Wilko Postpones Retirement
Thoughts of Jonny Wilkinson’s swan-song season may be pre-mature. The former England and current Toulon fly-half says that he is thinking about playing one more year. That could change the plans of several players. Leigh Halfpenny was rumored to be joining the team but if Wilkinson stays that seems less likely.
All Blacks-Eagles Getting Closer
A report out of New Zealand claims that the All Blacks are close to finally landing their long awaited game in the United States. Previously reports had the All Blacks playing a World XV somewhere around New York. That’s now changed as it looks like it will be the Eagles playing in the match which will take place in either Chicago or Washington, D.C. It should be said that things have yet to be finalized. If it is the Eagles playing in the match it would be a huge boon to U.S.A. Rugby. The crowd would almost certainly be the most well attended match in U.S. history. There are some obstacles to the match, including securing U.S. player availability as the match falls outside the November test window.
Dolan Heads Overseas
Cam Dolan became the latest American to head overseas after he officially signed with Northampton on Monday. Dolan had a break out year in 2013 and has been brought in as injury cover. He will have until the end of the season to prove himself. He will of course join fellow Eagle forward Samu Manoa at the club.
Heineken Cup Delivers
It was another huge weekend in the Heineken Cup. Fresh off their spanking last weekend at their home ground Northampton pulled off a dramatic win over Leinster in Dublin. Defense was the word of the match with both teams making several goal line stands. Northampton looked to have points secured when they hit a drop goal with a minute left but Leinster made one last push. The game was only decided when Northampton intercepted the ball for a length-of-the-field try. Elsewhere there are several tight races and the quarterfinal berths will likely come down to the final weekend.
Wales, Euro Dispute Still Unresolved
The Wales dispute and the European Cup dispute remain unresolved. It appears that the Welsh regions are inching closer to joining the Aviva Premiership. It may be too late for them to still sign some of their top players. On the European front the RFU has proposed using the Six Nations to run the Heineken Cup but there is resistance is some quarters.