Sonny Bill Williams – Lets us know his sporting icon

Sonny Bill Williams has reflected on the achievements of his idol, boxer Muhammad Ali ahead of his quest for Olympic gold.

Williams already has a Rugby World Cup, Super Rugby and NRL title to his name along with a national heavyweight boxing championship but he believes winning Olympic gold would eclipse everything.

“To be able to say you’re an Olympian and get a medal, that’d just be another level,” the New Zealand Sevens star told ESPN.  

“It would be unbelievable. I get butterflies just thinking about it. God willing it all works out.”

Williams, a devout Muslim, added that former boxing legend Ali is an idol of his and draw much inspiration.

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“From an athlete’s point of view, for me, there was no one bigger than Ali,” added the rugby league convert. 

“He’s my man. He won a gold medal, he was an Olympian and it would be awesome to say I am an Olympian as well.

“His faith [was inspiring] and I guess, though he didn’t always say the right things, he always backed it up. I appreciate that from an athlete. I can only imagine the scrutiny and amount of people that would want to see him fail. But he kept on trucking on.

“There was that fight against George Foreman where no one expected him to win, the odds were stacked against him but somehow he did. It showed the character of him, the man he was.

“It wasn’t just about his mouth, he had something deep inside him that allowed him to go to those dark places and come out on top.”

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Quade Cooper quits Toulon – Classic Rugby Jerseys

Toulon fly-half Quade Cooper has confirmed he is leaving the club in a message to supporters on Tuesday.

Cooper thanked his “brothers and the family I now have in Toulon who I will miss.”

The 28-year-old joined the three-time European champions last year and is now expected to return to Australia, with a return to the Reds speculated in recent months.

Cooper, who has 58 Test caps for Australia, last appeared for the Wallabies during the 2015 Rugby World Cup against Uruguay.

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South Africa Players Moving to Northern Hemisphere – Classic Rugby Jerseys

After the Super Rugby season finishes the following are moving to new clubs away from South Africa:

Vodacom Bulls
Dean Greyling (Oyonnax), Marcel van der Merwe (Toulon),Werner Kruger (Scarlets), Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg (Montpellier), Le Roux Roets (Racing Metro), Lappies Labuschagne (Kubota Spears),
Deon Stegmann (Honda Heat),Grant Hattingh (Kubota Spears), Jacques Potgieter (Fukuoka Sanix Blues),Duhan van der Merwe (Montpellier)

Toyota Cheetahs
Maks van Dyk (Toulouse), Coenie van Wyk (Toshiba Brave Lupis), Henry Immelman (Montpellier),
Willie Britz (NTT Shining Arcs), Francois Uys (Toyota Verblitz)

DHL Stormers
Vincent Koch (Saracens), Schalk Burger (Saracens), Nic Groom (Northampton Saints), Louis Schreuder (Kubota Spears), Jean Kleyn (Munster)

Cell C Sharks
Marcell Coetzee (Ulster), JP Pietersen (Leicester Tigers), Paul Jordaan (La Rochelle), Joe Pietersen (Kamiashi Seawaves) Kyle Cooper (Newcastle Falcons)

Emirates Lions
Franco Mostert (Lyon), Derick Minnie (Zebre), Marnitz Boshoff (Connacht), Warren Whiteley (Docomo Red Hurricanes), Jaco Kriel (Kubota Spears), Lionel Mapoe (Kubota Spears)
Elton Jantjies (NTT Shining Arcs) Lloyd Greeff (Zebre), Warwick Tecklenburg (Kamiashi Seawaves)

Southern Kings
Steven Sykes (Oyonnax), Schalk Oelofste (Mont-de-Marsan), Philip du Preez (Mont-de-Marsan), Louis Fouche (Kubota Spears), Aiden Davids (Toulon), James Hall (Oyonnax), Shane Gates (NTT Shining Arcs), Jurgen Visser (Docomo Red Hurricanes)

SA 7sS
Francois Hougaard (Worcester)

Leopards
Bart Le Roux (Zebre)

Uncontracted (ex-Stormers)
Gerbrand Grobler (Racing Metro)

There are a number of reasons behind this drain of quality players but what will this mean for rugby in South Africa and the Springboks?

Let us know

 

 

Rugby Attendances Last Season – Classic Rugby Jerseys

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Union Bordeaux Begles (UBB) had the highest average crowds last season amongst the clubs of the three European leagues: the Top 14, the Celtic League and the Premiership, see table below.

This table was unveiled by The Rugby Paper.

The podium is also the same as last year. UBB are top for the second consecutive year. Les Girondins increased from 23 766 to 25 539 fans on average last season. Leicester Tigers are 2nd  (21,769) and Harlequins 3rd (19 307). Toulon 4th (18795)  are once again outside the Top 3. Toulouse 5th (17,153) and Clermont 6th ( 17 047) are also in the top 10 before Saracens, Ulster, Wasps and Northampton.

French Champions, Racing 92 rose from 27th to 21st place.

