Posts for November 2008

Sunday, November 30, 2008

New Zealand beat England to cap off Grand Slam success

Two second half Mils Muliana tried helped New Zealand pile on the points as they claimed a 32-6 victory over an error-stream England at Twickenham on Saturday. The win meant that theyve now achieved a Grand Slam over all the four home nations, a feat not achieved since 2005, and before that, 1978. MORE »

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Why New Zealand do the Haka

A week after seeing Wales stand up to and stare down the Haka, debate continues to flow about what is in fact the correct way to face the famous prematch ritual. Some have taken it one step further, questioning why it is that New Zealand are actually given the right to perform the Haka at all. MORE »

Friday, November 28, 2008

Australia triumph against France in Paris

The Wallabies meet Wales in Cardiff on Saturday, a week after their 18-13 win against the French at Stade de France. They are so far unbeaten on their European tour, but will look to lift their game as they were in some respects pretty lucky to come away with a win in Paris, thanks to some poor kicking from the hosts. MORE »

Friday, November 28, 2008

South Africa thump England at Twickenham

England play New Zealand tomorrow as they look to regain the faith of the public after their awful performance against the Springboks on Saturday. The World Champions handed the hosts their worst defeat at Twickenham ever, crushing them 42-6 in a one side rematch of the World Cup Final. MORE »

Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Welsh response to the All Blacks Haka

On Saturday we watched as a great test match took place in Cardiff between hosts Wales and the all conquering All Blacks. It was a tale of two halves as Wales competed manfully in the first, but were no match in the second as New Zealand came out tops 29-9 in the end. MORE »

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Pacific Islanders defeat Italy for their first Test win

The Pacific Islanders recorded a historic first ever Test Match win on Saturday as they defeated Italy 25-17 at the Stadio Giglio to finish their tour on a high. MORE »

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Frederic Michalak crazy spear tackle in the Top 14

Toulouse flyhalf Frederic Michalak had another eventful evening on Friday when his side scraped to a narrow 18-12 win over Bourgoin in the Top 14. MORE »

Monday, November 24, 2008

Best tries of the Top 14 - Round 10

After another hectic weekend of rugby action, we're starting off today with some footage from the Top 14 in France, and more specifically, the top tries from round 10 of this facinating league. MORE »

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Argentina beat Italy in Turin

Argentina edged Italy 22-14 this past Saturday for its first win since June, and earned a return to the top four in the world rugby rankings. MORE »

Friday, November 21, 2008

Munster vs the All Blacks - Haka & tries

After a 30 year absence, the All Blacks returned to Limerick to take on Munster once again, the side that so famously beat them 12-0 in 1978. This time around though, it was the men from New Zealand who came out on top, avenging defeat with a hard-fought 18-16 win after Joe Rokocokos late try helped them avoid a historic repeat. MORE »

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Stirling Mortlock's great tackle on Riki Flutey

Wallaby captain Stirling Mortlock put this fantastic hit in on Englands Riki Flutey when they played this past weekend to a 28-14 win at Twickenham for the visitors. MORE »

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Selection of the best Top 14 tries after round 9

It's been a while since we've brought you the Best Tries of the Top 14. It's back though, and this time we have a selection of the best action up to round 9. MORE »

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sebastien Chabal big tackle on Sisa Koyamaibole of the Pacific Islanders

Since the weekend, we've received more than a few requests for a tackle that Sebastien Chabal put in against the Pacific Islanders on Saturday. MORE »

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Munster vs the All Blacks - 1978 and 2008

All eyes will be on Thomond Park tonight as Munster host the All Blacks, 30 years after their famous 12-0 victory over the tourists from New Zealand. The match itself, while not featuring both first teams, will be an occasion not to be missed. MORE »

Monday, November 17, 2008

Australia down England at Twickenham

The Wallabies defeated England 28-14 at Twickenham on Saturday to take the Cook Cup and achieve their first win at the England fortress in four years. MORE »

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Napolioni Nalaga knockout hit on Jean-Baptiste Elissalde

Try scoring machine Napolioni Nalaga saw red yesterday as he was sent off for an awful looking tackle on flyhalf Jean-Baptiste Elissalde. The loss of the player did nothing to help the Pacific Islanders as they went down 42-17 to the French at the Bonal Stadium. MORE »

Sunday, November 16, 2008

New Zealand triumph against Ireland at Croke Park

New Zealand overcame an error-prone first half to defeat Ireland 22-3 yesterday and maintain their 22-match unbeaten run against the hosts. MORE »

