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Vern Cotter unveils strong Scotland squad for RWC opener vs Japan

Japan has leapfrogged Scotland on the IRB rankings. Scotland go in as the underdogs. Who'da thunk?

8 Months, 4 Days ago

Highlights and celebrations from Japan's famous win over South Africa

I'm waiting for the day countries like Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania etc really discover rugby. Then we'll all be history. Some big, big boys up north.

8 Months, 4 Days ago

Highlights and celebrations from Japan's famous win over South Africa

Don't get me started on Schalk's fancy stuff. There was a time when he was a hard-as-nails, no nonsense flank - fearless tackler, stealer of ruck balls and decent link man. Then he started trying (and often succeeding) with cute offloads, flick-ons, through-the-legs passes and no-look pops. This then became his new "legend", and now he tries the speculative spectacular ALL THE FRIKKIN TIME. So many times in this Japan game, when we were clearly up against it and in need of some solid basics, he would try something adventurous and lose the ball. Drove me nuts all game long.

8 Months, 4 Days ago

Highlights and celebrations from Japan's famous win over South Africa

Scotland (12) are now below Japan (11) in the world rankings. Wouldn't even be called an upset.

8 Months, 4 Days ago

Highlights and celebrations from Japan's famous win over South Africa

As a South African and a lifelong Springbok fan, I am bitterly disappointed. I never saw this day coming, and even two days later it still hasn't sunk in. But there is something really uplifting about this. The way the Japanese approached this game was incredible. Not just their guts and passion, but their discipline too - they made so few errors for the Boks to capitalise on. But the best part of this story is what happened afterwards. Pics of Bok fans embracing tearful Japanese fans in the stadium, reports of Bok fans insisting that Japanese fans disembark the train first and giving them a guard of honour. Obviously we wanted to win, and we still want the World Cup. But stories like these are the next best thing. Japan deserves every bit of credit, and I'm so glad that some of it is coming from my own countrymen.

8 Months, 4 Days ago

The Top 8 Biggest Fends ever in New Zealand rugby

Rounded off with a little Twisted Sister "We're not gonna take it" on the stadium PA during the replay.

8 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Midweek Madness - Sprinklers interupt Barbarians vs Samoa match in London

Don't drink it, Bakkies! Not sure about London, but here in SA, irrigation water is often only semi-cleansed effluent. If you're on a golf course in SA and the sprinklers start up, you might want to quickly skip out of the way.

8 Months, 3 Weeks ago

The Top 8 Biggest Fends ever in New Zealand rugby

Got the distinct impression that both Gear and Earls knew exactly how it was going to play out.

8 Months, 3 Weeks ago

The Top 8 Biggest Fends ever in New Zealand rugby

Got the distinct impression that both Gear and Earls knew exactly how it was going to play out.

8 Months, 3 Weeks ago

The Top 8 Biggest Fends ever in New Zealand rugby

Three fends on the same player. You mean like this?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afIYetSJNso


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8 Months, 3 Weeks ago