Even though Scotland Rugby Team has lost after reaching the final stage in the Commonwealth games, they have had quite a bit of success on the European Cups. CalumMacRae, the new head coach said that from the start they have seen a point of view that is defensive and have worked accordingly as it was just the starting point and they needed to see where exactly the team was standing. Although it is nothing but a step in the correct direction, they still have miles to go and work on their performance.
Scotland under the supervision on MacRae will be facing the matches and in order to achieve success will be working harder on their performance. They will be working of the defense strategies first, then they will shift to improve their attacks. MacRae said that he wants to see the changes that he has implemented into the group in the next two upcoming seasons. He thinks that it is important to take part in every competition that will give the players experience and ranking. This decision was taken as a group after discussing the necessary points and this also gives a particular goal to the team to perform and this will be a challenge for the group.
Focusing on the performance goals is important as of now rather than wanting bigger goals as the team will go far if put to competitions. The team will perform better. Scotland team is ready to beat the top five teams in Queensland match and they will put their defense to full use in order to come out as the best team. All this will be under the former Stand-off of Glasgow Warriors Colin Gregory who was given the captaincy earlier this year by MacRae after the great performances in Manchester and Bucharest.
The Sale Sharks rugby team received a major setback as their captain Dan Braid was ruled out of the upcoming season with a knee injury. The New Zealand international star had to sit out for the final matches of his team against the Leicester Tigers and London Irish as two operations were conducted on his knees. Steve Diamond, the Director of rugby for Sale Sharks was ready to admit that his team surely missed the leadership qualities of their star performer who is ever ready to put his body on the line. The Sharks failed to consolidate eon their previous wins and slipped in the table standings owing to their disappointing performances in the final matches.
The silver lining to their campaign was provided by their 26 year old Danny Cipriani who was recalled for the England national squad. Cipriani has been outstanding in his 18 outings this season whereby he recorded 5 tries, 33 cons, 31 penalties and 2 drops with a personal total of 190 points as a player. Even though Cipriani’s career has been plagued by injuries, inconsistency and off the field distractions he seems to be at the top of his game and people like Diamond have insisted on the fact that Cipriani provides a new dimension to the game of the team he plays for. New players who have joined the Sale Sharks include Italian International Luke Maclean who will be replacing Rob Miller leaving for Wasps. He is also joined by the likes of Darren Fearn from Bedford, Italian prop Alberto De Marchi and the Scottish duo of Chris Cusiter and Nathan Hines. The supporters at the AJ Bell stadium will be hoping for a much improved show as they will bank on the new and experienced players alike in a bid to their maiden title in many years.
Newcastle Falcons are in a bid to improve their performance ahead of their upcoming fixtures with a change in the composition of the team as well as the coaching staff. Former England half back Dave Walder has come in as the attacking coach replacing the outgoing coach Peter Russell. The Director of Rugby at Newcastle has promoted his former team mate as the forward coach from a part time kicking coach. A number of players have been involved in the team transfers as far as the Premiership clubs are concerned. This has been no different for the Falcons. They have signed the Italian International lock star Josh Furno from the French side Biarritz. Dave Richards, the Falcons director of rugby expressed his satisfaction at getting the all rounder in the ranks of the team while Furno has promised to put up his best performance for the team.
The signing of the three Samoa International players is going to be crucial as far as the performances of the Falcons are concerned. Alesana and Anitelea Tuilagi are the two brothers who shall be flowing in to Newcastle from NTT Shining Arcs and Newport Gwent Dragons. Both of them can play at centre and wing positions. The brothers have previous experience in the Premiership while playing for leading clubs like Leicester and Tigers. Kane Thompson was the other Samoa International joining the team from his New Zealand club about whom Richards sounded optimistic. These superstars shall add physicality and agility to the game of the Falcons that might prove crucial in the success of the team. A few days earlier Grant Shiells left the club for his new innings as a Bath player. The fans will hope that their former star will not be missed as they get to welcome their new heroes in the club.