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."


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."


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.