Posts for April 2009

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Best tries of the Top 14 - Round 22

The big news in the Top 14 today is that Racing Metro have signed French captain Lionel Nallet and the Caveman himself, Sbastien Chabal. Racing Metro have just been promoted to the Top 14, so are going on a spending spree in preparation for next season. MORE »

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Midweek Madness - Substitute that bloody Ref

Weve featured quite a few referee related clips here on RD in the past, most of which have involved the ref being knocked over, tackled, losing his footing, and last week we even saw a ref tackle a player. Todays clip though, is a first. MORE »

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Super 14 Pick of the Week - Round 11

Round 11 of the Super 14 brought about a shifting of the top four as we saw a few outstanding performances, some upsets, and a change of no less than nine positions on the table. MORE »

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tana Umaga hits hard, then sets up Jerry Collins for the try

With Tana Umaga making his return to the playing field recently at Toulon, there's been renewed interest around the world from people wondering how he's getting on at the ripe old age of thirty five. MORE »

Monday, April 27, 2009

The School of Hard Knocks - Episodes 1 & 2

We've got something slightly different for you today as we bring you the first two episodes of season two of The School of Hard Knocks, featuring Will Greenwood and Scott Quinnell. MORE »

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Jamie Heaslip cracking hit on Bernardo Stortoni

Leinster beat the Glasgow Warriors 36-13 in the Magners League on Saturday, scoring four second half tries which should give them some much needed momentum and confidence ahead of their upcoming Heineken Cup semi-final meeting with Munster. MORE »

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Super 14 Pick of the Week - Round 10

As Round 11 of the Super 14 comes to an end, we look back at some of the best tries of last weekends action, with our weekly Super 14 Pick of the Week, this time for Round 10. MORE »

Friday, April 24, 2009

Friday Funnies - Matt Henjak high tackled by the referee

Toulon achieved their biggest win of the season by upsetting Toulouse 14-6 in front of a packed Stade Velodrome last weekend in the Top 14. MORE »

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Dan Carter Interview on life in France and his injury

Injured All Black flyhalf Dan Carter is still on the sidelines and in the recovery process since rupturing his Achilles tendon in late January. Contracted to Perpignan, the 59 test veteran and 2005 player of the year will miss the rest of the French season. MORE »

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Jimmy Cowan red card for hit on Jimmy Gopperth

All Black Jimmy Cowan was red carded on the weekend as his side, the Highlanders, went down 26-6 to the Blues in their Super 14 meeting at Eden Park. MORE »

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

British & Irish Lions 2009 Squad

The squad for the British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa has been revealed at a press conference in London. There have been one or two surprises but all in all its a powerful squad with a fine mix of experience and youth. MORE »

Monday, April 20, 2009

Lions Memories - The Changing Room

Tomorrow the British & Irish Lions squad for the tour of South Africa will be announced amid much speculation and hype. As is to be expected, all discussions in rugby circles currently are about which individuals will be chosen, and which countries represented. MORE »

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Cardiff Blues thump Gloucester to win the EDF Energy Cup

The Cardiff Blues picked up their third victory of the season against Gloucester yesterday, winning the EDF Energy Cup final at Twickenham. MORE »

Friday, April 17, 2009

Friday Funnies - Alex Grove's freak try vs Brive

Worcester held off a brave Brive come back in the European Challenge Cup as the French side came back to within four points of the home side, after being down 17-3 after tries from Marcel Garvey and Pat Sanderson. MORE »

Friday, April 17, 2009

Super 14 Pick of the Week - Round 9

As another jam packed weekend of rugby action kicked off in Auckland this morning, weve got another serving of our Super 14 Pick of the Week for you, featuring some of the better tries from last weekends games. MORE »

Thursday, April 16, 2009

London Irish and Bourgoin classic at the Madejski Stadium

London Irish narrowly lost to Bourgoin in the European Challenge Cup last week after a Delon Armitage kick sailed wide, resulting in the 32-30 win for the visitors. MORE »

