Posts for October 2013

Thursday, October 31, 2013

O2 Inside Line - Season 4 Episode 1

The biggest Test this weekend is the clash between old foes England and Australia. It's ten years since the two sides met in the 2003 Rugby World Cup final, so with memories of that historic day in mind, it should be a fierce contest. Team news below, with O2 Inside Line. MORE »

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Barbarians vs Fiji Centenary Match at Twickenham - 20% Off Discount

The Barbarians host Fiji at Twickenham on November 30th for an eagerly anticipated fixture that marks one hundred years of rugby in Fiji, and has already attracted ticket sales of 60,000. Below is more info on the game, as well as a ticketing discount for you. MORE »

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Darragh Leader's 61m penalty kick wins the match for Connacht

This great moment comes from the Connacht Eagles game against Rotherham Titans at the Sportsground in Galway recently. We were hoping to get hold of longer footage, but have decided to post as is, as it's a wonderful piece of piece of play from a young player. MORE »

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Rugby Players Maintain Their Stadiums Ahead of Autumn Tests

Ahead of the Autumn Internationals, supporter of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, Dove Men+Care, set a few players from each of the home nations the task of performing maintenance on their respective stadiums. The result is this fun video that ends with a bit of a twist. MORE »

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Justin Tipuric scores two great tries against Newport Gwent Dragons

Welsh flanker Justin Tipiruc scored twice as the Ospreys beat Newport Gwent Dragons 40-17 at the Liberty Stadium on Friday night. The Lions tourist scored a try in each half, putting down a marker for Wales inclusion for the upcoming Autumn Internationals. MORE »

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Aaron Cruden's Road to Recovery - WIN a chance to watch the All Blacks train

Aaron Cruden has been through a lot in a very short time. In 2008 he was diagnosed with cancer, then just three years later was playing for the All Blacks in a Rugby World Cup Final. This video documents his story, and also gives you the chance to win lunch with him. MORE »

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sharks beat Western Province to win the 2013 Currie Cup Final

The Sharks defeated Western Province in the showpiece of South African domestic rugby on Saturday, scoring two tries to one as they left Newlands with a 33-19 victory. Since the match, the Springbok squad for the tour of the UK and France has been chosen. MORE »

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Exiled Wallaby star James O'Connor signed by London Irish

London Irish have confirmed that James O'Connor has been signed on a one year contract, offering him a lifeline after he was dumped out of the national set up following some off-field indiscretions. He will make his debut against Northampton Saints. MORE »

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Brock James sensational reverse flick pass sets up try for Napolioni Nalaga

Brock James produced a piece of magic to set up a crucial try as Clermont survived a scare at the hands of Brive on Saturday, eventually coming out 36-29 victors. A late dash helped them extend their unbeaten home record at the Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin. MORE »

Monday, October 28, 2013

Amazing kickoff as strong winds blow ball back over the dead ball line

Incredibly strong winds hit Ashburton on the South Island on Saturday, affecting the Meads Cup Final between Mid Canterbury and North Otago to the point that twenty minutes in, a restart kick got blown back 50m, well over the deal ball line. MORE »

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Tasman win ITM Cup Championship after dramatic finish against Hawkes Bay

The Tasman Makos held off a brilliant comeback from Hawkes Bay to claim the ITM Cup Championship title on Friday, earning promotion to the Premiership for next season. The 26-25 thriller was one of the matches of the weekend, eclipsing the main final. MORE »

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Nude Blacks get the better of their Australian counterparts in annual match

The traditional Nude Blacks rugby challenge took place in Dunedin this past weekend, with the hosts taking on an invitational Australian side in a match watched by thousands at Alhambra Rugby Club, ahead of the All Blacks vs Wallabies Bledisloe Cup third Test. MORE »

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Chris Robshaw to lead England in 2013 Autumn Internationals

Chris Robshaw will lead England in the forthcoming November internationals, resuming his captaincy after being rested for the successful tour of Argentina, where Tom Wood was the at the helm. MORE »

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wellington scrumhalf Frae Wilson smashes Counties lock Jimmy Tupou

Wellington made it through to their first domestic final in four years after beating Counties Manukau 41-10 in the ITM Cup Premiership Semi Final last Friday. It was a physical battle, but the most impressive hit was this scorcher from the home team scrumhalf. MORE »

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Scrum Masterclass with Rugby Tonight and Exeter Chiefs prop Craig Mitchell

The scrum has been under focus this year as the changes in engagement have meant a different approach, with both advantages and benefits for certain teams. The hookers now have to hook, which is a new concept for some of them. MORE »

