Rugby

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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Israel promoted from Euro Nations group

By James Martin, April 22, 2010

Two English-based players were instrumental in helping Israel earn promotion from their European Nations Cup group.

Captain Nimrod Kaplan, who plays for London Scottish and Matan Brosh of Barnes helped Israel run in six tries in a 39-0 win against a Greece side coached by France legend Olivier Magne.

Number eight Kaplan ran in two tries, with number three Brosh scoring once, as Israel moved into the fifth tier out of seven for European rugby-playing nations outside of the Six Nations.

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Rugby could be the new football says Maccabiah captain Leaman

March 11, 2010

Jewish youth rugby is alive and well after three players from local clubs were selected the Middlesex Under 15s 1st XV.

JFS Year 10 boys Abel Leaman and Adam Driver and Sam Isaacs from Merchant Taylors were in the starting line-up for their County’s opening match of the season against Sussex in Brighton.

Lock forward Leaman and scrum half Driver, who both play for Harrow RFC in Stanmore and outside centre Isaacs, who plays for local rivals Watford-based club Fullerians, have also been selected for the RFU National Elite School of Rugby at London Wasps.

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Katz on song

November 12, 2009

Maccabiah wonder kid Sam Katz scored a try and two conversions as Newbury RFC thumped Manchester 59-0 in National League 1.

The fly-half recently joined Newbury and is looking to complete the season with them before he starts at Loughborough University next year and is set to play in National League 2 North with the only university team in the league.

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Team of the tournament Zions plan their revenge

By Danny Caro, July 30, 2009

It was a case of so near, yet so far for Team GB’s Open rugby squad. Widely regarded as the team of the competition, they were beaten by three points by an Australia side they had comfortably beaten in their first match.

It could all have ended so differently as the gold medal match was determined by inches. GB’s Sam Katz missed a penalty kick that bounced off the posts while the Aussies hit the posts with one of theirs and the ball just bounced inside. But for that, GB would have won.

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Late rally lifts Brit pack in final friendly

June 19, 2009

Rugby Team GB’s rugby team won its final trial match against a Middlesex County XV held at Kingston RFC, ahead of the Maccabiah Games.
GB ran in six tries in a 36-20 success win in hot conditions against a strong and experienced opponent. Following an even first half, Middlesex took a 20-19 lead into the last quarter but the GB team showed its strength and fitness with a further three quick tries to complete a fine victory.

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Brave Goldman still going strong

By Danny Caro, April 7, 2009

John Goldman is not your average Jewish rugby player. For starters, he is 68, on average 43 years the senior of his teammates at Mill Hill RFC. But even more remarkably, he has survived cancer twice and had a heart bypass.

The tight head prop has featured in 22 games this season, including 14 for the full 80 minutes.

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Liffchak ready to prop up Welsh’s Premiership bid

By Craig Silver, May 2, 2008

Aaron Liffchak is aiming to kick-start his career after deciding to leave Guinness Premiership side Saracens and sign a two-year contract with London Welsh.

The prop, who is studying for a degree in Psychology and Business at Hertfordshire University, believes the time was right to join the ambitious National League One club that is aiming to win promotion to the Premiership.

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