BT to become sponsors of Scotland Rugby

The Scottish Rugby Union or the SRU has confirmed a new deal with broadcast giants BT that will see them become the principal sponsors for all the teams in Scotland Rugby, including the men’s and women’s national teams.

The three year deal is expected to bring about yet another new kit for the national teams when the deal kicks in this July, signalling the end of a four year long association with the Royal Bank of Scotland or the RBS Group that will now become the official banking partner of Scottish Rugby.

BT has been slowly and steadily making its presence felt in Scotland Rugby for some time now. First, they signed an agreement to become the shirt sponsors for Edinburgh Rugby and the Glasgow Warriors, the country’s only two professional teams in 2013 and followed it up by acquiring the naming rights for the national stadium Murrayfield.

A new deal also saw BT become the new sponsors of the country’s domestic league and cup tournaments and the three regional academies run by the SRU.

BT already sponsors the Rugby Sevens team of Scotland and this new deal will see them have a monopoly over all the national teams, including the three age groups teams as well. The Scotland Under-20 side will become the first national team to sport the new outfit bearing the new sponsor’s name when they kick of their campaign in the World Rugby Under-20 Championship this June. Continue reading “BT to become sponsors of Scotland Rugby”

Seventy Years On, England’s Prince Obolensky Is Still Remembered

Red roses for a white Russian. Crimson blooms of English rugby’s conventional floral emblem will this weekend start to be strewn on or around the imposing new statue in Ipswich’s Cromwell Square. Previous Saturday night in Paris, romantics could be forgiven for imagining the England rugby team’s sudden invigorating try out out of the blue and down the still left touchline could itself have been an emphatically colourful stroke of remembrance in apt commemoration of the notable imminent jubilee.

Prince Alexander Obolensky, son of an officer in Tsar Nicholas’s Imperial Horse Guard, was sent to Britain as a toddler to escape the Revolution. At Trent School he made a mark in the Midlands as a schoolboy sprinter. At Brasenose he won the first of his two Oxford Blues in 1935, ever before intriguing the gossip columns by the range and dazzle of culture ladies on his arm as effectively as his habit of gaily downing champagne and a dozen oysters just before Oxford’s matches. On the area, “he glides with the simple sinuosity of an antelope at complete speed”, wrote top sportswriter EHD Sewell.

The All Blacks toured in the winter season of 1935‑36 and England, who had never once beaten them, waited with trepidation on the 1st Saturday in January. Twickenham place up boys to perform the males: twenty-calendar year-outdated Barts healthcare student Peter Candler at fly-50 % two 21-year olds at centre, Peter Cranmer, Warwickshire cricketer and potential journalist and Ronnie Gerrard, Somerset batsman and quickly-to-be posthumous war hero – and Oxford’s devil-may-treatment 19-yr-old with the vivid corn-stoop hair and smile to match on the appropriate wing, who would at as soon as carry the 70,000 throng to its ft by nervelessly displaying New Zealand a thoroughly clean pair of heels for England’s opening try at his appropriate corner flag.


Just prior to fifty percent-time arrived the score to smithereen the bounds of orthodoxy with which the British video game had saddled itself – and happily there was a British Movietone information camera in the West stand to document in flickeringly fuzzy sepia Obolensky audaciously stepping in off his wing to alter left into appropriate in a stride, and outrageously wrong-foot the cover which, to a male, screechingly had to pull up like infuriated cartoon cats. The dashing boy was off and absent, untouched, to the left corner and immortality.

3-quarters of a century on and Obolensky’s so bonny, brazen and singular sally stays so firmly embedded in lore that the most venerable of aged timers insist it is even now bestest of the ideal at any time noticed at Twickenham. Much better than the merry dance England’s Peter Jackson led Australia in 1958 or the dazzling Twickenham brace by two other Englishmen – each against Scotland: Richard Sharp’s string of dummies in 1963 or Andy Hancock’s marathon gallop two many years on. Yep, greater even than David Duckham’s spring-heeled solo, a Barbarian sinking the Springboks in 1970 or Saint-André’s sealing of France’s epic from England 20 seasons later on. Or Rory Underwood’s polished gem towards Scotland in 1993 Obo even bettered the day Jonah Lomu still left white shirts floundering, flattened in his wake with his fearsome 50-yarder in 1999.

On the outbreak of war, Obolensky started training as a pilot with the RAF’s 504 squadron – but on 29 March 1940 he grew to become the very first of 111 rugby internationals to eliminate their lives in the conflict when, taxiing on landing his Hawker Hurricane on the turf airfield at Martlesham Heath, east of Ipswich, the aircraft’s wheels snagged a rabbit warren and, possessing loosened his harness, the pilot was catapulted out of cockpit and, in an immediate, had broken his neck.

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Women’s Rugby World Cup-What Are England’s Chances?

In August 2010 tons of ladies rugby people are arriving to Surrey to perform in the Women’s Rugby World Cup. There are twelve teams competing at a brand new Surrey Sports Intricate. They will spend the next handful of days education and polishing off their team perform and strategies.

The champions New Zealand had been the very first to arrive on Saturday in purchase to be in a position to have much more time to get over jet lag. They are in Pool A with Australia, Wales and South Africa. England is in Pool B with Ireland, Kazakhstan and USA. In pool Do there are Scotland, France, Canada and Sweden.

The 2010 Women’s Rugby Environment Cup will be the sixth in its record. The first ever was held in Cardiff in April 1991. The twelve teams in 1991 have been the hosts Wales, Canada, England, France, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, USA and the USSR. England and USA built it to the last with USA successful 19-six. The following tournament, played 3 years later, observed England acquiring revenge in opposition to USA in the last. It was a persuasive game in which England defeat USA 38-23.


Gill Uses up, a player for the England squad in 1994, who is an iconic figure in the background of Women’s Rugby these days sits as President of the Rugby Soccer Union for Females. She believes that England’s existing players have a very good chance to appreciate accomplishment again on residence soil. Gill Burns remembers that in her day it was perception, teamwork and mental power that carried her staff through to win the Women’s Rugby Globe Cup in 1994.

She believes that the property venue will have a great benefit for the English girls, who with the crowds behind them will have each likelihood of currently being the champions. Nonetheless they need to have to be watchful not to turn into complacent even though they got the Grand Slam in this year’s Six Nations. Their win over France was by no indicates an straightforward a single and was tense and fascinating, with France foremost right up till the very last number of minutes of the match. In the background of Women’s Rugby Globe Cup England have produced it to each and every simple closing nevertheless they only appreciated victory in 1994.

Gill Burns was a ballet dancer from a youthful age as properly as excelling in a selection of sports. She only took up rugby aged 23 and in a yr was putting on the England rugby shirt, which is one thing that she states would not occur because of to improvements in present-day women’s rugby. These days the people have a number of years knowledge and are extremely polished by the time they get into the rugby staff.