Posts for December 2009

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Rugby World Cup 2011 Tickets on sale tomorrow

The first round of ticket sales for the upcoming 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand will be available from tomorrow, January 1st 2010. MORE »

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Prop Paul James scores twice as Ospreys beat Scarlets

Opreys prop Paul James scored twice as his side achieved a hard-fought 21-14 win over the Scarlets in the Welsh derby at Parc y Scarlets on Boxing Day. MORE »

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Leinster beat Ulster in festive derby

Leinster regained their top of the table standing in the Magners League on the weekend as they beat Ulster 15-3 in a high tempo derby at the RDS. MORE »

Monday, December 28, 2009

French Barbarians vs Europe XV

To mark the 75th anniversary of the FIRA-Association Europenne de Rugby, a great match took place last month between the French Barbarians and a European XV at the Stade du Roi Baudouin in Brussels. MORE »

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Dan Lydiate comeback after breaking his neck

Two years after suffering a career-threatening injury, Newport-Gwent Dragons flanker Dan Lydiate made a remarkable comeback. This is the story of how he not only made it back into professional rugby, but earned his first cap for his country. MORE »

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Sean Lamont yellow carded for hit on Isa Nacewa

It's the day after Christmas and you've probably had way too much to eat and drink. One thing you haven't had in a couple of days though, is your usual helping of rugby clips here on Rugbydump. MORE »

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Taufa'ao Filise scores a great prop try for Cardiff Blues

'Tis the season to be merry, so instead of keeping an unsavoury incident as the main focus on here, I figured it's best to get this refreshing clip up as soon as possible. MORE »

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Jerome Schuster cited for headbutt against Munster

As suspected, Perpignan prop Jerome Schuster has been cited for what looks to be a headbutt on Munster flanker Denis Leamy during their recent Heineken Cup match at the Stade Aime Giral. MORE »

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Yachvili leads Biarritz to strong win over the Dragons

Biarritz continues to impress in the Heineken Cup as they beat the Newport-Gwent Dragons for a second time, cementing their place at the top of pool 2 of the tournament. MORE »

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Gareth Thomas hopes to change views on the gay stereotype

Stories travel fast in sporting circles, and while many of us may have heard the rumours a while back, Gareth Thomas publicly admitted the truth about his sexuality this past weekend. MORE »

Monday, December 21, 2009

Munster convincing against Perpignan in the South of France

Munster recorded a brilliant away win in the Heineken Cup as they beat Perpignan 37-14 at the Stade Aime Giral, picking up a bonus point in the process. MORE »

Monday, December 21, 2009

Leicester Tigers stay in the hunt by beating Clermont

After losing in a disappointing way a week earlier, Leicester came back nicely to beat Clermont 20-15 to keep their Heineken Cup hopes alive. MORE »

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Leinster outmuscle the Scarlets at the RDS

Leinster once again showed their class yesterday as they scored seven tries on their way to a 39-7 victory over the Scarlets in Round 4 of the Heineken Cup at the RDS. MORE »

Sunday, December 20, 2009

New Zealand's successful George Sevens campaign

New Zealand went two from two as they won their second consecutive IRB World Series Sevens leg in George, beating Fiji in the final, following on from their great tournament win in Dubai. MORE »

Friday, December 18, 2009

Brive duo suspended for punch and kick vs London Irish

This week we've had a few suspensions handed out following incidents from the Heineken Cup. Earlier it was revealed that Stade Francais' Julien Dupuy got six months for his attack on Stephen Ferris. For Brive, two players were suspended following their tempered meeting with London Irish. MORE »

Friday, December 18, 2009

Jonathan Davies big tackle against Leinster

Young Welsh centre Jonathan Davies made this fantastic tackle against Leinster in the Heineken Cup on the weekend as his side, the Scarlets, went down 32-7 at home. MORE »

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Lee Thomas crunching hit on Will Skinner

With all the focus on match highlights in recent times, we tend to neglect an aspect of rugby that we know many of you love to watch over and over again - the big hit. MORE »

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Midweek Madness - Todd Clever flies into George

This year has been pretty serious one in terms of incidents, both off field and on. We don't need to go through them all, but you've read about and seen them right here on RD. With that in mind, what you're about to see is a breath of fresh air. MORE »

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Leicester Tigers snowed under by a rampant Clermont Auvergne

The snow of Stade Marcel Michelin did little to dampen the occasion as Pool Three of the Heineken Cup produced a high scoring match that had hosts Clermont running out victors 40-30 over the Leicester Tigers. MORE »

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Bath hold on against Edinburgh at the Rec

Bath picked up their first pool win of their Heineken Cup campaign as they beat Edinburgh 16-9 after a nailbiting finish at the Recreation Ground. MORE »

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sale beat Harlequins in great match at the Stoop

In what was without a doubt one of the most entertaining games of the weekend, Sale went to the Twickenham Stoop and picked up a bonus-point win as they beat Harlequins 29-19 in a thrilling Heineken Cup encounter. MORE »

