Posts for June 2009

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Peter De Villiers speaks out on Schalk Burger, rugby, and of course, ballet

Controversial Springbok coach Peter De Villiers has yet again come out with some puzzling views on the recent second Test in the British & Irish Lions series. MORE »

Monday, June 29, 2009

Sergio Parisse suspended for eight weeks for eye-gouge

Italian captain Sergio Parisse has been suspended for eight weeks after an eye-gouging incident during his teams 27-6 loss to New Zealand on Saturday. MORE »

Monday, June 29, 2009

Bakkies Botha suspended for two weeks after injuring Adam Jones

Springbok lock Bakkies Botha has been banned for two weeks after being found guilty of 'dangerous charging' on Adam Jones, an incident that left the British & Irish Lions prop with a dislocated shoulder. MORE »

Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Wallabies defeat the French in Sydney

Sydney was the venue on Saturday as the Wallabies hosted France in a once off Test match that resulted in the hosts coming out convincing winners, 22-6. MORE »

Sunday, June 28, 2009

All Blacks disappointed after low-scoring win over Italy

New Zealand put in an unconvincing display as they beat Italy 27-6 at Lancaster Park in Christchurch on Saturday. It was the lowest NZ score against the Italians in their last ten matches, and the first time theyve failed to score more than fifty points. MORE »

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Last minute penalty wins epic contest, and series, for the Springboks at Loftus

A last minute penalty from the darling of Loftus, Morne Steyn, decided the fate of the 2009 British & Irish Lions as they went down 28-25 to the Springboks in Pretoria in an epic contest. The Springboks win the series, 2-0. MORE »

Saturday, June 27, 2009

British & Irish Lions fans on tour - Scrum Safari

An estimated 30 000 British & Irish Lions fans will squeeze into Loftus Versfeld this afternoon for the second Test against the hosts, the Springboks. While it's predominantly a rugby tour, for those fans, it's been a holiday like no other. MORE »

Friday, June 26, 2009

Mathieu Bastareaud admits he lied about being assaulted in New Zealand

Young French centre Mathieu Bastareaud, who initially made claims that hed been attacked by between four and five men in Wellington on the weekend, has now changed his story and admitted that he actually lied about what actually happened. MORE »

Friday, June 26, 2009

Stirling Mortlock hit on Sonny Bill Williams - Thats the way the big boys do it

We've had a number of requests for this bone-jarring hit from the Barbarians match against the Wallabies in Sydney a few weeks back. MORE »

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Lions legends Gareth Edwards and Gavin Hastings discuss the Second Test

The British & Irish Lions head to Pretoria on Saturday to take on the Springboks in the second Test of the series following the 21-26 loss in Durban last weekend. MORE »

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Kenyan rugby and Safari Sevens tournament growing in popularity

Kenyan rugby has come on in leaps and bounds of late, as the national Sevens side have proven to be giant killers on this years IRB World Sevens Series circuit. With wins over the best in the business, the Tusker Safari Sevens was the perfect homecoming for the side that has done a great deal for rugby back home. MORE »

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Scrum on the Beach this summer

As we saw in Cape Town, its winter down south with pretty chilly conditions for rugby being seen at Newlands, as well as Canberra and Dunedin recently. The good news for those of you up north is, its summertime. MORE »

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Emerging Springboks snatch a dramatic draw against the British & Irish Lions

The British & Irish Lions suffered their first non-Test hiccup in Cape Town earlier tonight as they drew with the Emerging Springboks after a frantic last minute of rugby in atrocious conditions. MORE »

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Ireland A beat the England Saxons to win the Churchill Cup

Ireland A won the Churchill Cup tournament with a convincing 49-22 final victory over England Saxons in Denver, Colorado this past weekend. MORE »

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Stick Phil Vickery on the wing - Great prop try from 2002

Since the weekend's Test between the British & Irish Lions and the Springboks in Durban, Phil Vickery has had his reputation diminished slightly as he took a mauling in the scrum. On the wing, Ugo Monye has suffered a similar fate following his lack of finishing. MORE »

