Ben Healy and Darcy Graham excelled in Scotland’s Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Italy, which resulted in an impressive come-from-behind victory.
Healy, who was making his maiden start as fly-half for his country, demonstrated terrific control, impressing head coach Gregor Townsend greatly.
On his comeback to Test rugby, Graham showed off his skills with a couple of tries, reiterating his reputation as a promising young player.
The contributions of both players have been outstanding, and Healy’s outstanding year with Munster and now Scotland is evidence of his talent and promise.
All Blacks Secure Dominant Victory and Bledisloe Cup
The All Blacks cruised to a commanding 38-7 victory against the Wallabies in the Rugby Championship, staking their claim to the Bledisloe Cup for a historic 21st consecutive year, in a show of utter dominance.
The games’ flare and excitement were enhanced by the tries scored by Shannon Frizell, Codie Taylor, Will Jordan, Caleb Clarke, Mark Telea, and Rieko Ioane.
The All Blacks’ quick development has been noticed by other tournament competitors, who now regard them as major contenders for the 2018 Rugby World Cup.
World Rugby Announces Changes to Rugby World Cup Draw
Sir Bill Beaumont, the chairman of World Rugby, has said that future Rugby World Cup drawings will take place “as late as possible.”
This choice was made in response to the 2023 pool draw, which took place in December 2020 and produced an unbalanced roster with two of the top four teams in the world right now (France, New Zealand, Ireland, and South Africa) failing to go past the quarterfinals. Rugby fans all across the world are sure to rejoice at the switch to later draws.
Scott Robertson Bids Classy Farewell to Crusaders
As he is ready to take over as the All Blacks head coach, Scott Robertson, the very successful and well-liked head coach of the Crusaders, offered the players a nice farewell.
Robertson showed his thanks for the Crusaders community by taking out a full-page ad in the newspaper “The Press” to thank the supporters, staff, players, and family.
Fiji and Japan Set for Thrilling Pacific Nations Cup Finale
Fiji defeated Manu Samoa 33-19 to claim the Pacific Nations Cup trophy as their own. In preparation for the Rugby World Cup this year, the side has shown outstanding form under the leadership of Simon Raiwalui, winning back-to-back games. Their nearest rivals, Japan, will present a challenging challenge in the last round matchup, assuring an exciting encounter.
Australia’s Struggles in Rugby Championship
Australia has recently played poorly in the Rugby Championship, which led to a last-place result. Their morale is poor going into the Rugby World Cup after they were humiliated by the All Blacks.
The emphasis is on Australia to demonstrate signs of improvement and guarantee their spot in the knockout rounds before their next encounter against New Zealand in Dunedin.
Leinster’s Kit Supplier Blunder
Leinster and its apparel vendors were humiliated when photos of their jerseys with five stars surfaced.
The squad has worn four stars on their United Rugby Championship shirt in the past to represent its Champions Cup victories.
The inclusion of a fifth star was mocked online, exposing the kit suppliers’ error. Even though it could have seemed like a small matter, it attracted considerable attention from both supporters and detractors.
England World Cup Training Squad Updates Keep Fans Guessing
Fans are perplexed by the changes Steve Borthwick has made to the England World Cup training team.
Supporters’ emotions have been sparked by the frequent adjustments and the inclusion and removal of specific players.
The final team selection is still up in the air, which has increased speculation and expectation.
Dai Young Departs Cardiff Rugby
Following a lengthy investigation on charges of bullying, Dai Young left Cardiff Rugby. Young left the club after a comprehensive investigation revealed that there was not enough evidence to substantiate the charges.
In preparation for the next season, Cardiff Rugby is now looking for a replacement for the director of rugby.