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Friday, February 27, 2015

WIN Rugby Union Team Manager 2015 - Now in English and French!

Late last year Rugby Union Team Manager 2015 was released, and we gave away a few copies here on RD. Now, in the height of the Six Nations, we're giving away another 6 copies, and letting you know a bit more about this highly comprehensive rugby union management game, which has since been released in a French language version.

The feedback has been great so far, as fans have longed for a Rugby Union manager game forever. This Alternative Software release fills that gap, so now you, the rugby guru, can manage your own team as your pick of players take on all before them.

Rugby Union Team Manager 2015 delivers the most comprehensive rugby simulation ever produced, with Key leagues from the Aviva Premiership, the Guinness PRO12 (including professional sides from Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Italy), and also both the French TOP14 and PROD2, all officially licensed.

The game also includes teams from the Southern Hemisphere, in fact there are over 14,500 players and over 320 playable teams featured in the game. Plus you can even create your very own team with your own created players. And now, the game is available to play in both English and French.

It's available via all good video game retailers, and as a digital download via Steam.

To learn more about the game please read our previous article about it, watch the video below, or visit the official Rugby Union Team Manager website.


T&C's: The closing date for entries is midnight, Sunday 15th March 2015. Winners will be contacted via email. Entering above will subscribe you to the Rugbydump Insider. If you don't like hearing from us, you can unsubscribe at any time.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Rugby HQ Plays of the Month for February PLUS the Wraparound, week 2

Many of you have been vocal about missing the Plays of the Week features that have pretty much been an institution at Fox Sports for the last however many years, so the good news is that today they've brought out a special Plays of the Month, featuring the best, worst and ugliest from February. Look out for massive hits, great tries and of course some random titbits.

After the jump, on the next page, you can view the latest weekly feature from Sean and the guys at Rugby HQ, The Wraparound, week two. It features the funniest and strangest moments from the world of rugby, so is also worth watching for a bit of a laugh.

You can still view the brilliant Plays of the Week archives

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Six Nations 2015: The Journalists' Midterm Report

Before the Six Nations started we posted a Journalists preview piece that proved fairly popular, so here is a follow up, as some of the top UK and Ireland rugby writers discuss which teams have impressed, and how things are poised ahead of this coming weekend.

There is a specific focus on each individual team as we approach the mid-point of the tournament, so if you're from one of the six nations, you may be interested to hear their thoughts. For the neutral, as said at the end of the video, it should be a fascinating weekend.

On Scotland's meeting with Italy at Murrayfield, the feeling is that the hosts should take it.

"They are going to be a really interesting team by the time the world cup comes around," said the Evening Standard's Chris Jones, while the Daily Mirror's Alex Spink felt Scotland should have beaten Wales, rather than narrowly lose 26-23. "The look on Vern Cotter's face at the final whistle suggested he won't put up with that again," he said.

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On the big Ireland vs England clash, feelings were mixed but they all felt it would be a tight contest.

"I think we (Ireland) can outsmart them, but if it becomes a power-based game, we can't live with them unfortunately," said the Irish Times' Gavin Cummiskey.

On France and their potential, Chris Foy of the Daily Mail said: "They've got so much potential in there and it's just so sort of bizarre and unsettling for them that it's not coming out, and frankly, I'll be very surprised if they have a major say in how this title goes."

On Wales: "They've kept themselves in it with that win in Edinburgh, and they pulled that out late on, so that was impressive, but I think they're just short of Ireland and England this year," said Duncan Bech of the Press Association.

Your thoughts: How do you feel each team are placed going into the weekend, and at this midway point in the tournament? Let us know in the comments below

Thanks to RugbyMedia

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Three Kiwis banned for punching or striking in Round 2 of Super Rugby

It has been an eventful few days for Kiwi forwards, as three were suspended following striking and punching incidents in round two of Super Rugby. Owen Franks, Kane Hames and Hayden Triggs will all be out of action for a few weeks.

To start with, Crusaders and All Blacks prop Owen Franks has been banned for two weeks for striking after he targeted Josh Hohneck of the Highlanders twice in their clash on Saturday.

Replays were shown of the Franks incident but the referee didn't bother to check, so he stayed on the field. A citing followed however, and he was given what some may say is a fairly lenient sentence considering the intent he showed.

"The player submitted that he was attempting to remove the Highlanders player from the wrong side of maul," SANZAR Judicial Officer Robert Stelzner said. "His intention was to remove the player, who was quite bigger than him, by grabbing him around the chest which would require some force, then using his bodyweight to attempt to force his opponent down and away from the ball.

"The player conceded that in these attempts, he struck his opponent with his arm in a careless way, but there was no malice intended. After taking all relevant facts of the incident into consideration, I found the incident to have a lower end entry point for breaches of 10.4 (a) Punching or striking which stipulates a two week suspension," Stelzner noted.

In the same match prop Kane Hames of the Highlanders had a go at Crusaders lock Dominic Bird, clearly connecting with his cheek. It also wasn't picked up at the time, but he has since been suspended for 5 weeks.

