Heineken Champions Cup

25 Mar 19
Cardiff Rugby Life

Cardiff Blues stand-in captain Kris Dacey has put pen to paper on a new contract that will see him stay with the club into a 10th season. The 29-year-old is the post-2003 leading try scorer from the forwards with 25 tries to his name, and has taken over the leadership role from Ellis Jenkins after […]

22 Mar 19
talkSPORT
Maro Itoje has launched a passionate defence of England captain Owen Farrell – despite calls for him to replace his Saracens team-mate. Farrell had a second-half to forget during the Six Nations capitulation against Scotland last weekend as England blew a 31-point lead to draw 38-38. In the astonishing curtain closer, England’s skipper was pulled from the action by head coach Eddie Jones, who said the fly-half had ‘lost a bit of his edge’. Itoje has emerged as a candidate for the captaincy England have suffered defeat in five of the 12 Tests which Farrell has presided as captain, and there are suggestions the responsibility is too much of a burden for the kicker. Itoje’s name has been mentioned as a potential replacement to relieve some of the pressure on Farrell, however the lock insists his Saracens team-mate remains the best man for the job. “I’ve seen him as a captain and when he’s not captain and I think he improves when he has that responsibility,” he told talkSPORT in an exclusive interview. [article-rail-section title=”LATEST SPORT NEWS” posts_category=”9692″ posts_number=”8″ query_type=”recent” /] “He improves in terms of the way he communicates, the way he plays, the way he carries himself and the way he thinks about the team. Almost all aspects of his game improve. “He’s the type of player and the type of person who lives and breathes rugby. So there are not many people, if anyone, who have a better rugby intellect than Owen.” And Itoje insists has no leadership ambitions of his own, focusing only on doing whatever it takes to win. There have been calls to replace Farrell as captain “That’s not in my psyche,” he added. “My main concern, first and foremost, is to do anything I can to support the teams that I’m playing in. “Winning is the most important thing for me, it’s not about egos, it’s about helping my team do what needs to be done in order to win. “At the moment, part of that role is supporting the captain. “I think Owen has done a fantastic job. I’ve been up close and seen it with my own eyes. He commands respect from the whole squad.” Itoje missed the majority of England’s Six Nations campaign after picking up a left medial ligament injury during the opening victory over Ireland. Itoje featured in England’s victory over Ireland before picking up an injury After watching on from the sidelines, the 24-year-old gave his take on where it went wrong for England, as they missed out on the Championship to Wales. “Every game of rugby throws different challenges at you,” he continued. “Whether it’s the team, the opposition, the referee or the crowd. “All those different facets of the game are changing all the time and they throw different obstacles that you have to jump over. Farrell was pulled from the action against Scotland “There have been times when we’ve faced these hurdles and we’ve overcome those challenges. “There’s also been times when we haven’t done as well as we should’ve done in those situations. Obviously, Scotland is an example. “It’s not as if we’re incapable of doing it, it’s about making sure we’re more consistent and we don’t let teams stay on top of us for that long.” BT Sport brings you all the action from the Gallagher Premiership and Heineken Champions Cup. Watch Saracens v Harlequins this Saturday at 2:30pm, exclusively live on BT Sport 1 and the award-winning app.
22 Mar 19
Cardiff Rugby Life

After last week’s Wales Grand Slam win, domestic resumes on Friday night as Cardiff Blues welcome Scarlets to the Arms Park in a key Guinness Pro14 clash. Of course interest is high as each side welcomes back members of the Six Nations squad to their matchday 23s, but the game itself is a massive one […]

21 Mar 19
Cardiff Rugby Life

Cardiff Blues got their recruitment for next season off to an exciting start this week with the announcements that Josh Adams and Hallam Amos will join the region from next season. High quality additions to the back three such as these are more than welcome as we look to add some international standard X-factor to […]

