Lovell Rugby Round Up From Around The Globe
New Zealand retained the Bledisloe cup with a hard thought 19-18 win against Australia infront of a full house in Sydney. The returning Dan Carter will take most of the Plaudits after his 77th minute penalty took the All Blacks into the lead and end up winning the game. For the Wallabies their star man Matt Giteau (Wearing his Adidas predator powerswerve rugby boots) kicked 6 penalties where the All Blacks points came from 4 penalties from Cater and a try from Powerfull Wellington Hurricanes Centre Maa Nonu who had came on as a sub which Carter Converted.
The All Blacks will be now looking forward to their game with South Africa in Waikato on September 12 which they will need to win to keep thir tri-nations dreams alive. The All Blacks will also be without their starting centres from Saturday’s match as Luke Mcalister fracured his cheekbone and Conrad Smith tore his hamstring.
Harlequins have offered Former Wasps director of Rugby and British and Irish Lions coach Ian McGeechan the director of Rugby role at Harlequins on a two year deal. This is after Dean Richards resignation and subsequent ban for 3 years from coaching. Richards recently resigned following an internal investigation into the ‘Bloodgate’ scandal that has rocked the Guinness Premiership outfit.
Richards was subsequently banned for three years for his part in the fake blood injury during the Heineken Cup defeat to Leinster – with physio Steph Brennan banned for two years and winger Tom Williams for four months. McGeechan is currently a free agent having left Wasps at the end of the season and finished his commitments with the British & Irish Lions. He was due to assist London Scottish in an advisory role – however, the Scot is believed to be seen as the ideal person to clean up Harlequins’ image.
Bryan Habana has accepted a contact offer from Western Province and is now almost certain to move to the Western Cape next year.
Speculation had been rife that World Cup-winning wing Habana, 26, would move to France or stay at the Blue Bulls, with Bayonne favourites in France to capture his signature.
But when Habana flew to Cape Town for ‘exploratory talks’ last week it was thought that it was a display of dissatisfaction with the Blue Bulls’ offer and an attempt to raise the price by using WP’s counter-offer, which will also see him playing for the Stormers in the Super 14.
However it now appears that after talkswith Stormer coach Rassie Erasmus thave helped bring Habana to the Western Cape, probably for the next two years until after the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
England’s Jonny Wilkinson kept his early season impressive form going with an 18 point hall against Racing Metro Paris on Saturday. The start fly half played an hour and kicked 18 points aswell as setting up a try with a well timed pass from former Welsh cente Jamie Robinson. The win was Toulon’s first of the season after their opening 22 all draw with Stade Francais last Friday. Meanwhile Fellow England internationals James Haskell and Tom Palmer did not fare as well in there second top 14 game losing 38-24 to Bayonne in an historic game being the first top 14 game played outside France. The game was played in San Sebastian in Spain. The trick clearly worked as around 30’000 fans watched Bayonne upset the French giants.