Month: June 2021

Magnus Lund – Biarritz, Sale and England

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Nordic giant Magnus LundWhen the Nordic powerhouse was at Sale he took some time out to chat about his best rugby moments, joking around at training and fancying himself as a part-time Dj. RUGBY WORLD: You’ve got a few England caps now, but what did you have to do after winning your first one in Australia last summer?MAGNUS LUND: Just sing on the bus. I did Rock ‘n’ Roll Star by Oasis. I belted it out as quickly as I could and sat down.RW: So do you belt out the anthem?ML: Well, I don’t whisper it or stand there like footballers and not do anything, but I don’t sing really loud either.RW: Who are England’s jokers?ML: At the moment it’s the league boys back together – Andy Farrell and Jason Robinson. Robbo thinks he’s the king of banter, but he often gets shot down.RW: What about at Sale? Are there any pranksters in the ranks?ML: Steve Hanley and Pete Anglesea are always trying to do something, and Richard Wigglesworth. If you get caught in the middle of their war you’re in trouble. You could go outside and find your car wrapped in cling film – that’s happened to Wiggy. Pete isn’t around as much any more, but you know when he’s been in because people find their trainers tied together or holes cut in stuff.Phillipe Saint-Andre, On the pitch banter and Staying out of the spotlight…RW: And have you got any stories about Philippe Saint-André?ML: He sometimes forgets people’s names. When Juan Fernandez Lobbe came over in the summer he kept calling him ‘brother of Nacho [Ignacio]’. I think he remembers his name now, though, given how well he’s been playing.RW: What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen or heard on the pitch?ML: I’m always psyched up when I’m playing so I don’t notice any joking, but there was something I saw on a video. In a game in [Sébastien] Chabal’s first season at Sale, some player was going to him, ‘Come on’ and trying to start something. Sea Bass jumped at him as though he was going to do something and the guy ran away but was still going, ‘Come on’ as he ran off! That was funny.RW: What’s the best headline you’ve seen about yourself?ML: I don’t really read what people write about me. Not like Mark Cueto, who tells everyone what’s been said and brings articles in to show people.RW: What’s your best rugby moment? ML: Last season as a whole because so many things happened – going to the Commonwealth Games Sevens, winning the Premiership and getting my first cap.RW: And your worst?ML: Any time I’ve been injured. It’s just frustrating. At the moment it might not be so bad as there are more guys injured and doing physio at Sale than fit!RW: Win the World Cup or £1m?ML: Win the World Cup and then hopefully make £1m after doing that. Embarressing moments and Robbo’s lack of height…RW: What’s the best thing you’ve achieved outside of rugby?ML: Beating Mark Cueto at table tennis every time, although it’s not hard!RW: When do you get embarrassed?ML: Probably when I’ve had to look after my mates when they’ve got really drunk. One of the guys I live with, Gump, thinks he’s better-looking than he is and if you’re talking to a girl, he’ll come in and ‘grass cut’ you and mess it all up.RW: When did you last laugh?ML: When Robbo said that he was taller than 5ft 2in.RW: What’s the most you’ve spent on something apart from a house or car?ML: My decks. They’re in my basement and I like to mess about on them. I’d like to go to Ibiza for the music one summer. RW: If you could have one superpower what would it be?ML: To be able to do anything I want then I could have all the superpowers. I’d give Robbo a few more inches too. TAGS: Sale Sharks last_img read more

Meet Mark Cueto and Pete Anglesea

first_imgTAGS: Sale Sharks MC on the evening will be Sharks’ Head of Media Dave Swanton. Don’t miss your chance to rub shoulders with Mark Cueto at the Sale Sharks supporters’ forum on Tuesday 18 January.Sale Sharks, in conjunction with the Supporters Club, will be holding a forum on Tuesday 18th January in the Insider Suite at Edgeley Park, starting at 7pm.The top table guests will be Chief Executive Mick Hogan, Head Coach Pete Anglesea, Club Captain Mark Cueto and Community & Marketing Director Adam Jude. Admission is free but we will be holding a raffle on the evening. The Bar will be open throughout the evening.Click here for tickets LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img

