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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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Savea’s Shock Plans for the Future

New Zealand ace Ardie Savea has confirmed an ambition in his playing career that not many would have expected

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All Blacks back-row star Ardie Savea has admitted he would like to make the code switch from rugby union to rugby league at some point in his career.

The Hurricanes ace was talking on The Ice Project podcast and with his contract with New Zealand Rugby running out next year he has confirmed that he has debated making the change as early as then, noting that former All Black teammate Sonny Bill Williams is an inspiration.

“100 per cent I want to play rugby league, I think they (the players) do a lot more in terms of off the field stuff. And also, just a new challenge. I want to test myself. Learning a whole new game and seeing if I can dominate or, play the way I play in union, that excites me. Seeing guys like Sonny do it kind of plays on my mind a bit. Strategically I would want to got to a team that was dominating, like the Storm or Roosters. It sucks that I got this injury because I was low key thinking about it (switching to league) for next year,” he said. 

At only 26, it would be a huge call for Savea, who is one of the best players in the world, receiving a nomination for World Player of the Year in 2019. 

However, he seems to have a plan set out in his mind with NRL side’s the Sydney Roosters and Melbourne Storm peaking his interest if he makes a move. 

If he were to depart for the 13-man a-side sport it would be a major loss for the Canes, who have already lost Beauden Barrett ahead of this season and losing another key player could be critical. 

Whatever happens next year, Savea will have his sights set on getting back to full fitness as soon as possible to help the Hurricanes climb the table following knee surgery last year which has seen him miss the start of the new Super Rugby season.

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Former England Ace Signs New Contract

One of England’s former star men is set to stay with the Newcastle Falcons for another couple of seasons

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Former England international Toby Flood has signed a new contract extension with the Newcastle Falcons as they look to be promoted to the Premiership once again.

The 34-year-old has agreed a new two-year deal and appears set to lead the Falcons back into the Premiership next season as they are currently top of the Championship table, 12-points clear of second-placed Ealing with only nine games remaining. 

The 60-cap international admitted that he had to think about resigning due to his age, but wants to bring the club back to the top table of English Rugby. 

“It’s not a decision that has been taken lightly. A lot of thought has gone into how my body is, and where I’m at in terms of being able to go again. After what happened last season with our relegation I feel a duty to set the record straight and put a few things right with regards to us competing well again in the Premiership, and I still feel I can make a positive contribution. We’re not in the Premiership yet and of course nothing is being taken for granted about our promotion, but I’m as keen as ever to keep on playing,” he said. 

Having made 129 appearances over two stints with the club and having previously played for Leicester Tigers and Toulouse the back-liner is keen to help the next generation of youngsters come through at the Falcons. 

“It’s also a club that I have a huge amount of love for after coming through the academy here and being from the region, the opportunity to spend another couple of seasons as a Newcastle Falcons player really does mean a lot to me. Everyone has seen this season how much quality we have coming through at the club in terms of the younger players, which really bodes well for our longer-term future. But I think guys like myself, Will Welch and some of the other players who have been around for a little while – we can help those guys to progress and get the most out of their ability,” he added. 

His new deal is a big boost for the club as they bid to not only get back into the Premiership but stay there and they will need experience to do so which is exactly what the three-time Premiership champion has to offer.

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Rugby Players Ireland and Zurich Launch New Pilot Programme

Rugby Players Ireland and Zurich have launched the Tackle Your Feelings Schools mental wellbeing pilot programme today

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Earlier today Rugby Players Ireland and Zurich launched the Tackle Your Feelings Schools mental wellbeing pilot programme and App.

The launched was the second phase of the #ImTakingControl campaign. The campaign is aiming to create a proactive attitude around mental health and provide people with tools to help with their mental health by using principles from both sport and psychology. 

The pilot programme is classroom-based and is aimed at students around the age of 15, with these students around the age of when they head into the second-half of their cycle in secondary school. 

Research done by Zurich and Rugby Players Ireland and conducted by iReach has revealed several things including that one in five parents don’t understand the importance of mental wellbeing despite one in four children missing school due to issues surrounding their mental wellbeing. 

However, 84% of parents agree that seeing role models like rugby players ‘taking control’ of their mental wellbeing empowers their child to start talking. 

Speaking at the launch Ireland and Ulster centre and campaign ambassador Stuart McCloskey is happy to be working on the programme and believes talking about your feelings is a key is helping you excel in life. 

“I’m delighted to be an ambassador for the Tackle Your Feelings Schools pilot programme and App. When I reflect on my own school experiences I can really see how students in school now would benefit from a programme like Tackle Your Feelings. It is important for students to acknowledge when they’re feeling down and not let those feelings consume them. I firmly believe that talking to friends and family is not a weakness, it just makes them aware of how you’re feeling and being in a good place mentally and emotionally enables you to excel in all aspects of life!” he said. 

The programme itself will be run in the last term of the 2020 academic year with the hope that it can be of use to youngsters in years to come. 

Since the Take Your Feelings initiative was launched in 2016 it has impacted on people all over the world and the campaign content has been viewed over 23 million times, with the hope to motivate people to be more proactive when it comes to their mental health. 

To Find Out More on the Programme Check Out the Link Below or Check Out the App:

www.tackleyourfeelings.com

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