21 Mar 19
Cardiff Rugby Life

Cardiff Blues head coach John Mulvihill will be able to call on all seven of his players who were included in the Wales Six Nations squad for the visit of Scarlets to the Arms Park on Friday. Gareth Anscombe and Josh Navidi each started the final two games of the campaign, against Scotland and Ireland, […]

17 Mar 19
GREENGROUND IT

This game sees Italy play host to France at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome for the final round of the 2019 Six Nations. Despite the at-home advantage, Italy is up against it as the regular losing side in this Six Nations – having lost 21 times in a row across the last few competitions. But […]

17 Mar 19
Dazzling Rockstar

Cricket :~  Ashes Cup,  Asia Cup,  C.K. Naidu Trophy,  Deodhar Trophy,  Duleep Trophy,  Gavaskar Border Trophy,  G.D. Birla Trophy,  Gillette Cup,  ICC World Cup,  Irani Trophy,  Jawharlal Nehru Cup,  Rani Jhansi Trophy,  Ranji Trophy,  Rohinton,  Barcia Trophy,  Rothmans Cup, […]

16 Mar 19
DemoAdefa's Blog

News Headlines Mar 15, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers Compiled by Demola Adefajo The Punch 9th National Assembly: APC, lawmakers may clash over leadership zoning Outgoing govs: EFCC monitors bank accounts of state governments Scores trapped as three-strorey building collapses in Ibadan Building collapse: Lagos to demolish 180 houses DSS replaces Buhari’s CSO, sends […]

15 Mar 19
DemoAdefa's Blog

News Headlines Mar 15, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers Compiled by Demola Adefajo The Punch 9th National Assembly: Deft moves begin over Senate Presidency Lagos collapsed building: Mother loses child, another critically injured INEC promises to work with National Assembly on electoral reforms Benue rerun: PDP picks Mark, Ortom, Suswam, others as polling agents […]

14 Mar 19
RugbyLAD

Reinforcements. Under EPCR tournament rules, clubs which have qualified for the knockout stages of the Heineken Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup can nominate up to three players for registration to supplement their European squads. The registrations of players who were nominated by the deadline of midday today (Thursday, 14 March) are subject to confirmation […]

14 Mar 19
Update News Portal

Edinburgh Rugby, who have qualified for only their third European Cup quarter-final after topping Heineken Champions Cup Pool 5, will provide all but one of Scotland’s forwards for their Calcutta Cup trip to England on Saturday. With Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend recalling lock Ben Toolis and flanker Hamish Watson for the Six Nations Championship […]

14 Mar 19
Broadband TV News

Sky has agreed an exclusive channel distribution partnership with Premier Sports that will allow it to offer every televised Premier League game in Ireland.

14 Mar 19
RugbyLAD

Final four. In advance of preparations by Europe’s elite clubs for the knockout stage of the Heineken Champions Cup, EPCR have announced the four venues which are in line to host the high-profile semi-final matches on the weekend of 20 and 21 April. Coventry’s Ricoh Arena, Paris La Défense Arena, the Aviva Stadium in Dublin […]

12 Mar 19
DemoAdefa's Blog

News Headlines Mar 12, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers Compiled by Demola Adefajo The Punch PDP alleges fraud as INEC declares six states’ gov poll inconclusive Soldiers stopped us from monitoring Rivers polls — EU observers Osun herbalist’s son jailed for stealing pants INEC omits Okorocha from senators-elect list Edo Poly holds conference on […]

10 Mar 19
GREENGROUND IT

The 2019 Six Nations has had a lot of highs with quite a few lows – two sides that have seen both of those extremes now go head-to-head for round 4. It’s Ireland vs France and you can live stream the game from absolutely anywhere with our help. Ireland vs France – where and when […]

09 Mar 19
Technology Arena

[ad_1] England vs Italy has seen some massive scores n the past, and today could be another in the Six Nations 2019. A very strong English side will be looking to bounce back with authority after losing to Wales last week. And you can watch the entire game – no matter where you are in […]