Argo Blockchain share price: 3 reasons why it’s up 90% in the past week

first_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Jonathan Smith | Tuesday, 16th February, 2021 | More on: ARB I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Jonathan Smith Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img The Argo Blockchain (LSE: ARB) share price has grown in value in both the short and longer term. Over the past week, the share price has moved up over 90% and is currently trading around 244p. If we look at the performance over the past year, it’s even more impressive. The share price in early February 2020 was around 6.5p. For much of last year, it stayed around this mark, before really taking off in December. My colleague Tom Rodgers wrote only yesterday that a £5,000 investment made a year ago would be worth £92,000 now. But the Argo Blockchain price has spiked significantly even since then. Of course, this situation is very rare, and I shouldn’t expect this kind of return on all of the stocks that I buy. So what are the reasons behind this bump higher recently?5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Argo shares and cryptocurrency correlationThe first reason why the share price has gained, and particularly this week, is its correlation with cryptocurrency. Argo Blockchain is basically a software company that facilitates the mining of cryptocurrency. It also builds on blockchain technology, which helps to record and facilitate transfers and payments. Due to the nature of business, it has started to show a strong similarity to the performance of currencies like Bitcoin and altcoins. Bitcoin is closing in on $50,000 after gaining in the past week. Altcoins such as Dogecoin have also delivered high percentage returns in a matter of a few days. Without commenting on the viability of cryptocurrency in general, it’s logical to assume that the Argo Blockchain share price performance will continue to mirror to some degree the movement in cryptocurrency. Of course, we mustn’t forget that those movements could be sharply down as well as up.The second reason why Argo Blockchain shares have gained is recent news on more mainstream adoption of blockchain and cryptocurrency. Last week, Tesla announced that it had bought $1.5bn worth of Bitcoin and that soon it would allow customers to buy cars using Bitcoin as a payment method. MasterCard also has confirmed that it will start to facilitate cryptocurrency payments this year. These payments need to operate on blockchain technology, hence why Argo Blockchain will see demand.Expansion plansFinally, Argo Blockchain shares have gained on news of expansion in the US. Argo is planning on establishing a 200MW facility in Texas, that will allow it to boost mining capacity. This is seen as a positive move, not only as more capacity is needed, but also as this long-term investment (costing $17.5m) is perhaps a sign of a sustainable business. It’s also planning to raise some of these funds via a new share issuance. Such a share fundraising usually happens when a company has confidence that investors want to buy it. Otherwise it could seek finance through debt markets instead.The Argo Blockchain share price has potential to rally even further, if more companies announce acceptance of blockchain. However, I need to be aware that if major cryptocurrency markets have a slump, Argo shares will likely follow suit. It’s a volatile stock and should be treated as high-risk. jonathansmith1 has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Mastercard and Tesla. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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2 shares I’m adding to my Stocks and Shares ISA before the April deadline

first_img See all posts by Jonathan Smith “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. I find that the Stocks and Shares ISA deadline always comes around super quickly. At the start of the year, I think that it’s ages away. Then all of a sudden we’re in the middle of March, getting ready for Q2 and the ISA deadline.I’ve got plenty of my allocation left for this current ISA year, so I won’t be able to fill it all before the deadline. But with the spare cash I do have, I’m looking to add some shares in ahead of the looming 4 April deadline.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…A FTSE 100 stalwartThe first stock I’m looking at adding to my Stocks and Shares ISA is Anglo American (LSE:AAL). The global mining company is a true giant, with a market capitalization of over £40bn. I’ve written about the company a few times over the past six months, as the company has continued to deliver strong share price growth. It’s up 514% over a five-year period, and is one of the stocks I put in my example portfolio to show how I could turn £1,000 into £10,000.The strong growth has been helped by rising commodity prices. The copper price is up over 60% over five years. Aside from this is the high profit margin from mining. The 2020 results shows an impressive EBITDA margin of 43%. It has also gained over the past couple of years thanks to the larger shift towards appealing to ESG investors. Anglo American’s commitment to a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 is positive. The “Social Way” project of a fairer way to do business is also encouraging.I my opinion, the potential risk of adding Anglo American to my Stocks and Shares ISA comes from reputational issues. Late last year a lawsuit was filed in Zambia relating to alleged mass lead poisoning from the mines. Another issue is the constant health and safety risk, such as casualties from working in the mines.An income stock for my Stocks and Shares ISAThe second company I’d look to add for my Stocks and Shares ISA is SSE (LSE:SSE). The well-known energy company services a lot of the UK and has done for several decades. I think SSE shares are a good addition to my ISA for income generation. I’m not ruling out capital growth as well, but the stock has provided a dividend yield of above 5% for the past 10 years.The company operates in a competitive environment, but at the same time is one of only a handful of energy businesses dominating the market. As such, I don’t see SSE losing a lot of ground to new entrants due to the economies of scale. On the other hand, I don’t see the business growing exponentially in coming years either.SSE knows a lot of focus is on the dividend, and in the most recent trading update addressed this in just the second paragraph! This shows to me that it’s a priority for a lot of shareholders to know about the proposed dividend per share.One concern I have with energy companies like SSE is the impact of regulations with the likes of Ofgem. Last September, SSE was fined £2m for failing to publish needed documentation. Further fines and reputational damage could hurt the share price. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images center_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. jonathansmith1 has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Jonathan Smith | Tuesday, 16th March, 2021 | More on: AAL SSE 2 shares I’m adding to my Stocks and Shares ISA before the April deadline Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!last_img read more

