By AYUMBA AYODI More by this Author Mwamba Rugby Club founder and former scrum-half George Mng’ong’o, 64, is dead.The Club’s President Alvas Onguru said that Mng’ong’o, who was asthmatic, was found dead in his house at South B estate, Nairobi over the weekend, having suffered a cardiac arrest.Onguru said Mng’ong’o lived alone in the house, adding that they will be meeting daily at Nairobi Railway Club to help raise funds for the funeral. Contributions can be sent to former Mwamba chairman Dave Mshila on 0718 318 435.“This is just a club’s initiative as we wait for the directive from family members,” said Onguru, adding that Mng’ong’o is likely to buried at his home in Mazeras, Mombasa County.“We are sad to lose this great man who laid a formidable ground for us as our first scrum-half,” said Onguru. Also Read Injured Kenya 7s centre to miss Cape Town leg Kabras Sugar maintain top spot South … [Read more...] about Rugby fraternity mourns fallen Mwamba pioneer
There has been much speculation about how the Wallabies will play under new coach Dave Rennie and who his assistants will be, but little mention of the most important role in the team – the captaincy. Perhaps, it is assumed that incumbent captain Michael Hooper will continue in the role he has performed for the last three years. Hooper is well regarded. Mature beyond his years when he arrived on the Super Rugby scene with the Brumbies in 2010, he was only 22 when he led the NSW Waratahs to their maiden title in 2014, taking over from the injured Dave Dennis mid-season. When former captain Stephen Moore announced his intention to retire from Test rugby in 2017, Hooper was immediately given the armband. Since then, with a work-rate second to none, Hooper has led the Wallabies by example. But with the change of coach, is it also time to reconsider the captaincy? Hooper was closely associated with Michael Cheika, perhaps more so than any other player, and the ball-in-hand style of … [Read more...] about Is Australian rugby in danger of experiencing a leadership vacuum?
The World Cup, as Eddie Jones has told his England squad, offers a platform like no other to create history. Last year, the nation seemed to grind to a halt as England’s footballers reached the semi-finals in Russia. Two months ago, the England cricket team went even better by dramatically capturing the one-day World Cup. “Eddie just said what an opportunity it is,” Ben Youngs, the scrum-half, said. “Don’t underestimate for a second what we have to inspire a nation back home when we’re out there, to have the ability to achieve something as a group and not in a way that makes it daunting, in a way that it’s exciting. You saw what the cricket did with the World Cup, the football World Cup too.”... … [Read more...] about Ben Youngs says old lessons have been learnt as England have high hopes ahead of Rugby World Cup
Ian Foster has succeeded Steve Hansen as All Blacks coach, New Zealand Rugby announced on Wednesday. The 54-year-old, who has been working under Hansen for eight seasons as assistant coach, has signed a two-year contract.Foster, a former fly-half for the Chiefs in Super Rugby, spent eight years coaching the club before leaving to join the All Blacks in 2012. "I feel truly privileged and honoured to be given this opportunity and I can't wait to lead the team into the next chapter of what is a remarkable legacy," Foster said."I'm incredibly proud of what we have achieved in the All Blacks over the last eight years and I'm excited and energised by a new coaching team who will join me."It's incredibly humbling to be appointed to the job and I have a strong desire to serve the jersey well and represent New Zealand to the best of my ability."NZR chairman Brent Impey said the remainder of Foster's coaching team will be confirmed at a later date."While we can't confirm the full make-up of the … [Read more...] about Ian Foster succeeds Steve Hansen as All Blacks coach
The season of (legal) contract approaches is almost upon us and for those supporters of Leicester Tigers, so accustomed to glory yet currently glancing nervously at the league table every Monday morning, the whole affair must be nerve-wracking. To have four England internationals out of contract at the end of the same season is either incredibly unfortunate timing, or a sign of shoddy long-term planning. Jonny May, George Ford, Ben Youngs and Ellis Genge, as things stand, will all be free agents by the summer, leaving Geordan Murphy and the Tigers' new bean counter - the Head of Elite Performance Recruitment, Jan McGinty - to find a way to keep everybody at Welford Road. Youngs turned 30 in September... … [Read more...] about Leicester Tigers would be better off spending George Ford’s salary on fixing their pack