Posts for March 2012

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Rugby Club Plays of the Week 2012 - Round 5

This is just a quick post to catch up on the ever popular Rugby Club Plays of the Week, this time from Round 5 of Super Rugby. In this edition Fox Sports brings us the usual big hits, great tries, and funny moments, as well as a quick look at what happened in Hong Kong at the Sevens. MORE »

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Johan Goosen finishes classic Cheetahs try vs the Crusaders

The Cheetahs pulled off an impressive upset win over the Hurricanes in Wellington earlier today, which was a reminder that this classic team effort from them last weekend against the Crusaders wasn't featured during the week. So here it is. MORE »

Friday, March 30, 2012

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dumpTackle have been selling great quality, highly entertaining rugby clothing for just over a year now and in that time they’ve managed to have great success with their Rugby>Football design in particular (pictured below), and they’re well on their way to becoming a favourite amongst rugby fans. MORE »

Friday, March 30, 2012

Calum Clark banned for 32 weeks for breaking another player's arm

Last night the verdict in the Calum Clark hearing was announced, resulting in the young Northampton Saints loose forward being suspended from the game for 32 weeks. He will miss England's tour to South Africa, and only play again in November. Below is a short report with a reverse angle of the incident. MORE »

Thursday, March 29, 2012

George North beats Alex Cuthbert to set up great Scarlets try

Star Welsh winger George North made his return to the Scarlets this past weekend and proved vital in their win over the Cardiff Blues, as he came on late in the match and showed more of his Six Nations form to set up a lovely try. MORE »

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Stuart Lancaster named new England Head Coach

After week's of speculation, Stuart Lancaster was earlier today named as the new England Head Coach, following on from a good period in charge as interim coach during the Six Nations. He will be on board until after the 2015 Rugby World Cup, with his contract expiring in January 2016. MORE »

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Ben Youngs cited for striking London Irish's Jamie Gibson

In what's been a poor week for English rugby, and it looks as though another Aviva Premiership player could be suspended, namely Ben Youngs after he lost his cool against London Irish on Sunday. As of last night, he has officially been cited. MORE »

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Midweek Madness - The Adam Ashley-Cooper cartwheel

Over the course of his Test and Super Rugby career, Adam Ashley-Cooper has found himself shifted all over the back division, and his latest move sees him taking up a spot on the wing, a role he's head over heels about. MORE »

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Classic Encounters - Hurricanes snatch dramatic win from the Blues

The Hurricanes snatched a 26-25 win from the Blues in one of the games of the weekend in Super Rugby, as captain Conrad Smith scored a try with time up, which young flyhalf Beauden Barrett duly converted. MORE »

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Lions vs Stormers Highlights - Super Rugby Round 5

The Stormers beat the Lions 24-19 at Ellis Park in yet another close game in this round of Super Rugby. Stormers Fullback Joe Pietersen kicked four penalties and two conversions. MORE »

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Bulls vs Reds Highlights - Super Rugby Round 5

The Bulls pumped the defending champion Reds 61-8 at Loftus Versfeld in the biggest blow out of the season so far. MORE »

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Brumbies vs Highlanders - Super Rugby Round 5

The Brumbies continued their good form under new coach Jake White as they beat a much fancied Highlanders side 33-26 in Canberra. Colin Slade broke his leg and will be out for the rest of the year. MORE »

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Crusaders vs Cheetahs - Super Rugby Round 5

The Cheetahs gave the Crusaders a bit of a scare on the road but ultimately it was the home side that won a very entertaining game 28-21. MORE »

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Waratahs vs Sharks Highlights - Super Rugby Round 5

The Waratahs beat the Sharks 34-30 in a classic match in Sydney as the visitors looked to have taken the win before a late try sealed it for the hosts. MORE »

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Rebels vs Force Highlights - Super Rugby Round 5

The Melbourne Rebels picked up their first win in Super Rugby 2012 as they beat the Western Force 30-29 in a nail-biter in front of their home crowd on Friday night. MORE »

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Blues vs Hurricanes - Super Rugby Highlights Round 5

