Israel finding life tough at the top

By Simon Griver, November 3, 2014

After winning promotion for three successive seasons, Israel’s rugby team is finding life more difficult in Europe Division 2A – the fourth highest league.

Israel were outmuscled but not outclassed in their opening match against Switzerland, going down 28-18 in front of 2,500 fans at the Wingate Institute.


Israeli starlets up for Sale challenge

By Danny Caro, October 3, 2014

Menachem Ben Menachem has described the new partnership between Sale and the IRU as a major breakthrough for Israeli rugby.

Three members of the Israel Rugby Union’s Elite under-19 squad are in Manchester and will spend six months at the National 3 North league club.


Promotion for Israeli rugby stars

By Simon Griver, April 24, 2014

Israel’s rugby team clinched top place in the Europe 2B league and promotion to Europe 2A in the most dramatic fashion with a thrilling 20-16 victory over Andorra on Saturday.

This is the third successive season that Israel have won promotion and they will now play in Europe’s fourth
highest division.


The rugby rabbi’s conversion

By Simon Rocker, February 27, 2014

He could have been the answer to the England rubgy team’s prayers during its testing Six Nations tie against Ireland last weekend.

Instead, Rabbi Yitzchak Greenblatt, a former front-row forward for England at under-16 and under-18 levels, was reciting Shabbat prayers in London.


GB players unite in memory of Seltzer

February 25, 2014

Players from the Maccabi Great Britain team are in action this weekend in an exhibition match against SSE National League 3 side Barking RFC.

The contest is expected to be the first of an annual fixture to commemorate former Maccabi GB player Jonathan ‘Jock’ Seltzer who died of pancreatic cancer in June, 2010, aged 56.


Katz and Henry impress

By Danny Caro, January 31, 2014

Sam Katz and Jake Henry guided England Students to a memorable 30-16 victory over the Portugal national team.

The Maccabiah stars scored 25 out of England’s 30 points against the team placed 22nd in the IRB World Rankings.

Fly-half Katz led the way with 15 points, consisting of a try, two penalties and two conversions, while winger Henry went over the line twice.


Holland end Israel's World Cup aspirations

By Simon Griver, November 4, 2013

Ra’anan Penn says Israel were outclassed as they saw their hopes of qualifying for the 2015 World Cup quashed by a rampant Holland team at the Wingate Institute in Netanya.

Israel, who play in Division 2B of the European Championships, were blown away by the Division 2A leaders, with the visitors cruising to a 52-8 victory.


Israel ready for Dutch test

By Simon Griver, October 25, 2013

Ra’anen Penn says Israel must improve if they are to overcame Holland in their 2015 World Cup qualifier tomorrow.

The Maccabiah champions will be boosted by the recent week’s 18-6 victory over Serbia in Belgrade, which consolidated its position at the top of Europe’s Division 2B.


Radley joins his Czech mates

By Danny Caro, October 4, 2013

Aaron Radley expressed pride after making his debut for the Czech Republic in the 60-17 friendly defeat against Germany in Heidelberg.

A star of the Team GB squad at the last two Maccabiot in Israel, Radley qualifies to play for the Czechs as his grandmother was born in Prague and he meets the IRB player eligibility rules.


Furman has been in a league of his own. Now for the big award ...

By Danny Caro, October 4, 2013

Anglo-Jewry’s finest sporting talent will be showcased at Maccabi GB’s biannual Sports Awards next month and I’d like to take this opportunity to pinpoint my favourites for the various accolades.