Tuesday's Rugby News
Tuesday rugby news looks While Sevens wins Silver, Kearns complains about Jags, Naisarani re-signs and new image sharing technology.
AUSSIE MAN TAKE SILVER IN LONDON
Aussie Mens Sevens team had an almost perfect trip to London on the weekend, when they made their first finals since 2015, before becoming smaller in Fiji in the final. 43-7 was the final score.
The Aussies had a strong show in the finals that defeated South Africa (29-22) and France (31-24) in the quarterfinals and semi-finals.
Despite their best efforts, they were classified by the dominant Fijian outfit.
After the event Lord coach Tim Walsh is reflected on the weekend:
"Fiji was a class act in the final, showing again when they get the momentum they are hard to stop and thoroughly deserve their victory here in London.
"We were really happy to make the final, but it showed that you have to respect possession of top pages like Fiji or they will punish you.
"Our defense has worked hard in the fight, but to win the Cup finals you must consistently ask questions will ball in hand, not just in defense.
"Having said that, I am very proud of this site's weekend weekend to make the Cup Final. We have finally shown some of the options we have seen flashing across two days of Rugby, and now it must be the standard of things who has to come forward.
"Maurice Longbottom was a class action throughout the weekend and took his game to a new level of attack and defense. Lewis Holland's leadership was crucial to the success of this site, and it showed how the broader group responded when we were to show any signs.
"Henry Hutchison and Josh Coward continually hit the line and they created opportunities around them with the way they threw themselves into each fight.
"We take some valuable lessons out of London and use it to prepare for Paris and the qualification team to come later this year."
The men head to Paris for the next round of the tournament, where they are currently in sixth position at 99 points and outperforming Samoa at 95 points.
"ARGENTINA HAS HOODWINKED SANZAR"
Phil Kearns has aimed at Argentine rugby, claiming the "hoodwinked" SANZAAR and "shouldn't even be in the buddy".
The previous Wallaby and Waratah's comments came shortly after NSW lost home at the Jaguar on Saturday night.
Fox Sports & Rugby Host Nick McArdle asked the question of how good Jags was when Kearns took the opportunity to comment.
"They are the national team," said Kearns about Fox Sports & # 39; Super Saturday coverage.
"They shouldn't even be in competence.
"If you want national teams put them in a comp. But they are a national team."
"Absolutely. This is a test competition. Has a provincial team in it, it's about. It's not about having the national team in it," says Kearns.
"I think Argentina has been incredibly smart and has hoodwinked the rest of SANZAAR because they want a great World Cup team, there is no doubt about it – they have played together for the past three years."
There would be credibility to the argument that one side had mainly their national team if Kearns had not made them immediately after the Warata Army lost them.
If you look at the 2014 winning Waratah, how many Wallabies were there, or the 2011 Reds, or 2001/04 Brumbies. All these teams had past and present Wallabies in them, many even had Wallaby greats.
36 players from Jaguares have been selected in Argentina's 46-man interim World Cup training team, which eventually becomes 31 players.
Wallaby Store Mark Ella suggested that the Jaguar would be better served in an Americas competition rather than Super Rugby.
"When SANZAR became SANZAAR with the inclusion of Argentina, the travel agent was ridiculous," Ella wrote in his column for the Weekend Australian.
"Rugby Championship and Super Rugby Now the world is circling and playing on all continents in the Southern Hemisphere. No other sports team in any competition anywhere in the world derives the epic road trips in southern hemisphere rugby nations.
"In Super Rugby, the Jaguars play in the South African conference, their closest neighbor, but it is still 8,000 miles from Buenos Aires to Johannesburg. It just adds to the sense that Argentina is not where they belong."
There is merit on the issue of a team of essentially nationally truncated players, and ask the question whether the sun guards would have been better if they built around their national side. Or how it would look like SANZAAR gave Argentina another Super Rugby side to even distribute the talent.
Melbourne Rebels announced the recapture of one of their standout players on Monday night, with Isi Naisarani committing to the club and Australian rugby until the end of 2021.
The 24-year-old Fijian born No.8 had a break-out NRC year in 2016, which earned him a contract with Western Force. When Kraften was cut from Super Rugby, Naisarani came to Brumbies for a year before joining Rebels in 2019.
Reunion with former Force coach Dave Wessels was a big factor for Isi to attend Melbourne, where he has played 10 games so far.
After three different Super clubs in three years, Naisarani said he was happy to find a home to settle in.
"I have loved my time here in Melbourne so far," said Naisarani.
"After using my first three years in Super Rugby at three different clubs, I feel it is the right choice, and the Rebels give me the best chance of developing my rugby further.
"I want to build a special group of players here in Melbourne and under the leadership of Dave (Wessels), I also feel that we are able to achieve results that can push us to finals beyond this year."
Naisarani has played a massive role on the rebels, emphasizing the set piece and speed and strength around the track.
From April this year, Naisarani is entitled to play for Wallabies.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has been a fan of Naisarani for some time, even taking him on the spring tour as a development player. Cheika said he was impressed by Isi's work ethic and his constant improvement.
"I really like Isi and Australian rugby that he has committed himself for another two years," he said.
"He's an exciting prospect for us, and he's obviously very passionate about his teammates and about Australian rugby.
"He's a talented player surely, but one thing that impresses me about Isi is his personal commitment to bettering himself as a player, asking questions and not being afraid to make a mistake to learn from it."
Rebel's general manager of professional rugby and lanes, Nick Ryan, said Naisarani would be a vital part of Melbourne's outfit ahead.
"Isi is an exceptionally hard-working member of the gaming group, and in our eyes he has proven to be one of the best talents in the competition," Ryan said.
"We are convinced that Isi is a big part of our club ahead, and we can't wait to help support and develop his rugby development.
"He's re-signing is a testament to our on-field department to develop a world-class high performance program that retains high quality talent like Isi."
FOXCLIPS: NEW PICTURE TECHNOLOGY
Have you ever seen a live rugby match and seen a picture or clip and want an easy way to take the picture and put it out there on the line? well now you can with FOX Clips.
FOX Clips is an innovation from FOX SPORTS and Rugby Australia that allows fans to share rugby moments from their TV to their friends. This allows users to create and share clips during a live broadcast, something that has not been available before.
The proprietary image recognition technology recognizes what you see and makes it a clip that you can share. Currently, it can only be used during a Rugby broadcast on a FOX SPORTS during live match, replay or magazine program. You can watch FOX SPORTS on your TV at home or in the pub on your computer or device.
Users must use Rugby Xplorer to access the technology.
"Fox Clips is another way that Rugby Xplorer App brings fans closer to the game," said Adam Freier, Rugby Australia's marketing manager and digital. "Every fan has a unique perspective on the game and now they can share it with other fans using the Rugby Xplorer App and Fox Clips"
"We are always looking for new ways to improve the fan experience," FOXSPORTS Head of Digital Brad Schultz said. "FOX Clips is yet another innovation that brings our audience closer to the sports they love by giving them full control of the TV-to-mobile experience for social media."
The patent-pending technology was developed by Snapscreen Application GmbH in Austria and is licensed to FOX SPORTS by Snapscreen Australia.
"Snapscreen is happy to continue our partnership with FOX SPORTS to support its relationship with Rugby Australia and bring this world's first solution to rugby fans," said Thomas Willomitzer, founder and CEO of Snapscreen.
The technology will be unveiled during this weekend's Super Rugby round.
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