Worth: ‘We are at the start of a journey’

The Tigers Academy graduate also revealed pre-season preparations have been as much about developing the group’s decision-making skills as looking at fitness and other rugby work-ons.

“I’d say everyone’s been getting touches,” he continued. “Everyone’s been making decisions, and for the last few weeks we’ve done a bit more rugby.

“It’s all about getting your hands on the ball, it’s about getting touches and making the right decisions, and lots of boys – from top to bottom – are having to make decisions. That’s the biggest difference.”

This summer has seen head coach Geordan Murphy tweak his coaching team, by defining tighter roles for his existing staff and bringing in former consultant Mike Ford on a full-time basis to work on the side’s attacking structures.

The adjustments have seen a marked change in mood at the club’s Oval Park training base, according to Worth.

He added: “There have been a lot of changes and there is a new mentality. With Mike coming in and Geordie having an off-season to implement a few of his philosophies, it has been different.

“Obviously, everyone thinks their pre-season has been great and they are going to win.

“But we are on a journey and we are just at the start of it.”

And Worth hopes that journey – and his own development – will return the club to the top of the Premiership pile.

“I’ve never been in a particularly successful Tigers side,” he admitted. “To try and get some success and be in a better position in the league is obviously everyone’s aim, so that’s definitely one of mine.

“[I aim] to get a few wins with the boys early on, build some confidence and see where we can go.”

Article source: https://www.leicestertigers.com/news/worth-we-are-at-the-start-of-a-journey

Six Nations 2019: Scotland will ‘look to Russell for answers’ – Greig Laidlaw


Greig Laidlaw and Finn Russell
Greig Laidlaw and Finn Russell are likely to be Scotland’s starting half-backs in the Six Nations

Scotland will “look to Finn Russell for answers” during their Six Nations campaign, says captain Greig Laidlaw.

Fly-half Russell, 26, is known for his attacking flair and has produced some scintillating moments since joining Racing 92 from Glasgow in the summer. Continue reading

Article source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/47015134

Nigel Owens reveals the five things Six Nations referees will be looking out for this year

With the Six Nations kicking off next weekend, all the referees involved will meet this Wednesday to prepare for and review how we can best officiate the tournament consistently as a group of officials and hopefully play a small part in helping deliver what will be hopefully a wonderful Six Nations. Continue reading

Article source: https://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/nigel-owens-reveals-five-things-15734014

Bath Rugby top the Premiership when it comes to filling their stadium

When it comes to home attendances, Bath Rugby should be rightly proud.

Come rain or shine, whether the team are chasing the play-offs or in the mid-table melee, the supporters still turn up to the Rec in healthy numbers. Continue reading

Article source: https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/sport/other-sport/bath-rugby-premiership-stadium-capacity-2471743

Six Nations 2019: BBC coverage guide for TV, radio and BBC Sport website


Ireland with the Six Nations trophy
Ireland won all their matches in 2018 to secure their their third Grand Slam

The 2019 Six Nations kicks off on Friday, 1 February with BBC Sport covering every match from the men’s tournament and several games from the women’s competition.

BBC One will televise seven men’s matches – all of Scotland, Wales and France’s home games – while BBC Sport will show nine women’s ties on Red Button, Connected TV and online. Continue reading

Article source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/46825761

England: broke and ‘brutal’, Eddie Jones predicts for Six Nations


Eddie Jones has warned though England may be broke off the field they will be brutal on it in their pursuit of Ireland’s Six Nations rugby crown.

Jones and Wales coach Warren Gatland met for a curry in London on the eve of the tournament’s launch in south west London, with England’s head coach revealing the Wales boss picked up the bill. Continue reading

Article source: https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/international/110150959/england-broke-and-brutal-eddie-jones-predicts-for-six-nations

Gallagher Premiership: Maro Itoje signs new long-term Saracens deal | Rugby

England forward Maro Itoje has signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract with Saracens, the Gallagher Premiership Rugby club have announced.

Itoje, 24, who started out in Saracens’ academy, made his 100th senior appearance for the club earlier this season. Continue reading

Article source: https://www.hamhigh.co.uk/sport/rugby/contract-news-saracens-itoje-new-deal-june-2022-1-5864092

Six Nations 2019: Leigh Halfpenny ruled out of Wales’ opener with France


Wales back Leigh Halfpenny has not played since suffering concussion in November's win over Australia
Wales back Leigh Halfpenny has not played since suffering concussion in November’s win over Australia

Leigh Halfpenny has been ruled out of Wales’ opening Six Nations game away to France in Paris on Friday, 1 February.

The 30-year-old British and Irish Lions back has not played since suffering concussion in the win over Australia on 10 November. Continue reading

Article source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/46973900

England rugby stars lead heart-warming campaign for boy, 10, with cancer

A group of England rugby stars have teamed up to help try and raise half a million pounds for a boy at risk of his deadly cancer returning.

Harry Banks, 10, has had rare neuroblastoma twice since 2012 and his doctors have warned it will be incurable if it comes back again – which is likely.   Continue reading

Article source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6622961/England-rugby-stars-lead-heart-warming-campaign-boy-10-cancer.html

Get 2019 off to a flyer with Gilbert Rugby

Gilbert Rugby – official ball supplier of Gallagher Premiership Rugby – is offering a huge prize to get 2019 off to a flying start.

One lucky entrant will win four tickets to the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham Stadium on 1 June, plus a stunning Gallagher Premiership Rugby Matchball – as used by competition’s stars. Continue reading

Article source: https://www.premiershiprugby.com/2018-2019/get-2019-off-to-a-flyer-with-gilbert-rugby/