Posts for August 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013

The great Jonah Lomu's Bledisloe Cup Memories

This excellent video was made by Sky Sport New Zealand and shown a few times on TV, over there and in the UK, ahead of the recent Bledisloe Cup matches. It features the great man Jonah Lomu speaking about his memories of Bledisloe Cup rugby. MORE »

Friday, August 30, 2013

International rugby captains and their rugby boots

Behind every great rugby captain is a fantastic pair of boots, which help bring the best out of the player on the field. Here is a look at the three captains of the home nations and the footwear that they don for every game. MORE »

Friday, August 30, 2013

Cory Jane pranks young All Blacks in fake Japanese Noodles Advert

Funny video from Cure Kids for 2013 Red Nose Day. All Black Cory Jane sets up some of the rookies in the squad, Punked style. The victims are Beauden Barrett, Dane Coles and Francis Saili. MORE »

Friday, August 30, 2013

Tribute to the legendary Cliff Morgan who passed away aged 83

Tributes have poured in for the late Cliff Morgan, the former Wales and Lions star and commentator so famous for his wonderful words on the great Barbarians try in 1973. Morgan passed away yesterday at the age of 83 after a lengthy illness. MORE »

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Rugby HQ's Top 5 'Falcons' of All Time

Last week we looked at Matt Toomua getting hit in the head by the ball on debut against the All Blacks, which provided a few laughs at the time, and no doubt will for a while. Today we've got a best of the best in Falcons, courtesy of the guys at Rugby HQ. MORE »

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Best Tries in the Top 14 2013/2014 - Round 1

The French Top 14 is back underway with the new season having kicked off last weekend. As we've become accustomed to, each week TV station Canal Plus puts together their selection of the best tries scored in that round. So here's a look at the latest. MORE »

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Two Argentina players cited after eye-gouge and biting claims in Mendoza

Two Argentina forwards are facing possible suspensions following the ill-tempered Pumas vs Springboks game in Mendoza at the weekend. Leonardo Senatore and Pablo Matera have been cited for biting Eben Etzebeth and eye-gouging Francois Louw respectively. MORE »

Monday, August 26, 2013

All Black player interviews after Bledisloe Cup win in Wellington

The All Blacks secured the Bledisloe Cup for yet another year after they beat the Wallabies 27-16 in Wellington on Saturday. Directly after the match AllBlacks.com's James Somerset took to the field to have a chat with some of the key players from the winning side. MORE »

Monday, August 26, 2013

Tom Taylor on The Crowd Goes Wild ahead of All Blacks debut

Hilarious video from The Crowd Goes Wild with young All Black flyhalf Tom Taylor ahead of his Test debut against the Wallabies in the second Bledisloe Cup match. MORE »

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Springboks scrape through tough second Test with Argentina in Mendoza

The Springboks stuttered to a 22-17 victory over a much improved Argentina side in Mendoza on Saturday. Last year they drew 16-16, and on this occasion it was the home side that looked ready to take the win, if it were not for two late Morne Steyn penalties. MORE »

Saturday, August 24, 2013

All Blacks retain Bledisloe Cup with Wellington win over Wallabies

Ben Smith scored two tries as he and the All Blacks continued their fine form, beating the Wallabies 27-16 to retain the Bledisloe Cup in Wellington. Debutant flyhalf Tom Taylor kicked 14 points, while Tony Woodcock picked up his 100th Test cap. MORE »

Friday, August 23, 2013

Through the Eyes of an All Black - with Nick Evans

The All Blacks are the current World Champions so this year we've launched our new All Blacks channel, brought to you by AIG, and we'll be focussing on them throughout the season, starting with the first in our series of features with Nick Evans. MORE »

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Brumbies beat Auckland to win World Club 7's - Highlights and Best Tries

The Brumbies beat Auckland 17-14 to win the inaugural World Club 7's at Twickenham at the weekend. Today we feature the highlights, as well as some of the best tries scored over an interesting weekend of rugby Sevens. MORE »

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Midweek Madness - Damien Traille takes a dive and gets player sinbinned

The Top 14 is back in full swing and with it comes the many characters that such a diverse league brings. One of those is Damien Traille, who was never far from the action during Biarritz's 22-18 loss to Clermont at the weekend. MORE »

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Matt Toomua Falcon against the All Blacks

As seen in the match highlights on Sunday, Matt Toomua's Wallaby debut will be remembered as a 47-29 loss to the All Blacks, and for a rather comical moment midway through the first half that resulted in him face down in the turf. MORE »

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Canada beat USA in first of two RWC 2015 Qualifiers

Canada took a huge step towards Rugby World Cup 2015 qualification on Saturday as they beat the USA 27-9 in Charleston, South Carolina. Canada has moved up one place in the IRB Rankings as a result. The two sides meet again this coming weekend. MORE »

Monday, August 19, 2013

Courtney Lawes huge hit in pre-season game vs Bedford Blues

Northampton Saints beat Bedford Blues 45-21 in a pre-season friendly on Friday night, but one of the moments of the match was when replacement lock Courtney Lawes made a massive, trademark hit on debutant Mike Le Bourgeois. MORE »

