-mates to support you, and your team will be topping the league table in no time.Click here to see Part 1 to Matt Lovell’s step-by-step weight loss plan. Includes advice about portion sizes, when’s best to eat, and alcohol… Burger boys: but are these ITM Cup players making healthy burgers? If you eat too quickly, you’ll eat too much, and any extra glucose may be stored as fat due to high insulin levels. Even if you’re taking in the right foods, eating fast can stop you achieving the desired results, so use these tips to help you slow down.Put less food on your plate; chew properly, and finish your mouthful before you put more food in; put your fork down between each mouthful; don’t eat while doing something else, such as watching TV, as you won’t notice how much you’re eating; be sociable at meal times, taking time over your meal with friends and family; stop eating when you’re no longer hungry; while preparing your meal, snack on some raw veg, or have soup as a starter, so that you’re drip-feeding your calories.Chop and changeEat according to what you’re going to be doing over the next three hours, or what you’ve just done. If athletes eat the same thing every day, their performance and recovery will be the same. If you’re going to be training hard, or have just trained hard, eat more than if you’re having a light training day or a day off.Pesky pitfallsYou need to boost your metabolic rate by eating more protein, good fats and vegetables, while doing high-intensity, resistance-based exercise, such as interval training. A big mistake of all diets is to restrict your energy, putting the body into a catabolic state. In this state of breakdown you’ll lose muscle as well as fat and your metabolism will drop. People can’t stick to crash diets because they result in such low energy levels that they then binge-eat and undo all the hard work. How did you get on with Part 1 of England nutritionist Matt Lovell’s step-by-step rugby diet plan? Here’s Part 2… Five a day won’t keep fat at bayForget five portions of fruit and veg a day – it should be nine a day. And of those nine servings, at least six should be vegetables, and only one to three fruit. Fruit is sweet, portable and convenient, so a common mistake is to eat lots of it. But remember fruit contains a lot of sugar, so isn’t nearly as beneficial as eating your greens.Fruit shouldn’t be eaten as a dessert; when you’ve just had a main course and your blood-sugar levels are normal, the glucose and fructose (sugar) found in fruit will mostly turn to fat. So fruit is best eaten on its own, or with a protein snack such as nuts and seeds, yoghurt and cottage cheese, and preferably after exercising or doing manual work because fructose helps your liver glycogen levels to recover.Berries are the best fruit as they have a high concentration of protective nutrients. Spices and herbs have similar properties, so use plenty of them.Banana men: but don’t eat fruit for dinner, or more than twice a day!Grain freezeThink about the types of carbohydrates you’re eating, and when you’re eating them. Grains, and especially wheat, can hamper weight loss, and also encourage water retention in the body, making you feel bloated. Starchy carbohydrates such as bread, rice, pasta and potatoes should only be eaten following exercise, and if you really want to lose weight you should cut them out completely.Fibrous carbohydrates (anything green or that grows above the ground such as broccoli, asparagus and cauliflower) can be eaten at any time. So if your typical day would involve you eating a wheat-based cereal for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, pasta for dinner, and a couple of biscuits as a snack, think again. A large white pitta bread contains 60g of carbs, but to get that from asparagus you’d have to eat 2kg worth. If you go for the latter option, you feel fuller, lighter, healthier – because it contains more nutrients – and you’ll have more energy.Lunch bunch: the Twickenham fans get stuck in before an England gameSlow and steady wins the race
