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Toronto Wolfpack List 10 Rugby Union Stars on Wishlist for Rugby League Team

Rugby league side Toronto Wolfpack have confirmed they are looking at ten big names from rugby union to join their club

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Canadian rugby league team Toronto Wolfpack have confirmed that Sonny Bill Williams is not the only star rugby union signature they are looking into getting.

Wolfpack owner David Argyle has already spoken of his desire to bring All Black Sonny Bill to the club but has now confirmed that he is only one of ten names on his list.

His goal is to make the sport a success in Canada with promotion to the Super League the ultimate prize. He believes that to make that dream a reality the team must bring in top quality players but admits that director of rugby Brian Noble and head coach Brian McDermott have the final say on who comes or goes.

“The two Brians are speaking with all of the agents to look at who becomes available for next year. I don’t choose who is recruited, but my view is that it works well for the club to have some of the top names of rugby playing for the Wolfpack. I personally would love to see Sonny Bill Williams in a Toronto Wolfpack shirt. Obviously, it comes down to what both Brians say and how it works out and, of course, it comes down to what Sonny Bill says,” he said.

Argyle is aiming for players that will have achieved all they can come the conclusion of the Rugby World Cup in Japan later this year and is excited by the challenge lying ahead in trying to sign players.

“But there are ten really big superstar names out there and we would love to have at least one of those in the squad for next year. There are a few other rugby union players who, after the World Cup, will probably have achieved everything they can in union and might want to come back or jump across to rugby league. I think that’s going to be really exciting, if we are able to secure one or more of those players,” he added.

With Sonny Bill the only name on the list to be revealed yet, we are going to have to wait and see if he heads for Canadian shores and who might join him on his potential journey.

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Isles Up to Williams Challenge

Carlin Isles has refused to give up his title of the fastest rugby player on the planet

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After Australia’s Sevens team signed Trae the world believed it had a new fastest player however, Carlin Isles does not agree.

Isles has been the fastest player in world rugby for some time now (apart from Olympian Warren Weir who represented Jamaica’s Sevens team outside if the World Rugby Sevens Series). Although when Australia signed Williams, they had a player that had clocked a faster time over 100m than the former USA sprinter.

Williams time of 10.10 seconds is marginally better than Isles’ 10.13 but when Twitter began to suggest that the Australian was faster Isles claimed otherwise.

Former England Sevens captain Rob Vickerman retweeted Williams’ signing and joked about the pair having a race only for Isles to reply that he would not lose if it happened.

The argument could be that although stats on the track show that Williams has clocked a faster time, on the rugby pitch with a grass surface Isles may have a slight advantage.

However, the 22-year-old Australian did play rugby during his younger years which could mean that he is suited to the surface.

It’s good to see Isles be confident in his abilities after being the fastest for so long and the only way we will know for sure who is the king of rugby speedsters is when the two finally face off during next seasons Sevens tournaments.

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Saracens’ Star Duo to Miss End of Season

Two Saracens players are set to miss the remainder of the season and there is no set date for their return

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Saracens props Mako Vunipola and Titi Lamositele will miss the end of the season due to injury.

Both picked up injuries during Sarries 20-10 Champions Cup clinching win over Leinster and the club have confirmed that neither will be available as they attempt to retain their Premiership title.

Vunipola, who has been plagued by injury this year, has picked up a significant hamstring injury but Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall is certain he will be available for England’s World Cup campaign.

“Mako has a torn hamstring. We’re waiting to see exactly what happens with that, but I very much doubt he’ll play again this season. Nether will Titi. Mako won’t be out of the World Cup, but he’ll be out for a while. It’s quite a significant injury. It’s disappointing to lose two players of that quality and it makes us a little bit vulnerable,” he said.

Many of the 23 that took part in the final are expected to be rested in the final regular season game of the campaign against Worcester this Saturday. However, Saracens face a semi-final a week later and a potential final to retain their crown a week after that and this is a huge blow.

Despite the losses McCall is confident that his side have the firepower to get the job done.

“Juan Figallo is just coming back from injury, which is good timing. We were really impressed with Richard Barrington and Vincent Koch did when they came on, and Christian Judge has had a really good season. So we’ve got some guys who are ready to step up,” he added.

Although McCall has said that Vunipola will be ready for the World Cup, England head coach Eddie Jones will be sweating on the match-fitness of one of his star men, who has only played twice in the past three months.

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Munster’s Coaching Quest Continues

After the surprise departure of coaching duo Jerry Flannery and Felix Jones, Munster have been searching for new blood and have found another candidate

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Former Australia fly-half Stephen Larkham appears to be in with a chance of becoming Munster’s new backs and attack coach come next season.

Following the departure of Jerry Flannery and Felix Jones last week, fans have been left wondering how the province will replace them and it seems as though Larkham may be the answer to the Jones vacancy.

Munster have also spoken to current Wales attack coach Rob Howley as competition for the spot starts to heat up.

If the men in red were to pick Larkham they would be gaining a man with a vast amount of experience in the game both on and off the pitch.

The 44-year-old worked with the Brumbies before moving on to work with Michael Cheika and the Australian national side up until earlier this year, when he was let go by the head coach.

Since then he has been positioned as the national high-performance coach advisor as well as working with the Aussies U-20s squad which are set to face Ireland at the Junior World Cup in early June.

He was part of the backroom staff during his country’s march to the World Cup final in 2015 and has previously worked closely with the IRFU’s performance director David Nucifora, as he was coached by Nucifora at the Brumbies during 2002 and 2004.

With 102 international caps and having a wealth of experience since his 2007 retirement, Larkham could be just the man that Munster head coach Johann van Graan needs.

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