Posts for September 2013

Monday, September 30, 2013

New Zealand in strong position following bonus point win over Argentina

New Zealand are favourites to claim another Rugby Championship title after they beat Argentina 33-15 on Saturday, scoring a four try bonus point in the process. They travel to Ellis Park for what should be a mouthwatering finale this coming weekend. MORE »

Monday, September 30, 2013

Flip van der Merwe suspended for one week for dangerous play

Springbok lock Flip van der Merwe has been suspended following the 28-8 victory over the Wallabies on Saturday. Van Der Merwe was yellow carded by referee Jerome Garces, but was later cited for the offence that was deemed worthy of a red card. MORE »

Monday, September 30, 2013

The Springboks claim convincing win over the Wallabies in Cape Town

The Springboks were disappointed to miss out on a much needed bonus point as they beat the Wallabies 28-8 in an eventful Rugby Championship Test on Saturday. They are now set up for a deciding encounter with the All Blacks, but have it all to do. MORE »

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Dan Carter, Israel Dagg and Brodie Retallick test their balance

Quick fun video from the All Blacks, featuring Dan Carter, Israel Dagg and Brodie Retallick as they attempt to make a high number of consecutive passes without falling off Swiss Balls. MORE »

Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Top 10 'Out of Africa' Moments of All Time

Over the years there have been some great moments taking place in South African rugby, so Sean Maloney and crew pay tribute to them with this extended Top 10 Out of Africa moments. MORE »

Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday Funnies - David Smith scores a try by playing all positions

Toulon back David Smith shows his versatility by playing hooker, lock, scrumhalf, flyhalf and wing in this creative Instagram video he posted alongside Ali Williams earlier today. MORE »

Friday, September 27, 2013

Through the Eyes of an All Black - Rugby Championship catch up with Nick Evans

Last month we launched the new All Blacks channel, brought to you by AIG, with one of the new features being a regular chat with former Test player, Nick Evans. This week we caught up with Nick again for more insightful thoughts on the Rugby Championship. MORE »

Friday, September 27, 2013

Jonathan Pelissie stars as Montpellier thrash Clermont in Round 7

Montpellier's impressive 43-3 win over Clermont last week propelled scrumhalf Jonathan Pelissie into the headlines after he scored two tries and notched up 31 points. This follows on from his great performance against Toulouse. MORE »

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Mass brawl between Arka Gdynia and Budowlani Lodz in Poland

This is a quick look at a crazy fight involving just about all of the players in the semifinals of the Polish League, which took place at the National Rugby Stadium in Gdynia. MORE »

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Midweek Madness - Marland Yarde recovers from cramp to score a try

London Irish flyer Marland Yarde has been in great form so far this season, with many touting him to be an England regular in the not too distant future. He's scored some good tries in the past few weeks, and one that has to be seen to be believed. MORE »

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Predictions of winners in the groups in the Rugby League World Cup 2013

This year’s Rugby League World Cup 2013 could be one of the sporting events of the year, with some decent TV coverage on offer and an enticing battle between the three superpowers of the game England, New Zealand and Australia. MORE »

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

George North sets up great try but Gloucester sneak controversional win

Northampton Saints fans were left seething following a controversial ending to one of the most talked about matches of round 3 in the Aviva Premiership, as Gloucester snatched a 26-24 victory with a late penalty goal at Kingsholm. MORE »

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

All Blacks hit the gym in Buenos Aires ahead of Argentina Test

The All Blacks are looking to remain unbeaten when they take on Argentina in Buenos Aires in this weekend's Rugby Championship clash. They underwent some light gym work yesterday, with some of the players spinning, while the Franks brothers in particular went a bit heavier. MORE »

Monday, September 23, 2013

Matthew Morgan scores 90m solo effort for Ospreys against Edinburgh

Young Matthew Morgan scored an outstanding try for Ospreys as they maintained their RaboDirect Pro12 unbeaten record by beating Edinburgh 44-10 at the Liberty Stadium. His step, acceleration then all out gas added to the spectacle for the home crowd. MORE »

