The Ospreys have spoken of their shock at the tunnel incident in the Rugby Sevens World Cup which left their young centre Tom Williams with broken facial bones and a Samoan rugby player facing assault and battery charges. Samoa's Gordon Langkilde was arrested by police on Sunday in his hotel room following the reported events a day earlier after Wales’ golden-try win. Langkilde appeared in court on Tuesday in handcuffs. The report of the court hearing is here. Three Welsh players were injured, with Williams left “bleeding heavily” with his nose and cheekbone said to have been broken. Ospreys head coach Allen Clarke made contact with the 21-year-old in the aftermath of the incident. “I got in touch with him before the news broke, having received a heads-up from Wales coach Gareth Williams,” said Clarke. “The alleged behaviour is a shock in this day and age and not in keeping with the way Samoan rugby players conduct themselves. “Tom took quite … [Read more...] about Welsh region’s shock after incident at sevens World Cup
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New Zealand rugby player Kurt Baker stripped off to celebrate his team’s historic victory in the Rugby Sevens World Cup final which concluded on Sunday in San Francisco, USA. READ MORE: US swimmer Lochte banned for 14 months for doping violation The All Blacks’ celebrations took an unusual turn when Baker decided to discard his clothes and mount teammates Trael Joass’ shoulders, posing stark naked while holding the trophy for a photo amid fully-clothed teammates. Joass seemed to be strategically adjusted to maintain Baker’s modesty. “Winner winner chicken dinner. Unreal year with an unreal squad!” Baker captioned the picture which he posted on his Instagram page. The 29-year-old was continuing a tradition of posing nude to commemorate New Zealand’s victories in major rugby tournaments. Earlier this year he shared a revealing picture of himself wearing nothing but a gold medal New Zealand won at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in … [Read more...] about New Zealand player strips off to celebrate Rugby Sevens World Cup win (PHOTOS)
England reached the sevens World Cup final but the game faces an uncertain future. Players and the XVs effect The financial lure of XVs can dilute the talent pool of sevens, which despite the opportunities to become an international athlete and the Olympic promise can put off many players. Australia, a traditional rugby powerhouse finished only 10th at the sevens World Cup and have struggled compared with their women’s side. Australia sevens captain Lewis Holland confirms there is difficulty in attracting boys to the game, whereas due to fewer professional opportunities for women, it is easier to attract their top athletes. “The girls’ team I believe have the best of the best. Whereas ours is... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register … [Read more...] about Rugby Sevens World Cup review: Amazing achievement by England but is it papering over cracks of a sport in flux?
Youngsters took to the pitch at Doncaster's biggest sports stadium to show their backing for the campaign to bring the rugby league world cup to Doncaster. Players from the under sevens and under eight teams at clubs including Bentley, Toll Barr and Dearne Valley took to the pitch at a big promotion day at the Keepmoat Stadium to coincide with Doncaster's big match against Bradford Bulls.Donaster used the game to raise the profile of the borough's bid to host matches at the tournament when it comes to England in 2021.Read more: Let's bring the World Cup to DoncasterThe youngsters played in a mini tournament before the main match, which attracted a best-of-the-season gate of around 2,700 spectators. They also ran a lap of honour around the pitch, and formed a guard of honour when the players came onto the pitch.Then they formed a line to wave cards carrying a slogan in support of the bid, which is backed by the Free Press' World Cup 2021: Touch Down in Doncaster campaign.Read more: … [Read more...] about Youngsters spearhead Doncaster’s campaign to host rugby league world cup games
Young sports fans will this weekend send a message of support for a bid to bring rugby league's world cup to Doncaster. Players from junior rugby league clubs including Bentley, Toll Bar and Dearne Valley, will take to the field before Doncaster's match against Bradford Bulls on Sunday, to show support for the bid.The Free Press is backing the plan, and we launched our Rugby League World Cup 2021: Touch Down in Doncaster campaign to support efforts to make the borough a host town for the sport's most glittering showcase event.Young players will be taking part in the proceedings before the Doncaster v Bradford Bulls match at the Keepmoat Stadium, which is expected to be see club's largest home attendance of the season. They will play in a pre-match tournament.Read more: Let's bring the World Cup to DoncasterFirst team players will warm up wearing Back the Bid T-shirts, and a number of high profile supporters of the campaign will be at the game.Liam Higgins, a former professional … [Read more...] about Kids to take part in campaign to back Doncaster’s rugby league world cup match at Doncaster v Bradford match match