Poland could be on their way out of Russia 2018 following the loss of their opener against top rated African side Senegal on Tuesday. The Sadio Mane skippered side deservedly pipped Poland 2-1 to get a real chance at topping the group after the lowest rated Japanese side shocked Columbia 2-1 earlier.

The Lions of Teranga took the lead when Idrissa Gueye’s shot deflected off the back of Thiago Cionek into the net. The goal calmed the nerves of the Senegalese side but they were not complacent. They kept pushing for another goal to kill off their rivals.

South Africa Narrow the Gap

Those who are fans of rugby would have noted what happened between South Africa and New Zealand when they played in the Rugby Championship and reached a close score of 24 – 25 with New Zealand winning by the narrowest of margins in Cape Town.

There were four tries between the two teams for the fans to get excited about, with New Zealand’s Rieko Ioane eventually getting the credit for helping NZ get the ball across the line, and secure the victory. The three tries that were executed by South Africa were done by Cronje, Marx Pens and Du Preez. On the other side the three tries were executed by players like Ioane, Crotty and McKenzie.

As a result of this match, New Zealand was able to maintain their one hundred percent record as they completed the Championship campaign, and obviously took the title. Whilst some fans may have been dismayed to have got so close but not won, they should be thankful that at least South Africa were able to put in a fight back in this contest – before the match the All Blacks had been the odds-on favourites, and people were talking about a winning margin on 20 – 30 points! The fact that the game was so tight sets it up nicely for the World Cup in Japan, with tickets already in high demand on site, even before the draw has been made!

It looked good from the outset when Jean-Luc du Preez put in a try midway through the first half which put South Africa in a leading position. New Zealand was able to restore their lead again due to the efforts of Damian McKenzie.

South Africa lost ne man when Damian de Allende was shown a red card for elbowing an opponent, but even without him they were able to keep up the good performance, especially with Malcolm Marx’s efforts, before finally New Zealand took the lead in the closing stages of the match.

The contest was a riveting and a close one, which is what kept the excitement of the match for both sets of fans and made the final win a thrilling one for the New Zealand team.

Vidal will end his international career after the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal is reaching the final stages of his international playing career as the player himself has already confirmed his intentions of leaving the national side when the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup finalizes on July 15 of 2018.

Arturo Vidal has already performed with Chile for the 2015 Copa America as well as the Copa America Centenario and was even a regular player for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The 30 year old Chilean midfielder of Bayern Munich has recently revealed details concerning his current situation as well as the chances of Chile on actually being able to qualify for the next edition of the FIFA World Cup.

Even though Arturo Vidal has recently been talking about hanging up his playing boots at the international stage,there is a chance that Chile might not even be able to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup as they are currently struggling to consistently collect points.

After having played 16 qualifying matches, Chile has secured 23 points which positions them at the 6th spot of the CONMEBOL group. All of the national sides in this group are hoping that they can snatch a spot in the top 5 as it allows them to either qualify directly or at least being able to advance into a play-off qualification round. Continue reading Vidal will end his international career after the 2018 FIFA World Cup

England 2018 Fixtures Confirmed

Now it has been confirmed that England will play world champions against New Zealand after a long gap. They have played in the year 2014. Their fixtures for the 2018 Old Mutual Wealth Series (OMWS) have been confirmed recently.

Eddie Jones’ team will play four Test matches in next the series of season at Twickenham Stadium and the match will be against South Africa on 3rd November), against New Zealand on 10th November), against Japan on 17th November and against Australia on 24th November. Continue reading England 2018 Fixtures Confirmed

220,000 Rugby Tickets Sold For Autumn Series Of Wales

For the Wales’ Under Armour Autumn Series, over 221,000 tickets have been sold; it is a good sale this time in comparison to the last year’s sale.

Moreover, the tickets of world champions New Zealand game is also ready a sellout ahead two months of the encounter at the Principality Stadium of 74,500 capacity, meanwhile in the series other matches like the match against Australia, Georgia and South Africa, are also expected to receive the bumper attendances. Continue reading 220,000 Rugby Tickets Sold For Autumn Series Of Wales

Russian Government trying hard to prepare for global footballing event

It seems that the Russian Government is leaving no stone unturned to prove the rest of the world wrong about their credentials as the host of a global footballing event.

Not too many people around the world are sure that World Cup 2018 will turn out to be peaceful event and the reason why they are thinking so is because it is being held in Russia.

But, the Russian federation in collaboration with the country’s Government has planned several things to ensure that the peace is maintained throughout the duration of the showpiece event.

One of the things that have been planned is not to let the supporters wander in the downtown without proper clothing and in the influence of alcohol.

Generally when global events take place and Football fans from all over the world gather in the host country, the scenes of them having wild celebrations after their team’s victories are normal and they do it in public. Continue reading Russian Government trying hard to prepare for global footballing event

Louw May Be Recalled

Bath flanker Francois Louw could be recalled by embattled South Africa after Jaco Kriel was ruled out for up to six months following shoulder surgery. This comes after Louw publicly commented on his inclusion in the national team.

An embattled South Africa reeling from some of the worst gaffes in sports performances is seeking to cut losses, this has led many to speculate if Boks may recall Bath flanker Francois Louw after Jaco Kriel was ruled out for up to six months following shoulder surgery. Continue reading Louw May Be Recalled

Hamish Watson: Play!

Hamish Watson of Scotland rugby international has called on clubs and schools in Moray to sign up to fresh initiatives that delivers new playing equipment and kit for the players.

This week, Watson launched a fresh scheme of Mitsubishi Motors Kit 4 Clubs (MMK4C) to give an opportunity to rugby teams to earn new playing kit, gear and training equipment. Continue reading Hamish Watson: Play!