Nick Mallett – Why Italy fans are the best

first_imgItalian fans – the most understanding out there. Big crowds turned out last November to see Italy’s autumn Internationals. Passionate people who never fail to cheer us on.I want to start by saying this because I think our supporters are not only the best in the world but understand Italian rugby better than anybody. They understand perfectly well that we’re always facing teams that are bigger, stronger and better than us and never fail to encourage us. I’m proud of their enthusiasm.On the other side, there have been questions by the critics about the fact that I’ve only won five of my 31 games with Italy, so I’ve had to remind everybody that I’ve been very successful wherever I’ve coached. I get offers every day from all over the world, and I’m pretty sick and tired of being questioned about the way Italy play and the results we get.Italian Head coach Nick MallettWe’re growing slowly but surely. Those who can’t see that understand nothing about rugby. Of my 31 Tests with Italy, we’ve played an unprecedented ten times against Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, losing by the smallest margin ever to each one. And I’d like to remind those who complain that we very rarely win that we’ve never played a game against a team ranked below us. In fact, we’ve defeated all those squads within our range: Samoa, Fiji and the Scots.Now, on the eve of the Six Nations, I’m feeling very positive. As far as spirit and attitude go, I have the best possible bunch of players. They never give up or lose faith, even if they’re always up against teams that are better than us. That’s the trademark of my teams.Our autumn Tests were encouraging. We lost to Argentina but dominated territory and possession. It was very disappointing, but as a coach there were lots of positives to build on.The week after, we only conceded two tries to the Wallabies, who then scored seven in France. We went through phases and kept possession against the second best squad in the world, but we squandered chances; one particular poor pass denied Tommaso Benvenuti, 20, a simple try under the posts. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Benvenuti wasn’t the only youngster we played that day. ‘Ugo’ Gori made his debut at scrum-half and played very, very well. I don’t think many coaches would have risked playing him in such an important match, given that he had still to make his Magners League debut for Treviso.Against Fiji we probably played the best 40 minutes of my spell. We went from 16-9 down to win 24-16 thanks to eight penalties by Mirco Bergamasco, who is now one of the most reliable goalkickers on the international scene.So there is plenty to be optimistic about. We’ve very good forwards, but in the backs we lack the physical presence and speed of other teams; we’ve no Shane Williams nor Aurélien Rougerie, and that’s why sometimes we fail to score tries. We’re looking to put it right.This article appeared in the March 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazinecenter_img Do you want to buy the issue of Rugby World in which this article appeared? Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here.last_img read more

The Rugby Week in Review: June 13-19

first_imgROVIGO, ITALY – JUNE 14: Charles Piutau (R) #11 and Sam Cane #7 of New Zealand celebrates after he scores a try during the IRB Junior World Championship match between New Zealand and Wales at Mario Battaglini Stadium on June 14, 2011 in Rovigo, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images) Catch up in the Rugby week that was: June 13-19… Charles Piutau (R) and Sam Cane of New Zealand celebrates after he scores a try against WalesWe start in the Northern Hemisphere, Wales to be exact, to find Welsh scrum-half Mike Phillips has been indefinitely suspended by the WRU, for off-field actions. His celebrations at joining French side Bayonne ended prematurely after he was led away by police in Cardiff City centre at around 3am after an altercation outside a fast food chain. He has been replaced by Cardiff Blue Lloyd Williams at training camp.On a lighter front, the England U20 side has finished top of their Junior IRB World Championship table, beating South Africa 26-20 in Padova. Semi-finalists also include; New Zealand, France, and Australia. Oh and earlier in the week, the Baby Blacks beat Wales U20 92-0 on their way to securing their semi-final place.Semi-Finals – June 22, Treviso France V EnglandNew Zealand V AustraliaThe final games of the last Churchill cup were played at the weekend, which saw England win a sixth and final title beating Canada 37-6. The tournament has been disbanded due to the IRB integrating USA and Canada into the June tours and tournament calender. Italy A beat Tonga 28-17 to win the last Plate final; and USA picked up the Churchill Cup Bowl beating Russia 32-25.World Cup update –Ireland have named their 43 man squadSuper Rugby has finally reached the final qualifiers. Brumbie boys set out to upset the ‘Tah party, but they failed miserably after the ‘Tahs dug deep in the confidence draw, and beat the ACT boys 41-7. They will now face the Blues in Auckland after they raced passed the Highlanders (33-16). Highlights below Leaving you on a final note, All Black big poppa Graham Henry has imposed social network ban during the World Cup tournament, being held in their back yard. No distractions for the boys who are desperate to be prove successful this year after not winning the competition since its inaugural 1987 year.Week in Review: June 6-12 |  May 30 – June 5 |    May 23-29 |   May 16-22 |    May 9-15 |     May 2 – 8 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The other qualifier will see Crusaders, who beat the Hurricanes 16-9 to earn their spot squaring up to the Sharks in Nelson. The Sharks ended the Bulls reign in a tight match at Loftus, securing the final wildcard slot.Staying with the ‘Tahs, Berrick Barnes has been forced to take an indefinite break from rugby starting immediately, after suffering from footballer’s migraines continuously and spending a great deal of the season on the sidelines recovering from head injuries.Post World Cup will see All Black Luke McAlister head to France, after he signed a 3 year deal with Toulouse. Oh, how could we forget… Melbourne Rebels finished the season at the bottom of both the Super rugby and the Australian conference tables. Not the best result after your inaugural season, better luck next time boys.last_img read more