Monday, June 22, 2009

Junior All Blacks run riot against Fiji in the Pacific Nations Cup

Hosea Gear scored a hatrick of tries as the Junior All Blacks convincingly beat Fiji 45-17 in their Pacific Nations Cup meeting at Churchill Park in Lautoka. MORE »

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Springboks take the lead in the series against the Lions

The much anticipated first Test of the British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa kicked off in Durban earlier today at a packed Kingspark. The Springboks blundered an early lead to let the Lions back into the match, but did enough to come away with the 26-21 win. MORE »

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Wallabies once again too strong for Italy

The Wallabies were once again too strong for Italy as they beat them 34-12 to win their two match series, following on from their 31-8 victory in Canberra last weekend. MORE »

Saturday, June 20, 2009

New Zealand level the series against France in Wellington

The All Blacks drew the two Test series with France in a rain drenched Wellington after a 14-10 win that went some way towards redeeming the pride of the nation. MORE »

Friday, June 19, 2009

Lions Memories - Selection

On the eve of the first meeting in the three Test series in South Africa, we've got a short video for you that talks about being selected for the Lions, and what it means to a player to be chosen amongst the privileged few. MORE »

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Looking back at the Lions' series win in South Africa in 1997

As we all know, the British & Irish Lions play the first Test of the 2009 tour of South Africa against the Springboks in Durban this Saturday. This years crop will look to emulate their successful predecessors, who famously won the series the last time they visited the country, back in 1997. MORE »

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Top 14 Biggest Hits of the season compilation

Last week we posted an awesome compilation from the French Top 14 that featured some of the of the best tries of the season, scored around the country in one of the most fascinating tournaments in rugby. MORE »

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Southern Kings stand up to the British & Irish Lions in Port Elizabeth

The Lions kept up their unbeaten record in South Africa as they came away with a 20-8 win against the newly formed Southern Kings, at the highly impressive Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. MORE »

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Classic Encounters - Wallabies vs Barbarians 1984

Last weekend we watched as the Wallabies trounced the Barbarians in a one sided match at the Sydney Football Stadium. Today we look back at a classic meeting between the two sides from December 1984, at Cardiff Arms Park. MORE »

Monday, June 15, 2009

Andy Powell huge hit on Duane Vermeulen

Cardiff Blues eighthman Andy Powell put in a solid performance on Saturday against Western Province as he looks to cement his place in the Test side by ousting the number one contender Jamie Heaslip. MORE »

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Argentina beat England in Salta to level the series 1-1

Argentina won the second match of the two Test series against England 24-22 at Padre Martearena Stadium on Saturday, redeeming themselves after last weekends loss at Old Trafford. MORE »

Saturday, June 13, 2009

The British & Irish Lions snatch the win over Western Province

The British & Irish Lions made it five out of five at Newlands as they snuck home with a 26-23 win over a well structured and determined Western Province in Cape Town. MORE »

Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Wallabies cruise to victory over Italy

Young James O'Connor marked his first start in a Test match with a hatrick as Australia comfortably beat Italy 31-8 at a chilly Canberra Stadium on Saturday. MORE »

Saturday, June 13, 2009

France upset the All Blacks in Carisbrook

France put in a massive defensive effort and capitalised on opposition mistakes as they beat New Zealand 27-22 at Carisbrook in Dunedin in the first of their two Tests. MORE »

Friday, June 12, 2009

Friday Funnies - Just another Chiefs fan's reaction to the Bulls victory

It's been two weeks since the Bulls thrashed the Chiefs in the Super 14 final at Loftus in Pretoria. While many expected the Chiefs to put up more of a showing, there was one fan in particular who couldn't contain his outrage at the result. MORE »

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Ireland u20's challenge the Haka - Junior World Championship 2009

