News in Brief
Quins confirm plans for 'The Big Game 2'
August 21, 2009
Harlequins winger Ugo Monye breaks clear of the Leicester defence during the original Big Game at Twickenham last year
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- Harlequins have officially unveiled plans for The Big Game 2 that will see them switch their Premiership clash with London Wasps on December 27 to Twickenham.
Last year's event attracted a restricted capacity of 50,000 fans to England's HQ for a thrilling 26-26 draw with the Leicester Tigers and Quins are hoping to break that record with increased ticket availability.
The majority of the stadium seats are priced at £10. Under16's will once again be £5.
- Northampton's high-profile summer signing Shane Geraghty has still not decided whether his future lies at fly-half or inside centre.
The England international, who made a surprise switch from London Irish in the off-season, told the Evening Telegraph that he was in no rush to settle on a favoured position.
"I am going to have to find a position in the future," he said. "But at the moment I am still learning the trade at 10 and 12 - still getting to know the game and still progressing in both positions.
"I haven't come to Saints saying I want to play in one spot or another," he explained. "I have spoken to Jim quite a lot in pre-season and I am hoping to get a run-out at both 10 and 12 in pre-season, so I think we will know more after that.
"I made my England debut at 10, I got two caps at 10 and one at 12 so I don't know what the England coaches are thinking now. I like both."
- The opportunity for two Heartland championship teams to secure places in the new division one domestic rugby competition next year will add an extra dimension to the competition when it starts on August 29.
The New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) board yesterday confirmed up to two Heartland teams would promoted to the new division one. Heartland provincial unions will be invited to submit expressions of interest and based on discussions with those unions a shortlist of eligible unions will be formed.
The finishing positions in this season's Heartland championship will be used to determine which union or unions will be promoted. Twelve provinces, across two pools, will contest the 10-week Heartland competition, vying for the coveted Meads and Lochore Cups.
- Leicester Tigers battled back from a 5-3 half-time deficit to beat Cardiff Blues 14-5 in their pre-season clash on Friday night. The match also doubled as the opening night of the Blues' new home, Cardiff City Stadium.