I was right about the Saga share price in 2020. Here’s what I’d do now

first_img In the second half of last year, I was cautiously optimistic about the outlook for the Saga (LSE: SAGA) share price. However, as the year moved on, I became increasingly confident about the company’s prospects.In December, I thought City growth forecasts for the group were too pessimistic. On that basis, I believed the stock was undervalued, based on its long-term potential.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…I reiterated this view in January, noting that Saga seemed to have drawn a line under its past issues.  Since then, the Saga share price has continued to increase in value. And I think the company’s recovery may continue throughout 2021. Recovery underwaySince the beginning of the year, shares in the over 50s travel and finance specialist have increased in value by 60%. Over the past 12 months, the stock has gained 74%. A lot has changed at the company since the beginning of last year. The pandemic drove the business to raise more money from shareholders. But there was a silver lining in this cash call.As part of the fundraising, Saga’s former chief executive, Sir Roger de Haan, took a significant stake in the company and returned to its boardroom as chairman.This was just one part of the group’s plan to reinforce its balance sheet. It has also renegotiated credit conditions with lenders, and it’s planning to raise more capital through debt. These initiatives should help dispel any concerns about the company’s financial position. With these problems dealt with, the business should be able to concentrate on reopening operations over the next few months. And, on this front, it seems the company’s customers can’t wait to get back to travelling.Saga share price boostThe company has two main business divisions. There’s its financial arm, which offers products such as savings and insurance. Then there’s Saga’s travel business. Like most travel operations, the pandemic has severely impacted this division. However, over the past 12 months, the company has continually registered high demand from its former customers for potential travel in the future. It noted in its latest trading update that the firm continues to “see strong pent-up demand for travel among our customers and remain well placed to deliver on this opportunity when the guidance on international travel changes.“This is the primary reason why I think the Saga share price can continue to move higher. As the economy reopens, customers look set to return in large numbers, which will help power the company’s turnaround.Risks and challenges That said, this is by no means guaranteed. The corporation is registering a high level of customer interest, but there’s no guarantee this will translate into bookings.There’s also a big question mark over how profitable the group will be when all the restrictions are lifted. Extra health and safety measures may push up costs. This could impact profit margins.At the same time, the group has a lot of debt. This may limit its ability to produce returns for shareholders in the medium to long term.Still, despite these challenges, I’d buy the stock for my portfolio today as a recovery play.  Rupert Hargreaves | Sunday, 21st March, 2021 | More on: SAGA Adventurous investors like you won’t want to miss out on what could be a truly astonishing opportunity…You see, over the past three years, this AIM-listed company has been quietly powering ahead… rewarding its shareholders with generous share price growth thanks to a carefully orchestrated ‘buy and build’ strategy.And with a first-class management team at the helm, a proven, well-executed business model, plus market-leading positions in high-margin, niche products… our analysts believe there’s still plenty more potential growth in the pipeline.Here’s your chance to discover exactly what has got our Motley Fool UK investment team all hot-under-the-collar about this tiny £350+ million enterprise… inside a specially prepared free investment report.But here’s the really exciting part… right now, we believe many UK investors have quite simply never heard of this company before! Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address Rupert Hargreaves has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images I was right about the Saga share price in 2020. Here’s what I’d do now I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaveslast_img read more

