Brits boost Israel at the Euros

By James Martin, November 3, 2011

Scrum half Eitan Humphreys helped Israel to its second Nations Cup success in the space of a week after the team ran in four tries to defeat Norway 22-11.

Humphreys, who retained his place in the side that had beaten Austria in Vienna, lined up alongside 2009 Maccabiah GB star Matt Frankfurt, who regained his starting place in the front row.

Humphreys, 21, and a member of the Nottingham Univ


The 'Springbok Minyan' lead starry cast of oval-ball heroes

October 19, 2011

During those dark days of Apartheid in South Africa, apologists of that racist regime were quick to rebuke opponents of tours by the Springboks (Peter Hain and his "Stop the Tour" campaign and all that), with the mantra: Don't mix politics and sport.


Israel call up for Brit pack

October 11, 2011

Israel has called up three British players ahead of the Nations Cup match in Austria.

Eitan Humphrys and Guy Tyler, who both have Israeli mothers, play for Nottingham University and are in line for debuts.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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."