Posts for August 2009

Monday, August 31, 2009

Currie Cup best tries mix - Round 8

South Africa's premier domestic competition, the Currie Cup, is in full swing and round 8 produced a host of great tries and one major upset in particular. MORE »

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Top 14 Highlights - Round 2

As always, all eyes are on the French Top 14 at the moment as the global interest for the tournament picks up once again, thanks in a large part to the big names that have joined this season. MORE »

Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Springboks impress as they beat the Wallabies in Perth

The Springboks silenced their critics as they produced a powerful running game on their way to a 32-25 win over the Wallabies in Perth on Saturday. This leaves them unbeaten in this years Tri Nations, with one hand on the trophy. MORE »

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Air New Zealand Cup - Round 4 Highlights

We have another cracking tries package for you today, from round 4 of the always entertaining Air New Zealand Cup's action from last weekend. MORE »

Friday, August 28, 2009

Adam Ashley-Cooper answers the Wallabies call

The Wallabies host the Springboks in Perth tomorrow in another crunch Tri Nations match. With a injury problems, the Wallabies have had to shuffle their backline again, with Mr Fix-It Adam Ashley-Cooper moving to inside centre. MORE »

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Guinness Premiership 2009 advert - The Race To Twickenham

The 2009 Guinness Premiership gets under way soon with the race to Twickenham having officially started at the launch earlier today. Reigning champions Leicester Tigers are the bookies favourites to retain the trophy, just ahead of beaten finalists London Irish. MORE »

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Top 14 Best Tries Mix from Round 1

The French Top 14 is back in full swing as we've seen two rounds of action already, with some great tries scored around the country in this brilliant championship of rugby that features top players from around the globe. MORE »

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Classic Encounters - Wallabies vs Springboks 1963

Were heading back in time today as we focus on a classic moment in Australian rugby history from almost fifty years ago, when the Springboks were defeated at home in consecutive Tests for the first time since 1896. MORE »

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Aaron Cruden destined for greatness after battling cancer

Young Kiwi flyhalf Aaron Cruden is a huge talent with an inspirational story. The Manawatu player was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer last year, but has since come back to lead his countrys Under 20 side to victory at the Junior World Cup. MORE »

Monday, August 24, 2009

Joe Van Niekerk scores for Toulon from neat Jonny Wilkinson chip

Toulon came good this past weekend as they beat fellow big spenders Racing Metro 27-13 at a packed Felix Mayol in the Top 14 on Saturday. MORE »

Monday, August 24, 2009

Mathieu Bastareaud returns to action with two big tackles

Stade Francais centre Mathieu Bastareaud returned to action last weekend in the Top 14, playing for the first time since the New Zealand tour drama with France. MORE »

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The All Blacks beat the Wallabies to retain the Bledisloe Cup

Dan Carter kicked a late penalty to take New Zealand into the lead and secure their 19-18 Tri Nations win over Australia in Sydney, retaining the Bledisloe Cup. MORE »

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Air New Zealand Cup - Round 3 Highlights

Round three of the Air New Zealand Cup produced a few classic tries, and closely contested matches. So far this season, the tournament has experienced great success, with fans from all over the country getting out and supporting their sides. MORE »

Friday, August 21, 2009

Friday Funnies - How to stop Jonah Lomu, with Kearnsey's Chalkboard

In his prime, Jonah Lomu was pretty much an unstoppable machine. Incredibly powerful, fast, and agile for a big guy, Jonah troubled defences for many years. MORE »

Thursday, August 20, 2009

All Blacks thump the Wallabies in Wellington 1996

In the first Bledisloe Cup match of 1996, that then fell under the newly formed era of professionalism, and the inaugral Tri Nations, it was the All Blacks that dominated in a game of high skill considering the conditions. MORE »

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Joe Rokocoko finds form with Auckland in the Air NZ Cup

Auckland picked up their first win of the season against Northland at the Kerikeri Domain on the weekend, with a supposedly out of sorts Joe Rokocoko finding his feet as he scored two tries, and played a significant part in two others. MORE »

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Dean Richards banned for three years following the fake blood scandal

Dean Richards, former Director of rugby at Harlequins, has been handed a three year ban from coaching following his involvement in the Bloodgate scandal. Winger Tom Williams, who was the player it surrounded, has had his ban reduced to just 4 months. MORE »

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Ryan Kankowski finishes off a great Sharks try against the Lions

The Natal Sharks held off large amounts of pressure from the Lions at Ellis Park this weekend, but managed to come away with a 30-19 Currie Cup win after scoring three tries away from home. MORE »

