Posts for October 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

Rugby World Cup 2011 Team of the Tournament

Rugby World Cup 2011 finished just over a week ago, so since then a few different sectors of the media have been stringing together their respective Teams of the Tournament. Here's a few to mull over, as well as a surprisingly balanced one from Reunion in New Zealand. MORE »

Friday, October 28, 2011

This is the game - A breakdown of the 2011 Rugby World Cup

Will Carling, Zinzan Brooke, Rob Henderson, Scott Quinnell, and Matt Burke are back for the final episode of TITG to discuss the final of the Rugby World Cup, and which other moments stood out for them. It was an interesting discussion, with all the usual banter. MORE »

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Beast Mtawarira prevents Keegan Daniel from flipping head first

The focus shifts slightly to domestic rugby now, as this weekend is the final of the Currie Cup in South Africa, a game that features the Sharks and the Lions. Here's a quick clip that was requested from the first semi, as well as some great pics. MORE »

Thursday, October 27, 2011

All Blacks victory parade in Auckland with TCGW

Hayley Holt, former girlfriend of Richie McCaw, interviews some of the All Blacks during their Rugby World Cup victory parade in Auckland on Monday. Andrew Hore looks a little hungover. MORE »

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Radike Samo's IRPA Try of the Year 2011, vs New Zealand

The IRPA Try of the Year award went to the Wallabies' Radike Samo at the IRB Awards earlier in the week. He scored the try against the All Blacks in the Tri Nations and we featured it in the highlights then, but not on it's own, so here's another look at it. MORE »

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

IRB Awards 2011 Highlights

Highlights from the IRB Awards 2011, with Thierry Dusautoir being awarded IRB Player of the year, the All Blacks team of the year, and Graham Henry Coach of the Year. MORE »

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Richie McCaw knee on Morgan Parra, Donald kick, Rougerie eye-gouge, and more

In the aftermath of the All Blacks victory over France in the Rugby World Cup final there have been many different theories and allegations, some within reason, others perhaps not. Today we attempt to provide more clarity on all the incidents. MORE »

Monday, October 24, 2011

Rugby World Cup Daily, IRB Rankings, and IRB Awards

New Zealand have been partying hard since Richie McCaw lifted the William Webb Ellis trophy at Eden Park on Sunday. Rugby World Cup Daily covers the build up to it, and the reactions after the win. The IRB Awards evening has also taken place, and there's been an update in the IRB World Rankings. MORE »

Sunday, October 23, 2011

All Blacks win the 2011 Rugby World Cup - France challenge the Haka

The All Blacks put their 24 year nightmare behind them as they beat France 8-7 in the lowest scoring Rugby World Cup final ever. France came to play, and made their intentions clear just before kick off as they challenged the Haka in a unique way. MORE »

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Rugby World Cup Daily - On the eve of the Final

The penultimate Rugby World Cup Daily show features the incredible Fan Cam, we get to see some former stars catching sheep, and hear from the All Blacks ahead of their game with France. MORE »

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Rugby Club RWC Plays of the Tournament

There's not long left now till the 2011 Rugby World Cup is done and dusted. It's been fun, and while there's been a few upsets, a fair share of controversy, and some teams underperforming, there's still been a bagload to enjoy, both on and off the field. MORE »

Friday, October 21, 2011

Shane Williams flipped in huge double hit vs the Wallabies

The Wallabies grabbed a bronze medal in the Third Place Playoff at Eden Park earlier as they beat Wales 21-18. The game started out at high intensity, as you can see in the below clip, but a few injuries disrupted it's rhthym and the spectacle died somewhat. MORE »

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Kevin The Tipster - New Zealand vs France - The Final

Kevin the Tipster, the results predicting sheep, has had a pretty good run so far in the RWC. A 90% success rate includes correct predictions for both Semi Finals, so today he's had a go at the final. MORE »

Thursday, October 20, 2011

This is the game - Legends chat ahead of the 2011 RWC Final

Legends of the game Scott Quinnell, Zinzan Brooke, and Matt Burke chat to Will Carling this week about, you guessed it, the Rugby World Cup final. That's not all though, as they have a few interesting stories to tell. Loads of banter, predictions, and laughs. MORE »

