Gloucester have suffered a defeat in the hands of Newcastle falcons, falling 31-19 to see an end to their Anglo-Welsh Cup campaign. Newcastle entered the game with all to play for following Bath’s victory over Ospreys on Friday.
Bath’s victory meant Gloucester could not continue at the Anglo-Welsh Cup. Hence, Newcastle sought the victory more and got it to get the bonus point required to book their semi final berth.

Gloucester led in the eighth minute through Big Ben and Little Ben. Ben Morgan ran down the blindside, creating a two on one and giving Ben Vellacott a clear run to the line for a try. Newcastle gave an instant response through hooker Kyle Cooper. Toby Flood added extras before going off due to head injury, with Joel Hodgson coming on as replacement.

7th Edition of Nile Special Beach Rugby Carnival All Set to Take Place

Nile Special Beach Rugby Carnival is a much awaited event that takes place every year. This event gives the well-renowned rugby players the ultimate chance to interact with the people especially their fans. The players actually get an opportunity to relax and take a break every year from the competitive rugby season.

The 7th edition of this carnival is taking place on the 4th of October, 2014. The venue for the event is Sport Beach Entebbe.

When Uganda Rugby Union had rescheduled the rugby season last year, the Nile Special Beach Rugby Carnival could not take place. However, this year it is taking place due to the sponsorship help received from IAA (International Air Ambulance) and Nile Breweries.

Ten rugby teams are going to be associated with this one-day tournament namely- Team Odong, Team Kimono, Team Mudoola, Team Tialata, Team Aredo, Team Adnan, Team Wandicho, Team Wazeyi, Team Wokos and Team Buloti.

The rugby team which will win the tournament shall receive one million Uganda shillings. The teams that stand in the second and third position are going to receive 750,000 Uganda shillings and 500,000 Uganda shillings respectively.

Each and every team will be constituted by a minimum of 4 rugby fans and two of them will be female fans. Fans have been selected on the basis of a competition that was conducted with the help of social media websites like Twitter and Facebook.

This edition of the carnival has actually been successful in attracting musical artists like Daniel Kigozi (who has won the PAM Award five times) and Cinderella Sanyu (who has won Diva Awards). Along with that celebrities such as A-Pass and Peter Miles are also going to perform at the carnival.

Therefore the Nile Special Beach Rugby Carnival 2014 is surely going to be a fun-filled event for everyone connected to it.

London Irish riding high on confidence

The Surrey based English Rugby union club, London Irish is riding high on their recent success in the Aviva Premiership. They have been able to repeat their best performance of the 2008-09 seasons this time around by reaching the finals of the premiership. The celebrated players of the club put up a great show in order to send their club into the final game of the season. Scott Steele, Simon Hunt and Declan Williams scored two tries each as the London Irish club defeated their rivals Bath. It was a spirited performance as the team clawed back from a 7-19 deficit to a 24-19 win. The supporters were vociferous enough to let their heroes know the huge satisfaction they got from their team’s spirited performance. Players like Steele, Mat Turner, Hunt and Williams all touched down for the exiles leading to huge cheers from the spectators present. It was a befitting semi final for the premiership which has witnessed a number of close encounters.

The second game of the night was played between Bath and Gloucester. Steele and Hunt scored two consecutive tries of the evening. Cam Cowell and Paddy O’Grady crossed the whitewash.  The scoreline stood at 29-14. London Irish side led by their Academy Director Nick Kennedy will now be competing in next Friday’s final at Twickenham Stoop and face off against the upbeat Bath side. The captain of the side Ollie Curry was very much confident of his side’s success as he believes the mixture of young talent and experienced players will provide his side an edge over their rivals. The fans are looking forward to their side’s success in Friday’s final. The onus of providing the silver lining to their campaign lies in the hands of the players. This will be their first major title after the Premiership Rugby Sevens Series title in 2012.

