Posts for November 2013

Saturday, November 30, 2013

George North and Richard Hibbard huge hits in lead up to Israel Folau try

Wales put up a good fight but went down 30-26 to the Wallabies in Cardiff earlier today in one of the best games of the season. The contest featured some incredibly physical confrontations and collisions from both sides. Here's a look at the two biggest hits. MORE »

Friday, November 29, 2013

Win a signed Shane Williams Top & £100 of stash from Front Up Rugby

We have an exclusive competition to win a signed top by Wales legend Shane Williams, as well as ¬£100 worth of stash for you from Front Up Rugby's new range, which includes over 70 new styles of t-shirts , polos, hoodies, rugby shirts and socks. MORE »

Friday, November 29, 2013

Georgia stun Samoa in historic game in Tbilisi

While in Dublin it was Ireland that came close to a big upset, Georgia surprised everybody in Tbilisi as they beat Samoa, a team ranked many places above them, 16-15. Below is a fascinating video report from the match. MORE »

Friday, November 29, 2013

Jean De Villiers, Bismark du Plessis and Steven Luatua on the Barbarians

The Barbarians and Fiji meet at a packed Twickenham this weekend. The Baa Baas have a formidable side and will be captained by Jean De Villiers, who along with Bismark Du Plessis and Steven Luatua, spoke of the honour of playing for the famous team. MORE »

Thursday, November 28, 2013

James Haskell discusses mental health and fitness in sport

James Haskell and former Badminton star Gail Emms join Paul McVeigh for a Sportlobster TV discussion about mental health in sport, and how professional athletes and sportsmen of all calibres deal with some of the pressures that exist. MORE »

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Alex Cuthbert and Warren Gatland ahead of Wales vs Australia

Wales play Australia in their final game of the Autumn Internationals on Saturday, with both sides looking for a win to finish their campaigns on a high note. Lions winger Alex Cuthbert returns from injury, boosting the home side's backline threat out wide. MORE »

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Courtney Lawes returns to Premiership with huge tackle on Phil Godman

England's Courtney Lawes returned to Aviva Premiership rugby with a bang this past weekend, making his presence felt with a few trademark tackles, including this belter on Phil Godman. He admitted post match that he was pleased to make some big hits. MORE »

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Midweek Madness - David 'Superman' Marty flying over the ruck

Perpignan captain David Marty was shown a yellow card for a bizarre bit of play during their Top 14 Round 12 clash with Toulon at the weekend. The European Champions won the game 15-9, with Jonny Wilkinson kicking all of their points. MORE »

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Springboks end satisfying year with victory over France in Paris

The Springboks finished their year on a high by beating Les Blues in France for the first time since 1997, and finished with an impressive 10 wins from 12 matches. The 19-10 victory in Paris completed their statistically best campaign in 16 years. MORE »

Monday, November 25, 2013

Irish hearts broken by All Blacks' last gasp converted try

New Zealand came from 19-0 down to beat Ireland 24-22 in an incredible game of rugby in Dublin on Sunday. With the win the All Blacks cement the record of the first ever top tier Test side in the professional era to win every match in a calendar year. MORE »

Monday, November 25, 2013

Wallabies reclaim third in the world spot after win over Scotland

Scotland were unable to claim another Wallaby scalp at a wet Murrayfield as they lost 21-15 on Saturday. The field, suffering from a parasite infestation, broke up a lot and has since been mentioned as a possible reason for the Scots' missed opportunities. MORE »

Monday, November 25, 2013

Wales claim hard-fought win over tough Tonga in Cardiff

Wales picked up a 17-7 win against Tonga in Cardiff on Friday night, but more was expected of them ahead of a meeting with the Wallabies. All the points were scored in the first half, with Owen Williams and Ashley Beck scoring for the hosts. MORE »

Friday, November 22, 2013

Wing JP Pietersen's big tackle on Eighthman David Denton

Springbok winger JP Pietersen marked his 50th Test by finishing off a fantastic try and making a thumping hit on Scotland number eight Dave Denton. Pietersen then got a bit overzealous and rubbed Denton's face in the dirt, quite literally. MORE »

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Southern Hemisphere power in Barbarians squad to play Fiji

The Barbarians will be coached by New Zealand's Steve Hansen when they take on Fiji at Twickenham on the 30th November. The Killik Cup match between the two sides will have nine Springboks and eight All Blacks, as confirmed earlier this week. MORE »