As if you needed any more reason to celebrate the great game of sevens in the year where we find out who qualifies to play in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 in the inaugural sevens event, there’s even greater cause to cheer. It’s also the 40th anniversary of the Hong Kong Sevens this month!We will be there, covering the showcase event in the HSBC Sevens World Series. And to commemorate this epic landmark in March, Rugby World, in association with HSBC, will be presenting an award for the greatest sevens player of all time at the ‘HKRFU 40 Years of Sevens Celebration Dinner’. And what’s more, you lucky punters get to decide the winner! LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS You can choose from Ben Gollings, scorer of over 2000 points, to current England sevens coach Simon Amor. Or does one of the three Fijians on the list deserve the crown? Waisale Serevi won pretty much everything there was to win in the game with the playmaker regarded by many to be the greatest Sevens players of all time. Marika Vunibaka and Tomasi Cama Snr. also led Fiji to glory, winning Sevens World Cups and Hong Kong Sevens titles respectively. Or do Commonwealth Games gold medalists Karl Tenana, DJ Forbes and Eric Rush earn your vote? You decide. Who is the greatest sevens player of all time? (Poll Closed) Waisale Serevi 68.01% Ben Gollings 15.58% Jonah Lomu 3.48% Uale Mai Vala 3.48% DJ Forbes 2.29% Eric Rush 2.2% Christian Cullen 1.74% Marika Vunibaka 1.01% Tomasi Cama Snr. 0.92% Karl Tenana 0.64% David Campese 0.37% Simon Amor 0.27% Create Your Own Poll Who is the greatest sevens player of all time? Simply vote on our poll below for one of the twelve players mentioned there, and the sevens star with the most votes will be presented with an award at the dinner just days before the 40th version of the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens on 27 March. There are some big names from the world of 15-a-side rugby on this list of 12, but please remember: we want you to pick the best player from the shortened version of rugby. But don’t worry, they are some real crackers… Giving chase: Ben Gollings chases Waisale Serevi. But do you think either is the best sevens player of all time?
Back in Scotland: Doneghan helps make a tackle for the Gael Force vs Leinster in the B&I Cup“I’d love to end on a high, either the Challenge Cup or international rugby. There are so many guys who have gone down the road and thought: ‘I can take the chance and miss out on a few years of life, so to speak, or I don’t risk it and do something else.’ I’ve chosen to take the risk. I’m a single guy, I still love rugby, so why not? If I don’t like it, c’est la vie, I can come back to the UK. That’s one thing. People in Britain and France sometimes don’t realise how lucky they are in terms of handouts, the NHS, minimum wage… in Romania doctors will be earning €300 a month. They’ve not got motorways and there are issues with horses and carts, stray dogs. You can get maybe five people in a one-bedroom apartment. So I’m quite lucky (to earn a good wage to play rugby). If anything does go wrong, I’ve got a nation to go back to that will help me. Well, I hope so anyway!”There are little things to deal with aside from playing. The lack of good vegetarian food or Irn Bru is a bit of a concern, and travelling from the north of Romania to face a rival can take up to 12 hours on a sleeper bus. But those minor issues won’t stop him from hustling for his club, in the hope he can do just the same for the Romanian national team one day. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The man to impress: Lynn Howells (C) at RWC 2015“I’m the only Scotsman in the league. There’s Jack Cobden at CSM Bucharest. He’s played for the national team. He’s English. We’ve got four Fijians, four Tongans, two South Africans, myself and two Georgians. There’s maybe five or six guys who may say they’re Moldovan, but may just be from the Moldovan region of the country, so they’re Romanian but will speak a different dialect. It’s very multicultural here. I remember one of our games, our entire back-line were speaking English and we were facing Timisoara ,whose entire back-line were speaking English. I felt like I was back in the Championship. In France there wasn’t a lot of that.”There is more opportunity to pack your boots and travel the world than ever before. The motivations of why players do so is something we can seek to understand. For Doneghan it is the desire not to give up on his dream – he never went to university, he just wanted to play rugby and he is not prepared to head back to the UK just yet. He is enjoying himself too, playing among athletes from different cultures. He is learning the language, a little bit at a time. There are so many positives for the back.FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HEREBut what went through his head when he first rocked up to Romania? “I thought, ‘If I don’t like it I can just leave.’ What’s really attractive for Romanian rugby, particularly the best four teams, is that we can get into the Challenge Cup. I was really pleasantly surprised with how good the rugby is here. It’s maybe lacking in things like cryochambers and top analysis, but our changing rooms are the best I’ve ever had; we’ve got a sauna, we’ve got a big bath for hot and one for ice, the showers are great… The pitches are usually pretty good. It seems most guys sign for at least two years too. Meeting the press: Michael Doneghan talks to local press in Baia Mare Credit: Alin Boțioc Michael Doneghan came through the Scottish Academy system, spending time with Glasgow and the sevens before playing in the English Championship with London Scottish. And after a brief stint with AS Macon in Fédérale 1, he is now into his second season with Baia Mare in Romania’s professional league.At the ground: DoneghanAs the centre-cum-winger explains, he’s not far off realising a unique dream: “I’ll openly say it to you, come my three years in Romania, that’ll enable me to push for the national team with them. I’d love to make the World Cup squad. They’re playing in the European Nations Cup, they’re winning that. They’re playing Six Nations B, they’ve won that. It’s really competitive now. If Scotland gave me the call I don’t know what I’d say, but it’s not likely. I’d love to be in that group with Romania, if they qualify.”He has trained with a Romania B squad masquerading as a ‘President’s Select’, under the watchful eyes of the Romanian national coaches, Lynn Howells, Rob Moffat and Massimo Cuttitta, the very group who coached Edinburgh back in the 2006-07 season. Doneghan hopes he can impress over the rest of this season, with Baia Mare second in the SuperLiga table.SEE OUR INVESTIGATION IN THE NEW ISSUERomania’s professional league is somewhat of a mystery to those of us rooted in the West. There are seven professional teams, with the top four sides, Baia Mare, Timisoara Saracens, Steaua Bucharest and CSM Bucharest, competing strongly. But there are only seven for a reason. Money is king in Romania. With teams privately owned, the size of the bank balance is key to success and survival. It is very easy to go from boom to bust, as demonstrated by Farul Constanta, who suffered a recent financial collapse and fell out of the league.Some also see Romania as a haven for players from foreign climes who are not considered must-haves in other pro leagues around the world. More talent coming into the league for a few years creates the opportunity to play under a different flag, as Doneghan hopes to do, and this has drawn criticism from some, at least it did when the news reached the greater rugby public that Romania had selected seven Pacific-born players in their November squad.“I think every single team has at least two foreign guys, probably more than that,” Doneghan says on the outside influence coming into the league. “The majority are Tongan. There’s a rule that you can have eight foreign guys in the squad. We’ve got maybe 12 or 13, however two of them have played for Romania, so don’t count any more. Forget players coming in to established rugby powerhouses, Alan Dymock talks with one Scot who hopes to play for Romania in Rugby World Cup 2019. This is part of the Great Migration series