Saint-Andre picks France team to face Italy

first_img New boy: Clermont centre Wesley Fofana will make his Test debut for France on SaturdayFRANCE COACH Philippe Saint-Andre has picked a hugely experienced team to take on Italy in their opening RBS 6 Nations match on Saturday.The starting XV contains 605 caps – and there’s another 236 on the bench! – but there is one uncapped player who will make his Test debut at the Stade de France. Wesley Fofana will partner Aurelien Rougerie in midfield – the first time in history that both France centres have come from the Clermont Auvergne club.Saint-Andre is full of praise for Fofana, saying: “He brings enthusiasm and freshness. We know his qualities, his speed. He must show his qualities, enjoy himself and show what he does for his club.”Half century: France captain Thierry Dusautoir will win his 50th capCaptain Thierry Dusautoir and tighthead Nicolas Mas will both win their 50th Test caps while loosehead Vincent Debaty will make his Six Nations debut. His only previous Test appearance came against Romania in June 2006.Dusautoir forms a powerful back row with Julien Bonnaire and Louis Picamoles – Biarritz No 8 Imanol Harinordoquy pushed onto the bench – as the French attempt to avenge last year’s historical defeat by Italy. Dimitri Yachvili is given the nod at scrum-half ahead of Morgan Parra with Francois Trinh-Duc in the No 10 jersey while Italy should be wary of an explosive back three featuring Julien Malzieu, Vincent Clerc and Maxime Medard.FRANCE TEAM TO PLAY ITALY ON SATURDAY 4 FEBRUARY AT STADE DE FRANCE, KICK-OFF 2.30pm Maxime Medard; Vincent Clerc, Aurelien Rougerie, Wesley Fofana, Julien Malzieu; Francois Trinh-Duc, Dimitri Yachvili; Vincent Debaty, William Servat, Nicolas Mas, Pascal Pape, Lionel Nallet, Thierry Dusautoir, Julien Bonnaire, Louis Picamoles.Replacements: Dimitri Szarzewski, Jean-Baptiste Poux, Yoann Maestri, Imanol Harinordoquy, Morgan Parra, Lionel Beauxis, Maxime Mermoz. NOT FOR FEATURED LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Ireland team remain unchanged

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS D’Arcy picks up his 65th cap for IrelandThe Ireland team to play Italy in the RBS 6 Nations Championship at Aviva Stadium on Saturday, February 25th has been named.Kidney has named the same starting XV and replacements from the postponed game against France two weeks ago.Centre Gordon D’Arcy will win his 65th cap for Ireland having first been capped against Romania in 1999. The uncapped Peter O’Mahony is included on the bench. DUBLIN, IRELAND – FEBRUARY 05: Gordon D’Arcy of Ireland looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales on February 5, 2012 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)center_img Starting XV:15 – Rob Kearney14 – Tommy Bowe13 – Keith Earls12 – Gordon D’Arcy11 – Andrew Trimble10 – Jonathan Sexton9 – Conor Murray1 – Cian Healy2 – Rory Best3 – Mike Ross4 – Donncha O’Callaghan5 – Paul O’Connell (capt)6 – Stephen Ferris7 – Sean O’Brien8 – Jamie HeaslipReplacements:16 – Sean Cronin17 – Tom Court18 – Donnacha Ryan19 – Peter O’Mahony20 – Eoin Reddan21 – Ronan O’Gara22 – Fergus McFaddenlast_img read more