The opening game of the round was a classic as the Blues thought they had things under control at 25-19 up with little time left, but the Hurricanes had other ideas. MORE »

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Best Tries of the Top 14 - Round 20

Time for some quality tries as we catch up on the best from the Top 14 for Round 20, which took place a couple of week's back. As always there's a whole lot of talent on show and some amazing tries that are well worth sitting still for eight minutes for. MORE »

Monday, March 26, 2012

Rugby Choir sing with JLS for Sport Relief 2012

In a show of support for Sport Relief, 23 of Britains most well known Rugby stars past and present performed the song 'Proud' live with group JLS. They didn't only do it on Friday night (above), but also at Twickenham before the England vs Ireland Six Nations match. MORE »

Monday, March 26, 2012

Fiji win the Hong Kong Sevens 2012 - Highlights from all three days

Fiji beat New Zealand 35-28 in a thrilling Cup final to win the 2012 Hong Kong Sevens tournament, moving them within a few points of the overall HSBC Sevens World Series leaders. Today we've got highlights from each day's play, including the final itself. MORE »

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Dean Mumm's huge hand-off on the Sharks' Marcel Coetzee

The Waratahs came from behind to beat the Sharks 34-30 in Sydney on Saturday in one of many close finishes in Super Rugby this weekend. One of the more memorable moments of the game was this huge fend from Dean Mumm late in the second half. MORE »

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Danny Cipriani's great try and celebration against the Western Force

Former England international Danny Cipriani had an impressive game for the Melbourne Rebels on Friday as he contributed to a 30-29 win over the Force with some great play and a fantastic try of his own. He also tweaked a hamstring, and did a little dance. MORE »

Friday, March 23, 2012

Friday Funnies - Touchdown!

This week's Friday Funny features a bizarre passage of play from France's second division, Pro D2, and the match between Mont De Marsan and Pau. So much happens here that it's actually pretty difficult to comment on, and even understand. French commentary didn't help. MORE »

Friday, March 23, 2012

Rugby Club Plays of the Week 2012 - Round 4

It's that time of the week as we catch up on what happened in the previous round of Super Rugby action, with the Rugby Club Plays of the Week from Fox Sports. MORE »

Friday, March 23, 2012

Hong Kong Sevens preview - The Story So Far

As the Hong Kong Sevens kick off today, here is a look at what has taken place so far in the HSBC World Series Sevens, focussing on the first five rounds of action. MORE »

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Calum Clark cited for bending Rob Hawkins' arm backwards

Northampton Saints forward Calum Clark has been cited following an incident in the LV Cup Final (Anglo-Welsh) at Sixways on the weekend. Leicester Tigers hooker Rob Hawkins left the field with a broken arm after the incident. MORE »

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Leicester Tigers beat Northampton Saints to win LV= Cup Final

Highlights of Leicester Tigers' 26-14 LV= Cup Final win over Northampton Saints at Sixways. MORE »

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Digby Ioane suspended for five weeks for tip-tackle on Coetzee

Quensland Reds winger Digby Ioane has been suspended for five weeks following a dangerous tackle he made on flanker Marcel' Coetzee during their 27-22 defeat to the Sharks in Durban on Saturday. His previous record contributed to the hefty ban. MORE »

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Alex Cuthbert try and Grand Slam celebrations

By now you've probably seen highlights of the Wales vs France game in Cardiff on the weekend, but for archive purposes and for those who want to relive it, here's another quick look at the Alex Cuthbert try, as well as some of the Grand Slam celebrations. MORE »

Monday, March 19, 2012

England power past Ireland at Twickenham

England finished second in the Six Nations championship following a powerful performance against Ireland at Twickenham. The English forwards dominated up front, resulting in a 30-9 victory against the Irish, on St Patrick's Day. MORE »

Monday, March 19, 2012

Italy avoid the Wooden Spoon with win over Scotland

The battle for fifth place in this year's Six Nations was a fairly dire affair, but Italy triumphed as they avoided the Wooden Spoon and beat Scotland 13-6 in the Olympic Stadium on Saturday. Below is the solitary try from the game. MORE »

