Posts for July 2009

Friday, July 31, 2009

The ins and outs of the Bath drugs scandal

Amid one of the biggest drug scandals in rugby history, former Bath trio Michael Lipman, Alex Crockett, and Andrew Higgins face a Rugby Football Union hearing over their alleged use of prohibited substances. MORE »

Friday, July 31, 2009

Classic Encounter - Springboks vs All Blacks 2000

A few weeks after the Test of the Century between the All Blacks and Australia, Ellis Park in Johannesburg played host to a match that was right up there with the best in terms of entertainment, action, and emotionally charged Test matches. MORE »

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Nigel Walker relives the memories of competing in the Olympics

Last year we featured a clip of former Welsh winger Nigel Walker scoring a fantastic 100m try for Cardiff against Pontypridd. Today we have a more in-depth look at the man's achievements in both athletics and rugby. MORE »

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Flour Bomb Test - All Blacks vs Springboks 1981

The 1981 Springbok tour of New Zealand will sadly be remembered most for the political turmoil off the field, culminating in a light airplane circling the pitch during the final match in Auckland. This was the Flour Bomb Test. MORE »

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Modern Rugby Player - Pre-season training at Gloucester

Life as a professional rugby player is far more demanding than doing a bit of running at training, and turning up on matchday, then having some beers afterwards. Gone are the days of players getting by on talent alone. It's now a full time job, and one that requires a lot of hard work. MORE »

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

All Blacks Haka against the Springboks in Bloemfontein

We've had a few requests for the Haka from the Tri Nations Test between the Springboks and the All Blacks this past weekend in Bloemfontein. MORE »

Monday, July 27, 2009

NRL ref knocked out cold following collision and knee to the head

National Rugby League referee Tony De Las Heras was knocked out cold last Friday night after being bumped over then kneed in the head as the South Sydney Rabbitohs charged towards the tryline against the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium. MORE »

Monday, July 27, 2009

Timana Tahu leaves Union to go back to Rugby League

Wallaby back Timana Tahu has walked out on Australian rugby union as he wants to return to rugby league with the Parramatta Eels, it was announced last week. MORE »

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Springboks too strong for the All Blacks in Bloemfontein

South Africa got their 2009 Tri Nations campaign off to a good start as they held of a second half New Zealand comeback to win the match 28-19 in Bloemfontein. MORE »

Friday, July 24, 2009

Greatest Rugby Duel - Springboks vs All Blacks Parts 4-6

Today we have the next three parts of this fascinating documentary that looks into the history of the rivalry between two of the great rugby nations, South Africa and New Zealand. MORE »

Friday, July 24, 2009

Greatest Rugby Duel - Springboks vs All Blacks Parts 1-3

This weekend in Bloemfontein the Springboks will host the All Blacks as another chapter of their story continues. It has been called the greatest rivalry in rugby, as the history between the two sides is filled with fierce competition and intense battles. MORE »

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Classic Encounter - All Blacks vs Springboks 2004

After a dismal 2003, 2004 was a far better year for the Springboks as they went on to win the Tri Nations for the first time since 1998. Winning abroad was still an issue for them though, as this classic match was snatched at the death by the supreme finisher, Doug Howlett. MORE »

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Jean De Villiers on his way to Munster

Munster announced earlier this week that theyve signed South African player of the year for 2008, center Jean De Villiers. De Villiers is on his way, moving from his beloved Western Province as soon as the current Tri Nations is over. MORE »

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Harlequins hit hard with massive fine and suspension after fake injury

Harlequins have been slapped with a mammoth £215, 000 fine for faking an injury to their wing Tom Williams during the closing stages of the Heineken Cup quarter final. MORE »

Saturday, July 18, 2009

All Blacks win Tri Nations opener against the Wallabies

New Zealand drew first blood in the 2009 Bledisloe Cup and Tri-Nations series with an entertaining, hard-fought 22-16 victory over Australia in Auckland on Saturday. MORE »

