Rugby Gains Prominence

Rugby leagues seem to be gaining prominence and they are emerging from the grassroots levels. Australian rugby has been one of the superpowers in the game and whether they win the summer tour or not against England this time, history will not change of the number of times the Wallabies team has showcased their rugby power to the world.

The English tour has definitely showcased the developed skills and strategies that are being used by both teams who are playing at a higher level of competition than ever before. What Eddie Jones and his team is giving us is worth appreciating where no team will be knocked out at the initial rounds like last year.

The game seems to be capturing headlines more and more in the world of sports. For instance, women’s games have been getting more attention and their successes are being showcased around the world.

So is the Sevens team as HSBC team returns to have a great team in place in the world of rugby. The Olympics that looms ahead this year will be seeing a lot of countries scrambling to up the code so that they get an opportunity to play and to win Olympic titles in this game.

There are certain differences that exist between rugby league games and the union games. The latter games have an international appeal but there is more talk and politics involved than true skills and the physical prowess that needs to be focused upon.

These are points that need to be considered and to help develop the game to a true international standard across the world, in comparison to other games like football. Rugby is gaining importance in the northern hemisphere as well as it has been in the southern hemisphere. Many people are looking forward to working out careers in this game and it seems to offer sustainable career choices as well.

Harlequins Sell Old Club Room

The club might be considering a move to the sports hub at Lansdowne Park along with Central rugby club. However, not everyone is in favor of this move. There are committee members of Harlequins club who do not want the clubroom to be sold.

Hence, the current situation sees the two clubs going over the pros and cons of selling the club rooms and the consequences of the same. The council has asked Central and Harlequins to sell their club rooms in Lansdowne Park. This is accordance with the plans that the council has for the sports hub.

It is rumored that the sales proceeds would then be put back into the hub. There would be more space created for other sports teams and the clubs would be able to lease new space for their club room in the same premises.

The plans are being made by Marlborough District Council. While Central club is ready to comply with the plans, Harlequins is still mulling over the details and consequences of the move. There is a lot of history that is associated with the clubrooms for which reason many committee and life members are against the selling of the old club rooms.

Some are of the opinion that councils are formed every few years and there is always need for additional revenue and for new development.

Hence, there might not be any surety that the new establishment would not be up for sale again. The Harlequins club rooms were formed when the Redwood, Old Boys and Opawa were united in the year 1994.
Many feel that the club rooms are assets for the boys who will be part of the club in the future and hence it is important that the legacies are retained. However, it is often that old need to make way for the new.

Evans and Easter Start Coaching

Coaching roles in Harlequins will see two new names, Nick Evans and Nick Easter. It is a pure coincidence that both have common first names. With the next season starting off, many look forward to a change in career. Indeed, RPA plays a vital role in the matter, helping players find career choices for the years ahead as active roles on the playing field can be sustained only for a few years.

It seems that Nick Easter has been able to find his next career choice – a coaching role with Harlequins. This role will be taken up by him in the next season. Rob Andrew was the director of rugby as well as played outside half for Newcastle in the year 1996. Francois Pienaar was a player coach in the late nineties as well.

Hence, it should come as no surprise that Nick Easter would be assuming a dual role for the next season. The changes are being brought about due to certain requirements. Conor O’Shea pointed out that, it is crucial that Evans and Easter move into coaching roles as that is crucial at this stage for the club.

Easter was a good choice as he has been capped about 54 times and that too for playing for England. Being 37 years of age, it is also time for him to look out for greener pastures as his roles on the field should limit by now. He has juggled an international as well as a career in Premiership very well.

He even coached an amateur team in Wimbledon for a time span of two years recently. He has been instrumental in getting Evans over who is from All Blacks team. Hence, it was a matter of time that these senior players would be earmarked for coaching positions. There is a new structure being put in place at Harlequins.

Easter can still make England squad

Former England international Nick Easter has been told that he can still make the England squad and that too, at the ripe old age of 37 years.

Easter was the last man to lead the England team to glory in the Six Nations Championship and although he has been sidelined from the national squad after the debacle of the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand by the new regime of Stuart Lancaster, he is a regular for the Harlequins FC side in the Aviva Premiership.

He was also a major driving force for the Quins during their Aviva Premiership triumph a year back and his form has been an instrumental factor this term around as well. And he remains the heart and soul of the London club and is a player that Conor O’Shea, the Director of Rugby of the club just will not or cannot do without.

Nick Easter earned the last of his 47 caps for England back in 2011 and it doesn’t seem Lancaster wants to do anything with the player who has a poor disciplinary record since his early days as a professional.

Speaking about his star player, O’Shea stated that Lancaster hasn’t ruled out the number eight out completely. He mentioned that according to the England boss, if Easter is still playing the way he is now in a year’s time and if he seems to be the right person to have in the squad at the time, going into the Rugby World Cup, then his inclusion will be given serious thought.
O’Shea stated that Nick Easter fears that he will not be able to reproduce that kind of form in a year’s time but he doesn’t have any doubts that he can do that if he keeps his focus and eye and on the ball.

Easter voted Premiership Player of the Month

Powerhouse Harlequins FC back row player Nick Easter has been named as the Aviva Premiership Player of the Month for December for his stunning individual performances that have seen a struggling Harlequins FC side cut the deficit between themselves and the leading pack at the top of the table after finding their feet in the playoff positions once again after a poor start to the Premiership campaign which saw them drop four of their opening six matches.

The number eight was praised for his overall running of the game for The Quins who turned on the style at the end of the year with four wins out of five in the Aviva Premiership and the former England player can claim to be the most influential player in those wins and the Premiership has recognized his performances by conferring the award on him.

In spite of the his brilliant form, Nick Easter missed out on securing a return to the England squad as he was left out of the Elite Player Squad by head coach Stuart Lancaster but his performances have eared plaudits from a wide section of media personalities as well fans of English rugby.

Austin Healey, a former England international scrum half himself has also paid glowing tribute to the performances of Easter and has insisted that in spite of being 35 years old, Easter still has a lot to offer to the game and could yet play a part in the development of the England national squad.

Healey believes that the biggest attribute that Nick Easter boasts of is his ability to read the game and hence, his performances have always been consistent, adding that it is his old school training that has helped in his brilliant understanding of the game which is important in this day and age.

Unfinished Business

Nick Easter is considered the stalwart of the Harlequins; and the stalwart’s aim is to show that age is not an obstacle when playing for England is concerned.

According to Conor O’Shea who is the club boss of Nick Easter, the player has been showing the best rugby of his career. He believes that Easter’s age should not be a hindrance in his sports career. He also pointed out that Nick is still younger than what players like Osdu Randt, Brad Thorn and Neil Back were when they had won the last three world cup tournaments.

Thus, Nick Easter’s skills have shown that whether he is at number eight or lock, he is still in form enough for a longer sports career.

Easter says of himself that he has never been retired and that he would love it if he got involved again. He feels he is completely deserving of being allowed to play for England again.

He says, “I feel that I’ve been banging on the door for a long time, and deservedly so. I still feel perfectly capable of playing for England”. He surely feels better presently that what he felt when he last played or at the beginning. He has a greater impact now but fact remains that he has to go on the way he is. Easter says, “I like what the Quins guys tell me about the direction England are going, but all I can do is carry on as I am going, not least in big games like this one coming up.”

The player certainly feels that he should not have been among the discards after the misery of the 2011 World Cup, no matter what the justification is from Lancaster about the clear outs. In Eater’s words, “It ended very, very sourly. We completely underachieved and, for me, there is still unfinished business.”