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Rebels vs Cheetahs Highlights - Super Rugby Round 4

Highlights of the Cheetahs 33-26 win over the Rebels MORE »

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sharks vs Reds Highlights - Super Rugby Round 4

Highlights of the Sharks' 27-22 victory over the Reds in Durban MORE »

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Waratahs vs Force Highlights - Super Rugby Round 4

Highlights fo the 21-20 upset win by the Force over the Waratahs MORE »

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Hurricanes vs Highlanders - Super Rugby Round 4

Highlights of the Highlanders tight 19-17 win over the Hurricanes MORE »

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Stormers vs Blues Highlights - Super Rugby Round 4

Highlights from the Stormers' 27-17 win over the Blues MORE »

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Chiefs vs Brumbies Highlights - Super Rugby Round 4

Highlights of the 29-22 win by the Chiefs over the Brumbies MORE »

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Wales win Grand Slam after tense battle with France in Cardiff

Wales beat France 16-9 to claim the 2012 Six Nations title, and their third Grand Slam in seven years. MORE »

Friday, March 16, 2012

Rugby Club Plays of the Week 2012 - Round 3

So we're heading into another weekend of rugby which includes, amongst other great goings on, Round 4 of Super Rugby down south. Here's a look at a crowd favourite, as the Rugby Club in Aus brings us the Plays of the Week. MORE »

Friday, March 16, 2012

Bulls vs Blues Highlights - Super Rugby Round 3

Highlights of the Blues win over the Bulls at Loftus MORE »

Friday, March 16, 2012

Sharks vs Lions Highlights - Super Rugby Round 3

Highlights of the Sharks' 32-20 win over the Lions in Durban MORE »

Friday, March 16, 2012

England vs Ireland Six Nations 2012 preview

England training and press conference ahead of their final Six Nations game, against Ireland on St Patricks Day. Ireland are playing for pride while England still have a mathematical chance of winning the Championship. MORE »

Friday, March 16, 2012

Reds vs Rebels Highlights - Super Rugby Round 3

Highlights of the 11-6 win for the Queensland Reds over the Melbourne Rebels MORE »

Friday, March 16, 2012

Highlanders vs Waratahs Highlights - Super Rugby Round 3

Higlights of the Highlanders' 18-17 win over the Waratahs in Dunedin MORE »

Friday, March 16, 2012

Brumbies vs Cheetahs Highlights - Super Rugby Round 3

Highlights of the Brumbies tight 24-23 win over the Cheetahs in Canberra MORE »

Friday, March 16, 2012

Force vs Hurricanes Highlights - Super Rugby Round 3

Highlights of the Hurrcanes' convincing 46-19 win over the Force MORE »

Friday, March 16, 2012

Crusaders vs Chiefs Highlights - Super Rugby Round 3

Highlights of the Chiefs' 24-19 win over the Crusaders in Round 3 MORE »

Thursday, March 15, 2012

O2 Inside Line - Six Nations 2012, episode 5

On this, the final Six Nations episode of O2 Inside Line, we get to hang out with Chris Ashton and Lee Dickson as they join Austin and Abby for a cup of tea and play a bit of giant Jenga. MORE »

Thursday, March 15, 2012

WIN tickets to watch Wales vs France in RBS 6 Nations decider

We've got a pair of tickets for the Grand Slam deciding game between Wales and France this coming weekend at the Millennium Stadium, thanks to our friends at RBS RugbyForce. MORE »

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Motu Matu'u makes biggest hit of the season on Matt Hodgson

Without a doubt the biggest hit of the weekend, and perhaps the season, was made by young Hurricanes hooker Motu Matu'u against the Force in Perth on Friday. Nicknamed 'Bubbles' in the past, he says he's come a long way to get where he is today. MORE »

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Keven Mealamu struck with bottle after Bulls vs Blues game

Here's a look at incident everyone is talking about, when Keven Mealamu was struck on the head with a water bottle by a pitch-invader at full time in the Bulls vs Blues Super Rugby game. The man in question was arrested immediately following the altercation. MORE »

