Posts for August 2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Francois Hougaard's great try saving tackle on Adam Ashley-Cooper

One of the defining moments of the classic Tri Nations match that took place in Pretoria on Saturday has to be when young Springbok scrumhalf Francois Hougaard made this fantastic last ditch try saving tackle on Adam Ashley-Cooper. MORE »

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Exclusive interview with Wales and British & Irish Lions center Jamie Roberts

Jamie Roberts attended an event in Newport last week where he, other Welsh players, and a group of youngsters all took part in Under Armour's MORE »

Monday, August 30, 2010

The History of Rugby - Parts 10 & 11

It's been a while since the last History of Rugby posting, so today we continue with the next two parts as this fascinating documentary picks up with the 1974 British & Irish Lions in South Africa. MORE »

Monday, August 30, 2010

ITM Cup in New Zealand - Highlights from Round 5

There have been quite a few requests for more tries from the ITM Cup in New Zealand, so today here is a package that is ten minutes long and features the best moments from every New Zealand provincial championship game of the weekend. MORE »

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Best tries of the Top 14 - Round 2

Today we head to France and the Top 14 for one of the most entertaining leagues in the world, and certainly one that will be featured regularly here on RD. Last week things were a little quiet Top 14 wise, so here is a recap of the best tries from Round 2 of the highly competitive tournament. MORE »

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Springboks come good against the Wallabies at Loftus

Victor Matfield celebrated his 100th Test match in style as the Springboks ended their four match losing streak with a 44-31 win over the Wallabies at Loftus Versfeld in what was a thrilling Tri Nations match. MORE »

Friday, August 27, 2010

Friday Funnies - Stephen Brett, the water bottle, and the big hit

As the week comes to an end, theres still time for a funny clip from the ITM Cup game between in which Tasman upset Canterbury 27-25. Today however Ive included a great hit from the match, as it occurred on the same player just a few minutes later. MORE »

Friday, August 27, 2010

Exclusive interview with David Strettle and Danny Care

A while back I asked for some of you to submit questions via the MORE »

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Rugby Club Plays of the Week - Your letters answered

The reach of the Plays of the Week stretches far and wide these days, due in large part to the internet, the quality of the clips, and the fact that they usually show skimpily dressed girls shaking inappropriately. MORE »

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Romain Terrain fantastic try saving chase and tackle on Rory Lamont

Toulon beat Biarritz 13-3 in the French Top 14 on Friday night, their first win away at the club in 29 years. Kris Chesney scored the only try of the match, for Toulon, but this great clip actually comes from a Biarritz forward. MORE »

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Sharks go top of the table by beating Western Province

The Sharks hosted Western Province in round 7 of the Currie Cup for a top of the table clash that was touted as being the match of the weekend. The Sharks ended up being too good at home though, as they went top with a 27-16 win at Kingspark. MORE »

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Hosea Gear makes a great try saving hit against Waikato

The Wellington Lions were comfortable 26-14 winners over Waikato on the weekend in their ITM Cup meeting at the Westpac Stadium in New Zealand. The lethal wing pairing of Hosea Gear and Julian Savea made quite a difference as both showed their quality throughout. MORE »

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ma'a Nonu loses his boot as he sets up Israel Dagg winning try

Thing didnt go quite as planned for John Smit this past weekend. Celebrating his 100th Test match, Smit and his side were on track for their first win of the Tri Nations, until Maa Nonu slipped the grasp of the Bok captain, leaving his boot as a souvenir before setting up Israel Dagg for the winning try. MORE »

Monday, August 23, 2010

Julien Arias great individual try for Stade Francais

Stade Francais made it two from two this weekend as they beat newcomers La Rochelle 41-26 in the Top 14 at the Stade Charlety. Julian Arias scored a fantastic individual effort, which is featured here today. MORE »

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Referee Nigel Owens takes a tumble at Soccer City

Yesterdays Tri Nations clash was packed with intensity as the Springboks and All Blacks battled it out in front of 94 000 fans. No inch was given and poor old Nigel Owens found that out the hard way as he got bundled over in a nasty collision. MORE »

Saturday, August 21, 2010

All Blacks snatch victory with late tries as they take the Tri Nations 2010

New Zealand clinched the Tri Nations title as they beat South Africa 29-22 in front of a capacity crowd at Soccer City in Johannesburg earlier today. Late tries from Richie McCaw and Israel Dagg proved the difference after a great encounter between the two old enemies. MORE »