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Tevita Kuridrani receives five week suspension for dangerous tackle

While the Wallabies are winning matches again, discipline is costing them as they not only internally banned some of their players, but now centre Tevita Kuridrani has been suspended for five matches for the tip-tackle he made against Ireland at the weekend. MORE »

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A Day in the Life of a Rugby Commentator - with Austin Healey

Austin Healey gives fans an insight into what match days are like as a commentator, as we go behind the scenes at the recent Leicester Tigers vs Harlequins Aviva Premiership match. MORE »

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Rugby World Cup 2015 - Webb Ellis Cup hand over ceremony in Dublin

RWC 2011 winning captain Richie McCaw handed over the Webb Ellis Cup to Rugby World Cup Limited Chairman Bernard Lapasset during an official trophy handover ceremony in Dublin earlier this week. The trophy will be used for promotions ahead of the 2015 RWC. MORE »

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Scrumhalf Fourie du Preez's big tackle on number eight Dave Denton

Fourie Du Preez has been a revelation since returning to the Springbok set-up, putting in two Man of the Match performances and playing an integral role in the Boks' success of late. He showed very little, if any signs of being out of Test rugby for two years. MORE »

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Willie Le Roux stars as the Springboks beat Scotland at Murrayfield

South Africa scored four tries to nil as they beat Scotland 28-0 at a wet Murrayfield Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Fullback Willie Le Roux has a superb first half, scoring an intercept try then brilliantly setting up 50th Cap winger JP Pietersen. MORE »

Monday, November 18, 2013

The Wallabies claim comfortable victory over Ireland in Dublin

The Wallabies picked up their first back-to-back wins of the year after a 32-15 victory over Ireland in Dublin on Saturday. Quade Cooper was excellent for the visitors, scoring 17 points in total, including one of Australia's four tries. MORE »

Monday, November 18, 2013

Wales break Autumn International hoodoo with win over Argentina

Wales put last weekend's loss to South Africa behind them as they beat Argentina 40-6 to win their first Autumn International in four years. They scored four tries as Argentina looked out of sorts and struggled to hold out the Six Nations champions. MORE »

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sona Taumalolo and Yoann Maestri red carded for France vs Tonga fight

France and Tonga each had a player red carded following a punch-up at the beginning of the second half of what was an ill-tempered game in Le Havre. France came out 38-18 victors, avenging the 19-14 defeat to Tonga in the 2011 Rugby World Cup. MORE »

Sunday, November 17, 2013

New Zealand tested by England but the World Champions remain unbeaten

England weren't able to repeat the heroics of a year ago but they did put up a good fight as New Zealand won yet another away match in 2013. The 30-22 victory extended the All Blacks' undefeated run on the occasion of flyhalf Dan Carter's 100th Test cap. MORE »

Friday, November 15, 2013

Friday Funnies - The Dominic Day knee slide cramp celebration

Last weekend Bath beat Sale Sharks 27-20 in the opening round of the LV= Cup after a dramatic late try by Dave Atwood, sparking scenes of celebration amongst players and fans. Unfortunately one player, Dominic Day, found it all too much for his tired legs. MORE »

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Two players red carded in Georgia vs Canada mass brawl

Georgia upset Canada in Tbilisi last weekend, winning 19-15 but all everyone has been speaking about since was this wild fight. You may have seen some of it already, but here's a slightly better version and of course, it is now archived in Big Hits & Dirty Play. MORE »

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

O2 Inside Line - Season 4 Episode 3

England face their toughest Test of the year this coming weekend as New Zealand are back in town and looking to avenge last years' defeat. This week's O2 Inside Line previews the game and gives you another behind the scenes look in the England camp. MORE »

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Maori All Blacks edge the USA Eagles in exciting clash in Philadelphia

The New Zealand Maori All Blacks held off an impressive United States Eagles side on a brilliant occasion for USA rugby in Philadelphia at the weekend. The Maori All Blacks made it two from two on their North American tour, winning this one 29-19. MORE »

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Shirtless Brian Lima leads Samoa in Siva Tau wardance vs Ireland

Brian Lima paid tribute to fellow Samoan legend Peter Fatialofa by leading the traditional Siva Tau challenge against Ireland on Saturday. It was an emotional tribute at the start to the game, following the sudden loss of Fatialofa earlier in the week. MORE »