Friday, July 17, 2009

Tri Nations opener - Richie McCaw back, Stephen Donald at flyhalf

Stephen Donald has been chosen at flyhalf ahead of Luke McAlister for the opening Test of the Tri Nations series in Auckland this weekend. MORE »

Friday, July 17, 2009

Friday Funnies - Jamie Roberts helps Luke Fitzgerald to cool off

Following the successful 1997 British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa, a fantastic DVD was released that captured behind the scenes footage of the antics that took place both on the field, and off it. Here we have a 2009 preview of what we might see when the latest DVD gets released. MORE »

Thursday, July 16, 2009

2009 Lions tour reflection from Gerald Davies

The dust has settled after the tumultuous British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa for 2009 which the hosts won 2-1. The Lions restored pride though by winning the final Test. Total Rugby caught up with Lions manager, Gerald Davies. MORE »

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Classic Encounter - Wallabies snatch victory over All Blacks in 2001

The 2009 Tri Nations series kicks off this weekend as the Wallabies travel to Auckland to see if they can beat the All Blacks there for the first time in 23 years. As a preview, we've pulled out footage from the 2001 thriller that was decided in the last minute by a now famous Toutai Kefu try. MORE »

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Classic Encounter - Fiji vs Barbarians 1991 Hong Kong Sevens

Occasionally we get contributions and links sent in of rare archive footage that's been converted to digital and uploaded to be shared with the rugby world. This is the case with this great clip from the 1991 Hong Kong Sevens. MORE »

Monday, July 13, 2009

All Blacks sneak the 1st Test against the British Lions in 1993

As the 2009 British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa has come to an end with the usual discussions about refereeing, as well as a famous last minute penalty, weve had a request for some footage from a match in 1993 that featured much of the same. MORE »

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Chris Jack scores within a minute on Western Province debut

All Black lock Chris Jack scored a debut try for Western Province in the Currie Cup after no less than 22 seconds as his new team beat the Shark 29-15 at Newlands on Saturday. MORE »

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Midweek Madness - The Brussow Bounce

We've come across a pretty ridiculous, but fairly entertaining video for you today from the third test of the epic Lions vs Springboks series that concluded in Johannesburg on the weekend. MORE »

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

The School of Hard Knocks - The Final

The much anticipated final of the School of Hard Knocks is finally here. Will Greenwood and Scott Quinnell have sculpted a group of troubled youths into a hardened rugby team over a period of a few weeks, and their final challenge is upon them. MORE »

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

British & Irish Lions tour - Scrum Safari 3

The 2009 British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa will forever be remembered as one of the toughest in the history of the sport. On the field, bruising encounters and tense finishes were the order of the day. MORE »

Monday, July 06, 2009

Simon Shaw gets a two week suspension following the third Test

British & Irish Lions lock Simon Shaw has been suspended for two weeks following the third and final Test against South Africa at Ellis Park on Saturday. MORE »

Saturday, July 04, 2009

British & Irish Lions beat the Boks in Johannesburg

The British & Irish Lions have ended their 2009 tour of South Africa on a high after convincingly beating the Springboks 28-9 at Ellis Park in the third and final Test. MORE »

Friday, July 03, 2009

The British & Irish Lions

On Saturday we witnessed one of the greatest games ever to be played in Lions rugby history. It was an epic Test match that had drama from start to finish. The series is decided as a contest, but the British & Irish Lions live on, and still have plenty to prove as they must live up to those who fought before them. MORE »

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Plays of the Month for June 2009

The month of June was jam-packed with international rugby action as Test matches took centre stage across the globe, with all the major sides either starting, or finishing their rugby seasons. MORE »

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Top players reflect on their greatest achievements

Weve got an insightful clip for you today that features some of the top players and coaches in the game discussing their greatest achievements in rugby, and in life. MORE »

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

New Zealand u20's beat England u20's to win the Junior World Championship

Last weekend the New Zealand Under-20 side set the standard in junior rugby as they put on a highly impressive display against a strong England side at the Junior World Championship in Tokyo. New Zealand won the Final 44-28. MORE »