Chris Ashton’s fans might wonder about his absence from the team that went to represent England in Australia but there were good reasons for which Eddie Jones took such a decision.
The winger from Saracens is revered for the defensive qualities that he exhibits on the playing field. The tour that England has embarked upon comprising of three Tests does not include him but there is no need to be alarmed.
Chris Ashton can still participate in Test matches if he wants to. In the playoffs of Saracens in the Premiership semi finals he played key roles. Two tries were attempted by him against the Leicester Tigers. It definitely counted as did the efforts of the other players as well. However he might not be able to rest easy this summer even if he was not part of the team that left to tour Australia for three Tests this summer.
Worcester scores 19 while Saracens scores 43. Chris Ashton is one of the players along with Alex Goode to light up the game with their hat trick.
This game was not too tough for the Saracens as they enjoyed themselves. It was a win that came to them comfortably, especially when Chris scored a hat trick.
Ashton was able to perform the hat trick as Alex Goode brought down the defense of Worcester. With his deft kicks and smooth running he was able to substitute two minutes. This made a difference in the second half of the game. Goode also featured in the opening of the match for Saracens. He helped to slip a pass which helped Neil de Kock to score. Ashton was able to pick up on the kinking that Goode tried. It helped Ashton to finish and complete a hat trick. (more…)
Not all is sundry with the players of Canada men 7s team. There is a debate going on with the players and the management regarding how financially viable it is to run the program. The dispute that has arisen between the sevens team and the management has made the current programs uncertain. There is not much of clear news at the moment.
However, the distance between the two parts of the program is apparent as the players have not started training as yet at the Center of Excellence. However, with pre season tournaments coming up in October, the tickets are already sold. At the same time the team has not started to prepare as yet.
The dispute seems to be serious as World Rugby has decided to intervene. A mediator has been assigned and will meet with the two sides by next week. There have been general statements issued in the media about steps being taken to solve the financial issues. (more…)
The Rugby 7s tournament starts off this Friday between Uganda and Zimbabwe. There are four pools that have been formed. Each pool comprises of three countries each. Pool A comprises of Senegal, Nigeria and Kenya while Pool B comprises of Uganda, Mauritius and Zimbabwe. Pool C comprises of Zambia, Madagascar and Morocco while Pool D comprises of Botswana, Namibia and Tunisia. Eric Kasita will be handling the captaincy of the African 7s team. It was initially handled by Tolbert Onyango, who was the coach for Rugby Cranes 7s.
The choice of the captaincy has been appropriated as Kasita is regarded as one of the experienced players in the team, having the maximum years of playing experience in the region. He had been part of the Commonwealth Games as well. He handled the Safari 7s which occurred last year. He had also been hooked for the national team the Rugby Cranes. (more…)