Monday, December 14, 2009

Cambridge beat Oxford in the 128th Varsity Match

Former Wallaby lock Dan Vickerman led Cambridge to a 31-27 victory over Oxford in the annual Varsity Match at Twickenham on Thursday. It was the 128th meeting between the two prestigious University sides, a tradition that dates back to 1872. MORE »

Monday, December 14, 2009

Julien Dupuy attacks the eyes of Stephen Ferris

As you might have seen in the highlights from the weekend, Stade Francais scrumhalf Julien Dupuy did his best to get himself in hot water by sticking his fingers where they dont belong in the eyes of Ulster flanker Stephen Ferris. MORE »

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Leinster pick up bonus point in good win over Scarlets

Defending champions Leinster scored three tries in the first half as they blew away the Scarlets with a 32-7 victory at Parc y Scarlets in the Heineken Cup. MORE »

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Ulster impressive as they beat Stade Francais at Ravenhill

Ulster beat Stade Francais 23-13 at Ravenhill yesterday in an entertaining Heineken Cup match that frustrated the visitors and resulted in a few off the ball scuffles, including one incident that will probably end with the player being suspended. MORE »

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Ronan O'Gara kicks Munster to victory over Perpignan

Munster showed their experience by coming from behind to get the win against a Perpignan side that scored three tries against them in the Pool 1 Heineken Cup match at Thomond Park last night. MORE »

Friday, December 11, 2009

The End of Year Tours 2009

November was an extremely busy month on the international rugby calender as the world watched the might of the southern hemisphere take on the best of the north in Tests across Europe. MORE »

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Scarlet's Josh Turnbull suspended for five weeks

Matt Banahans two week suspension is not the only banning of the week, as Scarlets loose forward Josh Turnbull has also been punished, following his reckless tackle on Edinburghs Nick de Luca in the Magners League. MORE »

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Slaphappy Karmichael Hunt learns the hard way

Former Brisbane Broncos NRL star Karmichael Hunt, who severed his ties with rugby league earlier this year, is now playing union with Biarritz in France. Still getting used to the game, he recently showed that not all cross-code transitions go completely without hiccups. MORE »

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Matt Banahan red carded for stamping

The fate of Matt Banahan will tonight be decided by a three-man RFU disciplinary panel after the Bath wing was sent off for stamping against Northampton Saints in the Guinness Premiership on the weekend. MORE »

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

New Zealand win the Dubai Sevens final against Samoa

New Zealand got their IRB World Series Sevens campaign under way in positive fashion as they beat Samoa 24-12 in a gripping final on Saturday. MORE »

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Dubai Sevens - Seven of the Best tries

The first leg of the 2009/2010 IRB World Series Sevens got under way in Dubai this past weekend. New Zealand won the Cup Final, but there was plenty of action from all teams involved. MORE »

Monday, December 07, 2009

IRPA Try of the Year - The 15 Contenders

The IRB, in conjunction with the International Rugby Players Association (IRPA), has announced the contenders for the IRPA Try of the Year 2009. MORE »

Sunday, December 06, 2009

The Barbarians topple the All Blacks at Twickenham

An expectant 65 000 fans turned out at Twickenham yesterday to witness the Barbarians beating the All Blacks for the first time since that famous match back in 1973. Bryan Habana scored a hat-trick as the Baa Baas won 25-18. MORE »

Friday, December 04, 2009

The Best of the Barbarians

As you probably already know, the Barbarians host the All Blacks tomorrow at Twickenham in a once off match that will be the last of the Kiwis tour matches, and hopefully a showcase of running rugby. MORE »

Friday, December 04, 2009

Three high tackles, Three entirely different outcomes

Yesterday Samoan back Henry Faafili was suspended for three weeks following his high tackle and red card against Italy last weekend. This once again makes a mockery of the disciplinary process, as there were two very similar incidents recently that had entirely different outcomes. MORE »

Thursday, December 03, 2009

The Ross Skeate Diary - Paris here we come

We're pleased to announce that Toulon lock Ross Skeate will be the first of our regular columnists here on Rugbydump, adding another dimension to the site with his diary entries. He 'll give us a slightly alternative view on life in the Top 14, hopefully bringing the fans closer to the action as we go deep into the confines of one of the top clubs in French rugby. This week, we join Skeato as the team head to Paris to take on Racing Metro on Sunday. MORE »

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Schalk Brits great try for Saracens against Wasps

Saracens made it eight wins in a row when they beat Wasps 22-6 a couple of weeks back in the Guinness Premiership. There was plenty of kicking, but an outstanding try was scored by the hooker, Schalk Brits. MORE »

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

The Wallaby changeroom after the win over Wales

Australia set out on their European tour with the goal of achieving a Grand Slam in mind, following in the footsteps of the great 1984 side. Things went awry early on, but they ended the tour on a high with a great win over Wales in Cardiff. MORE »

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

USA qualify for 2011 World Cup after beating Uruguay

The United States have booked themselves a place at the Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand following successive wins over Uruguay. MORE »

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Italy end losing streak with win over Samoa

Italy picked up their first win since June 2008 when they beat Samoa 24-6 at the Stadio del Duca on Saturday, ending their 13-match losing streak. MORE »