Front Five – 25.10.14

Start your day with five eye-catching egg-chasing quotes & links from around the ruggersphere.Best of luck to both Ulster & Connacht today!”He will play in the midfield because of what he has had to deal with in rugby league” – Matt O’ConnorTe’o handed Leinster ‘A’ debut against CarmarthenIrish Independent This was a vintage performance of subdue and divide, piling on the pressure until Saracens crackedMunster 14 Saracens 3: Vibrant hosts punish Rhys Gill’s indiscipline to edge epic struggleMick Cleary – Daily Telegraph …with the nit pickin’ nit wit Wayne Barnes in charge the game could genuinely go either way Teams up for Ulster v Toulon John McMurtry – The Front Row Union …a feckless ARU has turned a blind eye, failed to root out the facts, and given Beale yet another chance. It doesn’t add up – Beale fined after text scandal Jamie Miller – Green & Gold Rugby (He) may be a wrecking ball of a centre, but when his mother calls, he answersManu Tuilagi’s Mother Calls Him On Live TVJohn O’Sullivan – Rugby Banter Page Feel free to share any interesting links you spot yourself about t’internet by email, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, blog comment or carrier pigeon – whatever works for you. JLPNote – views expressed in “Front Five” links do not necessarily reflect those of HarpinOnRugby

Cover-Up: Beale Fined over Text Scandal

So. Kurtley Beale has escaped with a $45,000 fine and no suspension (the Tribunal ruling that he had effectively already been suspended). But was this a great day for rugby, with the light of truth shining forth on the dark mess of the past few weeks?

Autumn internationals: England’s raw backs a pain for coach Stuart Lancaster

An apparently wise man once declared with complete certainty that, in top-level sport, “you won’t win anything with kids” – and then found himself being force-fed daily helpings of his own words as Manchester United closed in on a league and cup Double with a bunch of footballing infants fresh out of nursery. That’s the good news for England’s rugby squad less than a year out from the World Cup. The bad news?

USA Rugby Coach of the Year Award Nominations Open

USA Rugby has officially opened the nomination process for the 2014 Coach of the Year Awards. These awards were introduced last year and aim to recognize rugby coaches who have demonstrated the values of excellence and dedication. Coach of the Year recipients will be announced at the 2015 USA Rugby National Development Summit in Chicago, The post USA Rugby Coach of the Year Award Nominations Open appeared first on USA and International Women's Rugby News | Your Scrumhalf Connection.

RWC 2015: Total Rugby Previews the Pool of Death featuring Uruguay

This week’s edition of Total Rugby took a look into Pool A of Rugby World Cup 2015. With the group containing two previous winners in addition to a two-time Semi Finalist and a two-time Quarter Finalist it has the name of the Pool of Death based on merit. Joining Australia, England, Wales and Fiji is Uruguay a country that will appear in its third Rugby World Cup and first since 2003.

Raptors clinch postseason berth | WPL Match Report & Video

The Raptors have been good on paper for quite a few years now. The thing about paper though: it’s flimsy, weak, and under fire, it turns to a pile of ash. Saturday, the Raptors (4-1) proved they’re more than a roster sheet of young and veteran talent, forcing their will in a 50-17 win over The post Raptors clinch postseason berth | WPL Match Report & Video appeared first on USA and International Women's Rugby News | Your Scrumhalf Connection.