The full top 30 clubs average crowds are below:

Position Club Average attendance Last years position
1 Bordeaux-Bègles 25 539 1
2 Leicester 21 769 2
3 Harlequins 19 307 3
4 Toulon 18 795 4
5 Toulouse 17 153 8
6 Clermont 17 047 7
7 Saracens 16 135 6
8 Ulster 15 601 9
9 Wasps 15 501 12
10 Northampton 15 451 10
11 Leinster 15 101 6
12 La Rochelle 14 744 13
13 Gloucester 13 885 15
14 Grenoble 13 657 11
15 Bath 13 225 14
16 Munster 12 598 17
17 Pau 12 354
18 Stade Français 11 577 18
19 Montpellier 11 552 19
20 Exeter 11 169 22
21 Racing 92 10 497 27
22 Brive 10 271 20
23 Oyonnax 9 908 24
24 London Irish 9 892 21
25 Castres 9 584 26
26 Worcester 9 042
27 Cardiff 8 834 25
28 Ospreys 8 597 28
29 Agen 8 316
30 Newport 7 931 29
31 Llanelli 7 352 30
32 Glasgow 6 787 33
33 Newcastle 6 742 32
34 Sale 6 169 31
35 Connacht 5 638 34
36 Edinburgh 5 479 35
37 Trévise 3 480 37
38 Zebre 2 375 38

 

 

 

British Lions Proposed Squad 2017

The Daily Telegraph has got the ball rolling already with its proposed squad for the Lions 2017 tour to New Zealand

The squad in full is as follows:

FORWARDS:

Prop: Jack McGrath (Ireland)
Prop: Mako Vunipola (England)
Prop: Mike Ross (Ireland)
Prop: Rob Evans (Wales)
Prop: Dan Cole (England)
Prop: WP Nel (Scotland)
Hooker: Dylan Hartley (England)
Hooker: Rory Best (Ireland)
Hooker: Jamie George (England)
Lock: Alun-Wyan Jones (Wales)
Lock: Maro Itoje (England)
Lock: Devin Toner (Ireland)
Lock: George Kruis (England)
Lock: Courtney Lawes (England)
Back row: Chris Robshaw (England)
Back row: CJ Stander (Ireland)
Back row: James Haskell (England)
Back row: Sam Warburton (Wales)
Back row: Taulupe Faletau (Wales)
Back row: Billy Vunipola (England)
Back row: Jamie Heaslip (Ireland)

Backs

Scrum-half: Rhys Webb (Wales)
Scrum-half: Ben Youngs
Scrum-half: Conor Murray (Ireland)
Fly-half: Dan Biggar (Wales)
Fly-half: Jonathan Sexton (Ireland)
Centre: Owen Farrell (England)
Centre: Jamie Roberts (Wales)
Centre: Robbie Henshaw (Ireland)
Centre: Jonathan Joseph (England)
Centre: Jared Payne (Ireland)
Wing: George North (Wales)
Wing: Jack Nowell (England)
Wing: Liam Williams (Wales)
Wing: Anthony Watson (England)
Full-back: Stuart Hogg (Scotland)
Full-back: Mike Brown (England)

What are your thoughts?  I am sure there will be some omissions

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Otago Highlanders Rugby Jersey 1998 1999 – Classic Rugby Jerseys

This is an Otago Highlanders Official Canterbury Rugby Union Shirt
from the 1998/99 seasons

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SHIRT CONDITION – Shirt is in excellent condition

CONDITION DETAILS – Colours are bright, badges are excellent, small mark left sleeve

SIZE –  Adults XXL, armpit to armpit 27 inches

MADE BY – Canterbury

FEATURES –  Player Issue Temex Shirt. Temex bottom front of shirt.
Super 12 Rugby patch on sleeve

DETAILS – Shirt as worn when the Highlanders were runners up in the Super 12 Rugby in 1999 losing to the Crusaders 24-19 in the Grand Final

PLAYERS INCLUDED – Lima, Wilson, Ropati, Chronicled

 

Wallabies Rugby Jerseys

Lots of Wallabies rugby jerseys brought together today on the website Classic Rugby Shirts

Some of the best e best shown below. Check out all the Australia rugby shirts here BUY AUSTRALIA RUGBY SHIRTS

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Rare 1992/93 shirt by Canterbury

 

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This is an Australia Official Reebok Long Sleeved
Rugby Union Shirt from 1999

SHIRT CONDITION – Shirt is in excellent condition

CONDITION DETAILS – Colours are bright, badges are excellent

SIZE –  Adults XL, armpit to armpit 25 inches

MADE BY – Reebok

FEATURES –  1899 100 Years 1999 wording embroidered across Wallabies Logo, celebrating 100 years of Tests played by the Wallabies.. The crest and the Sponsor are embroidered

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This is an Australia Official Canterbury Long Sleeved
Rugby Union Shirt from the 2002/03 season

SHIRT CONDITION – Shirt is in very good condition

CONDITION DETAILS – Colours are bright, badges are excellent, slight scuff to e on sponsor

SIZE –  Adults Large, armpit to armpit 22 inches

MADE BY – Canterbury

FEATURES –  Crest & Wallabies Logo are embroidered

PLAYERS –  included Gregan, Flatley, Larkham, Sailor

DETAILS – Home Jersey from 2002/03 when the Wallabies as World Champions lost the Tri Nations to the All Blacks in both years

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