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World Cup Winning Springbok James Small Passes Away

Legendary Springbok wing James Small has passed away at the age of 50



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Former South African World Cup winning winger James Small has sadly passed away at the age of 50 following a suspected heart attack. 

The 1995 World Cup winner was rushed to hospital on Tuesday night having suffered a suspected heart attack and has since passed on.

South African Rugby president Mark Alexander paid his respect to the former Springbok and talked about the impact he had.

“As a member of the triumphant World Cup squad from 1995, James will always have a special place in the hearts and minds of the South African public and we were devastated to hear of his passing. He always played with the type of passion and courage that encapsulate what Springbok rugby stands for, and he lived his life in the same way. At 50 years old, James Small died too young. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends during this very sad time,” he said.

Small scored 20 tries in 47 appearances for the Springboks between 1992 and 1997 and was a vital member of the World Cup winning squad.

He is also the fourth member of that South African winning squad to have passed away since their success. Coach Kitch Christie passed on in 1998 following a battle against leukaemia, flanker Ruben Kruger died of brain cancer in 2010 and scrum-half Joost van der Westhuizen passed away from motor neuron disease in 2017.

Small also won the Currie Cup with the Sharks and Western Province, while also representing the Golden Lions in his provincial career.

He recently started a coaching career as Robert du Preez at NWU-Pukke and the Leopards before joining the Pirates as an assistant once more.


Jones Adds Five More to England Training Squad

Eddie Jones has brought in five more players for this week’s World Cup training preparations, while three others have been sent away



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England head coach Eddie Jones has named a 40-man squad for this week’s training camp in Bristol.

That means that Jones has added a further five players to the squad that trained last week, with Mike Brown, Alex Dombrandt, Marcus Smith, Tom Dunn and Ollie Thornley all coming in for a chance to impress.

However, Danny Cipriani, Sam Underhill and Anthony Watson have been sent off site to do specialised strength and conditioning training.

Jones has explained that the rotation of player’s duties is to keep the squad fresh and allow others to impress.

“Our preparation is about making sure the players peak for the World Cup. It’s not about being ready now for it. Some players we feel will benefit now from being away from the camp for a little bit and will do specialised strength and conditioning work. We want to keep the squad fresh and alive which is important and we want to make sure there is a little bit of cooperative competition for selection and edge around,” he said.

The head coach also spoke of how the workload will continue to increase for the squad this coming week while they train in Bristol.

“We are in Bristol this week as a bit of a change of scenery and pace. We have got good facilities and will continue to work very hard on particularly our physical conditioning but also our ability to implement our game plan under those physical conditions. The ante goes up again in this week. The players who have come in from the Premiership final will increase their contribution and the other guys are in their fourth week and are starting to get near good physical condition,” he added.

All of this work is in preparation for the World Cup however, England will play four warm-up games before the tournament itself. They face Wales on August 11th and 17th, before playing Ireland on August 24th and then Italy on September 6th.

The five players added to the squad will be hoping to impress over the next week and by bringing them in it shows Jones is still not certain of his final 31-man squad for Japan meaning places are up for grabs.

Check out the full 40-man training squad below.


Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 85 caps)

Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 11 caps)

Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 10 caps)

Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins, uncapped)

Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby, uncapped)

Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 10 caps)

Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 9 caps)

Jamie George (Saracens, 37 caps)

Maro Itoje (Saracens, 27 caps)

George Kruis (Saracens, 32 caps)

Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 58 caps)

Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 71 caps)

Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, uncapped)

Joe Marler (Harlequins, 59 caps)

Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs, 8 caps)

Brad Shields (Wasps, 8 caps)

Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 22 caps)

Jack Singleton (Saracens, uncapped)

Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 41 caps)

Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 53 caps)

Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs, 17 caps)

Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons / Sale Sharks, 13 caps)


Mike Brown (Harlequins, 72 caps)

Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby, 4 caps)

Elliot Daly (Saracens, 30 caps)

Owen Farrell (Saracens, 70 caps)

George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 55 caps)

Piers Francis (Northampton Saints, 4 caps)

Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby, uncapped)

Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 40 caps)

Jonny May (Leicester Tigers, 45 caps)

Ruaridh McConnochie (Bath Rugby, uncapped)

Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 33 caps)

Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 22 caps)

Marcus Smith (Harlequins, upcapped)

Ben Spencer (Saracens, 3 caps)

Ben Te’o (unattached, 18 caps)

Ollie Thorley (Gloucester Rugby, uncapped)

Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 32 caps)

Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 85 caps)

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Toyota Verblitz Facing Expulsion from Japanese Top League

The Toyota Verblitz are facing a potential expulsion from the Japanese Top League following a player scandal



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Toyota Verblitz face a potential expulsion from the Japanese Top League following the arrests of players on suspicion of possessing cocaine.

Fly-half Ryota Kabashima and winger Steven Yates have both been arrested within a week of one another on suspicion of possessing cocaine.

Yates, who admitted he was guilty after police found a small amount of cocaine in a plastic bag at his house in Nagoya.

Meanwhile, Kabashima was arrested following the discovery of a gram of cocaine in his wallet. The discovery was made by a taxi-driver in a cab that Kabishima had left it in, and the driver subsequently called the police, who identified him from his driving license.

Unlike Yates, the 28-year-old has denied the charges, claiming he doesn’t remember anything.

The Toyota Corporation that own the club have issued a statement on the matter.

“We sincerely apologise for the continued arrests of our team members. We deeply regret that we have caused trouble at a time when Japan will soon host the Rugby World Cup,” the statement said.

As well as apologising, according to Kyodo News, the owners have suspended the team’s operations for the time being.

The current situation isn’t promising as the violation of narcotics control law in Japan means that the Top League is fully within its rights to expel the club from the division, and the club have already withdrawn from all competitions.

The other worry is that international pair Kieran Read and Willie le Roux are set to join the club following the conclusion of the Rugby World Cup, but there will be concerns that this could cause complications to those deals.

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For Ruck Sake Rugby Legends Tour

For Ruck Sake Rugby Legends Tour is kicking off next month ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan, here’s all the information you need and how to get a discount!



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For Ruck Sake Rugby Legends Tour – Road to Japan, is kicking off an initial 16 date tour on August 7th and here’s everything you need to know.

The tour is being used to raise money for the RFU Injured Players Foundation, with donations being taken from ticket sales and charity auctions at each event.

Along with the goal of making as much money as possible for the foundation For Ruck Sake hope to give the fans a chance to hear what legendary players have to say on all thing’s rugby.

Among the legends to tour will be Jason Robinson, Mike Tindall, Kelly Brown, Lewis Moody, James Haskell, Gareth Thomas and Will Greenwood.

All the legends are also working with individual charities close to their hearts in order to raise money and awareness.

As they say themselves their philosophy is simple “legendary guests, fantastic prizes, charity and you, the fans”.

Tickets range from £14.95 to £24.95, with the tour going to the best sports bars/venues spreading across the UK between August 7th and November 28th.

As part of an exclusive offer with Huge Rugby, For Ruck Sake have agreed to give all our readers a 10% discount on tickets if they use the promo code FRS2019.

Check out the link below for tickets.

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