Mike Tindall to become player-coach at Gloucester

first_imgGLOUCESTER, ENGLAND – MARCH 24: Gloucester centre Mike Tindall makes a point during the Aviva Premiership match between Gloucester and Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm Stadium on March 24, 2012 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) Country boy: Tindall will take on added responsibility of back coachGLOUCESTER RUGBY’S new Director of Rugby, Nigel Davies, was delighted to confirm that Mike Tindall has signed a contract to become a player/ coach at the club next season.Davies was meeting the media for the first time in his new role having only been at Kingsholm for two weeks. He has hit the ground running and his first key decision has been to keep the former England international at Kingsholm, at the club where he has played for the past seven seasons.Davies has a track record of encouraging internal progression from the playing squad into coaching roles – Simon Easterby and Mark Jones are examples at the Scarlets – and he is continuing that trend at Gloucester. TAGS: Gloucester LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “Mike has a lot of valuable experience and great loyalty to Gloucester Rugby and its supporters and understands what it means to be a part of this club,” said Davies. “It’s important to have people involved that underpin your culture and values as a playing group.“He will be operating as player and backs coach for me in the coming year. I think he has a very strong tradition and heritage with the club and a very good rugby brain. I think it’s very important to have a certain amount of continuity at any club with your senior players and I see Mike providing that continuity.”last_img read more

Reaching your fitness goals in 2013

first_imgRapidly and safely achieve your fitness goals You won’t get the most out of exercise unless you do it properly, and that means that you’ll need to constantly maintain good form. Although form is different from one exercise to another, it’s a good rule of thumb to avoid jerky movements and brace your core to lessen the chances of injury.Nor should you entirely depend on gym machines, as these restrict your range of movement, locking you into a single plane of motion. Free weights like barbells and dumb-bells, meanwhile, hit your muscles from different angles. This helps to maximise their growth potential. You’ll also more effectively train your whole body if you incorporate plenty of compound moves, like barbell squats, into your workout.Achieving the right diet and psychology LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS ONE OF the most popular and inevitable New Year resolutions is to get fit after several weeks of festive overindulgence. The problem, of course, is that many people end up abandoning such a resolution after just a few weeks, whether due to lack of confidence, motivation, time or a combination of these and other factors.By getting fit, you’ll not only look and feel better, but may also want to take further steps, perhaps even looking into personal trainers to really push you on to the next level.But if you’re trying to get properly fit for the first time, what is the best advice that we can give you?Avoid the most common fitness mistakes It’s perfectly understandable that you may be intimidated by the thought of walking into the gym and looking like a beginner. However, by familiarising yourself with certain common mistakes, you can quickly get on with that all-important workout.Many people, for example, will only warm themselves up with a jog, even though they’d be best served by spending ten minutes on the rower or treadmill before undertaking various bodyweight squats, twists, bends and lunges. This can then be followed by one set with very light weights. You’ll also need to determine, by trial and error, the most appropriate weight for you. Use a variety of moves if you are to see continued positive results for your fitness.center_img Of course, there’s more to getting fit in 2013 than simply making constant gym visits. That’s because you’ll also need to educate yourself on such aspects as nutrition, tailored to your individual needs. A high level of motivation will also be necessary – and if it’s lacking, why not plan gym visits with friends so that you are under more pressure not to let anybody down with your absence?last_img read more

