Spurling on top of the world

By Danny Caro, June 28, 2013

Scott Spurling was this week celebrating international glory after helping the England under-20 team win the IRB Junior World Championship.

The dual-registered Saracens and Bedford Blues hooker played the last 11 minutes of the final as England completed a stirring comeback to beat Wales 23-15 at Stade de la Rabine in Vannes, France.


GB going for Maccabiah gold

By Danny Caro, June 24, 2013

Team GB will be going for gold when they line up in the Open Rugby competition at the 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel next month.

The squad will be managed by Jon Tyler, the Maccabi GB Rugby chairman and manager, in what will be his fifth Maccabiah as player or manager.


Maccabi GB's pass masters

June 24, 2013

Maccabi GB’s junior rugby stars have created a Guinness world record for most passes in an hour, recording 2,336 on Sunday at Saracens’ Allianz Park, Barnet, stadium.


Israel reaches World Cup qualifiers

By Simon Griver, April 12, 2013

Israel will play in next month’s qualifying tournament for the 2015 Rugby World Cup after beating Latvia.

A 17-15 victory in front of 2,000 spectators at the Wingate Institute assures Israel first place after the opening round of matches in Europe’s Division 2B, following wins over Serbia and Andorra.


Kaplan to hang up his boots

By James Masters, February 15, 2013

Leading referee Jonathan Kaplan will retire at the end of the season.

The South African official, who has taken charge of more tests, Super Rugby and Currie Cup matches than anyone else in history, will hang up his boots following a 21-year career.

Kaplan said: "Rugby has been my life for the past few decades and I’ve made the decision with a tinge of sadness.


USA Maccabiah rugby squads announced

February 11, 2013

Maccabi USA has announced its squads for the Open and sevens competitions at this summer's Maccabiah Games in Israel.

Coach Shawn Lipman, Assistant Coaches Gregory Schor Haskin and David Rudzinsky, with Managers Barry Seidel and David Danker, have been working with the Rugby applicants over the last year to develop an elite team through intensive conditioning and fitness training.


Sam is the man for all seasons

By Danny Caro, February 8, 2013

Sam Isaacs made his debut for the London Wasps academy team in the under-18 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol.


Katz lifts England

By Danny Caro, February 1, 2013

Sam Katz marked his first appearance for England Students with a match-winning performance against Portugal.

Katz, who was GB’s star man at the 2009 Maccabiah Games, scored 20 points as England ended their Lisbon jinx with a 25-20 victory.

Trailing 12-9 at the interval, Katz of Loughborough University kicked five penalties, a conversion and a drop-goal to seal a famous win.


Israeli rugby is going places, says Penn

By Simon Griver, November 5, 2012

Israel's rugby team scored a 26-5 away victory over Andorra last weekend.

Following its win over Serbia last month, newly-promoted Israel are the only team in the European Nations Cup Qualifying Group 2B with a 100 per cent record after two games.

Despite freezing conditions in Andorra, Israel edged the first half 7-5 thanks to an Eitan Humphries try.


The best team won, says Penn

By Simon Griver, October 18, 2012

Israel made an impressive start to the European Nations Cup Qualifying Group B2 season with a 48-22 victory over highly-rated Serbia.

Fears that Israel, who earned promotion last season, would be outclassed were soon banished amid a flurry of tries in front of a crowd of 1,500 at the Wingate Institute.