Replacements: Tatafu Polota-Nau, Sekope Kepu, Taniela Tupou, Rob Simmons, Ned Hanigan, Nick Phipps, Matt Toomua, Jack Maddocks.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Autumn Internationals Wales v Australia PreviewWales started their autumn campaign with a 21-10 defeat of Scotland to extend their winning run to six Tests. However, their losing run against Australia has lasted 13 Tests.They last beat the Wallabies in 2008 when Shane Williams and Lee Byrne crossed for tries in a 21-18 victory – and only Alun Wyn Jones remains from that side.With these two nations due to meet again in Tokyo on 29 September 2019 at the Rugby World Cup there is added significance to this Test. Wales will be desperate to break their duck before meeting in the Pool D clash in Japan and Australia will be aiming to maintain their hoodoo over the men in red.A few Wales players sat down to watch a 1987 Test between the two countries this week… “Adam (Beard) impressed in the summer as did Josh (Adams) and they deserve the chance to start.”Australia defence coach Nathan Grey: “Having the players believe in the (defensive) system and execute it is something we’re searching for and when the guys get that, that consistency’s going to be delivered on the park.“That’s the holy grail of coaching trying to get that consistency and that belief amongst the players, so they go out, execute, no inhibitions and really back themselves.”Naughty chair: Tolu Latu was sin-binned against New Zealand in his last Test (Getty Images)Any interesting statistics?While Wales have lost 13 Tests in a row to Australia, only two of those defeats have been by a double-figure margin – 33-12 in 2009 and 32-8 in 2016.Australia hooker Tolu Latu will make only his second Test start – two years after his first against France in 2016.Both teams are much changed from their Test last year, which Australia won 29-21. Only six Wales starters remain – Leigh Halfpenny, Jonathan Davies, Gareth Davies, Tomas Francis, Ken Owens and Alun Wyn Jones – and only seven Wallaby starters line up again – Kurtley Beale, Samu Kerevi, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Scott Sio, Adam Coleman and Michael Hooper.The Wallabies have 418 caps-worth of experience on their bench compared to 185 amongst the Wales replacements. In fact, Tatafu Polota-Nau and Sekope Kepu have played more Tests than the entire Welsh bench combinedWhat time does it kick off and is it on TV?Saturday 10 November, Wales v Australia, Principality StadiumThe Test gets underway at 5.20pm (4.20am on Sunday in Australian Eastern Daylight Time) and is being broadcast live on BBC Two in the UK.Mind the gap: Wales’ Jonathan Davies looks for space last year (Getty Images)Who’s the referee?Ben O’Keeffe of New Zealand is taking charge of this Test in Cardiff with fellow Kiwi Brendon Pickerill and Frenchman Romain Poite his assistants. Simon McDowell is the TMO.What are the line-ups?Wales: Leigh Halfpenny; George North, Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, Josh Adams; Gareth Anscombe, Gareth Davies; Nicky Smith, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis, Adam Beard, Alun Wyn Jones (captain), Dan Lydiate, Justin Tipuric, Ross Moriarty.Replacements: Elliot Dee, Rob Evans, Dillon Lewis, Cory Hill, Ellis Jenkins, Tomos Williams, Dan Biggar, Liam Williams.Australia: Dane Haylett-Petty; Israel Folau, Samu Kerevi, Kurtley Beale, Sefa Naivalu; Bernard Foley, Will Genia; Scott Sio, Tolu Latu, Allan Alaalatoa, Izack Rodda, Adam Coleman, Jack Dempsey, Michael Hooper (captain), David Pocock. Last time out: Gareth Davies breaks during the defeat by Australia in 2017 (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Can Wales end their losing run against the Wallabies on Saturday? Here’s all the team news, top stats and TV details for the Test What’s the big team news?Wales have made three changes to the team that started against Scotland, bringing in Josh Adams for Luke Morgan on the wing, Tomas Francis for Dillon Lewis at tighthead and Adam Beard for Cory Hill in the second row.Gareth Anscombe retains the No 10 shirt, with Dan Biggar brought onto the bench along with Liam Williams and Ellis Jenkins.Winging in: Josh Adams has got the nod to start against Australia (Getty Images)Australia lost to New Zealand in Bledisloe III in their last outing and Michael Cheika has made four changes to his starting side, with hooker Tolu Latu, lock Adam Coleman, flanker Jack Dempsey and centre Samu Kerevi all making the first XV.Israel Folau, who started at outside-centre against the All Blacks two weeks ago, moves out to the wing while Dane Haylett-Petty continues at full-back.Related: What it’s like to watch a match in JapanWhat have the coaches said?Wales head coach Warren Gatland said: “With selection we wanted some continuity and to be consistent but also mindful there are a number of players who did really well for us in the summer and they need to be rewarded and have their opportunity.