Monday, October 21, 2013

Gio Aplon's great try and play gets Western Province to another Currie Cup Final

Western Province will host the Currie Cup final after they beat the Golden Lions 33-16 at Newlands on Saturday. The win was sparked in part by brilliant fullback Gio Aplon, who has put his hand up for selection ahead of the end of year Springboks European tour. MORE »

Sunday, October 20, 2013

New Zealand complete Bledisloe Cup clean sweep in Dunedin

New Zealand sealed a 3-0 Bledisloe Cup whitewash as they beat Australia 41-33 in Dunedin, maintaining their unbeaten run this year. A much improved Wallabies side showed that they are still a force to be reckoned with though, scoring three tries of their own. MORE »

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Heineken Cup 2013/2014 Best Tries - Round 1

There were some outstanding tries scored in round one of the Heineken Cup, so as we're into week two with another jam-packed Saturday and Sunday of European Rugby, here is a look back at some of the best of from last weekend. MORE »

Friday, October 18, 2013

All Blacks vs Wallabies Bledisloe Cup LIVE STREAM

For the first time ever a Test between the All Blacks and the Wallabies is being streamed live online for free to fans around the globe. Those outside of the official broadcast territories will be able to log on at kickoff to watch live, or on demand post match. MORE »

Friday, October 18, 2013

Brian O'Driscoll's incredible skill at training - Lions RAW teaser

It's tradition that after every British & Irish Lions tour a DVD comes out featuring the best of the behind the scenes footage. It's hugely popular every time, and the latest from the 2013 tour, Lions Raw, is released in ten days time. This is a short clip from it. MORE »

Friday, October 18, 2013

Rugby HQ's Plays of the Year for Test Rugby in 2013

Throughout the year we've archived Rugby HQ's highly popular Plays of the Week features, and as the show is about to take a break over in Australia, they've now come up with their Plays of the Year, featuring the very best in tries, tackles, funnies and more. MORE »

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Wilkinson, Giteau and Armitage combine for classic Toulon try vs Glasgow

Toulon beat Glasgow Warriors 51-28 in an entertaining match at the Stade Felix Mayol, taking a comfortable halftime lead before the visitors launched a comeback. Ten tries were scored, but this one finished by Delon Armitage was the pick of the bunch. MORE »

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Northland Haka for departing Rene Ranger after farewell game

Rene Ranger played his final game for Northland at the weekend, captaining the side to a 20-19 victory over Bay of Plenty in Whangarei. Ranger leaves to join Montpellier in France later this month. His team followed up the win by giving him this memorable post match send off Haka. MORE »

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sean O'Brien gets rid of flyhalf Dan Biggar with huge handoff

Sean O'Brien has forged a reputation for being one of the strongest ball carriers in world rugby, and showed why against the Ospreys as he got rid of Dan Biggar in no uncertain terms. Unfortunately he did lose the ball, but it was great to watch. From far. MORE »

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Top Five Rugby Apps Every Fan Should Own

When you log on to the Android or Apple store there are a million and one different apps available to rugby lovers. With that in mind, we’ve separated the wheat from the chaff and listed the top five apps every rugby fan should own. MORE »

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Massive 30-man fight in Georgia's top league in Tbilissi

This wild brawl took place in Georgia's top league recently when Ilia Uni Jikebi and Lelo met in Tbilissi. It started with a little push and shove, but soon every player from both sides was involved, with it spilling over to the sidelines, where it's possible others joined in. MORE »

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Tips for making winter training more appealing

When it’s cold, raining or snowing, the last thing you want to do is don your shorts and t-shirts and head out for a jog. The draw of the duvet is too much for some people, destroying their fitness regime, but this needn’t be the case. Follow these top tips to make keeping fit seem more appealing this winter: MORE »

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Seven of the Best Tries from the Gold Coast Sevens

There were some fantastic tries scored at the Gold Coast Sevens in Australia this past weekend, so here is a selection by the IRB that features some of the better tries, both individual and team efforts. MORE »

Monday, October 14, 2013

New Zealand win the Gold Coast Sevens after final with Australia

New Zealand beat rivals and hosts Australia 40-19 to win the Gold Coast Sevens and take an early lead in the HSBC Sevens World Series at the weekend. Catch up on the highlights from the knockout stages, as well as everything from day one. MORE »

Monday, October 14, 2013

Dion Berryman scores with incredible finish in the corner against Toulouse

Toulouse got their Heineken Cup campaign off to a solid start with a convincing 38-5 bonus point victory over Zebre at the Stade Ernest Wallon on Friday night. They scored six tries but the most memorable finish of the night went to Zebre's Dion Berryman. MORE »

