Category: World of Rugby

News from around the game, ie outwith Scotland.

O’Sullivan Quits Ireland

Not really Scottish news this, but of interest nonetheless. Despite having around 3 and a half years left on his contract, Eddie O’Sullivan stepped down as coach of Ireland yesterday, pre-empting the possibility that he might have been fired. It’ll be interesting to see if indeed he took the opposite tack to former England football manager Steve Maclaren and forewent any possible contract buyout by the IRFU, but at the moment it certainly looks like he did the gentlemanly thing.

Interestingly the BBC’s current short list of coaches states:

“Declan Kidney is among those tipped to take over, but Mike Ruddock, Pat Howard, Wayne Smith, Jake White and Alan Gaffney are also in the frame.”

Whether any of these would be interested in the Scotland vacancy (should it arise) would be debatable (Kidney would be unlikely, and may be the most likely successor to O’Sullivan), but certainly the likes of Pat Howard and Alan Gaffney would be interesting. Not another Aussie, I hear you say…

Cipriani’s chance turns to a Pumpkin…

Breaking news today that Danny Cipriani, the new Wunderkind of English rugby, has been dropped from the English squad to play Scotland this coming Saturday. According to reports Cipriani was seen sneaking out of a nightclub after midnight and Brian Ashton has taken the hump with Cipriani’s late night escapade and has dumped him out the squad. Cipriani will now line up for Wasps at the weekend.

Reports that Cipriani was seen canoodling with Jodie Marsh on the back of a giant pumpkin pulled by a team of mice in waiters jackets have yet to be confirmed…

For the benefit of the scottishrugbyblog.co.uk lawyers that last comment was for humorous purposes!

Over and out…
Al

The Laziness of the Long-Distance Runner

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I know I was supposed to post something meaningful this week, but I haven’t got round to it yet. Hopefully I’ll have something over the weekend.

In the meantime here’s the rugby you might like to catch on TV over the weekend:

First up, something called the Super 14 kicked off today, and while we don’t usually hold with playing rugby in pyjamas, it’s usually quite fun. Tonight gives us a chance to see Al’s “favourite” 10 after Gregor Townsend, Freddie Michalak, in action for the his new team the Sharks against the Western Force, who will no doubt be fielding several players with Scottish names. New Zealand fans may well agree that Michalak will fit right in to the “lateral” passing of the Super 14… (Sky Sports Xtra from 5pm).

Tonight sees a return to action for the Scottish pro-teams, and you can catch them both on the TV if you’re not attending in person. Edinburgh are fielding a strong team including Ally Hogg, Gav Kerr and Hugooooo and featuring flanker Roland Reid returning to his old position on the wing against visiting Munster and new signing Doug Howlett. Hopefully SRBlog favourite Nick DeLuca will get a run off the bench to try and rediscover his club form ahead of team selection for Ireland next weekend (Setanta Sports 2, from 7.20pm). Glasgow travel to Llanelli to play an under-performing Scarlets team and try and transfer some of their European form to Magner’s league position (BBC2 Wales, Channel 991 on Sky, access through the Red Button because of snooker).

There’s even some Frenchies throwing it about on Eurosport 2 tonight too, if you have a lot of free time/videotapes…

Don’t forget, avid rugby hunters amongst you in the UK with Sky can press the following “magic” combination to view all the rugby showing, well, everywhere: Press “Tv Guide” > “Yellow” > “5” > “Blue”.