The Junior World Championship has captured the imagination of rugby fans across Japan as Under 20 sides from around the world compete for the title of the best team at that age group. MORE »

Thursday, June 11, 2009

British & Irish Lions win well against the Sharks in Durban

The British & Irish Lions put on a strong MORE »

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Top 14 Tries of the Season Compilation

Another French Top 14 season has come to a close as Perpignan captured the coveted Brennus Shield by beating Clermont in Paris on the weekend. MORE »

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Midweek Madness - Prop Ben Alexander's big dive try

Earlier in the week we posted the highlights of the Wallabies drubbing of the Barbarians at the Sydney Football Stadium from the weekend. A total of eight tries were scored by the home side, with this one standing out for us as a must share. MORE »

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The School of Hard Knocks - Episode 6

The School of Hard Knocks is nearing its conclusion as the group of troubled youths from North Wales go about finding their way around the rugby pitch, and everything that goes with it. MORE »

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Perpignan win the Top 14 Final against Clermont

Perpignan captured the famous Brennus Shielf as they beat Clermont 22-13 in the Top 14 final in front of 80 000 fans at the Stade De France in Paris on Saturday. MORE »

Monday, June 08, 2009

Ian Mcgeechan adamant the Test side is still undecided

British & Irish Lions coach Ian McGeechan is keeping mum about his Test team plans for the upcoming matches against the Springboks. He says that nothing in planned yet, as they're currently working on combinations. MORE »

Monday, June 08, 2009

England too Goode for Argentina at Old Trafford

England have moved up to fifth place on the IRB World Rankings after beating Argentina 37-15 at Old Trafford on Saturday after two tries from Delon Armitage, a try on debut by Matt Banahan, and 22 points from flyhalf Andy Goode. MORE »

Sunday, June 07, 2009

British & Irish Lions survive late scare to beat the Cheetahs

The Freestate Cheetahs came within inches of a famous upset victory over the British & Irish Lions on Saturday in Bloemfontein, as the relieved tourists came out on top 26-24. MORE »

Sunday, June 07, 2009

The Wallabies crush the Barbarians in Sydney

The Wallabies began their international season on a high note after they convincingly beat a star studded Barbarians team 55-7 in Sydney on Saturday. MORE »

Saturday, June 06, 2009

South Africa win the IRB Sevens World Series, Fiji win Edinburgh leg

Last weekend South Africa captured the much coveted title of IRB Sevens World Series champions. They secured the title on the Saturday, with Fiji narrowly beating them in the final on the Sunday, as they themselves picked up the Edinburgh Sevens title. MORE »

Friday, June 05, 2009

Aurelien Rougerie tribute ahead of the Top 14 Final

Tomorrow is the highlight of the French rugby calendar as the Top 14 Final between Clermont and Perpignan takes place at the Stade De France in Paris. MORE »

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

British & Irish Lions thrash the Golden Lions in Johannesburg

The British and Irish Lions ran riot at Ellis Park earlier tonight as they romped to a 74-10 victory over the Golden Lions in Johannesburg. MORE »

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

British & Irish Lions vs Bay of Plenty in 2005

The 2005 British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand got off to a similar start to what weve seen in 2009. The Lions were under pressure and looked close to slipping up, but came right in the last ten minutes against an impressive Bay of Plenty side. MORE »

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Brian O'Driscoll & Ugo Monye raring to go against the Golden Lions

The British & Irish Lions play their second tour match this evening in as they face the Golden Lions at Ellis Park in Johannesburg as they look to step up a gear. MORE »

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

The Barbarians defeat England at Twickenham

The Barbarians scored five tries as they defeated England 33-26 in an entertaining match at Twickenham on Saturday. The home side came back strongly in the second half, but fell short of victory. MORE »

Monday, June 01, 2009

Sonny Bill Williams makes his boxing debut in Brisbane

Toulons Sonny Bill Williams is never far from the limelight, especially of late as the former League superstar made his professional boxing debut in Brisbane last week. MORE »