Monday, September 23, 2013

Bismarck Du Plessis was not offside but bears no grudges towards ref

Following the controversial sending off of Bismarck Du Plessis in Auckland, the IRB stated that ref Romain Poite was incorrect with his first half decision to sinbin the Springbok. Still, some fans and media insist that Du Plessis was in an offside position. MORE »

Monday, September 23, 2013

Unsuspecting Manu Tuilagi gets the old bunny ears treatment from young fan

Last week Manu Tuilagi was the subject of a little bit of controversy after his bunny ears prank on David Cameron at Downing Street, but this past weekend a young Leicester Tigers fan got one back for the PM, and it was caught on video. MORE »

Monday, September 23, 2013

Treviso and Scarlets halfbacks sinbinned after push and shove sparks fight

Quick clip of a scuffle that ensued last weekend after Bennetton Treviso's Alberto di Bernardo was picked and held up in a tackle so shoved the ball into the face of Scarlets' Gareth Davies. Davies then shoved him back with an open palm, and a little fight broke out. MORE »

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Isaia Tuifua's huge hit for Taranaki in the ITM Cup

Taranaki beat Bay of Plenty 21-3 in New Plymouth on Saturday evening, scoring two well taken tries in wet conditions. Here's a look at one of the tries and one of the moments of the match, a massive tackle by Taranaki centre Isaia Tuifua. MORE »

Friday, September 20, 2013

Friday Funnies - Charged down ball hits referee Andrew Small in the face

It's been a tough week for referees, and although Andrew Small didn't make any horrific decisions in the Harlequins vs Northampton Saints Aviva Premiership game, he did receive a smack in the face for getting too close to the action. MORE »

Friday, September 20, 2013

The Top 5 Crazy Cards of All Time - Rugby HQ

Following the controversial dismissal of Bismarck Du Plessis in the Rugby Championship, and the admission by the IRB that referee Romain Poite got it wrong, the Rugby HQ guys looked into the archives to find similar mind-boggling referee calls. MORE »

Friday, September 20, 2013

Sam Cane's bloody headclash with teammate Owen Franks

The All Blacks' brutal 29-15 bonus point victory over South Africa at Eden Park came at a price with several high profile stars picking up knocks. Dan Carter injured his collarbone in a well documented collision with Bismarck du Plessis and another on the casualty list was number 7 Sam Cane... MORE »

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Michael Rhodes straight red card and suspension for stamp in face

Earlier this week Western Province flank Michael Rhodes was suspended for one match following a disciplinary hearing for the straight red card he received during the Currie Cup Round 6 match against the Blue Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday. MORE »

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Lawrence Dallaglio discusses Rugby World Cup 2015

With two years to go until Rugby World Cup 2015, ambassador Lawrence Dallaglio appeared on Sky News on Wednesday. Dallaglio discussed the RWC, Manu Tuilagi's bunny ears, pressure on the hosts, and the European club rugby crisis. MORE »

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Heineken Cup debate with Conor O'Shea, Shane Horgan and Donal Lenihan

The future of European club rugby competitions is unknown at this stage. The Heineken Cup is in serious doubt, but where to from here? Conor O'Shea, Shane Horgan and Donal Lenihan discuss the crisis and look at ways that is can be resolved. MORE »

Thursday, September 19, 2013

IRB CEO Brett Gosper discusses European competition and RWC 2015

With Rugby World Cup 2015 kickoff just two years away, International Rugby Board CEO Brett Gosper shares his thoughts on the state of European club rugby, the positives the RWC will bring, and discusses the new scrum protocols. MORE »

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Oxford University take on Bayonne Espoirs - Tour of France

Oxford University Rugby Football Club (OURFC) are touring France currently, and last week took on a Biarritz side comprised of 'B' team players under 23 up and comers. Tonight they face Bayonne u23 at 7pm at Stade des Remparts. MORE »

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Rory Kockott misses long range penalty but tries again with dropgoal