Friday, October 11, 2013

Friday Funnies - Nick Easter takes a tumble over a drinks cooler

Nick Easter falls over a badly positioned water cooler during Harlequins 18-13 defeat to London Irish. MORE »

Friday, October 11, 2013

Jurgen Visser penalised for preventing Brumbies from taking quick lineout

This cheeky incident from Super Rugby a few months back probably should have been shared at the time but it slipped through the cracks somehow. We wanted to make sure it's in our archives though, as it's not only pretty funny, but also a bit naughty. MORE »

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Rugby HQ's Top 7 Sevens Moments of All Time

This week's Top 5 video comes in the lead up to the Gold Coast Sevens, the first leg of the 2013/2014 IRB World Sevens Series. With that in mind, it's an expanded Top 7, celebrating the shortened form of the game, in the unique Rugby HQ style. MORE »

Thursday, October 10, 2013

iPhone found on pitch during rugby match in Brazil

There was a bizarre moment during a match in Brazil last weekend, where a referee was handed an iPhone that was found on the field. We shared the link on our Facebook and Twitter accounts earlier today, but decided to archive it for safekeeping too. MORE »

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Rugby Impacts in Slow Motion with Bath Rugby

The guys from BBC's Earth Unplugged went down to Bath Rugby recently to film a training session in high definition slow motion, giving us a different perspective on the sport we all love. MORE »

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Rob Simmons yellow carded for off the ball shoulder on Felipe Contepomi

Felipe Contepomi played his final Test on Saturday, turning out against the Wallabies for his 87th cap, an Argentina record. Unfortunately things didn't go exactly to plan in front of his home crowd as his team took a heavy defeat, and he was on the receiving end of a big shoulder. MORE »

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Martin Landajo banned for one week for stamping on Wallaby hands

Puma's scrumhalf Martin Landajo has been banned for a week for stamping during Argentina's 54-17 Rugby Championship final round loss to the Wallabies in Rosario on Saturday. He was cautioned by referee Wayne Barnes at the time, but was later cited. MORE »

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen proud after tense win over Springboks

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen was pleased with the way his side handled the pressure of Ellis Park, beating the Springboks 38-27 in a classic encounter between the old rivals on Saturday. He said he was proud of what they have achieved. MORE »

Monday, October 07, 2013

The Wallabies run riot in Rosario with big win over Argentina

The Wallabies surprised everyone by running riot in Rosario, beating Argentina 54-17 to keep Los Pumas winless in the Rugby Championship. Israel Folau scored a hat-trick as Ewen McKenzie's chargers restored some pride after a disappointing few months. MORE »

Saturday, October 05, 2013

All Blacks claim the Rugby Championship after epic battle with the Springboks

The Springboks knew what was needed to claim the Rugby Championship, and achieved part of the mammoth task by scoring a four try bonus point, but conceded five in what was a thrilling game of rugby, won 38-27 by the All Blacks in the end. MORE »

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Rugby HQ'S Plays of the Week - Rugby Championship penultimate weekend

It's the final round of the Rugby Championship, with a massive decider set up for Ellis Park between the Springboks and the All Blacks, while in Argentina Los Pumas are looking for a huge scalp in the form of a wounded Wallabies side. Now though, it's time to catch up on the Plays of the Week. MORE »

Friday, October 04, 2013

Friday Funnies - George Ford's Innovative Kick

Bath flyhalf George Ford put in another impressive performance in his side's 33-18 victory over London Irish last weekend. In addition to an outstanding try and four conversions, he even had time to develop an unconventional goal kicking technique. MORE »

Thursday, October 03, 2013

The Best Tries in the Top 14 - All from the last Six Rounds

There have been some outstanding tries scored in the Top 14 lately, with both the best of individual efforts and team tries being celebrated in Canal Plus' compilations of the Top Ten Tries. Today we've got no less than six for you, a total of sixty tries for you to watch. MORE »

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Rupeni Caucaunibuca looking slim, trim and determined at Northland

As we reported a month back, former Auckland flyer Rupeni Caucau is back in New Zealand, plying his trade with Northland in the hopes of finding the form he showed in the early days. Total Rugby caught up with him for some insight into his world. MORE »

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Cardiff launch of the 2013/2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup

The European club rugby season kicked off in Cardiff yesterday, where we had the opportunity to speak with the captains and coaches of some of the English and Welsh clubs that will take part in the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup. MORE »

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

DTH van der Merwe goes headfirst into the post

A few weeks back in the Rabodirect Pro 12, on Friday the 13th strangely enough, Glasgow Warriors winger DTH van der Merwe experienced this horror collision with the post as he came close to scoring against Ulster at Ravenhill in Belfast. MORE »

 
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