Manu Tuilagi assault charge rules him out of World Cup

You sound like you know what you are talking about, Birdy, so I'll stand corrected. I was pleased to hear Cockerill talk about the need to support their man. He recognizes that the onus will be on Manu to regain trust, but he's aware that treating him like a pariah will be counter-productive.

19 May 2015
Manu Tuilagi assault charge rules him out of World Cup

Manu was certainly always part of Lancaster's World Cup plans but he literally hasn't been with England. If you get called up for squad training and pick up an injury along the way, then you might be kept in the camp. If are injured from the off, and not expected to recover, then you stay home. That's what happened with him. Since the 2012-3 season , where he played a full part, Manu has only had one Test at the end of the 2014 Six Nations, and three tour matches last summer. There simply hasn't been time to do any mentoring at the England level in the way Coconut suggested.

19 May 2015
Australia suddenly look uncertain to make Rio’s rugby sevens

Mixed bag for Australia. They lost to NZ in their pool but made it past this year's series winners Fiji to get the Cup Final. There, they met an on-fire USA, who had beaten England in the semi finals (England, in turn, had knocked out NZ in their quarter final). USA won 22-45 to claim their first ever title. It's the second time in two meetings Australia have lost to the USA but the Americans have looked seriously good. Lots of pace, and some power to match. This result should be an added incentive for Australia to get through the Oceania round. USA have lost before to Canada, and if they do so in the North American round, then they'll be a threat to anyone in the final play-off.

18 May 2015
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