Rory Kockott was key to another Castres victory over Toulon as the champions won 22-15 at the Stade Pierre-Antoine. Kockott kicked seventeen points, including this huge dropgoal after a penalty kick hit the post. He is eligible for France next year. MORE »

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Cracking hit on Munster's Johne Murphy by Zebre's Quintin Geldenhuys

Munster beat Zebre 43-21 in their Pro12 match in Parma on Friday, coming from behind after trailing 18-9 at halftime. Both sides scored some good tries, and there was also this cracking hit, that could be heard from far, to welcome the visitors. MORE »

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Manu Tuilagi apologises for 'bunny ears' prank on prime minister

British & Irish Lions and England centre Manu Tuilagi has apologised for making 'bunny ears' behind the back of David Cameron on Monday. The triumphant Lions squad were hosted by the Prime Minister to celebrate their 2-1 series victory in Australia. MORE »

Monday, September 16, 2013

Jonathan Pelissie scores outstanding individual try against Toulouse

Montpellier scrumhalf Jonathan Pelissie scored an outstanding individual try against Toulouse in round 5 of the Top 14. You can view it as part of the highlights package from the match, with the highly impressive try taking place 30 seconds into the above video. MORE »

Monday, September 16, 2013

Nick Wood red carded after 73 seconds for stamp on Jacques Burger

Saracens achieved a comfortable 44-12 victory over Gloucester at Allianz Park on Sunday after prop Nick Wood was sent off for stamping with just 73 seconds on the clock. It was the second fastest sending off in the history of the Premiership. MORE »

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Nick Mallett slams referee Romain Poite after All Blacks vs Springboks Test

Former Italy and Springbok coach Nick Mallett shares his thoughts on Romain Poite's decision to yellow card Bismarck Du Plessis for the tackle on Dan Carter. Mallett argues that Poite had technology, as well as his touch judges, at his disposal so should have made use of them. MORE »

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Bismarck Du Plessis controversially yellow carded for huge hit on Dan Carter

The All Blacks beat the Springboks 29-15 in Auckland earlier after the visitors had one of their key players, Bismarck Du Plessis, sent off following a second yellow card. The first however, is what infuriated the majority of rugby fans around the globe. MORE »

Friday, September 13, 2013

Rugby Championship Previews - All Blacks vs Boks & Wallabies vs Pumas

On Saturday the All Blacks host the Springboks for one of the biggest games of the year, as the visitors are in confident mood and looking to knock the number one side in the world off their perch. After that, Argentina take on the Wallabies looking for their first win in the tournament. MORE »

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Top Five Tackles Gone Wrong Of All Time

With rugby being the contact sport that it is, things don't always go quite to plan and tackles often get misjudged, sometimes resulting in malicious looking consequences. Timing is everything. Here's Rugby HQ's take on the Top 5 tackles gone wrong. MORE »

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Kieran Read incredible pass sets up Aaron Smith try vs Argentina

One of the stand out moments in New Zealand's 28-13 victory over Argentina was the skillful pass that Kieran Read made to set up Aaron Smith's first try. Beating a man with a pass is a key skill in rugby but executing it so well is one of the reasons that Read is one of the top number 8's around. MORE »

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Ian Madigan low blow in painful Impact Gumshield promo video

Leinster flyhalf Ian Madigan was recently asked to take part in a promo video for Impact Gumshields. The intention was to show how much protection they offer, but it turned out to be one of the most painful gumshield tests you're likely to see. MORE »

Thursday, September 12, 2013

New Scrum Laws explained by Ben Kay and Lawrence Dallaglio

This season the new scrum laws have been applied to northern hemisphere rugby, having already been used down south, and in the recent Rugby Championship too. The verdict is still out as to whether the new engagement protocol is actually a good or bad thing, with opinions divided. MORE »

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Dimitri Yachvili carded for swinging arm on Delon Armitage

Biarritz scrumhalf Dimitri Yachvili was yellow carded for dangerous high tackle against Toulon in the Top 14 this past weekend. Delon Armitage, who we have seen dish out a few of his own in the last few years, was unfortunate to be on the receiving end. MORE »

