Time for our Monday dossier on who has his name in the limelight and who is making headlines for all the wrong reasons after the weekend.
They are on fire!
Samisoni Taukei’aho Inspires All Blacks: It was another great performance from the bitch on Thursday as he scored two attempts and probably should have gotten another in all black‘Victory over the Wallabies.’ The huge leader’s front row has been a reveal for the national team ever since he took over from Cody Taylor and now looks like he’s managed to secure the second jersey for the long haul. His set-piece strength and carrying, along with his hand talent in scoring attempts, made him invaluable under pressure. Ian Foster at recent days. When the head coach needed someone to step up and be counted in the tests, Taukei’aho did just that as his stock continued to soar.
Planet Rugby September 15, 2022
Taulupe Faletau starred in Cardiff’s debut: The owner of the number eight in Wales announced himself in Cardiff Superb performance as man of the match against Münster in his team’s 20-13 victory over the Irish club. Valletau has loaded eight times, emptied on three occasions and made his mark on collapse as he was influential in an impressive victory for the Welsh team. These are good signs for Cardiff after an excellent start to United Rugby Championship season.
Today confirmed what we already knew:
Taulupe Faletau is the greatest Welsh player of his generation
– Gareth Reese Owen (@g_r_owen) September 17, 2022
Neven Spence Memorial Suite: This past week has been ten years since the deaths of former Ulster center Nevin Spence, his father Noel and his brother Graham. The three men tragically died in an accident in 2012 that affected much of the rugby community, not just Ulster. He was a dazzling and promising center admired by everyone who knew him and Ulster never forgot his former player, with this last gesture as a fine homage to Neven. The Nevin Spence Memorial Coliseum will be officially unveiled on April 26 next year – his 33rd birthday – in recognition of his enduring legacy across the professional and domestic game. We cannot praise this enough.
On the 10th anniversary of the tragic death of former player, Neven Spence, Ulster Rugby today announced plans to dedicate the Memorial Coliseum at Kingsspan Stadium in his honor. #AlwaysWithUs ❤️ pic.twitter.com/0blgVDsNPV
– Ulster Rugby September 15, 2022
Record-breaking women of England: It’s now 25 straight wins for England As they continued their Rugby World Cup preparations in style as Wales edged out 73-7 at Ashton Gate on Wednesday. Historic victory places this special team in a number that the pilot uniform, male or female, has not reached before. Led by captain Sarah Hunter, this big win puts them in good standing as they play their World Cup opener against Fiji in Auckland on October 8.
More history making.
25 straight wins – the longest winning streak in international rugby.
England Rugby September 14, 2022
Five-year deal for Jake White: Contracts of this length aren’t often handed over to players or coaches, so a sign of his work at the Bulls is that White has secured a new deal until at least 2027. 2007 Rugby World Cup winner, while at the helm of a team The Springboks have impressed in every role they have played and since joining the Bulls he has continued that trend. His runner-up finish at United Rugby League last season was an achievement in itself, and he deserves to be commended for helping develop talents like Kurt Lee Arendsay and Kanan Moody, who have gone on to become international players in South Africa. White is clearly stable and very happy in Pretoria, and with the Champions Cup joining the URC in their schedule this year, expect to challenge the Bulls on both fronts with a very well-established coach at the helm.
Coach Jake is here to stay 🔥
– Blue Bulls official (@BlueBullsRugby) September 16, 2022
Rugby Championship Get down to the wire: The 2022 competition was the best edition since Argentina joined Tri-Nations in 2012And the With each side considered in the title race at some point. Los Pumas have shown explosive growth as mixed results across the board show that the gap has narrowed among the best in the Southern Hemisphere. As it stands, South Africa and New Zealand are in a better position to push for the title, and they will all qualify for the final round next week.
🏆 Only one round to go in # Rugby Championship With the All Blacks and Springboks best team to claim the title.
v Who do you see walking in glory? pic.twitter.com/GHKZMKWYEB
Planet Rugby September 19, 2022
cold as ice!
Mathieu Renal: Funny, it’s not the final and most important decision, which led to a split of opinion, since after reviewing the footage it is quite clear that Bernard Foley erred badly. In fact, it was probably Renal’s best call of the night as the previous 79 minutes were full of contradictions. We don’t like criticizing officials and Rinal is still a very good referee, but the Frenchman had a bad evening. It was almost inevitable that it would end up in a controversial call, even if it was technically correct.
Matthew Raynal is the most hated man in Australia right now
– Sporty Spice ⚽️🏉 (MasegoLFC) September 15, 2022
Bernard Foley: He pleaded his innocence to Rinal during the match and then to the press after the match, but the evidence is very compelling. Regardless of whether he thought the referee was harsh in asking him to speed up, he honestly didn’t listen to him. Even Foley’s teammates were pleading with him to kick, so he had only himself to blame. It was unfortunate because half of the Fly had been playing a pretty good game up until that point, but these are the big moments that you have to do right.
– Bamien Willemsey (@BoknRoll) September 17, 2022
Darcy Swain’s disappointing work: What was on second grader Wallaby’s mind when he rattled Queen Tobaya’s knee with a hole we don’t know, but his initial penalty was a yellow card before he was later cited for his indiscretion. On the back of a header to lock down England’s Johnny Hill during their Test series in July, one would have thought Swain would be kept out of sight due to fouls, but unfortunately for coach Dave Rainey that was not the case. He’ll need to clean up his act or risk being ignored by Renee to move forward.
Planet Rugby September 15, 2022
The pigeons are beaten up again: Johan van Graan came to improve every aspect of Western costume, but he was especially tasked with giving them some steel. They lacked a backbone last season and were very weak, which made it too easy for their opponents. Against Bristol in the first round, the streamers were promising at first, but slipped under pressure late on, then followed up with a sordid show on Saturday. In front of 14 men for 70 minutes, they had a great opportunity to take down the awesome Sale Sharks, but Van Graan’s men were overwhelmed by visitors, eventually losing 37-20. There was a complete lack of leadership throughout the team and it looked as if they were ready for another tough campaign.
A disappointing afternoon at The Rec. pic.twitter.com/8WvNzJG5YR
Bath Rugby September 17, 2022
Disappointing Dragons: It was beginning to forget Ryan’s clergy as they lost 44-6 to the Edinburgh Rampant team. Such a big loss in the opening round doesn’t make for a good read for the Dragons, who struggled at the URC last season and Ryan will be very concerned after not getting any foot in the match with only two kicks to show after the full 80 minutes. The Wales region appears to be recruiting ahead of the 2022/23 campaign, but it was horrific on Saturday. Then Ryan criticized his players after the match in a very brutal interview.
🐉 Tweet embedRugby director Dean Ryan reacts to his team’s loss to Edinburgh and discusses what needs to be changed
– Premier Sports (PremierSportsTV) September 17, 2022
Passing a great comment: Honors poured in in the wake of the death of former Wales captain and broadcast legend Eddie Butler, who passed away last Thursday during a trip to Peru organized to raise money for prostate cancer research. His on-court qualities were beautifully transferred to the mic, and not only was his rugby union so soft that his ears tingled, but he also impressed with Olympic duty, with a myriad of epic sounds that also make him a household name in the spectator’s front rooms. Close colleagues such as former England prostitute Brian Moore have been devastated by the news and our thoughts are with everyone who knew him.
🗣️ “Eddie Butler was a real great commentator – the sport’s signature voice to millions and unparalleled in telling the stories behind the mic.”
Planet Rugby September 16, 2022