Fevertree Drinks shares are falling: here’s what I’d like to do

first_img Royston Roche | Monday, 22nd March, 2021 | More on: FEVR Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Fevertree Drinks shares are falling: here’s what I’d like to do Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. The share price of drinks mixer Fevertree Drinks (LSE: FEVR) rose about 140% in the past year. However, the shares dropped 15% in the last two trading sessions following company’s results. I’d like to review the recent results to understand if the company is a buy after the recent sell-off.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Bullish reasons to buy Fevertree Drinks sharesThe company has a diversified business. It supplies a range of carbonated mixers to hotels, restaurants, bars and cafes (‘on trade’). It also supplies to supermarkets and off-licenses for retail purchase (‘off trade’). The good revenue mix has helped the company during the lockdown. The increased use of its products at home helped to offset the drop in revenues in the on-trade segment as most bars and restaurants have been closed.It has a geographically diversified business. This could help offset any slowdown in a particular geographical region with the growth in another region. In the most recent results, UK revenue fell by 22% year-over-year to £103.3m. This was offset by growth in US revenue, of 23% y-o-y to £58.5m. Overall group revenues fell by 3% y-o-y to £252.1m because of the lockdowns. Fevertree Drinks has a wide range of products. It also successfully launched the new premium soda range in the UK and Sparkling Pink Grapefruit in the US tailored to tequila and spritz lovers. The company has a stable balance sheet. It follows an asset-light business model. This has helped to increase its net cash position to £143.1m at the end of 31 December 2020.The management expects revenue growth in the range of 12% to 16% in the fiscal year 2021. In my opinion, with the easing of lockdown in the UK, the on-trade revenue could start to pick up. The international sales are already doing well and this is another reason for me to like Fevertree Drinks shares.Risks to considerWhen any company grows in size it becomes difficult to reciprocate the past growth rates. The company is increasing the marketing expenses to maintain the previous growth. It also added more staff in 2020, which will further increase staff expenses. These efforts could reduce the company’s profit margins in the future.On the other hand, the expanding international business might be less profitable than the UK home market. The company has to adjust its products to the varying North American tastes. Also, it has to face competition from a lot of well established brands in the US. There is no guarantee that the success in the UK markets can be reciprocated globally. If the Covid-19 cases are not reduced in the coming months then governments across the globe might be slow in removing lockdowns. This will negatively impact the company’s revenues and profits.  Final view on Fevertree Drinks sharesThe company is fundamentally strong with good expected revenue growth. The shares are currently trading at a price-to-earnings ratio of 59 and a price-to-sales ratio of 9.9. These figures suggest that the shares are not cheap. I’ll wait longer to buy the stock at lower valuations.  I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool.center_img Royston Roche has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Fevertree Drinks. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Fevertree Drinks See all posts by Royston Rochelast_img read more

The Darktrace share price is up 30%. Should I buy the stock now?

first_img Image source: Getty Images Cyber security firm Darktrace (LSE: DARK) has seen its share price climb 30% since its London flotation on 30 April. I reckon the company — which is now valued at £2.2bn — could be the hottest tech IPO in the UK this year.Darktrace uses artificial intelligence to secure all of a company’s digital operations, including cloud, network, email, and industrial control systems. I think demand for cyber security services is likely to grow for the foreseeable future. So should I buy Darktrace for my portfolio?5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Why I might buyI can see a lot to like about Darktrace. The company says it uses artificial intelligence to learn about a company’s IT operations. It can then detect unusual activity that might be a threat and neutralise it, even if it’s not been seen before.This is different to traditional cyber security systems, which tend to set up a perimeter and watch out for known threats.Darktrace’s software is also very quick to deploy. The company offers a 30-day free trial and says its system can be up and running within an hour.In financial terms, I think Darktrace’s subscription model could help it deliver strong share price growth over time. As an online service, the cost of adding new customers is relatively low. Successful subscription businesses can become very profitable, with a high level of repeat revenue each year. Progress so far looks promising. Since its foundation in 2013, Darktrace has grown to serve 4,700 customers in 100 countries. The employee count looks a bit high to me, at 1,500, but my understanding is that many of these are in sales. This approach seems to have worked — revenue rose by 45% to $199m during the 12 months to 30 June 2020.Things I don’t likeI believe Darktrace could become very profitable. But right now, this business is still losing money. Last year’s accounts show an operating loss of $24.9m.I don’t know how long it’ll be until Darktrace becomes profitable, assuming it does. For now, I’d suggest  a market-cap of £2.2bn means Darktrace’s share price already reflects continued strong growth. Any disappointment could see the stock slip.One other risk I should mention is Darktrace’s connection to UK tech billionaire Mike Lynch, whose company Invoke Capital was an early investor. Lynch is currently fighting extradition to the US on fraud charges. He denies the charges, but Darktrace does warn in its prospectus that “there remains a risk that the Group could be charged with offences” arising from these allegations. I don’t know how likely this is, but it’s out there.Darktrace share price: my decisionIs Darktrace’s technology as revolutionary as it seems? I’m not an expert on cyber security, but the firm’s approach does seem to be different to traditional security software. However, I’d imagine that, over time, established competitors will adopt some of Darktrace’s techniques to improve their services.Darktrace floated at a share price of 250p, but the stock has already risen to 325p. That prices this loss-making business on 13 times sales. On a long-term view, I think this could be a fair price.However, I’d like to learn a little more about how Darktrace performs before I decide whether to buy. For now, I’m going to stay on the sidelines. FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Roland Head | Wednesday, 5th May, 2021 | More on: DARK See all posts by Roland Head Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment. Roland Head has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. The Darktrace share price is up 30%. Should I buy the stock now? Enter Your Email Addresslast_img read more

