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The opening match of the Six Nations between Ireland and Scotland will see two surprises in the Irish team in the name of Luke Marshall and Andrew Trimble. Marshall will be replacing Gordon D’Arcy and Trimble will be replacing Tommy Bowe both of which are suffering from back injuries.
There will be some other changes in the Ireland team as Chris Henry the Ulster player will be replacing Sean O’Brien, the injured flanker. Apart from this there will be several records to be made as Brian O’Driscoll will be making his 129th appearance in this match. He will surpass Ronan O’Gara’s 128 caps. Another personal milestone will be for Rob Kearney who will make his 50th appearance for Ireland. D’Arcy who will be replaced by Luke Marshall was one of the best performers of Ireland and was also a great player in All Blacks. It is to be seen whether this will be a setback for Ireland or not.
One of the major talking points about the team selection is the omission of the Leinster centre who has 75 caps under his belt. Given the physical demands which this competition requires it was a wise decision taken by the coach. When asked about this he said that it is better for the team and he would definitely understand why he was not included in the squad. It is being speculated that he is being kept fresh for the clash against Wales.
Regarding Gordon the coach said that it was the stomach bugs that were disturbing him in the beginning of the week and he hopes that it would go away before the match against Wales. The back injury is something to worry about but he thinks that the medical staff will be able to come up with something positive before the end of this week.
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Last season, Horacio Agulla (player for Argentine Rugby Union) was one of the top try scorers for Bath Rugby. He is thinking that the stop-start campaign can be ignited by the last weekend’s overdue touchdown.
Agulla dotted down during the Aviva Premiership for around six times last term. However, because of his international duty towards Argentina and his injury, he could not make a seasonal bow until the month of November.
During the Rugby Championship, Agulla performed exceptionally well in a match against the Worcester Warriors, but it was on the 8th of February, 2014 (Saturday) that he was able to boost his try tally.
The Aviva Premiership match between Bath Rugby and Newcastle Falcons took place at the Rec on 8th of February, 2014. Nick Abendanon got injured and therefore Horacio Agulla replaced him on the field. Agulla did not disappoint Bath Rugby at all. He performed really well.
Horacio Agulla was of the opinion that the Bath Rugby team is absolutely superb and competitive, so every time a player gets the opportunity, he ends up performing well only.
Agulla was not expecting to get into the field that early (he entered the field after around 10 minutes), but he thinks such things happen on the field and so players have to be ready to perform at all times.
Along with that, Agulla was not happy that Nick Abendanon got injured. But he was pleased that he got a chance to perform.
Competition in the team has increased because it consists of such good players that it has become difficult to secure a position in the team. But Agulla thinks that this has helped him as he can improve himself and perform in a better way.
Horacio Agulla really hopes that in the future he gets enough game time to boost his try scores.
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Rugby Football Union or RFU Championship side the Bedford Blues have completed the signing of Argentina Rugby player Tomas Gilardon Paz.
The 24 year old has finally put pen to a paper to a long term deal with the club based at Goldington Road with the club going the extra mile to complete the complicated paperwork required to get the prop player a work visa to play for the Blues in England as they brought the curtains down on a long drawn transfer saga that could be compared to any soap opera easily.
The player has been signed from San Isidros from his native Buenos Aires and also has three caps for the Argentina Rugby team.
And Mike ayer, the Director of Football of the club is really excited that the club managed to go that extra mile to complete the signing of one of the most sought after players from the Southern Hemisphere.
According to the boss, with the injury to Dan Seal taking longer than expected in the rehabilitation process as well as the return of Nic Auterac to his parent club in the Aviva Premiership Saracens FC, the Blues had just four players in the position and the signing of the Argentine will add strength and depth to the team as well as increase the competition for places, which will no doubt be beneficial for the club in the long run.
Geoff Irvine, the chairman of the club also stated that it is difficult to get good players at this time of the season and their search for a proper player took them to Argentina.
Rayer stated that they knew what kind of player they wanted and things were made easier because he had represented the Argentina Rugby team, otherwise, getting a visa would have bee tough
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