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Rugby Club Plays of the Week - Drewster the Rooster

In a few hours time the first Tri Nations gets back underway after a week off as New Zealand travelled to South Africa to face the Springboks in front of 90 000 at Soccer City. There was plenty of other rugby taking place last weekend though, so heres the Plays of the Week. MORE »

Friday, August 20, 2010

Friday Funnies - The Five Second Rule

While the Women's World Cup kicked off today, there was a bit of interesting debate and one or two rude comments about it in a previous post. Here is a funny clip that shows that whether you're male or female, rugby isn't for sissies. MORE »

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Womens Rugby World Cup 2010 launch

A lot of you out there may not realise it, but the women's Rugby World Cup kicks off on Friday in England as the best female rugby players in the world converge to fight it out for the trophy that New Zealand currently holds. MORE »

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Stuart Mangan documentary - The day my life changed

Early last week I let you know that there was a show coming up on TV about MORE »

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Waikato have two carded in punch-up with Taranaki

Waikato had all the momentum as they made a great comeback against Taranaki in the ITM Cup on Sunday, but controversial yellow cards for forwards Liam Messam and Romana Graham halted their progress as they went down 33-23 in the end. MORE »

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The big hits from Western Province vs the Blue Bulls

The North-South derby between Western Province and the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup this weekend proved to be everything that was expected of it. Both sides pummeled each other for large parts of a game that had a good old Test match feel to it. No tries were scored, so heres the best of the rough stuff from what was an extremely physical contest. MORE »

Monday, August 16, 2010

Robbie Fruean's slingshot tackle against North Harbour

Young Canterbury centre Robbie Fruean scored a hat trick of tries against North Harbour on the weekend as his side romped to a 44-22 win in the ITM Cup in Christchurch. Fruean not only scored some nice tries, but he made his physical presence felt. MORE »

Monday, August 16, 2010

Bath looking good away from home at Ulster

Ulster went down 26-14 to Bath in a competitive pre-season friendly in Ravenhill on Friday night. Both sides played attacking rugby when possible, and there are encouraging signs for both parties ahead of their respective seasons. MORE »

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Bourgoin's Alex Tulou smashes Stade Francais' Dimitri Szarzewski

Alex Tulou is a name probably unknown to most, but from what I've read and what can be seen in this clip, we'll no doubt be seeing more of the big Bourgoin loose forward in the not too distant future. MORE »

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Cedric Heymans and Colin Slade outstanding trysavers

Amongst the feast of tries and hard hitting action this weekend, there were two stand out try saving tackles that were much requested following games in both the Top 14 and the ITM Cup. Here's a double feature as we've got both for you. MORE »

Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Rugby Club Plays of the Week - Can you believe it

Before we get to this weekends action, its time to catch up on what happened last week around the southern hemisphere as this edition of the Plays of the Week features a bit of dirty play, some dodgy mascots, and a few outstanding tries. MORE »

Friday, August 13, 2010

Friday Funnies - Neemia Tialata scores a try, without the ball

Last Friday you got to see Counties prop Simon Lemalu virtually suspended in mid air as he made a bizarre flying tackle against Otago in the ITM Cup. Today it's another front rower who has come up with an amusing piece of play, although this time he didn't know much about it. MORE »

Friday, August 13, 2010

Willem Alberts smashes young Jaco Taute

A few days ago I posted the Currie Cup best tries mix from this past weekend. Included in there was the game between the Sharks and the Lions in Durban, which the Sharks won 48-19. Here's a look at one of the biggest hits of the weekend, which came from that match. MORE »

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The new Aviva Stadium at Lansdowne Road

The new Lansdowne Road, now called the Aviva Stadium, was officially launched recently with the first rugby game there since 2006. A Leinster/Ulster team beat the Connacht/Munster side 68-0. This clip tells you more about the historic grounds reconstruction, as well as shows a few highlights from the one sided game. MORE »

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Currie Cup best tries mix - Round 5

There we some big scores posted this weekend in the Currie Cup as the top dogs flexed their muscles in round five of the highly competitive tournament. Last week I posted a best tries mix from the first four rounds, so today things are up to date with the best from week five. MORE »

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Luke McAlister's 63m penalty kick for North Harbour