Joe Ansbro – Northampton and Scotland

first_imgDylan HartleyPaul Diggin TAGS: Northampton Saints Joe Ansbro training with Northampton SaintsReward comes to those who wait, as Scotland’s first black international player is proving. Three seasons of battling for selection at club level and a desire to impress Scotland’s coaches have finally paid off for Joe Ansbro. The Northampton centre won his first cap against South Africa last month and found his patience and persistence rewarded as his team achieved a 21-17 victory – only their second defeat of the Boks in 12 meetings in the pro era.Ansbro joined Northampton in 2007, fresh from Cambridge University, but hasn’t established himself as a regular starter for his club. However, he registered on Scotland’s radar and was picked for Scotland A during 2008-09, but opted out because he’d just returned from injury and Northampton wanted him to stay put. He did make his Scotland A debut at the Nations Cup in 2009, helping the Scots to triumph, but a niggling knee injury restricted his game time and stopped him from kicking on from that breakthrough last season. “I found myself watching more club games than I played,” Ansbro explains. “Then Scotland asked me to play for the A team again but I had just got back into the Northampton team and made the difficult decision to try to get a run of games with them and miss another chance for Scotland A.”With his knee fixed, this season Ansbro has been challenging Jon Clarke and James Downey for selection at the Saints and has played almost every match, whether starting or off the bench.Scotland coach Andy Robinson responded by naming Ansbro in his 34-man squad for the autumn Tests. He wasn’t picked for the first match, a 49-3 trouncing by New Zealand, and was preparing to play for Scotland A against the USA at Netherdale the following week when he was called up to replace the injured Max Evans at 13 for the Test against South Africa. “Initially I was a little bit shocked,” Ansbro says. “I was thinking of playing a big game for Scotland A and putting my hand up for selection against Samoa. To get straight in – well, my heart was going.”In the ensuing 36 hours he managed to buy a dozen match tickets to add to his player’s allocation, as his parents, five brothers and sisters, his girlfriend and her family all wanted to be at Murrayfield. Rainy weather didn’t manage to spoil Ansbro’s big day and Scotland secured a famous win which lifted them to an all-time high of sixth in the IRB world rankings. “I absolutely loved it!” laughs Ansbro. “I was pleased with how it went and I got really positive feedback from the coaches. There are always things to work on but it’s a good foundation.” Scotland showed great mental fortitude to put their beating by the All Blacks aside, but Ansbro wasn’t surprised. “We had trained hard and we were fully focused and well prepared. I realised we were going to perform in a ruthless manner. We played a lot smarter than the week before.”Ansbro is the first black player to play for Scotland but his colour has never been a factor in his rugby career. “It didn’t influence me. I’ve just been someone with ambitions of playing at the highest level. I would love to be a good role model but just as a rugby player representing his country.” Ansbro’s rugby journey began at the age of six when he joined his elder brother Alastair at Stewartry Sharks rugby club. “Our parents were keen for us all to play sport. We would always be outside and you were never short of someone to play with in my family!” Just before his eighth birthday, Ansbro headed south to Lancashire to go to boarding school at St Mary’s Hall and then on to Stonyhurst College. Other former pupils there include Will Greenwood and Iain Balshaw, and the rugby culture soon rubbed off. Ansbro played for Lancashire Schools but didn’t get through the England U16s trial. Knowing he was from Glasgow, the England coaches asked if he planned to try out for Scotland at U18s level instead, but Ansbro says: “After that, pride made me come back and have a go at England U18s and I got in!” After school Ansbro put his professional rugby ambitions on hold in favour of reading natural sciences at Cambridge. “The chance of going to Cambridge was something I was never going to turn down. I had worked very hard to get there. Luckily I got a chance to do the rugby afterwards,” he says.Now that his talent has taken him to the highest level, his next target has to be his Six Nations debut. Scotland host Wales, Ireland and Italy in 2011 and have the potential to win all three and pose a threat in Paris and London too. Ansbro is certainly optimistic. “Providing we prepare well and play smart rugby then the quality is certainly there for us to beat anyone. ”But having fought so hard to get his first Scotland caps – he was retained for the win against Samoa in Aberdeen – Ansbro isn’t looking ahead to the Six Nations, never mind the World Cup.“Now I’m just trying to get back into the Northampton team. That’s what helped me get involved with Scotland in the first place.”Learn more about Joe’s teammates at Northampton… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Video of the Day – Richie McCaw

