Posts for November 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009

Argentina snatch victory over Scotland with a late dropgoal

Argentina ruined the Murrayfield festivities as they beat Scotland 9-6 on Saturday, a week after the Scots historic win over Australia. MORE »

Saturday, November 28, 2009

France thumped at home by rampant All Blacks

The All Blacks, wearing all white, outclassed France in Marseilles as they ended their end of year tour with another win by beating the French 39-12. MORE »

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Australia bounce back to beat Wales in Cardiff

The Wallabies came back strongly after their shock defeat at Murrayfield last weekend. Written off by their fans and media, the young side bounced back to beat Wales 33-12 at the Millennium Stadium. MORE »

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Ireland beat South Africa at Croke Park in Dublin

Dublin will celebrate tonight as their Ireland team beat South Africa 15-10 at a cold and misty Croke Park earlier today. Flyhalf Jonathan Sexton was the hero of the day as he showed great temperament to kick all the points for his side, slotting five penalty kicks in terrible weather conditions. MORE »

Friday, November 27, 2009

Ireland vs South Africa at Croke Park - Preview

One of the biggest matches of the year takes place at Croke Park tomorrow as the much anticipated meeting between the champions of the north and the champions of the south will play out in front of 82 000 fans. MORE »

Friday, November 27, 2009

Top 14 Highlights - Round 13

It was a busy day yesterday for Rugbydump. The re-development of the site is taking shape nicely, the archives are being updated, and RD found its voice with a short interview on BBC Radio. Things are back on track today though with highlights from the latest round of the French Top 14. MORE »

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Jonah Lomu comeback for Marseilles-Vitrolles

Jonah Lomu made his much anticipated return to rugby on the weekend as he turned out for his new club Marseilles-Vitrolles in the French Third Division. MORE »

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Barbarians against the All Blacks - Cardiff Arms Park 1993

As is tradition, the All Blacks played the Barbarians on their final match of their end of year tour overseas tour in 1993. The match was played at a packed Cardiff Arms Park, the same ground that hosted the legendary 1973 meeting between the same teams. MORE »

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Matt Stevens on life away from rugby

The rigours of international rugby take their toll on each player in a different way. One man who couldnt handle the pressure is now getting used to life off the field, away from the sport he loves. No Lions tour. No England internationals. No rugby. MORE »

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Ireland too powerful for Fiji in Dublin

Ireland followed on from their draw against Australia last weekend with a comfortable 41-6 win over Fiji at the RDS in Dublin on Saturday. MORE »

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Scotland The Brave upset the Wallabies at Murrayfield

The Murrayfield faithful turned out to witness what has been described as Australia's worst Test defeat in decades as Scotland beat them 9-8 on Saturday. MORE »

Sunday, November 22, 2009

France crush Samoa at the Stade de France

France achieved another good win this weekend as they cantered to a 43-5 victory over Samoa at the Stade de France in Paris. MORE »

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Wales with comfortable win over Argentina in Cardiff

Wales put on a much improved all round display as they beat Argentina 33-16 at the Millennium Stadium earlier today. MORE »

Saturday, November 21, 2009

New Zealand beat England at Twickenham

New Zealand recorded their eighth successive win over England with a 19-6 victory at Twickenham on Saturday after scrumhalf Jimmy Cowan scampered over for the only try of the match in the 57th minute. MORE »

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Springboks finally come right as they beat Italy in Udine

South Africa scored four tries to get their end of year tour back on track as they beat Italy 32-10 in Udine earlier today. MORE »

Friday, November 20, 2009

Friday Funnies - National Anthem goes up in smoke

It's been a week since the horror that took place prior to kick-off in South Africa's 20-13 loss to France in Toulouse. While the dust has settled somewhat, this joke of a performance is worthy of a place in our archives. MORE »

Friday, November 20, 2009

Behind the scenes with a Television Match Official

This weekend we have another feast of rugby action which is bound to produce some tight matches and the occasional match changing decision. As we saw last weekend, the man blowing the whistle is in a highly scrutinised position and needs to be on top of his game at all times. MORE »