Monday, March 12, 2012

Toulouse come from behind twice to snatch win over Castres

Toulouse and Castres were involved in one of the Top 14 games of the weekend at the Stade Ernest Wallon on Saturday, with the home side coming away 34-27 winners after a late comeback. Seven tries were scored in total. MORE »

Monday, March 12, 2012

England defeat France in Paris in Six Nations classic

England beat France away from home for the first time since 2008 as they came away 24-22 winners in a classic Six Nations encounter in Paris on Sunday afternoon. A last minute dropgoal attempt from Francois Trinh-Duc fell short for the hosts. MORE »

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Ireland beat Scotland in eventful Six Nations clash in Dublin

Ireland scored four tries as they put Scotland away with a 32-14 Six Nations victory in Dublin on Saturday. The match will be remembered for a few stand out moments, including a horrific head knock to Scotland back Lee Jones. MORE »

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Wales still on course for Grand Slam following victory over Italy

Wales are still on track for a Six Nations title following a comfortable 24-3 win over determined Italy at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday. If they beat France next weekend, they will pick up their third Grand Slam in eight years. MORE »

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Rugby Club Plays of the Week 2012 - Round 2

It's been a busy week, and even busier weekend so far, so here's a quick look at another great Plays of the Week from Fox Sports, which focusses on round 2 of Super Rugby. As usual, there's the usual serving of great hits, tries, and hilarious bloopers. Enjoy. MORE »

Friday, March 09, 2012

WIN tickets to watch England vs Ireland at Twickenham

Lucozade Sport, the Official Sports Drink of England Rugby have provided RD fans with the chance to win top quality premium tickets to watch England vs Ireland at Twickenham in this year’s RBS 6 Nations game on March 17th. MORE »

Friday, March 09, 2012

Dirt Trackers Rugby Show - Rory Best and Fiona Coghlan

In this week's Dirt Trackers show Rory Best and Fiona Coghlan, captains of the respective Ireland men's and women's teams, share their thoughts ahead of their matches against Scotland. MORE »

Friday, March 09, 2012

World Cup winner Brad Thorn arrives at Leinster Rugby

Former Crusaders lock Brad Thorn has joined Leinster on a 3-month loan deal from Japan's Fukuoka Sanix Blues, where he has been playing since leaving New Zealand shortly after winning the Rugby World Cup. MORE »

Friday, March 09, 2012

O2 Inside Line - Six Nations 2012, episode 4

England have a big test ahead of them this Sunday as they travel to Paris to take on France in a Six Nations encounter between the old foes. There's talk of revenge, and off the field, still loads of speculation about who their next coach will be. MORE »

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Rob Vickers cited following yellow card punch on Joe Marler

Newcastle Falcons hooker Rob Vickers made his 100th appearance for the club against Harlequins on Friday, but marred the occasion by picking up a yellow card for a punch, which has earned him a citing. MORE »

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

WIN a signed ball & tickets to watch England Legends vs Ireland Legends

This year the England vs Ireland Legends game, now in its third year, takes place at the Twickenham Stoop on Friday 16 March. It's in support of the Stuart Mangan Memorial Cup, and all proceeds from the game will be donated to charity. MORE »

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Best Tries of the Top 14 - Round 18

Here is the latest Top Ten Tries compilation from Canal+ in France, focussing on the always entertaining Top 14. This week's features Round 18, which took place a while back, but produced some very good tries. MORE »

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Hong Kong Beach 5's - Rugby vs Netball Advert

This brilliant advert is for the Hong Kong 5's, a beach rugby tournament that is in it's second year, and takes place a week before the famous Hong Kong Sevens. MORE »

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Hosea Gear's big tackles against the Crusaders

A stand out feature of the Highlanders 27-24 upset victory over the Crusaders in Dunedin on the weekend was the home side's defence. One of the guys who made a massive impact, albeit from the wing, was new signing Hosea Gear. MORE »

Monday, March 05, 2012

Wilkinson steers Toulon to victory over Montpellier at Stade Mayol

Toulon beat Montpellier 19-6 at the Stade Mayol this weekend, consoladating third place on the Top 14 table. Jonny Wilkinson kicked 14 points, including a conversion of their penalty try. MORE »