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

New Zealand hold off late charge by spirited France side

New Zealand held off a late France surge at the Stade de France, hanging on to maintain their unbeaten record and leave with a 26-19 victory over Les Blues. Winger Charles Piutau scored a try and set up Kieran Read with a brilliant piece of play. MORE »

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Springboks outmuscle Wales at the Millennium Stadium

The Springboks scored three tries to nil as they beat Six Nations champions Wales 24-15 at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday. The Welsh were hoping to claim their first big Southern Hemisphere scalp in five years, but weren't able to threaten the tryline. MORE »

Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Wallabies hit back with seven-try win over Italy

The Wallabies bounced back from Twickenham disappointment with a 50-20 seven-try mauling of Italy at the Stadio Olympico. Wing Nick Cummins scored twice as the tourists found their feet to make sure that Italy remained winless against them. MORE »

Sunday, November 10, 2013

England beat Argentina but frustrate fans ahead of next weekend

England comfortably beat Argentina 31-12 at Twickenham on Saturday, a week out from the much anticipated clash with New Zealand. Fans weren't too happy with the second half showing however, after three tries were scored in the first. MORE »

Saturday, November 09, 2013

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

This month the All Blacks embark on a three-match overseas tour, facing France, England and Ireland. It's been another demanding year so will they be able to maintain the winning streak? Former Test star Nick Evans shares his thoughts. MORE »

Friday, November 08, 2013

Friday Funnies - Turnstile defence from mic'd up Andy Gomarsall

Last week we saw the great try that Steve Thompson scored in the England Legends vs Australia Legends match. Defense wasn't at an all time high, and with scrumhalf Andy Gomarsall all mic'd up, we got to experience this classic moment up close. MORE »

Thursday, November 07, 2013

France vs New Zealand and November Tests Preview video

France have a busy Novembers Tests lineup, starting with the All Blacks on Saturday. It's set to be an action packed few weeks for Les Blues, with bruising rugby and plenty of action. Here is a short psych-up preview from the French Rugby Federation. MORE »

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

O2 Inside Line - Season 4 Episode 2

Following England's win over the Wallabies, this week's O2 Inside Line analysis the victory, takes you behind the scenes with a glimpse inside the gym and at training, and looks ahead to the Test with Argentina this coming weekend. MORE »

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

James O'Connor's Aviva Premiership debut for London Irish

James O'Connor made his London Irish debut in a losing effort against Northampton Saints. Despite setting up a try for Sailosi Tagicakibau, the Exiles went down 19-14. O'Connor was spotted in France on Monday however, talking with Toulon. MORE »

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

New Zealand Maori All Blacks start tour well with good win over Canada

Canada hosted the New Zealand Maori All Blacks on Sunday as part of the latter's tour of North America. Despite Canada scoring first, the visitors scored six tries to win 40-15 in front of over 20 000 fans in Toronto. MORE »

Monday, November 04, 2013

New Zealand on track with unbeaten run following win over Japan

New Zealand continued their unbeaten run this year with a comprehensive 54-6 victory over a competitive Japan side in Tokyo on Saturday. The visitors eased into the match and in typical All Blacks fashion, wore down their opponents then piled on the points. MORE »

Monday, November 04, 2013

Post match reaction from All Blacks vs Japan in Tokyo

Post match reaction from some of the All Blacks following the convincing 54-6 victory over Japan in Tokyo. We hear from Dan Carter, Tawera Kerr-Barlow and Dominic Bird. MORE »

Sunday, November 03, 2013

England get the better of Australia with strong second half at Twickenham

England came from behind to beat the Wallabies 20-13 in a scrappy game at Twickenham on Saturday. If the tourists had won the match they would have moved resumed their spot at number three on the world rankings. Instead it's another disappointing loss in 2013. MORE »

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Steve Thompson's incredible 80m try for England Legends + post match reaction

The England and Australian Legends met for a fun run around at the Twickenhham Stoop on Thursday night in honour of the ten year anniversary of the 2003 Rugby World Cup final. Steve Thompson scored this wonder try, then had a pint or two to celebrate. MORE »

Friday, November 01, 2013

Japan vs New Zealand LIVE stream and Full Match Replay

As with the third Bledisloe Cup Test, New Zealand Rugby have set up a Live and on Demand Stream for the Japan vs New Zealand Test match that takes place on Saturday 2 November. The match is available for users in 159 countries around the world. MORE »

 
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