Lions 2013: Five things we’ve learned. Third Test

first_imgAlun-Wyn Jones has long been regard as a ‘great player’ – after this performance Jones should now be regarded as a ‘great Lion’. It is often said that good captains lead from the front, well, Jones led from every direction. He led from the front of the defensive line, the back of maul, the top of the restarts and from the bottom of his heart – he also led from the bottom of most rucks; Jones is regularly the last player to be peeled from the bottom of the contact area.It was a commanding display. Jones was the second joint-highest tackler and the joint-highest ball carrier in the pack. It is also worth remembering that this performance occurred in the wake of James Horwill’s second hearing for an alleged stamp. Many still found the outcome of the second hearing as unsatisfactory, for those, Jones’ performance may go some way to re-dressing, apologies, re-gaining the balance.Complete player: Halfpenny showed he’s more than a kickerLeigh Halfpenny. Man of the SeriesHalfpenny’s performance is best described as ‘not Bisto’ – this was different gravy.  Halfpenny’s kicking has obviously drawn plaudits over recent weeks – it has been one of the finest goal kicking displays ever seen from a British Lion. In Sydney, Halfpenny once again completed 89% of his GK’s – eight from nine.  However, against the Wallabies Halfpenny was also able to flex the other areas of his considerable skill set – his running angles and accurate passing were sublime.With a safety-cushion of points, Halfpenny had the freedom to think offensively and, for the first time in the Series, ran more ball than he passed or kicked. Halfpenny also led the Lions in metres carried, clean breaks and executed two try scoring passes – his ability to run with the ball in two hands means that he rarely spurns a ‘two on one’.  Prior to the tour, facing stiff competition, many questioned if Halfpenny was the best full-back. I doubt anyone feels that way now.Gatland has the last laugh Field of dreams: Tommy Bowe and his Lions colleagues thank the Lions support in a definitively British & Irish victoryBy Paul WilliamsA definitive performance.THE LIONS secured their first series win in 16 years, with a storming 41 -16 win over the Wallabies in Sydney. During the previous nine fixtures the Lions had, on occasions, dominated the scrum, the breakdown and the gainline. However, these positives often occurred sporadically, and rarely in the same game. In the Third Test the core skills, set piece and every single member of the squad executed in unison and yielded a truly memorable performance. The Lions’ scrum was devastating – the introduction of Richard Hibbard and Alex Corbisiero produced the sort of mismatch usually reserved for schoolboy rugby.The backrow of Toby Faletau, Dan Lydiate and Sean O’Brien was a model of modern backrow play – groundwork fused with heavy ball carrying and double digit tackle counts. Jamie Roberts controlled the 12 channel from first phase possession, Tommy Bowe ran wide, smooth angles and decoys in the 13 channel and Jon Davies’ stole his critics tongues. Jonathan Sexton executed an array of accurate tactical kicks. Alun Wyn Jones played the finest game of his career, ably assisted by Geoff Parling, and Leigh Halfpenny became Man of the Series. Much was made of this 10 man, ‘Welsh’ Lions team; but this was a 23-man, thoroughly British and Irish performance.Mangled: The Lions power scrum destroyed the Wallaby packNo contest at the scrumThe Lions’ scrum decided the third Test. The introduction of Alex Corbisiero and Richard Hibbard created a level of scrum dominance rarely seen in a tier one fixture – in the 10th minute Hibbard exerted so much pressure in the scrum that he passed out. There were no illegal wheels, or angled drives, this was ‘straight-backed,’ straight forward power that helped create a 16 point differential in 25 minutes. The Wallabies concession of points at the scrum was also exacerbated by their Super Rugby inspired spurning of kickable three-pointers.The Wallaby scrum was so unstable that Ben Alexander was yellow carded, for illegal binding, as early as the 24th minute. Such were Alexander’s technical problems that he didn’t emerge from the sin-bin and was faced with the sort of early ‘hook’ that haunts a prop’s career. It’s worth noting that Alexander wasn’t the only player forced to leave the pitch by the Lion’s front-row. Hibbard’s violent head clash with George Smith forced the openside to the leave the field temporarily – it didn’t even appear to re-adjust Hibbard’s golden locks.Leading by example SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JULY 06: Leigh Halfpenny of the Lions breaks with the ball during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and British & Irish Lions at ANZ Stadium on July 6, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The build-up to the third test had an unsavoury undercurrent. Warren Gatland’s decision to field ten Welsh players in the starting line-up brought out the worst in many supporters, ex-players and media pundits – a reaction which seems to have genuinely hurt him. The selection apparently questioned the Lions’ ethos and Brian O’Driscoll’s omission created a paranoid witch-hunt rarely seen outside of Salem.However, Gatland and his coaches were proved to be right. The team selection would have been vindicated even if the Lions had won by a single point – to win by 25 points is proof beyond doubt that Gatland is a man whose judgment and motives shouldn’t be questioned so easily. Gatland took last week’s sour grapes and created a champagne moment – James Bond aside – from which every Welsh, Scottish, Irish and English supporter can take a sip. Well done Warren.last_img read more

A drill to increase your speed

first_imgHere, Brett Davison, who has worked with Wasps and England Sevens, takes Parmiter’s School first XV through their paces. We took Davison, plus a sports scientist, to take a training session with the team, as part of their prize for winning our Lucozade Sport Kit-Out Project competition. You can see what else they learned on the day here. As well as this session, they won £3000-worth of kit and training equipment.The good news is, you can still enter your team into the Lucozade Sport Kit-Out Project, and get free kit in return for drinking Lucozade Sport. Go to and enter your team’s name, plus browse the kit catalogue and choose what you want. Then collect the codes from the side of the Lucozade Sport bottles, and enter them on to the website. The more codes you collect, the more kit you’ll get, so make sure you get all your team-mates involved! NOW WE’RE more than half way through the season, it’s possible that you’re starting to feel a little sluggish. If you want to increase your speed, try this drill on for size.As we explain in this video, it’s just as important to work on the efficiency of your arm movement as your lower body, to make sure you’re getting the most out of the energy you’re putting in to your running. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more