Chris Ashton, who was the former rugby wing for England is thinking of returning to the premiership in a bid to rebuild his international career. This initiative was taken soon after Julian Savea, the New Zealand wing made an announcement of his movement to Toulon as his best replacement. Once the commitments of Super rugby and Wellington Hurricanes come to an end, Savea would reach the South coast in France this year. Instead of joining the season last top 14, the 27 year old will arrive in France to join a team that has sold former Saracens wing already soon after completing one year with the club.
Ashton is undoubtedly a great player and is one of the few players representing England in both rugby union and rugby league. From Northampton Saints, he moved to Saracens in 2012-13 seasons. It is indeed predicable that return to Saracens is not happening as the Premier Champions have come to an agreement to re-sign David Strettle and Alex Lewington from London Irish. Ashton put in best efforts to make a Saracens play against London Irish for the first time in 2012. Only If Ashton was available during this season, the plans of Saracens would have been entirely different, especially after they allowed Ashton to leave in the year 2017 with 48 trials and 105 appearances.
Chris Ashton left England with some of the great achievements under his belt.
He holds the record of club rugby try-scoring of Europe and has also added his efforts in the dominance of the Saracens at both European level as well as domestic over the number of seasons he has played in the past.
Furthermore, the international record of the player is also really good. In 39 Tests for England, he has scored 19 tries and that too in almost every second game, he has a try. However, Ashton, who is now 30-years old hasn’t played any game for England after 2014 summer and even though he maintained and continued to showed blistering form in the recent years for the club, Eddie Jones did not call him. (more…)
One of the rugby players loved by everyone has thought he has done enough in England and has moved to France’s rollercoaster club Toulon.
The 30-year old Saracens winger is a Champions Cup’s all-time scorer after 37 tries.
Ashton believes he has been treated unfairly by the disciplinary process and also sees his fall from favour with England as the agitation behind his £420,000-a-year transfer to the Cote D’Azur that means he is no longer eligible for international selection.
Eddie Jones selected him in his top Six Nations squad but he was rejected having been banned for making contact with the eye area of Ulster’s Luke Marshall, and this has driven him away ever since.
Ashton’s alleged first statement after serving his recent suspension read thus;
“Abandoning my international career in other people’s hand is what I was tired of, the coach would always make every decision leaving players’ opinions out, so like every other player who does not like that, I disagreed and stepped out.” He stated. (more…)
Chris Ashton in a recent comment said he has a “burning desire” to play for England. However, decided after facing ban for biting that, it is the time to move to France.
Ashton in a short interview told BBC sport that, when I faced the prohibition, then I felt I needed to move out of England.
On the other hand, the Toulon-bound Saracens said the two sides obstacles meant the player has accepted that his test career is over.
“I enjoy playing for Saracens, but my desire to play for England is still there, by going to France it seems like I am out of the picture,” Ashton said in the show 5 live’s Rugby.
“Watching England is very tough, although I have made my decision by now and it is a lot easier,” he added.
“The strong desire to play for the team is always there and it will be; only the path was changed slightly, but moving to France takes that away.” (more…)
After suffering successive defeats, Saracens returned back to Aviva Premiership winning ways as they came off defeating their Sale Sharks counterpart with a 29-18 score line.
However, Saracens were unable to come off with a try bonus point, despite touchdowns from full-back Duncan Taylor, Chris Ashton, and wing Nathan Earle. Alex Lozowoski, fly-half finished off kicking 14-points with four penalties and a conversion.
A solitary try from Magnus Lund, a penalty and conversion from replacement, AJ McGinty and another penalty by Sharks captain, Will Addison saw Sale cut close to within eight points of their opponents. However, these were undone afterwards.
Steve Diamond, Sales director of Rugby watched the game with his coaches from the stand as he began the first match since his touchline ban. The ban was due to his verbal abuse of an official in Sale’s Anglo-Welsh Cup battering of Harlequins. (more…)
Luke Chateris, Wales lock believes that Wales will reap the rewards from Saracens recent signing, Liam Williams.
Next season will see Williams move from the Scarlets to the Aviva Premiership, after he rejected an offer to stay in Llanellion a national dual contract.
And the move, which has not been confirmed by Williams yet, will see him replace Chris Ashton on the wing at the English Champions Saracens squad, even though Williams prefers to play at the full back position.
Charteris said that he believes the move by Williams is a right move considering the team he would be playing for. He also believes that Wales would benefit from the experience Williams would garner from his recent signing.
“I’ve spoken to ‘Sanj’ a fair bit about it and for him I think it’s a great move. He’ll be playing in an unbelievable team, in a great league in the Premiership next year, he’ll flourish in it and go from strength to strength,”
“Wales as a national team will benefit from that because he’ll come back with more experience in Europe with Saracens, there’ll be little things he can pick up from them.”
Charteris had been with Newport Gwent Dragons where he picked up the captaincy position, before moving in the summer of 2012 to Perpignan. He returned to the UK to join up with Bath this season, after a spell with Racing 92.
The 33 year old also added that his move out of Wales, was the best thing for him as the experience is something he loves and would forever cherish.
He believes while out of Wales, he was able to play more rugby and better develop himself on the pitch and he hopes Williams can do the same while with the English heavyweights.
Chris Ashton is bound for greener pastures as his transfer to Toulon has been confirmed. It is also proving to bring fresh opportunities for others, such as Nathan Earle, who is eyeing the opportunity to replace his position in Saracens team.
Ashton is leaving the Saracens team who is considered champions in the English rugby playing fields. Both his and Nathan Earle’s fates seem to be interdependent on each other. The young winger has played an impressive spell while he was on loan to the New Zealand team. As a result, the chance that has come by for Nathan to be part of Saracens might prove to be a boon for his career. (more…)
Saracens boss Mark McCall is not that happy about Chris Ashton leaving the club. According to Mark, Chris is going to regret his decision. He is all set to join his new club Toulon next season. The biggest problem lies with this move is that he will find it very hard to revive his England career.
As far as Chris Ashton’s contract with the club, he was supposed to play for the club for another 18 months. But the club has already secured compensation for it. Chris Ashton is currently serving a 13-week suspension. He got the suspension for biting another player. He joined the Northampton club 4 years ago. McCall seems to be really upset with his decision to leave the club. (more…)
Chris Ashton of the Saracens is facing two biting charges that could see him out of the action for at least six months if he was proved guilty. But, Chris is determined to prove that he is innocent in this case.
This is what he set to achieve when he met up with the disciplinary hearing committee of the Rugby Football Union on Tuesday.
Ashton was seen to be biting Alex Waller, the Northampton prop, twice within a minute’s time during the Saracens game against the Northampton team at Allianz Park last Sunday. The director of rugby of the Saracens team, Mark McCall, is hoping that Ashton’s name will be cleared by the disciplinary committee and he will escape from any serious punishment. (more…)
Saracens is not going to appeal the 13-week ban served to Chris Ashton. Chris Ashton got this punishment for biting another player. But the club has decided not to appeal against the ban. Chris was banned by an independent panel after looking into the said incident.
However, Chris is all set to leave the club. He has signed Toulon for the upcoming season. As for Saracens’ boss, Mark McCall, it was an easy decision to not appeal the ban. He thought that serving the ban would be the ideal scenario for Chris’s career. According to him, it will help Chris’s personality as well. (more…)