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Saracens beat South Africa at Wembley

South Africa's midweek side failed for the second time on this tour as they went down 24-23 to Saracens at Wembley on Tuesday night. MORE »

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Saracens fan wins £250 000 in the ultimate Crossbar Challenge

Last night young Stuart Tinner took home a £250 000 jackpot after completing a crossbar challenge at halftime in front of 46 000 people at Wembley. MORE »

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wycliff Palu's yellow card hit on Rob Kearney

One of the biggest talking points from the Ireland vs Australia draw at Croke Park was the Wycliff Palu sin-binning for an alleged dangerous tackle on Rob Kearney. We'll have another look at it as it's still a big topic for discussion. MORE »

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

South Africa meet Saracens for prematch drinks

Professional rugby can unfortunately come with the sacrifice of losing all that is great about the game. The off the field fun is disappearing as players are in peak physical condition, and also have to be on their best behaviour at all times. MORE »

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Sean Lamont takes care of the Fijian wingers

The Lamont brothers returned to international rugby on the weekend as they were recalled by new Scotland coach Andy Robinson for the match against Fiji at Murrayfield. Right wing Sean managed to make his impact felt with two great hits. MORE »

Monday, November 16, 2009

Bryan Habana cited for alleged kick on Vincent Clerc

Springbok wing Bryan Habana has been cited for an alleged kick on Vincent Clerc during the Test between France and South Africa in Toulouse on Friday night. MORE »

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Ireland and Australia draw after dramatic late try

Australias hopes for a Grand Slam are over as Ireland scored a late try to take their meeting to a dramatic 20-20 draw in front of a capacity crowd at Croke Park. MORE »

Sunday, November 15, 2009

England booed but come up with win over Argentina

England were booed by their home crowd at Twickenham on Saturday after a disorganised Argentina team stayed in the match to only go down 16-9 in the end. MORE »

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Scotland brush aside Fiji at Murrayfield

Scotland coach Andy Robinson got his career at the helm under way with a comfortable 23-10 win over the Fijians at Murrayfield on Saturday. MORE »

Sunday, November 15, 2009

The All Blacks too strong for impressive Italy in Milan

There was an amazing atmosphere at the San Siro in Milan on Saturday as Italy fought hard against the All Blacks in front of an incredible 80 000 rugby fans, but went down 20-6 in the end. MORE »

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Wales hang on to beat Samoa at the Millennium Stadium

Wales narrowly beat Samoa 17-13 in a bruising encounter with a tense finale at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Friday night. MORE »

Saturday, November 14, 2009

France beat the Springboks in Toulouse

France beat World Cup holders South Africa 20-13 in a physical yet scrappy match in front of a passionate home crowd in Toulouse. MORE »

Friday, November 13, 2009

Samoa upset Wales in 1991 & 1999

Samoa take on Wales at the Millennium Stadium tonight in what should be an intriguing match that's filled with intensity and no doubt, the occasional bruising hit. Wales will be favourites, but right of the Samoans at your peril, as the Welsh found out in both 1991 and 1999. MORE »

Friday, November 13, 2009

Tri Nations 2009 champions tribute - The Springboks

The Springboks take on France tonight in Toulouse in what will be a massive challenge for the number 1 ranked team in the world. They're a side that knows how to win under pressure though, as their record of late shows. A tribute to the winners is a little overdue, so here it is, as a nice preview for tonight's match. MORE »

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Rugby injuries in the professional era

As the end of year Tests kick into gear, there isn't a team taking part that hasn't been affected by injury. While that has, and always will be a part of rugby, it seems that nowadays players are feeling the impact of professional rugby more than ever. MORE »

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Will Genia - A Wallaby great in the making

Stand out performer against England on Saturday, young Wallaby scrumhalf Will Genias rise to fame has been rapid. Playing off the bench for most of the Super 14, he now looks to be the obvious successor to the great George Gregan. MORE »

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Dan Carter suspended for a week following high tackle

All Blacks flyhalf Daniel Carter has been suspended for a week following his high tackle that went unpunished against Wales on the weekend. MORE »

