Catch up in the Rugby week that was: June 6-12…

Soon be retired Al Baxter getting some quality time with Highlander Jimmy Cowan

It was announced earlier in the week that the new sponsors of the Magners League is to become the RaboDirect Pro12. The name just rolls off the tongue.

With the awards season in full swing, it was about time we released our winners…

Player Of The Year: Chris Ashton
Team Of The Year: Cobham U18
Coach Of The Year: Rob Baxter
Young Player Of The Year: Sam Warburton
Outstanding Achievement Of The Year: Canterbury Crusaders

Non Evans MBE

With the Queen’s birthday, comes the honour list, and none other than all-round sportswoman Non Evans has been awarded an MBE for her services to sport. Non Evans MBE definitely has a ring to it.

Thursday proved to be fruitful in milestones as Andy Blyth reached the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, along with David Barnes, Mark Regan and the rest of their team. Suffering a life-changing injury 11 years ago and fearing he will never walk again, he conquered the highest peak in Africa and become an even bigger inspiration to us all.

After the success of the inaugural Help for Heroes charity match back in 2008 at Twickenham, Simon Halliday and co have decided to stage another rugby spectacular! The December 3rd fixture will see a battle of the hemispheres – North v South. If you’ve ever wondered which side would rein supreme then this is the game for you. If not it’ll just be a nice day out.

England Saxons have taken control of the Churchill cup and have secured themselves a final clash against Canada, a repeat of last year.

Talking of the Southern Hemisphere…

James O’Connor’s Super Rugby season has come to an abrupt end after he has been suspended for a week – citing a dangerous tackle on Reds’ captain James Horwill. On a different note, the word around town is that Rabs will be staying with The Force, even though The Reds, Rebels and Brumbies were interested in his services.

The Waratah’s sent a message out declaring they are still hungry for a Super Rugby play-off place. They beat the Highlanders 33-7 (where this week’s picture has been taken from.) Kurtley Beale showed the world why he’s the Million Dollar Baby, as he was practically responsible for the ‘Tah’s glorious win. Check out the amazing highlights…

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