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS With the upcoming World Cup in his back yard, Richie McCaw will have even more pressure on him to lead out a successful team. Making his international debut before turning 21 and captaining the All Blacks at 23 is a great feat for someone who still has a lot to offer the game. Total rugby caught up with the three-time winner of the IRB player of the year award to get a closer insight to his game.last_img

Five newcomers in England side against Barbarians

first_imgBATH, ENGLAND – MAY 23: Stuart Lancaster, the England Saxons coach looks on during the England training session held on May 23, 2011 in Bath, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) England XV15 Mike Brown (Harlequins)14 James Simpson-Daniel (Gloucester Rugby)13 Henry Trinder (Gloucester Rugby)12 Matt Banahan (Bath Rugby)11 Ugo Monye (Harlequins)10 Charlie Hodgson (Sale Sharks)9 Paul Hodgson (London Irish)1 Joe Marler (Harlequins)2 David Paice (London Irish)3 Paul Doran-Jones (Gloucester Rugby)4 Graham Kitchener (Worcester Warriors)5 David Attwood (Gloucester Rugby)6 Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs)7 Carl Fearns (Sale Sharks)8 Luke Narraway (Gloucester Rugby, captain)Replacements16 Joe Gray (Harlequins)17 Kieran Brookes (Newcastle Falcons)18 James Gaskell (Sale Sharks)19 Jamie Gibson (London Irish)20 Micky Young (Newcastle Falcons)21 Stephen Myler (Northampton Saints)22 Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Stuart Lancaster looks on at the Englang team he’s selected for the fixture against the Baa-BaasFive newcomers will pull on a senior England shirt for the first time against the Barbarians on Sunday (2.30pm).Centre Henry Trinder (Gloucester Rugby), prop Joe Marler (Harlequins), lock Graham Kitchener (Worcester Warriors), and flankers Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs) and Carl Fearns (Sale Sharks) were all named in the starting line-up for the non-cap game at Twickenham Stadium.Trinder, 22, is in midfield alongside Matt Banahan (Bath Rugby) and Charlie Hodgson (Sale Sharks) in an experienced back line that also includes British and Irish Lions wing Ugo Monye (Harlequins).Number eight Luke Narraway leads the side and is one of four full internationals in a young pack with hooker David Paice (London Irish), prop Paul Doran-Jones and lock David Attwood (both Gloucester Rugby).The replacements include Newcastle Falcons scrum half Micky Young and London Irish flanker Jamie Gibson, drafted into the squad this week following injuries to the Northampton Saints pair of Lee Dickson (shoulder) and Calum Clark (back). The side is coached by Stuart Lancaster, assisted by Jon Callard and Simon Hardy, and will form the core of the England Saxons squad defending the Churchill Cup next month.Head coach Lancaster said: “It’s a very exciting line-up with a good blend of experience and youth and we have the opportunity to measure ourselves against a very experienced Barbarians side including some of the very best players in the world on Sunday.“It is a young England side and the match day squad has an average age of 23, but these are players who’ve been in terrific form for their clubs and many of them have played a major part in big games at the end of the season in the Aviva Premiership and in Europe.”last_img read more