Monday, August 19, 2013

It's Our Job - AIG and All Blacks commercial

This is the new AIG advert that ran during the All Blacks vs Wallabies Bledisloe Cup/Rugby Championship game in Sydney on Saturday, featuring fans of both nations, as well as everyone involved in making the All Blacks the world champion side that they are. MORE »

Monday, August 19, 2013

Wesley Fofana feature on Total Rugby

This is a nice in-depth interview with Clermont and France star Wesley Fofana, who openly admits that growing up in Paris, rugby wasn't his first love. He also talks about how he almost packed things in at one stage, even after making it professionally. MORE »

Monday, August 19, 2013

The Springboks demolish Argentina in Soweto try-fest

The Springboks started their Rugby Championship campaign with a nine try demolition of Argentina, winning 73-13 in Soweto. They now look ahead to the rematch, where Argentina will be hoping to bounce back in front of their home crowd in Mendoza. MORE »

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The All Blacks crush the Wallabies in Bledisloe One in Sydney

Ben Smith scored a hat-trick as the All Blacks gave new Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie plenty to think about with a convincing 47-29 win in the Rugby Championship opener in Sydney. Six tries to two proved the difference in what was a crushing victory. MORE »

Friday, August 16, 2013

The Rugby Championship 2012 re-cap ahead of this year's kickoff

The Rugby Championship kicks off in a few hours time so here is a quick re-cap of last year's tournament, put together by the IRB's Total Rugby show. It was the first year of the expanded Tri Nations, as Argentina joined the top three sides in the world. MORE »

Friday, August 16, 2013

Rugby Kicks 2 mobile game released, in association with Rugbydump

Rugby Kicks 2 came out recently, the free iOS game from Distinctive Developments, the same people that brought us the highly succesful Rugby Nations 13. Rugbydump is featured in the game, so here is a little more info on it. MORE »

Thursday, August 15, 2013

All Blacks team to face Wallabies in Rugby Championship opener

Ryan Crotty has been named on the bench for the All Blacks' opening Rugby Championship Test in Sydney on Saturday. The Wallabies meanwhile have picked five new players, and made a change up front as Matt Toomua moves to flyhalf. MORE »

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Toutai Kefu gives John Eales dramatic send off vs All Blacks in 2001

In what was one of the great moments of Bledisloe Cup and Tri Nations rugby, Wallaby number eight Toutai Kefu scored within minutes of full time in 2001, giving the home side a famous 29-26 come from behind victory in Sydney. MORE »

Monday, August 12, 2013

Super Rugby Plays of the 2013 Season

RugbyHQ have put together their Plays of the Season for Super Rugby, featuring a number of highly memorable hits, tries and of course funnies. We featured some of the moments that are covered, so keep a look out for those links too. MORE »

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Ben Tameifuna's hits vs the Brumbies in the Super Rugby final

Big Ben Tamiefuna was prominent in the spine-tingling Chiefs Haka after their Super Rugby victory, but during the match he made his mark in a few other ways. The giant prop smashed a few backs, some perhaps illegally, and it was brutal to watch. MORE »

Friday, August 09, 2013

Another look at the Greatest Game Ever Played - Wallabies vs All Blacks 2000

In the build up to the Rugby Championship that kicks off next weekend, ARU TV had a chat with some of the legends that took part in what is widely referred to as the Greatest Game Ever Played. MORE »

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

The Top 5 Finals Moments of All Time

Following a great Super Rugby final at the weekend, here is a look at five other big games and the moments that made them memorable. Featuring clips from not just the final itself, Sean Maloney and co. have put together a great collection of footage. MORE »

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Chris Masoe finds new role as touchjudge after assistant ref injury

Toulon's Chris Masoe found himself in an unfamiliar role in the final ten minutes against Racing Metro in their preseason friendly after the touchjudge took a bad knock as Toulon almost went over for a try in the corner. MORE »

Monday, August 05, 2013

The Chiefs celebrate Super Rugby victory with stirring Haka

One of the lasting memories from last year's Super Rugby final was when the Chiefs celebrated with a unique Haka, paying tribute to the fans after they beat the Sharks to take their first ever title. On Saturday they did it again, and it was just as moving. MORE »

Sunday, August 04, 2013

The Chiefs go back-to-back with Super Rugby final win over the Brumbies

The Chiefs successfully defended their Super Rugby title by beating the Brumbies 27-22 in an exciting final in Hamilton on Saturday night. They become one of just a handful of teams that have won the tournament back-to-back. MORE »

Thursday, August 01, 2013

A look at five of the greatest Super Rugby finals

The Chiefs will host the Brumbies in this year's Super Rugby final this Saturday, so as part of the build up, here is a look at some of the more memorable finals from previous years of the tournament, dating back to 1998. MORE »

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Northampton Saints winger Vasily Artemyev ahead of Premiership Rugby 7's

Northampton Saints winger Vasily Artemyev may have helped his country to victory in the Rugby World Cup 7s bowl, but the flying Russian can’t wait to tackle his former teammates at the World Club 7s. MORE »

 
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