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Alan Quinlan attempts to replicate the Hand of Back

Back in 2002, Leicester flanker Neil Back famously tapped the ball into his side of the scrum in the Heineken Cup final against Munster. Last weekend, Alan Quinlan did the same against Ulster, but with less successful results. MORE »

Monday, November 09, 2009

Wales fail to capitalise on chances as All Blacks triumph

The All Blacks got their tour of the UK & Europe under way on a positive note after they beat Wales 19-12 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday. MORE »

Monday, November 09, 2009

Canterbury beat Wellington to win the 2009 Air New Zealand Cup

Canterbury won the Air New Zealand cup for the 5th time as they beat Wellington 28-20 in the New Zealand provincial rugby cup final at the AMI Stadium on Saturday. MORE »

Monday, November 09, 2009

Leicester Tigers claim South African scalp at Welford Road

There was some joy for English rugby fans this weekend as a pumped up Leicester Tigers beat a lacklustre South African XV 22-17 at Welford Road on Friday night. MORE »

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Australia too good for England at Twickenham

Australia overcame their first hurdle in an attempt to emulate the class of 84 as they beat England 18-9 at Twickenham on Saturday. MORE »

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Looking back at the November Tests 2008

Today the international Test seasons kicks off once again as England face Australia, and Wales host the All Blacks. We'll take a look back to this time last year with this great compilation from the November Tests in 2008. MORE »

Friday, November 06, 2009

Wallabies take on England - Twickenham 1984

Australia get the chance to replicate the heroics of 1984 this weekend, as they begin their Grand Slam of tour 2009 against England at Twickenham. Today we look back at the same fixture from that classic tour 25 years ago. MORE »

Friday, November 06, 2009

Best tries of the Top 14 - Round 10

As the weekend of Test matches approaches, we've got some Top 14 tries for you today, with another compilation of the best tries scored around the country in round 10 of France's premier rugby competition. MORE »

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Australia open their tour with a good win over Gloucester

Australias tour of Britain & Ireland got underway on Tuesday with a comfortable 36-5 win over Gloucester at Kingsholm. MORE »

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Canterbury vs Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup Semi Final

Canterbury will host the Air New Zealand Cup Final after they comfortably beat Hawkes Bay 20-3 in the Semi last weekend in Christchurch. MORE »

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Jean Deysel called up to the Springbok squad

One of the strongest runners in world rugby, Sharks flank Jean Deysel has finally got his Springbok call up following an injury to Pierre Spies. MORE »

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Win a signed copy of Lawrence Dallaglio's new book - Rugby Tales!

Lawrence Dallaglio has come out with a new book, Rugby Tales, that is all about the lighter side of the sport. It features legendary tales of blood, sweat, and beers, and you could win yourself a copy. MORE »

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Great try for Jonny Wilkinson against Bourgoin

The hype surrounding England's greatest ever flyhalf is unavoidable. Few can believe that Jonny Wilkinson is still the real deal after all he's been through. We'll find out soon enough, as England play Australia this coming Saturday. MORE »

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Shane Horgan finishes off a great Leinster try

Leinster notched up their fifth straight league victory over the Cardiff Blues, moving them to the top of the Magners League table after they won 32-6 at the RDS on the weekend. MORE »

Monday, November 02, 2009

Blue Bulls win the Currie Cup final 2009

The Blue Bulls did the double on Saturday as they capped off a superb season, following on from their Super 14 win as they beat the Cheetahs 36-24 in the final of the 2009 Currie Cup. MORE »

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Nikki Walker's face meets Filo Tiatia's head

Ospreys and Glasgow played out an uninspiring draw in the Magners League on Friday. The match ended 9-9 with not too much to write home about, except perhaps for this sickening blow between two team mates from the Welsh region. MORE »

Sunday, November 01, 2009

All Blacks beat Wallabies comfortably in Tokyo

Tokyo was the venue for the fourth Bledisloe Cup Test match between arch rivals New Zealand and Australia. A near capacity 44 000 turned out at the Olympic Stadium to watch the All Blacks comfortable 32-19 win. MORE »