Former All Black Luke McAlister kicked a massive 63 meter penalty kick last weekend for North Harbour when they played Auckland in the ITM Cup in New Zealand. It was requested so here it is, another great entry in the archive, which includes a few other incredible long range efforts. MORE »

Monday, August 09, 2010

The Stuart Mangan story

Its been a year since the tragic passing of Irish rugby player Stuart Mangan who was paralysed when severely injuring his spine in a tackle in 2008. To remember the inspiring young man, the BBC have made a documentary of his short, but eventful life. That will be aired tonight, so today we pay tribute to him. MORE »

Monday, August 09, 2010

Sonny Bill Williams plays his first game in New Zealand

While New Zealand have all but wrapped up the Tri Nations tournament and look their most impressive for a couple of seasons, they still have the incredible talent of Sonny Bill Williams waiting in the wings with World Cup aspirations. He played his first game in the country this weekend. MORE »

Sunday, August 08, 2010

All Black Tony Woodcock's charge on Wallaby Saia Faingaa

All Black prop Tony Woodcock seems to have dodged a bullet this weekend after his charge on Wallaby hooker Saia Faingaa on Saturday. Woodcock not only got off with just a warning, but he wasnt cited after the game either, surprising many. MORE »

Saturday, August 07, 2010

All Blacks beat the Wallabies to all but secure the Tri Nations title

The All Blacks all but secured the Tri Nations trophy as they beat the Wallabies 20-10 in a hard fought victory earlier today in Christchuch. The win means that they retain the Bledisloe Cup. MORE »

Friday, August 06, 2010

Friday Funnies - The Simon Lemalu flying tackle

There's just about time for one more posting today, and being as it's Friday, it's time for a funny. This one comes from New Zealand's provincial championship, the ITM Cup and it took place last weekend in the opening round of the tournament. MORE »

Friday, August 06, 2010

Richie McCaw comes to life in Whangarei

All Black captain Richie McCaw recently came to life at a Northland school as he surprised a class that had made a papier mache statue of him. A smart bit of publicity by Adidas has been put together in the form of a video that shows what happened. MORE »

Friday, August 06, 2010

Percy Montgomery red carded for two yellows in 2005

Yesterday I mistakenly said that the Drew Mitchell red card for two yellows was possibly the first of its kind in Test rugby. Thanks to a chat with a friend, and one of the comments on that post, I can now tell you that there was also the controversial sending off of Percy Montgomery against Wales in Cardiff in 2005. MORE »

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Jason Robinson classic try against Italy in 2004

World Cup winner Jason Robinson recently announced that he is to come out of retirement to play rugby for Flyde, a team three tiers below the Premiership. Today we get a chance to relive the Robinson magic, as we take a look back at a great try from 2004. MORE »

Thursday, August 05, 2010

The Rugby Club Plays of the Week - Dear Refs, Sort it out!

The Tri Nations refereeing debate has raged on for the past few weeks and just when we thought it couldnt really get any worse, we got to see what is - to my knowledge - the first ever red card for two yellows in a Test match. Things are getting soft, fast, and the boys at the Rugby Club in Australia are fed up, as are many around the world. MORE »

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

A chat with All Black legend Sean Fitzpatrick

We were fortunate enough to have an interesting chat with former All Black captain Sean Fitzpatrick recently. Sean told RD why he'd rather not wear a speedo, why Ireland can't beat the All Blacks, and we hear more about the infamous Suzie. MORE »

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Tana Umaga and Counties upset Otago in the opening game

Counties Manukau upset Otago in the opening round of the ITM Cup with an impressive 29-13 win at home as player/coach Tana Umaga made his return to New Zealand provincial rugby. MORE »

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Currie Cup best tries mix - The first four rounds

All of a sudden the rugby calendar is picking up as the ITM Cup kicked off in New Zealand, the Tri Nations is at about halfway, and the Currie Cup served up another helping of enjoyable games. Here is a best tries mix from the first few rounds of that tournament. MORE »

Sunday, August 01, 2010

The build up to the Drew Mitchell red card

Theres been a bit of confusion about the first yellow card issued to Drew Mitchell in the Wallabies 49-28 loss to the All Blacks this weekend. As discussed on the MORE »

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Luke Rooney welcomed to New Zealand by Patrick Osborne

The ITM Cup kicked off this weekend with hard fought matches around the New Zealand. A wrap up of the best action will follow during the week, but for now heres a requested clip of a young guy making a return to Australasia. MORE »