Rugby

Spurling in seven heaven

By Danny Caro, September 22, 2011

Scott Spurling completed a gruelling schedule by helping the England Sevens team to victory at the Under 19 Commonwealth Games in the Isle of Man.

Playing at hooker, Spurling, 18, helped England maintain a 100 per cent record at the eight-team event where they beat South Africa 41-20 in the final at the Bowl Stadium.

Spurling, from Edgware, played in all five matches, including a 19-5 win ag

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Starlets have excelled but only one can win this race

By Danny Caro, September 8, 2011

Maccabi GB have unveiled the shortlist for this year's Sports Awards.

A high-class list of nine features in the JC Junior Sportsperson award when long-distance runner Richard Goodman will be looking to retain his crown.

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Spurling called up

April 14, 2011

Scott Spurling has been called into the England squad for the Under 18 Six Nations European Championships, taking place in the south west of France.

England face Wales on Sunday in Auch, with the winner going on to play the winner of the France versus Ireland clash. The two losing nations will contest a third place play-off.

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Israel win again

April 14, 2011

Israel edged closer to a world record for consecutive wins after a hard-fought 20-11 victory over Austria in Netanya.

The home team ran in two tries, by Stav Gurtovoy and former London Welsh forward Matan Brosh. Amir Beutler scored the other ten points from kicks in Israel's 13th straight win.

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Israel debut

March 31, 2011

Great Britain Maccabiah star Matt Franks has been called into Israel's squad for this month's Nations Cup match against Austria in Netanya.

Franks, a prop, will be starting his first match for Israel since facing Cyprus in September 2009.

Israel coach Raanan Penn had wanted to give fellow GB Maccabiah player and Nottingham centre Guy Tyler his first cap, but the youngster is injured.

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Kaplan rapped

March 17, 2011

Jonathan Kaplan has been given a three-week break from refereeing duty following his role in the infamous 'ballgate' episode.

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Great Scott: Spurling's winning start

By Danny Caro, March 3, 2011

Rugby Union: Scott Spurling made a winning start to his England career helping the Under 18 team to a 64-0 victory over Italy in Sale.

The Saracens hooker came off the bench when Nathan Morris took a punch in the face from flanker Lorenzo Favaro.

Playing his first game following injuries in October, Spurling said: "It was an amazing experience. I was happy with my performance and fitness."

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Venter says Spurling has bright future with Saracens

By Danny Caro, December 6, 2010

Brendan Venter, the South African World Cup winner, believes that Scott Spurling has a bright future after he signed a two-year contact with Saracens.

Venter, the club's outgoing director of rugby, was impressed by Spurling during pre-season. The hooker will link up with the club's senior academy next July after completing his A-levels at Harrow School where he is on a sports scholarship.

Spurling said: "Brendan said I had good potential but must continue to work hard. I believe that I can play for England. Otherwise, I'd be playing in the park with my mates."

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Brosh helps Israel get off to a flyer

November 4, 2010

Golders-Green based prop Matan Brosh scored the decisive try as Israel started their new Rugby Nations Cup group in impressive style, defeating Hungary 23-14 in Netanya.

Trailing the team ranked 65th in the world 14-11 at half time, Raanan Penn's side scored 12 points unanswered to record their 12th straight win.

Nimrod Kaplan scored the first try in the opening half before Brosh, who has been training with London Scottish, got the crucial second try. Amir Buitler scored the rest of the points through penalties.

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Katz selected for SE England U20 squad

May 13, 2010

Team GB star Sam Katz has been selected for the South East England Under 20 squad.

Following a contracted five-month spell at National League One side Newbury RFC, the fly-half will line up against The Midlands U20 at Cambridge University on Sunday.

Katz has returned from New Zealand for the match. He has been playing for the Old Boys University Rugby Club in Wellington since March.

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