The News Review:
- Historic move for Munster
- Don’t make Tom a scapegoat
- Dragons set for Sidey departure
- Munster sign French prop Brugnaut on one-year deal
- Get your hands on the Heineken Cup trophy in Longford
- European Challenge Cup Fixtures 2009/10
Historic move for Munster
And the club are delighted with the historic signing with Munster chief executive Garrett Fitzgerald telling the Irish Examiner: “It is the first time we have had a French international in the squad. “We are delighted to be able to attract a player of Julien’s quality and I believe it is a move that will reap dividends for both Munster and the player himself. ” Brugnaut who has previously played for Montpellier has agreed a one-year deal with the double Heineken Cup champions – and is relishing the new challenge. “I was immediately impressed with what I saw and heard” said Brugnaut. “It is a very professional set-up. I am of course well aware of Munster and their great history in the Heineken Cup and I am very happy to be joining them and look forward to the challenge.
Don’t make Tom a scapegoat
But that is the ridiculous situation facing Harlequins star Tom Williams who at the age of 25 should be in the prime of his career. The ERC have come down on the player like a ton of bricks by handing Williams a 12-month ban for fabricating a blood injury in last season?s Heineken Cup quarter-final with Leinster. Their sanction appears to have imposed because the ERC had a lack of evidence with which to implicate the Stoop chain of command. More details will become known but it seems at the moment Williams is carrying the can for a move he probably hadn?t cooked up all by himself ? and why would he? He enjoyed his best season in a Quins shirt last year and was rewarded with the offer of a new contract to extend his stay at the club where he started his career as a professional in 2004. An appearance in the Heineken Cup quarter-final clash should have been the highlight but has instead turned into the stuff of nightmares. Williams would have been pressing his claims for a call-up to the England set-up this season but instead faces the prospect of kicking his heels on the sidelines.
Dragons set for Sidey departure
The 23-year-old signed a two-year deal at the Rodney Parade club last summer but is now set to leave the Dragons. Sidey has not taken part in Dragons pre-season training and Waratahs coach Chris Hickey says he has signed a two-year contract for the Super 14 club. "He is coming to us with some good experience and good performances in the Heineken Cup" said Hickey. Sidey scored two tries in 18 appearances during his season at the Dragons but is set to return to his native Australia and join the high-flying Waratahs. The former Western Sydney Rams and West Harbour outside centre represented New South Wales at under-19 level and played for the Waratahs’ A team before signing for the Dragons.
Munster sign French prop Brugnaut on one-year deal
Brugnaut admitted: “I was immediately impressed with what I saw and heard. It is a very professional set-up. I am of course well aware of Munster and their great history in the Heineken Cup and I am very happy to be joining them and looking forward to the challenge. ”Brugnaut has agreed a one-year deal with an option for a second season. He has returned home but is expected to join up with the Munster squad next week. Leicester Tigers have signed Ireland international outhalf Jeremy Staunton. The 28-year-old is one of four new signings announced by Tigers as they prepare to begin the defence of their Guinness Premiership crown in September.
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Get your hands on the Heineken Cup trophy in Longford
As well as Leinster players (yet to be confirmed) the Heineken Cup trophy will also be making an appearance at this year’s rugby camp. Camp places are available for boys and girls from 6 years old to 12 years old. To facilitate the appropriate attention participants will be divided by their age in to six groups. Central to the Leinster Rugby Summer camps which are sponsored by Centra is the introduction to the game of Rugby in a safe and controlled manner. The camps will be managed and run by fully accredited IRFU coaches.
European Challenge Cup Fixtures 2009/10
European Rugby Cup
That contest indicates the quality of players who could be parading their talents in the European tournament – the likes of current French captain Lionel Nallett and Sebastien Chabal for Metro and Simon Shaw Phil Vickery and Danny Cipriani with Wasps. Meanwhile Toulon who have also been active in the summer transfer market and have signed quality international players like Jonny Wilkinson Felipe Contepomi and Jamie Robinson go head-to-head with Top 14 range rivals Castres lympique before hosting Steve Borthwick’s Saracens – who can also call on Justin Marshall and Michael wen – in Round 2. Worcester Warriors will have the honour of opening another season of top flight European club rugby when they face Montpellier under the Sixways floodlights on Thursday 8 ctober.