A big upset is necessary – Frank Keating

first_imgUntil that devout wish does come to pass, the fact remains that the two most compelling upsets to shake the game to its foundations in well over 200 matches played in the World Cup Finals since 1987 were those two eye-popping afternoons when, literally out of the blue, the French XV gloriously ran ragged the hitherto strutting and cocksure All Blacks – in the quarter-final of 2007 when Les Bleus won by 20-18 and, eight years before in the Twickenham semi, mesmerisingly by 43-31 after trailing 24-10.Before then, I suppose the very first World Cup upset did produce rugby’s still most hoary and enduring joke – precisely 20 years ago this 6 October when, immediately after Wales’ cataclysmic defeat to Western Samoa in 1991, a red-faced red-decked Taff in an Arms Park bar sighed with relief: “At least, thank the Lord, we weren’t playing the whole of Samoa.”To be sure, you’ve gotta slay a dragon or two.This article appeared in the October 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here. For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Fiji historically beat Wales 38-34 in a thrilling match during the 2007 World CupHere’s to the Kiwis staging a spectacular show-stopper. May they make it a magnificent seventh World Cup – the richest and most rewarding of festivals so far, a gathering of the clan blessed with an abundance of stirring contests, razor-keen rivalries, chivalrous derring-do, high drama, low tackles, and a hatful of dazzling tries. All that and, it goes without saying, may the best team win.Most fervently of all, however, I pray for some gloriously upset apple-carts. C’mon you giant killers! Please, oh please, can a few of you tiddlers rudely bite some of the big sharks painfully on the backside.Since curtain-up in the inaugural pipe-opener in Auckland 24 years ago – New Zealand 70, Italy 6 – the game’s successive quadrennial Finals have not exactly overindulged in dragon-slaying upsets of the romantic kind which have traditionally illuminated knockout tournaments staged by other sports. Truth is that rugby’s first five World Cups remain almost exclusively logged in the history books as either embarrassing mismatches or heavyweight battles between the big beasts.Till 2007 that is. Rugby’s last World Cup in France at least and at last offered a series of heart-warmingly rousing hints that a few of the presumed makeweight no-hopers were finally and boldly stirring themselves to dare put a few Goliaths to the sword.That serious challenge to the established order, remember, had begun at the very beginning in the Stade de France when on opening night Argentina gloriously tweaked the hosts’ smug presumptions in the gala premiere – and the skilful, sassy, saucy South Americans were to repeat the dose, of course, at the closing curtain more than a month later when they beat the French again in the third-place play-off. Over the two games Argentina won by a total of 51-22, a sound thrashing in anyone’s language.In between, Argentina not only beat Ireland and Scotland but inspired no end of threatened upsets from other unconsidered bold little big men and cock-eyed optimists. First, Fiji beat Wales 38-34 in that frenzied technicolour toe-to-toe shindig before, in the quarter-final, shaking the eventual champions South Africa till their teeth rattled – it was 20-20 with less than 20 minutes left. In turn, little Japan had given those same Fijians the fright of their lives at 35-31, as did Georgia to Ireland when, at 14-10, again there was only four points in it.There were a few other dramatic instances of the old order being lined up for ambush in 2007 and, four years on, here’s to more of the same, but this time with giants not only being severely embarrassed but gaudily, cruelly and terminally slain. NANTES, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 29: Fiji players celebrate their team’s 38-34 victory as the final whistle blows during the Rugby World Cup 2007 Pool B match between Wales and Fiji at the Stade de la Beaujoire on September 29, 2007 in Nantes, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)last_img read more

Rugby World photo competition

first_imgWe will not accept any images of national or professional players unless they are visiting your club as part of an initiative and pictures must be a minimum of 5MB in size. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS To enter our competition, email your photos and contact details to [email protected] with the subject title ‘Photo competition’ by Wednesday 30 April 2014.Winning submissions will feature in Rugby World as part of a photo special at the end of the season. So what are you waiting for? Get snapping! Just like that: This is a professional image of Iain Balshaw being tackled, but could you do better at your local club?FANCY YOURSELF as an amateur photographer? Out in all weathers, snapping away as your local side battles on the pitch? Well, here’s the chance to see your snaps showcased in Rugby World Magazine!The joy of rugby: John GoldmanWe are looking for fans of amateur, schools and grass-roots rugby to send us their photos from the current season; photos that capture the spirit of rugby, on and off the pitch. The picture of 70-year-old prop John Goldman (right) illustrates what rugby means to him and we want to see what it means to you.There are no stipulations on how many pictures you can send in, or indeed who you take a photo of, but there are a few rules. John Goldman aged 70 plays for Mill Hill RUFC vs Verulamians 2’s Feb. 5 2011 last_img read more