Monday, March 05, 2012

Clermont thrash league leaders Toulouse at the Stade Marcel Michelin

Toulouse got a 35-5 hiding on the road as Clermont treated their home fans to a powerful performance at the Stade Marcel Michelin, edging them closer to the summit of the Top 14 table. There are now just seven rounds left in the league season. MORE »

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Stormers vs Sharks Highlights - Super Rugby Round 2

The Stormers beat the Sharks 15-12 at Newlands in Cape Town after returning flyhalf Peter Grant kicked a penalty three minutes from time. Joe Pietersen kicked three penalties to add to Grant's two... MORE »

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Cheetahs vs Bulls Highlights - Super Rugby Round 2

The Bulls ran riot in Bloemfontein as they beat the Cheetahs 51-19. Zane Kirchner scored twice for the visitors while Dean Greyling, Werner Kruger, Bjorn Basson and JJ Engelbrecht also scored. Francois Hougaard was shown a straight red card for a tip tackle. MORE »

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Reds vs Force Highlights - Super Rugby Round 2

Flyhalf Mike Harris put in another perfect kicking display as the Reds beat the Force 35-20 in wet Brisbane. Harris is yet to miss a kick in this year's tournament as he's proving to be a more than decent stand in for the injured Quade Cooper. MORE »

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Highlanders vs Crusaders - Super Rugby Round 2

The Highlanders edged the Crusaders 27-24 in Dunedin on Saturday in what was one of the games of the tournament so far. MORE »

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Lions vs Hurricanes Highlights - Super Rugby Round 2

The Hurricanes kicked a late penalty to break the hearts of the Lions faithful at Ellis Park on Saturday night. The visitors came away 30-28 at the end of a thoroughly enjoyable game of rugby. MORE »

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Rebels vs Waratahs Highlights - Super Rugby Round 2

The Waratahs dominated the Melbourne Rebels as Tom Carter scored twice for a 35-19 win at AAMI Park. Rebels lock Adam Byrnes has been suspended for 10 weeks for an alleged eyegouge on Carter. MORE »

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Chiefs vs Blues Highlights - Super Rugby Round 2

Highlights of what was somewhat of a surprise win for the Chiefs when they beat the Blues 29-14 in wet conditions in Hamilton. MORE »

Sunday, March 04, 2012

France vs Ireland ends in disappointing stalemate in Paris

A second half comeback from the hosts resulted in a 17-17 draw between France and Ireland in their rearranged Six Nations fixture on Sunday afternoon. The outcome rules out France's chances of playing for a Grand Slam, while Ireland title aspirations are now over. MORE »

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Random Best Tries from the Top 14 in 2012

As we look forward to a big Six Nations game in Paris between France and Ireland as the weekend comes to a close, here's a collection of Top Ten tries from the Top 14, some of which you may have actually seen here already, but are worth seeing again. MORE »

Saturday, March 03, 2012

A look at the first ever White Card in Super Rugby

There's been a fair bit of confusion since the introduction of the new White Card in Super Rugby. Last weekend we saw one issued for a tip-tackle, so here's a quick look at that, as well as an explanation of how the process works. MORE »

Friday, March 02, 2012

Rugby Club Plays of the Week 2012 - Round 1

This year's Super Rugby is hotting up right the way across New Zealand, South Africa, and Australia. As we head into week two, here's a quick look back on the best of round one, courtesy our friends at The Rugby Club on Fox Sports. MORE »

Friday, March 02, 2012

France feel they have an advantage ahead of clash with Ireland

The postponed Six Nations game between France and Ireland will take place on Sunday afternoon as both sides look to get a win to reach their respective goals. No ice is expected, and the result may have lasting affects on both sides. MORE »

Thursday, March 01, 2012

The big hits, try savers, and collisions from England vs Wales

England and Wales' Six Nations encounter at Twickenham on Saturday was one of the more intense games of the weekend. With the Triple Crown at stake, and of course bragging rights, neither side gave an inch. Here's a look at some of the rough stuff. MORE »

 
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