"After taking all relevant facts of the incident into consideration, I found the incident to have a mid-range entry point which stipulates a five week suspension," Stelzner said.

"Several aggravating factors for the case included the injury to Mr Bird and a deterrent for this type of conduct occurring in the game, resulting in a two week increase to the sanction. This was then reduced by two weeks due to Hames' remorse and prompt guilty plea for the incident."

In the case of Blues lock Hayden Triggs, his incident was a bit different in that there wasn't much footage available. All we could really see was him having a swing (or two) at Duane Vermeulen, causing the burly number eight to fall to the floor.

Triggs received a straight red card, putting his team at a disadvantage, which the duty judicial officer took into account. He also noted that Triggs was acting in retaliation, although he didn't reveal what specifically provoked the punches.

"I found the incident to have a low-range entry point which stipulates a two-week suspension. This was then reduced by one week due to Triggs' prompt admission of guilt, remorse for his actions and excellent disciplinary record in over 10 years of playing professional rugby," Stelzner said.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Rynard Landman red carded for elbow to face against Connacht

Newport Gwent Dragon's skipper Rynard Landman is likely to receive a heavy ban after being red carded and cited for elbowing an opponent during his side's 30-25 Guinness Pro12 defeat to Connacht. Landman will face a disciplinary hearing this week.

The hefty South African lock was shown the straight red card for taking out Connacht flyhalf Jack Carty only 15 minutes into the match. Scottish referee Lloyd Linton, after looking at the big screen and chatting with his fellow officials, was left with little choice.

We saw Landman, sometimes referred to as 'Ligtoring' (Lighthouse) on RD two years back when he scored a try, did a great celebration but then was called back as it was disallowed.

Those were happier times (even if it was disallowed!), because now he's facing a significant ban that could be as long as 8 weeks after his foolish misdemeanour. He tweeted the following:

Taking to twitter to express one's remorse appears to be a good way to lessen a sentence these days. Not that this was in any way disingenuous, but every bit helps when it comes to the disciplinary hearing, where he will need to explain his actions and convince the panel that his actions were not only out of character, but he is genuinely remorseful for what he did.

As it was, his moment of madness left his team in the dirt and nobody will know that more than the man himself, as he watched from the sidelines while they manfully took on a talented Connacht side.

A Pro12 statement said that the hearing will take place later this week. For now, you can view the incident near the beginning of the highlights video below.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Waratahs lock Dave Dennis makes two brutal hits against the Rebels

Waratahs skipper Dave Dennis made two ferocious tackles as his side bounced back from opening round defeat to beat the Rebels 38-28 in Melbourne on Friday night. Hits below, plus you can also see the blooper that resulted in a League convert being yellow carded.

In an exciting match that ended with Kurtley Beale scoring the winning try for the Waratahs, Dennis made his first huge hit early on, smashing Jack Debreczeni and getting a turnover for his side.

Dennis missed last season's Super Rugby title winning finale due to an injury layoff that included a third knee reconstruction. This season he is playing in the second row, and despite being just 192cm and 113kgs, he feels that he can excel and make a difference in the position.

"I've always felt that lock is a position people think you've got to be 120kg and two metres tall; if you've got a good technique and you've got good guys around you, you can get away with playing a little bit lighter," he said in preseason.

Capped 18 times by the Wallabies as a loose forward, his mobility has aided the Waratahs cause, and against the Rebels he found himself in position to stop two backs dead in their tracks.

First it was Debreczeni and then the second tackle, on former Reds sharp shooter Mike Harris, was tough to watch. Harris stayed down, causing the officials to take a look at the tackles legitimacy, but play was waved on Harris was forced to leave the field after the knock.

As that happened, young winger Taqele Naiyaravoro, a Fijian flyer who scored two tries on the night and used to play rugby league for the Wests Tigers, was yellow carded for making a rookie mistake.

He tapped the ball out dead in-goal deliberately, which is allowed in League, but not in Union. Another convert, Israel Folau, did the same thing when he first started out. Naiyaravoro was sin-binned, then watched on in horror as the Rebels scored what could have been the match winning try.

"Just putting it down, it wasn’t in my head, I thought it's be easy just to knock it out. To be honest I didn't know, which was my fault, and I learnt a big lesson so it's not going to happen again," said Naiyaravoro, who remains eligible for both Fiji and Australia.

Both hits from skipper Dennis can be seen in the video below. Brutal.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Wrapround from Rugby HQ - Week 1

Super Rugby is back which means that it's that time of year when the Fox Sports guys put in the long hours to bring us all their weekly serving of random titbits from the week gone by. According to Sean Maloney there will be no more Top 5's, so this new format is set to replace those segments.

On this occasion they feature some outrageous clips from the USA Sevens, a shocker of a missed try from Super Rugby, a George North/Israel Folau renenactment in club rugby and that man Sean O'Brien casually clearing out two or three forwards in the Six Nations, as you do.

View our Top 5 archive for more great funnies and brilliant rugby moments from years gone by

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