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Rugby World Cup Daily - Tana Umaga, France, and 1987

All Black legend Tana Umaga chats about facing the French in today's Rugby World Cup Daily, referee Craig Joubert opens up about what influenced him, and we get a look at what happened in the 1987 finals. MORE »

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Midweek Madness - Richie McCaw's over the top ball steal

As you know by now, the All Blacks are through to the Rugby World Cup final, where they will play France. On the way there they beat the Wallabies quite convincingly. Richie McCaw was a man possessed, so here is a short clip of him that many have requested. MORE »

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Meghan chats to the Wallabies about their Semi Final loss

The Crowd Goes Wild's Meghan Mutrie attended a Wallaby press conference in a bikini, as you do. MORE »

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

What is a Forward Pass?

It seems as thought referee controversies at the World Cup are becoming something of the norm, so today we take a closer look at an issue that comes up more often than it should. The forward pass. MORE »

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Bok Autopsy: What went wrong?

The Springboks are back in South Africa, and the autopsy has begun. Commentator Hugh Bladen takes us through this unbelievable investigation, with special appearances by President Jacob Zuma, Julius Malema, and the Village People. MORE »

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Boom Boom Boom Wales Music Video Remix

The Crowd Goes Wild hooked up with the Welsh team this week ahead of their third place playoff. MORE »

Monday, October 17, 2011

Rugby World Cup Daily - France to wear white as Craig Joubert gets final

After another weekend of controversy, the referee for the World Cup final between New Zealand and France has been named as South African Craig Joubert. In other news, France will wear white in the final, so New Zealand can wear their traditional black. MORE »

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Rugby World Cup Daily - All Blacks outplay the Wallabies

The All Blacks produced a high intensity eighty minutes performance as they outplayed the Wallabies at Eden Park in the second Rugby World Cup Semi Final. The convincing 20-6 win sees them reach the final, where they will meet France next weekend, the same opposition as in 1987. MORE »

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Quade Cooper - Public Enemy Number One in New Zealand

Wallaby flyhalf Quade Cooper has had a tough tournament so far. The Waikato native has been anything but the all singing, all dancing performer he was for the Reds in Super Rugby. He's off form, and the Kiwis haven't given him an inch. MORE »

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Sam Warburton red card in Rugby World Cup Semi Final

France are through to the Rugby World Cup final following a 9-8 victory over a 14 man Wales team that had their captain red carded in the first half. The decision from referee Alain Rolland has divided rugby fans, with many absolutely incensed by the call. MORE »

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Rugby Club Plays of the Week - RWC Quarter Finals

Before the Semi Finals, a quick look at the Rugby Club Plays of the Week from the Quarter Finals, thanks as always to Fox Sports and @seanny202. Some good looking fans, heavy collisions, and lovely tries. Enoy. MORE »

Friday, October 14, 2011

Wallabies press conference - Scoop for the day

Hayley from TCGW in New Zealand attends the Wallaby press conference MORE »

Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday Funnies - Keep your eye on the ball, and the beer

It's the end of another busy week and as you finish up work and get prepared for a weekend of Rugby World Cup Semi Finals, here's a very quick clip that will either make you laugh, cringe, or send in hate mail. MORE »

Friday, October 14, 2011

This is the Game - The Semi Finals

Will Carling, Scott Quinnell, Zinzan Brooke, Rob Henderson, and Matt Burke discuss the upcoming Semi Finals, including debate as to whether Sam Warburton is the best number seven in the game currently, David Pocock being all over Richie McCaw, and how Burke used to face the Haka. MORE »

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Kevin the Tipster - Wales vs France Semi Final

It's Semi Final weekend at the Rugby World Cup, which means that Kevin the Tipster has been at it again, this time having a crack at the Wales vs France game. Have a look at what he goes for, and check out some of the match odds below. MORE »

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Brad Thorn - Building Blocks - Parts 1 & 2