Monday, August 17, 2009

Early hit sends player to hospital with ruptured spleen

The grandson of former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke was in intensive care last week following an atrocious hit by Manly winger Leon Bott. MORE »

Monday, August 17, 2009

Blue Bulls snatch the win at the death from Griquas

The Blue Bulls tarnished Griquas' unbeaten run in this years Currie Cup with a late try that broke the hearts of the Kimberley locals. Scoring four tries to three, the Blue Bulls won 25-24 in another entertaining match. MORE »

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Air New Zealand Cup - Round 2 Highlights

As Round 3 of the Air New Zealand Cup came to a close today, we take a look back at some of the best tries from Round 2 of New Zealand's main domestic competition. MORE »

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Toulon draw with Stade Francais in Top 14 opener

The French Top 14 kicked off at Stade Mayol on Friday night as Toulon hosted visitors Stade Francais in front of a sell-out crowd. The match wasnt a classic by any means, but it was tense at times and ended in a 22-22 draw. MORE »

Friday, August 14, 2009

Jonny Wilkinson raring to go for Toulon and England

The great man is back. Tonight, Jonny Wilkinson will confidently stride out for his new club Toulon in the French Top 14 as they take on Stade Francais in the opening match of the new season. MORE »

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Clyde Rathbone retires - Winning try vs the Springboks in 2004

Australian international Clyde Rathbone has called it on a day on his rugby career, sadly hanging up his boots at the tender age of just 28. MORE »

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Griquas edge Western Province in Currie Cup thriller

In front of a large crowd that included players from the team that won the Currie Cup in 1970, Griquas edged out Western Province in another great match in between these two Cape rivals. MORE »

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Winston Stanley let off, but Paul Williams gets suspended for Carter late hit

Auckland outside backs Winston Stanley and Paul Williams were both cited following incidents on the weekend that took place during their 22-16 loss to Canterbury. MORE »

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Recalled All Black Dan Carter scores for Canterbury against Auckland

A fit again Dan Carter has been recalled to the All Black squad as he looks to have recovered well from his injury. Carter has played two matches for Canterbury in the Air New Zealand Cup, scoring against Auckland this past weekend. MORE »

Monday, August 10, 2009

Bakkies Botha big hit on Berrick Barnes at Newlands

Springboks locks Bakkies Botha and Victor Matfield notched up their record 50th Test as a combination against the Wallabies on the weekend in Cape Town. MORE »

Monday, August 10, 2009

Plays of the Month for July 2009

In June we saw the international season of rugby kick off with the British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa, as well as other Test matches taking place in rugby's hotspots. In July, those matches were wrapped up and the Tri Nations began. MORE »

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Springboks beat the Wallabies at Newlands

South Africa continued their good run of form with another Tri Nations win, this time against the Wallabies in Cape Town. They strengthened their grip on the tournament with the 29-17 victory over the tourists. MORE »

Friday, August 07, 2009

Matt Giteau - A tribute to an incredible flyhalf

Ahead of the Tri Nations match between the Springboks and the Wallabies in Cape Town on Saturday, we've got this really good video tribute to one of the players that will no doubt have a huge influence on the match. MORE »

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Air New Zealand Cup - Round 1 Highlights

As you now know, New Zealand's domestic rugby competition, the Air New Zealand Cup, kicked off last weekend around the country as the best provincial sides met. MORE »

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

The Isaac Ross yellow card against the Springboks

On Saturday in Durban the Springboks beat New Zealand for the second week in a row as they applied immense pressure on the tourists, resulting in a few moments of indiscipline which they were penalised for by stringent Welsh referee Nigel Owens. MORE »

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Marius Joubert hatrick against the All Blacks in 2004

With the Tri Nations being the biggest thing on the go at the moment in the world of rugby, we're randomly featuring matches from the past as we add to our comprehensive archive off the best bits from the game we love. MORE »

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Willie Ripia gets out of trouble by passing to the Ref

Willie Ripia gets out of trouble as he passes the ball to the referee! MORE »

Monday, August 03, 2009

Auckland thrashed by Hawkes Bay in the Air New Zealand Cup

Hawkes Bay thrashed Auckland on the weekend as their 2009 Air New Zealand Cup campaigns got underway at Mclean Park in Napier. MORE »

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Steyn boots Boks to another win over All Blacks

The Springboks beat the All Blacks for the second consecutive week as they took Saturdays Tri Nations match 31-19 in Durban. Morne Steyn once again stepped up as he scored all of the home sides points. MORE »