Fijian lock Penioni Toga is escorted off the field after sustaining an injury against Ireland on Tuesday. Photo: Planet Rugby
Fiji Under 20 flyhalf Maika Baleinaloto was suspended by the IRB Junior Rugby World Cup judicial officer for seven weeks of playing rugby after ruling Baleinaloto had committed an act of foul play during Fiji’s match against France last Friday.
Judicial Officer Chris Morris said Baleinaloto was “suspended from taking part in any game of rugby” until 20th July. The tournament is being held in New Zealand.
Gosper would like to see Israel Folau in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Photo: Getty Images
Household names must feature in Olympic Sevens in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 if rugby is to maximise its opportunity on the world stage, International Rugby Board chief Brett Gosper says.
The board under Gosper is encouraging international unions to work through red-tape issues and ensure stars who want to play are allowed to do so.
Israel Folau underlined his value with another standout display against France. Photo: Getty Images
Wallabies star Israel Folau has been linked with a move to French club Toulon.
The New South Wales Waratahs fullback, who is signed to Australian rugby until the end of 2015, has reportedly started negotiations with the Top 14 and Heineken Cup champions to join them after the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
French rugby newspaper Midi Olimpique has published a report that Folau had opened talks with Toulon. Folau’s manager Isaac Moses could not be reached for comment. As reported in the Daily Telegraph on Monday, Folau was interviewed by French reporters just last week on the prospect of playing in the Top 14 and expressed interest.
Can data from GPS help influence the American football season? Photo: ESPN
International scouting recently drew an NFL general manager to Melbourne, Australia, for a few days of rugby. During a lull in the action one evening, his eyes drifted to the sideline. The head coach was walking to the end of the bench, where a team employee sat holding a laptop computer. The two conferred for a moment before the coach returned to his post and ordered a series of player substitutions.
The next morning, the telephone rang in the Arizona offices of Catapult Sports, one of several Australian-based companies that compile live data on athletic exertion. The general manager was brimming with questions for Gary McCoy, the company’s senior sports scientist.
“He wanted to know,” McCoy said, “what the hell had just happened.”