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Welcome back Freddie - Kefu hit on Michalak

French flyhalf Frederic Michalak had a nightmare return back to the Top 14 yesterday against Toulon, as he not only missed a handful of kicks, but took a massive knock to go with it. MORE »

Saturday, November 15, 2008

England vs Australia 1995 World Cup Quarter Final

Australia take on England at Twickenham this afternoon in what should be yet another fiercely contested battle between the two rugby powerhouses. Today we're going to take a look back to their famous 1995 RWC Quarter Final in South Africa. MORE »

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Jean de Villiers moat incident vs Argentina in 2005

In November 2005 South Africa took on Argentina at the Estadio Velez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires in a match that was remembered more for this bizarre incident than for the quality of play on display. The Springboks won 34-23 in a physical and scrappy match that was watched by a typically passionate home crowd. MORE »

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Australia pushed all the way by Italy in Padova

Australia scored a late, face-saving try through debutant Quade Cooper as they came up with a 30-20 victory over Italy in Padova on Saturday. MORE »

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Scotland undone by New Zealand at Murrayfield

New Zealand got the first leg of their Grand Slam tour under way with a comfortable 32-6 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday. With plenty of talk pre-match about the second string All Black outfit that coach Graeme Henry selected, the Scots still werent quite good enough to pose a threat to the Tri Nations champions. MORE »

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Ireland notch up fifty against the visiting Canadians

Declan Kidneys first game in charge of Ireland began in convincing fashion on Saturday as they swept aside Canada with a eight try romp at Thomond Park. The 55-0 final score, in rain-drenched conditions, was a good confidence booster for the Irish ahead of their clash with the All Blacks. MORE »

Monday, November 10, 2008

England win comfortably against the Pacific Islanders

England got their Autumn Tests campaign off to a good start on Saturday as they defeated the Pacific Islanders 39-13 at Twickenham. The match was expected to be a much tighter affair, but the experience and professionalism of the England outfit was too good the Islanders, who despite having a few big name stars, simply couldnt gel as a unit. MORE »

Sunday, November 09, 2008

South Africa beat Wales at the Millenium Stadium

World Cup holders South Africa opened their November international season with a 20-15 victory over European champions Wales at the Millennium stadium on Saturday. MORE »

Friday, November 07, 2008

Friday Funnies - Paul Sackey's astounding rugby knowledge

A few weeks back we featured a rather amusing clip of Harlequins and England winger MORE »

Friday, November 07, 2008

Pacific Islanders combined war dance - Siva Tau

England gets the Martin Johnson coaching era under way at Twickenham on Saturday with a mouth watering clash against the touring Pacific Islanders team. It will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts, as the combined Fiji, Samoa, and Tongan side comprises of top notch talent who have the ability to turn a game on its head. MORE »

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Michael Brial's assault on Frank Bunce in 1996

Not too long ago we featured the 1996 classic Bledisloe Cup match between the Wallabies and the All Blacks from Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Frank Bunce scored the late winning try, but it was Michael Brials malicious attack on him early on that had many people talking. MORE »

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Wales vs South Africa - Wembley 1998

Wales host South Africa at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday as the World Champions take on the Grand Slam winners at home. We thought wed take a look back ten years as in 1998 we saw two very contrasting matches taking place, with 6 months being a very long time in rugby. MORE »

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Montauban crush Toulon - Delasau picks up hatrick

A week after their surprise 30-25 victory away at Clermont, Montauban once again showed that theyre one of the more exciting teams in the Top 14 as they ran in six tries on their way to crushing the struggling Toulon 42-20 at Sapiac. MORE »

Monday, November 03, 2008

Jason Spice coathangers Joe Maddock


Sunday, November 02, 2008

New Zealand beat Australia in Hong Kong

The All Blacks and Wallabies met in Hong Kong on Saturday for a historic first ever Bledisloe Cup match held outside of Australasia. The All Blacks came from behind to win the game 19-14 and retain the Bledisloe Cup, making it 3-1 to New Zealand for this years game's between the two arch rivals. MORE »

Sunday, November 02, 2008

A short tribute to JPR Williams

While we strive to bring you the best action from the present, one of our core goals is creating a rugby archive that encompasses all the great moments from the past as well. That includes looking back on legends of years gone by. On this occasion, that legend is JPR Williams. MORE »