Category Archives: Personalities

human interest on individuals

Tonga hope for Tameifuna

Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna charges forward. Photo: Skysports

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.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under All Blacks, England 2015, Focus on rwc, Pacific Islanders, Personalities, Tonga, William Webb-Ellis Cup

Cockerill bites back at accusations

Richard Cockerill is under a lot of pressure. Photo: Planet Rugby

Richard Cockerill is under a lot of pressure. Photo: Planet Rugby

Leicester boss Richard Cockerill has refuted ‘average accusations’ linking the Tigers training methods to their substantial injuries.

A rough start to the season has seen Leicester lose their last three matches to Bath, London Irish and Gloucester, with a huge number of players sidelined through injury.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Aviva Premiership, England, European Club, Personalities

‘Rokoduguni the best winger in 2014’

Semesa Rokoduguni was the man of the match in Bath's 21-11 win over Sarasens. Photo: Skysports

Semesa Rokoduguni was the man of the match in Bath’s 21-11 win over Sarasens. Photo: Skysports

Bath boss Mike Ford has lavished praise on outstanding winger Semesa Rokoduguni following the win over Saracens on Friday.

The British Army soldier has made waves since joining Bath in 2012, taking the Premiership by storm and winning a call-up to the England Saxons.

Rokoduguni was at it again in the 21-11 victory at The Rec, with Ford singling him out for praise.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Aviva Premiership, Europe Fiji players, Fijian players, Personalities

ROBBIE DEANS: Fed to the Lions

Robbie Deans in Wallabies training gear (Photo: Supplied)

Robbie Deans in Wallabies training gear (Photo: Supplied)

The domestic coaching career of Robbie Deans is without parallel in the annuals of trans-Tasman rugby.

A former All Black, Deans was the pin-up boy of the Canterbury team of his generation during a 12-year playing career.

Even greater acclaim has followed as one of the best coaches of the modern era.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under All Blacks, Australia, Biography Review, Books, Coaching, New Zealand, Personalities, Wallabies

RWC presidency role for Prince Harry

Prince Harry props up a ball for Jonny Wilkinson. Photo: Skysports

Prince Harry props up a ball for Jonny Wilkinson. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

Prince Harry, the fourth in line to the British throne, has been appointed as the honorary president of World Cup organisers England Rugby 2015, the organisation announced on Thursday.

The move follows the 30-year-old’s successful role in organising the Invictus Games, a four-day international event for injured war veterans that took place in London and concluded on Sunday.

“With one year to go to the tournament, we are delighted to announce that Prince Harry has agreed to be our honorary president,” said England Rugby 2015 chief Debbie Jevans.

“The prince is a great rugby fan and recently inspired us all with the Invictus Games. We have no doubt that he will help us achieve our aim of staging a tournament that reaches out to new and existing rugby fans.”

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Flying Fijians, Focus on rwc, Personalities, William Webb-Ellis Cup

Speight ready to give his all for Wallabies

Henry Speight's family has finally been granted visitor visas. Photo: Getty Images

Henry Speight’s family has finally been granted visitor visas. Photo: Getty Images

After a long four year wait ACT Brumbies winger Henry Speight has finally become eligible to suit up for the Wallabies, but it wasn’t his long-term wait to become a Wallaby that had Speight so happy over the weekend, but the Australian government ending years of heartache by granting his family visitor visas.

The Fijian-born star and his five siblings were reunited for the first time in seven years over the weekend, with Davila and Jerry allowed into the country just days after Speight became eligible to play for Australia.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Australia, Fijian players, Personalities, Rugby Championship, Wallabies

Fearless Wallaby Taf uses his smarts

Tafs was a nerd in Granville High School. Photo: wikiimages

Tafs was a nerd in Granville High School. Photo: wikiimages

Kamikaze hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau was a schoolboy academic who excelled in chess before becoming the Wallabies’ Mr Wreckless.

Now, after nine seasons and countless serious injuries, the Tongan powerhouse believes he can produce his best, and remain on the field, by finally allowing his head to rule his big heart.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Australia, Injury, Pacific Islanders, Personalities, Rugby Championship, Tonga, Wallabies