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Ben Tameifuna and Jamie Mackintosh banned for old school rucking

Two New Zealand props have been suspended following stamping and raking incidents in the ITM Cup fourth round match between Southland and Waikato in Invercargill. Ben Tameifuna and Jamie Mackintosh have both been suspended for one week. MORE »

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Ronan O'Mahony back heel flick sets up try for James Coughlan vs Edinburgh

This Munster try video has been doing the rounds since the weekend, exciting a lot of fans out there who have compared it to Simon Zebo's heel flick, and other great bits of skill. But was it intentional? Take a look for yourself and see what you think. MORE »

Monday, September 09, 2013

Juan Martin Hernandez one-handed long pass in the rain

Despite having suffered numerous injuries and never quite having reached the consistant form that he showed some years back, Juan Martin Hernandez is capable of pulling off some incredible pieces of skill. And he seems to save it for the All Blacks. MORE »

Monday, September 09, 2013

Springboks full of belief after thumping the Wallabies in Brisbane

The Springboks put in one of their better performances in recent years as they broke the Brisbane hoodoo to crush the Wallabies 38-12 in their Rugby Championship clash at Suncorp Stadium. They face the All Blacks in Auckland next, believing they can win. MORE »

Sunday, September 08, 2013

New Zealand victory over Argentina soured by injury to skipper McCaw

Scrumhalf Aaron Smith scored twice as the All Blacks beat Argentina 28-13 in a wet and fairly scrappy Rugby Championship match in Hamilton. Victory came at a cost though as captain Richie McCaw picked up a knee injury and will be out for at least three weeks. MORE »

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Richard Buckman flick pass sets up great try for Hawkes Bay

Hawkes Bay claimed the highly sought-after Ranfurly Shield for the first time in 44 years when they beat Otago 20-19 in a great game in Dunedin last weekend. They scored two electric tries, the first of which came about through a superb offload. MORE »

Thursday, September 05, 2013

New #BeattheBoks campaign video causes a stir in South Africa

The guys at Fox Sports Australia have ruffled some feathers ahead of the Wallabies vs Springboks match this coming weekend, causing a bit of sense of humour failure in parts of South Africa. The video they've made, featuring 'Jannie', didn't go down well. MORE »

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Rory Arnold banned for bite in process of scoring first ever Currie Cup try

There were mixed emotions for Australian Rory Arnold on Saturday after he scored a try for Griquas, then was red carded for simultaneously biting a player. Today he received a seven match suspension after a disciplinary hearing found him guilty. MORE »

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Jamie Roberts poor pass bombs try after great break from Jonny Sexton

British & Irish Lions stars Jonny Sexton, Dan Lydiate and Jamie Roberts are all at Racing Metro in France this season. So far Sexton has played pretty well, as can be seen with the confident break in this clip, but on this occasion Roberts failed to finish off what could have been a great try. MORE »

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

The Top 5 Rugby Villains of All Time - Rugby HQ

When you think of Villain, you no doubt have someone in particular in mind based on where you are from and who you support, as well as what you've seen in your time as a rugby fan. The guys at Rugby HQ in Australia have picked theirs, so here you go. MORE »

Monday, September 02, 2013

Bhubesi Pride completes 2013 African rugby coaching project

This final video from Bhubesi Pride concludes their 2013 charitable rugby coaching trip through Africa MORE »

Monday, September 02, 2013

Official Rugby World Cup 2015 Gilbert Ball Launched

With two years to go until the world’s top players arrive in England for Rugby World Cup 2015, Gilbert Rugby has launched the design of the official match ball that will play its part in every pass, kick and try at the showcase event. MORE »

Monday, September 02, 2013

Rupeni Caucaunibuca playing well after returning to the ITM Cup

If you hadn't heard yet, the legendary Rupeni Caucau is back playing where it all started for him, at Northland in New Zealand provincial rugby. He has had two outings for the Taniwha, and showed glimpses of his brilliance on both occasions. MORE »

 
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