This weekend Brad Thorn lines up for New Zealand against a country he used to call home, Australia. The 36 year old will retire from the All Blacks after the World Cup, heading straight to Japan. Today we've got a fantastic personal insight into the training regime of a guy who has had to work harder than most to get to where he is today. MORE »

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Nick Evans named Aviva Premiership Player of the Month

Harlequins flyhalf Nick Evans has been voted as the Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Month for September. He was chosen as a stand-out performer by a panel of rugby media, including writers, broadcasters, and photographers. MORE »

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Radike Samo's big hit on Bryan Habana in RWC Quarter Final

Sunday's epic quarter final between the Springboks and the Wallabies won't be forgotten in a hurry, as there was plenty to talk about. The performances of Bryce Lawrence and David Pocock are two such things. There was also the Boks' inability to take their opportunities, and then of course the massive defence from the Australians. MORE »

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Haka 2011 Remix

A pretty disturbing take on the All Black Haka. MORE »

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Canadian Team Busts a Move at the Rugby World Cup

The Canadian team busts a move in Napier, New Zealand. Thanks to The Crowd Goes Wild. MORE »

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Rugby World Cup Daily - French team

A look at the French team for their semi final against Wales, interviews with new All Black squad members Hosea Gear and Stephen Donald, a look at the meeting up of the 1987 RWC winning squad with the current members, and a bit of touristy info about the city of Auckland. MORE »

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Chris Hala'ufia banned for seven weeks for dangerous tackle on Olly Morgan

London Irish number eight Chris Hala'Ufia has been suspended from rugby for seven weeks following a dangerous tackle on Olly Morgan during the Aviva Premiership match between the Exiles and Gloucester at Kingsholm. MORE »

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Rugby Club Plays of the Week - RWC Pool stages

At this stage in the tournament it's safe to say that for many of you, the Rugby World Cup experience is well and truly over. You've either left your side their to do battle without you, or you're wallowing in self pity, wondering what could have been. Either way, the fans at the tourament have been fantastic, as we can see on this edition of Plays of the Week. MORE »

Monday, October 10, 2011

Rugby World Cup Daily - Retirements, resignations, injury, and Semis

The top three sides from the 2007 Rugby World Cup joined Ireland in departing New Zealand following quarter final losses this past weekend. Rugby World Cup Daily brings all the news on retirements, resignations, injuries, and semi final previews. MORE »

Monday, October 10, 2011

James Horwill & Bismarck Du Plessis slaps

Quick exchange of flat hand slaps between James Horwill and Bismarck Du Plessis during the Wallabies' 11-9 quarter final win in Wellington. Neither player was reprimanded or penalised. MORE »

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Rugby World Cup Daily - Semi Finalists confirmed

Rugby World Cup Daily catches up with festivities ahead of the second set of quarter finals, then reports back on the matches themselves. You can view highlights from all four matches on MORE »

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Choke, Growing up All Black and blue

In 1987 the All Blacks won the world cup, confirming what Kiwis had thought for a long time, that New Zealand had the greatest rugby team on the planet. I was four years old. MORE »

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Rugby World Cup Daily - Ireland and England heading home

Today's Rugby World Cup Daily chats to Welsh and Irish fans, covers the first two quarter finals, chats to John Eales about tomorrow's South Africa vs Australia game. MORE »

Friday, October 07, 2011

O2 Inside Line - Haskell Cam - Gym & Spookers

James Haskell takes us inside the England camp and this week we're in the gym as the lads pump some serious iron before heading to the frightening Spookers in Auckland on their day off. MORE »

Friday, October 07, 2011

Rugby World Cup Winners - Australia 1991

A month ago we brought you a fantastic documentary charting the success of the All Blacks at the 1987 Rugby World Cup. Today, on the eve of the 2011 Quarter Finals, we take a look at the Wallabies' campaign of 1991. MORE »

Friday, October 07, 2011

WIN! A rugby ball, shirt and poster signed by the England Rugby 2011 squad

bmi, the Official Airline of England Rugby, has teamed up with to offer one lucky reader the chance to win an official replica match ball, England training shirt and poster signed by the England 2011 squad. MORE »

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Kevin the Tipster - England vs France Quarter Final

