‘Battle of the Hemispheres’ back on agenda

BRAGGING RIGHTS: An annual fixture between the Super 14 and Heineken Cup winners is back on the agenda.

WHO IS the best club team in the world?

That question could soon be answered, with an annual match between the winners of the Super 14 and Heineken Cup back on the agenda.

According to website RugbyHeaven, England’s premier clubs are backing the concept of a  “battle of the hemispheres”, meaning the long-mooted game looks set to become a reality.

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Parks confirms Cardiff move

FORMER Scotland first five Dan Parks will swap the blue jersey of Glasgow for that of Cardiff, according to the BBC.

Parks – who became the first player in the Magners League to score 1000 points – confirmed he will end his seven-year stint at the Warriors and link with the Welsh giants at the end of the season.

The announcement ends months of speculation about the 31-year-old’s playing future. CLICK HERE to read more.

Bowe to stick with Ospreys

IRELAND and British Lions wing Tommy Bowe has re-signed with Welsh club Ospreys for a further three seasons.

Bowe – who has been in scintillating form, scoring 18 tries in 34 appearances for the region – inked deal reportedly worth £500,000 that will keep him at the Swansea-based club until 2012-13 season.

“I just feel all the ingredients are here for long-term success and I’m very excited about what we can achieve,” Bowe told the Daily Mail.

The 25-year-old knocked back generous offers from several European clubs, including Irish heavyweight Munster, Leinster and Ulster. CLICK HERE to read more.

Leinster name Schmidt as new coach

FORMER Auckland Blues assistant Joe Schmidt has been named as coach of  Leinster, according to the Irish Times.

Schmidt (right) has been working as a backs coach for the past three years at Clermont Auvergne where, alongside fellow Kiwi Vern Cotter, he has guided the French Club to three consecutive Top 14 finals.

The 44-year-old signed a three-year deal with the defending Heineken Cup champions and will replace Australian Michael Cheika at the start of the 2010-11 season.

He is likely to be assisted at the Dublin-based club by compatriot and former All Black, Chiefs and Waikato loose forward Jonno Gibbes.

Schmit comes with a good track record, also helping the Blues win the Super 12 in 2003 and Bay of Plenty lift the Ranfurly Shield for the first time a year later. CLICK HERE to read more.