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Clermont beat Stade Francais - Big hits by Leguizamon and Liebenberg

Clermont beat arch rivals Stade Francais 21-19 in the Top 14 in front of an incredible 79 842 spectators, a record for a regular season French championship game. MORE »

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Midweek Madness - Romanian mass brawl

This is the big fight that took place in Bucharest on Saturday in a match between Dinamo Bucaresti and Farul Constanta. Weve found the two clips which we feel feature the most comprehensive coverage of the incident. MORE »

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Munster surge in the semis with big win over the Ospreys

Heineken Cup champions Munster once again showed why theyre the front runners for this years competition as they tore apart a below par Ospreys side at Thomond Park on Sunday. MORE »

Monday, April 13, 2009

Cardiff Blues edge out Toulouse at the Millennium Stadium

Kiwi Ben Blair booted Toulouse out of the Heineken Cup with his three penalties that ultimately proved the difference in this tight quarter final match in Cardiff. The incredible defensive effort of the Blues though was what ultimately produced the 9-6 victory. MORE »

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Leicester vs Bath - Big hits and Dupuy's winning try

A packed Walkers Stadium were treated to a thrilling finish as their Leicester Tigers snuck victory in the final minute against Bath in Saturdays Heineken Cup quarter final clash. MORE »

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Heineken Cup Quarter Finals trailer

Theres a feast of rugby this weekend as we see the next round of the Heineken Cup take center stage in Europe with the Quarter Finals. 91 000 tickets have been sold before the weekend started. MORE »

Friday, April 10, 2009

Super 14 Pick of the Week - Round 8

As we head into Week Nine of the 2009 Super 14 we take a look back at the best of last weekends action, with our weekly Super 14 Pick of the Week. MORE »

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Jonny Sexton suspended for kick on Lefeimi Mafi

Munster got the better of their fierce rivals Leinster at Thomond Park on Saturday with a 22-5 win in the Magners League. Leinster took a double blow as Jonny Sexton has been suspended for two matches following an incident with Lefeimi Mafi. MORE »

Thursday, April 09, 2009

South Africa defend the Adelaide Sevens title

South Africa successfully defended their Adelaide Sevens title with a convincing 26-7 win over Kenya in the final on Sunday. It was the first ever all Africa final, something which should go a long way in terms of the drive to get Sevens into the Olympics. MORE »

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Leicester go top with a great win over Sale

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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Shawn Mackay 1982-2009

Brumbies forward Shawn Mackay died on Monday morning in a Durban hospital after complications following being hit by an armed response security vehicle outside a nightclub eight days earlier. Mackay was just twenty six. MORE »

Monday, April 06, 2009

Lions Memories - To be a Lion

The British and Irish Lions set sail for South Africa in a few months on what should be an epic battle of endurance and guile as they take on the World Champions in their own backyard. MORE »

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Julian White floors Andrew Sheridan with one punch

Farmer Julian White was red carded yesterday as the Leicester Tigers roared back to the top of the Guinness Premiership with a 37-31 win over Sale. MORE »

Friday, April 03, 2009

Classic Welsh Tries from 1970 to 2008

Weve got a fantastic video for you to get your weekend started with that features classic Welsh tries from the last forty years. While the timing of the video is pretty irrelevant, what it is, is a magnificent showcase of running rugby and superb tries. MORE »

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Scott Quinnell's crossbar challenge - Saracens

Big Scott Quinnell travelled to Saracens this week, to see who could take on his throwing arm in the thoroughly enjoyable, Crossbar Challenge. MORE »

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Midweek Madness - George Gregan's party trick

From young to old, amateur to professional, we all celebrate victory in different ways. Winning means something special to each one of us, and can be the reward for the hard work thats gone in for weeks before a big game. MORE »

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Fiji and England classic Quarter Final in Hong Kong

England were determined to beat all before them in Hong Kong after their unfortunate Sevens World Cup loss in Dubai recently. It was not to be though as they went up against eventual champions Fiji in a dramatic Quarter Final. MORE »