Ben bides time to make up his mind to go black or red. Photo: Skysports
Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna has changed his mind about playing for Tonga and now hopes to play for New Zealand instead.
Tameifuna, who was in the All Blacks training squad in 2012, was originally selected for Tonga’s end of year tour which consists of away Tests against Georgia, the United States and Scotland.
Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna charges forward. Photo: Skysports
Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna is looking to conclude his push to play for New Zealand and instead don the shirt of Tonga in November and the RWC.
The 23-year-old was in the All Blacks training squad in 2012 but hasn’t yet made his debut due to fitness concerns expressed by Steve Hansen.
Uruguayan Teros celebrate after defeating Russia in Montevideo. Photo: IRB
After the mandatory celebration that went well into the small hours of Sunday morning, the Uruguayan Teros will take a very short break before setting themselves new goals ahead of their third appearance at the Rugby World Cup in England next year.
Uruguay played seven matches on the road to England 2015: they beat Brazil and Chile to claim the South American place and earn the right to play against the loser of Canada v USA.
Uruguay celebrate after securing their berth to join England, Australia, Wales and Fiji in Pool A of the 2015 England tournament. Photo: Planet Rugby
Uruguay staged a second half comeback to book their place at next year’s Rugby World Cup, defeating Russia 57-49 on aggregate.
The hosts became the 20th and final team to book their place in England next year. Los Teros will join Australia, England, Wales and Fiji in Pool A of the world’s biggest Rugby tournament.
Russia’s Yuri Kushnarev is defended by Uruguay’s Santiago Vilaseca. Photo: IRB
Russia will take the narrowest of leads with them to Montevideo in two weeks’ time after they beat Uruguay 22-21 in Saturday’s first leg of the final Rugby World Cup 2015 qualifier in Krasnoyarsk.
However, while no team likes to lose a game of rugby, Uruguay’s Pablo Lemoine will probably be the more satisfied of the two coaches as his side is still very much in contention at what is effectively half-time.
Debbie Jevans, CEO of England Rugby 2015. Photo: Skysports
Tickets for next year’s Rugby World Cup in England will go on sale on Friday, with those for popular matches to be distributed via a ballot, according to organisers.
Prices for adults start at £15 ($45) – £7 ($21) for children – and rise to £715 ($2166.67) for the best seats for the final at Twickenham on October 31, 2015. The average ticket costs around £100 ($303).
“We have worked hard to create as many low-priced tickets as we can and prices start at £7 ($21) for children and £15 ($45) for adults,” said a spokeswoman from England Rugby 2015.