This weekend we'll find out what the semi final lineup will be, and might get a better idea of what is to be expected in the final, and perhaps even make a wise bet on the winner. Today though, we're looking at England vs France. MORE »

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Paul Williams red card for strike on Heinrich Brussow

There's only been one red card at the World Cup so far, so here's another look at the sending off of Samoan Paul Williams during their 13-5 loss to South Africa last week. A few days back it was confirmed that Williams would face no further punishment. MORE »

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Tony Woodcock and Adam Kleeberger head clash

The horrible collision between All Black Tony Woodcock and Canadian Adam Kleeberger. Woodcock has recovered well, and should be available to play in the quarter final against Argentina. Kleeberger tweeted after the match, "Head is OK, got a CT scan done after the game and they confirmed that there is still nothing there." MORE »

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

WIN a copy of the official Rugby World Cup 2011 game

By now you're probably well aware of the official Rugby World Cup game, and have probably seen the trailer too, so here's a slightly different video that highlights some of the new features. As a bonus, we've got copies of the game to give away. MORE »

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

All 600 Rugby World Cup players in just over two minutes

The Rugby World Cup is all about it's diversity, and with 20 different countries taking part, there's a fair mix of people, characters, and cultures. This video gives us a quick look at the 600 players that arrived in New Zealand for the tournament. MORE »

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Rugby World Cup Daily - Colin Meads and women's netball

Not much happening today at the RWC, so here's a look at the England women's netball team at the tournament, and the town that legend Colin Meads comes from. MORE »

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Late Toulouse try against Agen leads to post match chaos

Last weekend in the Top 14 there was a fair dose of drama and controversy as Toulouse came from behind to score an injury time try through flyhalf Luke McAlister, giving them a 24-23 win over Agen. Chaos ensued in the tunnel afterwards, with security having to protect the ref. MORE »

Monday, October 03, 2011

The Rugby Club Plays of the Week - RWC Week 3

The Rugby World Cup group stages are now done and dusted. We're now into the homestretch as the tournament hots up with the much anticipated Quarter Finals. Today's Plays of the Week from the Rugby Club brings us the best of the weeks gone by. MORE »

Monday, October 03, 2011

Delon Armitage suspended for dangerous tackle on Chris Paterson

There's been another suspension in the World Cup, the second for England, as winger Delon Armitage has been banned for one game following a high tackle he made during their win over Scotland on the weekend. MORE »

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Leonardo Ghiraldini in trouble after making contact with Cian Healy's eyes

In what was a great first half battle between Ireland and Italy, the physical aspect crossed the line a little twenty minutes in, as Italian hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini placed his fingers over the eyes of prop forward Cian Healy. MORE »

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Rugby World Cup Daily - Quarter Finals confirmed

That's it, all the pool games of the Rugby World Cup are over, and we now know who will play in the next round, the Quarter Finals. It's an all north affair on one side, and a preview to next years Four Nations on the other. Elsewhere, New Zealand is in shock at the loss of Dan Carter. MORE »

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Rugby World Cup Daily - Weekend tears

Another great day at the Rugby World Cup ended with a heartbreaking loss for Scotland as they conceded a late try to England, to not only fail to go through to the next round, but also lose the game. Elsewhere Tonga were triumphant though, as they upset France. MORE »

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Dan Carter groin injury rules him out of Canada match

Dan Carter was named as captain of the All Blacks when Richie McCaw pulled out with a foot injury, but shortly after fell to the floor after some kicking drills. MORE »

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Reaction from some of the fans at the England vs Scotland game

Some reactions from earlier today as fans left Eden Park with mixed feelings, as the disappointed Scots faced reality, while jubilant England fans were chipper. England progress to the semi finals where they will meet France, while Scotland head home, unless Georgia can pull off a shock big win against Argentina when they play tomorrow. The game ended 12-6 to Scotland. MORE »

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Rugby World Cup Daily - 30th September 2011

Yesterday's RWC Daily featured the South Africa vs Samoa game, including post match interviews, Buck Shelford spoke about how he got into rugby, and there were previews of the next matches. MORE »