Beach Rugby gaining popularity in Kenya

Rugby is one of the most popular sports in the country of Kenya. The people of the country are often plagued by several domestic and international problems but still find within them the spirit to enjoy sports. A team game like rugby helps a lot in the all round development of individuals. Beach Rugby has also come of age in the country. A number of clubs have been set up in the provinces which nurture new talent. However the major aim is to promote the spirit of the game. The Watamu five a side Beach Rugby that concluded recently proved to be a huge success among the players as well as the fans.

The final was played between the Masaku Rugby team and Mombasa Technical University at the Garoda Beach resort in Kilfy County. The special guests of the night included Kilfy county governor Amason Kingi. A huge number of spectators turned out for the event and voiced their support for their respective teams. Masaku won the match by demolishing the team representing the university as the score line stood at 20-5. Samuel Muregi and Kevin Macharia were the first two players to score ten points from their try attempts. Macharia was the star performer although his efforts were given some resistance by Kevin Omondi. Macharia became the top scorer of the tournament with a spectacular hat trick which put him on the same position as Joakim Mwasi of the Shaxx team. The semi final matches were convincingly won by both sides with Masaku defeating Gede and MTU beating Malindi.

Sharks lifted the Shield Cup and Shaxx emerged as the winners in the Bowl Final. The Beach Rugby event received great impetus as Airtel and Standard Group limited became the official sponsors. An exhibition match was also played between Airtel and the media team and the Kilfy County Assembly.

Newcastle Falcons sign Argentine Socino from Rotherham

Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Newcastle Falcons have completed the signing of Juan Pablo Socino, the Argentine centre from the Rotherham Titans on a contract of two years ahead of the new season of Premiership rugby.

Having previously played with Nottingham, the 25 year old believes playing for the Falcons in the Aviva Premiership next season will enhance his chances of playing for the Argentine national team as well as making it to the squad for the Rugby World Cup which will be held in England in 2015.

Socino is currently the top scorer for the Titans as well as in the Rugby Football Union or RFU Championship with a whopping 261 points this season.

The Newcastle Falcons have also confirmed that their highly promising youngsters – 19 year old Scott Wilson and 21 year old Dom Barrow – both of whom play at forward positions have also signed new extensions with the club that will see them play for the Falcons for the next two years.

The duo was a major part of the England Under-20 squad in their Junior World Cup success last season where the performances of Wilson earned him a call up to the England Saxons squad this season.

Barrow, a second row from the Sheffield region of England, made his first appearance for the Newcastle Falcons in the Aviva Premiership in the first weekend of this season and has been a first team squad player regularly this season.

According to Dean Richards, the Director of Rugby of the Kingston Park based club, he is delighted to have secured the services of Socino as well as securing the futures of the two brightest young talents in the team and they will be a core for the future of the team as it targets a major trophy.

Newcastle Falcons sign journeyman winger

Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Newcastle Falcons have announced the signing of journeyman Samoan international winger Sinoti Sinoti from wellington, the New Zealand based side in the January transfer window in order to bolster their wing play that has been a bane for the team.

The 28 year old hard man has had previous stints in Europe with the likes of Castres, Toulon, Zebre and Aironi as well as Hawke’s Bay and will fly in to join up with his new team mates as soon as he can get his hands on a work permit VISA for the Great Britain.

Speaking to the official website of the club, the player once hailed as his country’s next big hope stated that he is looking forward to his new challenge in European rugby very much and he cannot wait to fly in and meet his team mates and straightaway get stuck in with them.

The new signing for the Newcastle Falcons also stated that it had been a long cherished for him to play in England and test him in the Aviva Premiership and he cannot wait to rise up to the challenge of playing against some of the biggest names in world rugby and he is hopeful that he can be of immense value to the team.

Dean Richards, the Director of Rugby of the Newcastle Falcons also expressed his pleasure at being able to capture one of the prime targets adding that he has all the potential to become a great signing for the club. He added that he has the experience and bring and edge to the attacking side of the backline as the team heads into the big games with crunch ties coming thick and fast between now and the end of the season in the Premiership.