David Flatman, Gareth Thomas and Carl Fearns are also among those to have responded to the post: Controversy: Israel Folau is at the centre of another social media storm (Getty Images) This time Rugby Australia have responded swiftly and decisively.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Rugby Australia set to sack Israel Folau for latest anti-gay commentsIsrael Folau faces the sack following his latest anti-gay comments on social media.Rugby Australia have been trying to contact the full-back over the past 24 hours since his controversial posts, but with no response they have said: “In the absence of compelling mitigating factors, it is our intention to terminate his contract.”Waratahs and Wallabies star Folau caused controversy with two separate posts on Instagram and Twitter.His Instagram post said that “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators” were destined for hell unless they repented: If heaven is full of people like Israel Folau then you can count me out. #sinforthewin #athiest— Carl Fearns (@Carl_Fearns) April 10, 2019New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has also criticised Folau after being asked about his posts in a press conference. She said: “Obviously at a personal level I clearly don’t agree with what he said, and I’m very mindful of the fact that he is for many a role model. He’s a person in a position of influence and I think that with that comes responsibility.“I’m particularly mindful of young people who are members of our rainbow community, there is a lot of vulnerability there. I totally disagree with what he’s said and the way he’s using his platform.”It is a year since Folau caused similar fury with homophobic comments on social media. On that occasion he met with Rugby Australia and was reminded to “use social media in a respectful way”, but there were no formal sanctions and he recently signed a new four-year deal with the Waratahs and Wallabies. In a statement shortly after these went online, Rugby Australia described the Instagram post as “unacceptable” and added: “It does not represent the values of the sport and is disrespectful to members of the rugby community.”Qantas, the Wallabies’ main sponsors, also spoke out, stating: “These comments are really disappointing and clearly don’t reflect the spirit of inclusion and diversity that we support.”Rugby Australia and the NSW Rugby Union have repeatedly tried to contact Folau since the posts but “he has failed to communicate directly with either organisation”. The statement goes on to say: “Whilst Israel is entitled to his religious beliefs, the way in which he has expressed these beliefs is inconsistent with the values of the sport. We want to make it clear that he does not speak for the game with his recent social media posts.“Israel has failed to understand that the expectation of him as a Rugby Australia and NSW Waratahs employee is that he cannot share material on social media that condemns, vilifies or discriminates against people on the basis of their sexuality.“As a code we have made it clear to Israel formally and repeatedly that any social media posts or commentary that is in any way disrespectful to people because of their sexuality will result in disciplinary action.“In the absence of compelling mitigating factors, it is our intention to terminate his contract.” On Twitter he criticised the decision by the state of Tasmania to make listing a baby’s gender on birth certificates optional: Waratahs and Wallabies full-back Israel Folau has sparked controversy with his recent social media posts To @IzzyFolau hope this reaches you . Please think about it . pic.twitter.com/MDtZtiHhba— MichaelLeitchリーチマイケル (@g_leitch) April 11, 2019Harlequins prop Joe Marler responded to the comments with a photo of two men kissing: LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Many rugby players have come out to criticise Folau. Japan captain Michael Leitch has released a video describing Folau as a “bully” and calling for an apology:
The April issue of Rugby World magazine – focusing on a new generation of Six Nations stars – is out now.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. All three Ireland v Italy matches (men, women and U20) due to be played this weekend were postponed last week and the same has happened to the Italy v England matches on the final weekend of the championship.Then there are Scotland Women’s two matches against Italy and France. The Daily Mail is reporting that the England men’s game against Italy in Rome is set to be played in October, a similar delay to that caused by the foot-and-mouth outbreak in 2001.The rescheduling of all the matches in a crowded calendar will be a challenge for Six Nations organisers.An added complication for the women’s championship is that Ireland, Italy and Scotland are involved in a qualifying tournament for the 2021 World Cup in September. Saturday’s Six Nations match against France at Scotstoun postponed Scotland Women’s player tests positive for coronavirus A Scotland Women’s player has tested positive for the coronavirus and today’s Six Nations match against France at Scotstoun has been postponed as a result.The Scotland Women’s team had their match against Italy postponed two weeks ago because they were due to play in an area close to of the outbreak in the north of the country.Following the diagnosis, seven members of management and players are now self-isolating on medical advice.Dr James Robson, Scottish Rugby’s chief medical officer said: “We are pleased that our player is doing well and that all the correct medical procedures have been followed and continue to be followed.“We are working with the Scottish Government in continuing to observe and follow NHS advice.”It is yet another disruption to Scotland’s championship. After losing to Ireland in their opening fixture, their match against England was delayed 24 hours and played in an empty BT Murrayfield due to Storm Ciara.This latest postponement means there are now eight Six Nations matches that need to be rescheduled. Cold front: Scotland in action against England in their last match (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS