Posts for February 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014

Georgia and Romania Rugby World Cup 2015 qualification highlights

Last weekend Georgia and Romania secured their places at Rugby World Cup 2015 following victories in the FIRA-AER European Nations Cup Division 1A. Georgia beat Russia 36-10 in front of over 50 000 fans in Tbilisi, while Romania beat Spain 32-6. MORE »

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Jamie Mackintosh off the ball shoulder shot on Richie McCaw

Here's a quick video that includes a must see super slow-mo of a pretty nasty off the ball shot by Chiefs prop Jamie Mackintosh. The hit is on the indestructible man, Richie McCaw, who was left on the floor in a heap and must have been wondering how Mackintosh stayed on the field. MORE »

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Morgan Parra banned for two weeks for head butt on Rene Ranger

Clermont scrumhalf Morgan Parra has been suspended for two weeks for head-butting Montpellier's Rene Ranger in their Top 14 clash at the weekend. He has only just been called into the France squad, but will miss their next match, against Scotland. MORE »

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Waratahs vs Western Force Highlights - Super Rugby 2014 Round 2

Israel Folau scored a hat-trick of tries as the Waratahs thumped the Western Force 43-21 at Allianz Stadium on Sunday. The six-try demolition started with just a minute on the clock, and the Wallaby star crossing after a great bit of backline play. Further tries were scored by Alofa Alofa, Kurtley Beale and Kane Douglas. MORE »

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Lions vs Stormers Highlights - Super Rugby 2014 Round 2

Highlights of the Lions' huge upset win over the Stormers in Johannesburg. The Lions, back in Super Rugby after a season out, have started well by beating the Cheetahs and now the Stormers, both upsets. In flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff they have a matchwinner, as he's shown two weeks in succession. MORE »

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sharks vs Hurricanes Highlights - Super Rugby 2014 Round 2

The Sharks picked up a 27-9 Super Rugby victory over the Hurricanes in Durban on Saturday. Pat Lambie contributed 17 points in what was a fairly scrappy game, although it did include some nice phases of open play at times. Tries were scored by Willem Alberts and Lwazi Mvovo. MORE »

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Brumbies vs Reds Highlights - Super Rugby 2014 Round 2

Highlights of the opening game of the Australian conference, featuring the Brumbies and the Reds in Canberra. Look out for great tries from some of the flyers on both sides, particularly Reds youngster Aidan Toua. There's also an unfortunate howler by Brumbies fullback Jesse Mogg. MORE »

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Highlanders vs Blues Highlights - Super Rugby 2014 Round 2

Extended highlights of the Highlanders vs the Blues from Dunedin. The Highlanders upset the much fancied Blues by shooting out to a big 24-0 lead in the first half, then hung on in the second despite a spirited Blues comeback. Some great tries and an entertaining game all round. MORE »

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Midweek Madness - Schalk Brits runs into brick wall Wayne Barnes

We've seen that over the years referee Wayne Barnes is one that isn't to be messed with on the field. He's usually a strong disciplinarian and is capable of handling even the toughest rugby players out there. He's no pushover physically either, apparently. MORE »

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Cheetahs vs Bulls Highlights - Super Rugby 2014 Round 2

Highlights of the Cheetahs' first ever Super Rugby victory over the Bulls, from the Free State Stadium on Friday evening. Flyhalf Johan Goosen kicked all the points in a match that took place in wet conditions and didn't offer much in terms of a spectacle. MORE »

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Crusaders vs Chiefs Highlights - Super Rugby 2014 Round 2

Highlights of the exciting round two clash between the Chiefs and Crusaders, the first match of Super Rugby 2014 for both sides. This one featured a few good tries, namely the effort by former Crusader Robbie Fruean, and a heartbreaker from James Lowe at the end. MORE »

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Massive try saving hit by Israel's Yonatan Kaplan vs Gibraltar

On Saturday Gibraltar hosted Israel in what was only their third ever Test match, held at Victoria Stadium. The underdogs achieved an impressive 25-12 victory, but felt the might of the 49th ranked side in the first half with this thundering try saving tackle. MORE »

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Best Tries scored in Round 2 of Super Rugby 2014

Super Rugby is now officially under way with a full set of matches in the second round, and one or two big upsets to keep everyone on their toes. Here's a quick look at some of the best tries scored over the course of the weekend. MORE »

Monday, February 24, 2014

England hold on after tense battle with Ireland at Twickenham

There is a four-way tie at the top of the Six Nations table following England's tight 13-10 victory over Ireland on Twickenham on Saturday. England, Ireland, France and Wales are all on four points with two rounds left to play. MORE »

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Scotland snatch victory from Italy with late drop goal in Rome

Scotland scored two tries and slotted a drop goal with time up to snatch a 21-20 victory from Italy in Rome on Saturday afternoon. Duncan Weir took his team into the lead at the death in what has become the yearly battle to avoid the wooden spoon. MORE »

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Wales bounce back with strong win over France in Cardiff

Wales's Six Nations campaign is back on track after they scored two tries to beat France 27-6 on Friday night. The defending champions ended France's unbeaten run in the tournament and bounced back from their own disappointing loss two weeks ago. MORE »

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Beauden Barrett wins IRPA Try of the Year 2013 for try against France

New Zealand's brilliant try in their second Test win over France in June last year has been named the International Rugby Player's Association (IRPA) Try of the Year for 2013. Tryscorer Beauden Barrett becomes the first New Zealander to win the award. MORE »

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

O2 Inside Line - Season 4 Episode 6

This week's O2 Inside Line takes us into the England camp as they prepare for their Six Nations match against Ireland at Twickenham this coming weekend. Despite dominating Scotland two weeks ago, this will be a far tougher challenge for the home side. MORE »

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Francisco Chaparro red carded and banned for 10 weeks for tip tackle

Newport Gwent Dragons replacement prop Francisco Chaparro has been suspended for ten weeks following his red card for a dangerous tackle in the RaboDirect PRO12 match between Leinster and the Dragons on Friday evening. He has the right to appeal. MORE »

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Richie Vernon's big handoff against Cardiff Blues

Nice fend from Glasgow Warriors' Richie Vernon on Cardiff Blues' Dafydd Hewitt during their RaboDirect PRO12 match in Cardiff at the weekend. As you can see, Hewitt went a little high, allowing Vernon to easily swat him away. The Warriors won the game 27-20. MORE »

Monday, February 17, 2014

Sharks start Super Rugby with bonus point victory over the Bulls

Pat Lambie scored a try after the hooter to give the Sharks a 31-16 bonus point victory over the Bulls in Durban on Saturday evening. There was controversy surrounding one of the tries though, and it has since been confirmed that it shouldn't have been allowed. MORE »

Monday, February 17, 2014

Lions upset Cheetahs with dramatic finish on Super Rugby return

Debutant Marnitz Boshoff kicked six from six penalties as well as a dramatic last minute drop goal to help the Lions to a 21-20 upset victory over the Cheetahs in Super Rugby's opening game in Bloemfontein on Saturday. MORE »

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Maurie Fa'asavalu makes huge hit on Andrea Masi in the Aviva Premiership

This massive hit by flanker Maurie Fa'asavalu is from last weekend's match between Wasps and Harlequins, and features Italian back Andrea Masi on the receiving end of a big Samoan shoulder. MORE »

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Jonah Lomu inducted into New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame

Jonah Lomu was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday night in Auckland. The Halberg Awards honour and celebrate New Zealand sporting excellence, and the All Blacks were also on hand to be named Team of the Year. MORE »

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Beginners Guide to the Cheetahs - Super Rugby 2014

The Cheetahs host the Lions shortly in what is the start of the much anticipated 2014 Super Rugby season. The match takes place in Bloemfontein and sees the Lions return to Super Rugby after having lost their place to the Kings for a year. MORE »

Thursday, February 13, 2014

CNN reports on the growth of Rugby Sevens in the USA and globally

This is a very interesting report from CNN as they head to Las Vegas to find out more about how rugby is growing in the USA. Rugby Sevens Worldwide speaks to local fans and players to see what they think of the sport and how it could possibly take off in a place that has traditional American sports... MORE »

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Scott Williams injures shoulder making big hit on Brian O'Driscoll

Wales centre Scott Williams will undergo surgery today on the injured shoulder that saw him leave the field during his team's 26-3 loss to Ireland on Saturday. Williams injured himself making a huge hit on Brian O'Driscoll, but came off second best. MORE »

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Compilation of the Top Tries in Super Rugby in 2013

The much anticipated start of Super Rugby 2014 is this weekend, so to give you a taste of the kind of rugby we'll be treated to, here is a compilation of some of the best tries scored in last year's tournament. It's not a short video, but it's well worth watching. MORE »

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Policeman tackles suspected criminal off bicycle

Earlier today we shared a link on our Facebook Page to this incredible tackle by a policeman in Sacramento. It proved to be popular so for those that missed what happened, here is an updated report on what went on before the big takedown. MORE »

Monday, February 10, 2014

Seven of the Best tries scored at the 2014 Wellington Sevens

While New Zealand won the Wellington Sevens, there were some great tries scored by a number of teams, particularly Australia who produced two of the best individual efforts seen in recent times. MORE »

Monday, February 10, 2014

New Zealand beat South Africa to claim Wellington Sevens victory

New Zealand picked up their first win over South Africa in the HSBC Sevens World Series since 2012 when they put on a clinical display in front of their home crowd in Wellington on Saturday. The 21-0 victory sees them move back to the top of the table. MORE »

Sunday, February 09, 2014

France ease past Italy with comfortable win at the Stade de France

France scored three second half tries to ease past Italy with a comfortable 30-10 victory in Paris. Louis Picamoles, Wesley Fofana and Hugo Bonneval all scored within ten minutes as France showed a clinical side that they lacked in the first half. MORE »

Sunday, February 09, 2014

England retain Calcutta Cup after dominant performance at Murrayfield

England ran out 20-0 winners in a one-sided Calcutta Cup match at a boggy Murrayfield on Saturday. Both Luther Burrell and Mike Brown scored tries again, converted by Owen Farrell. Conditions underfoot were awful, hampering the efforts of both teams at times. MORE »

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Ireland outplay Wales for convincing week two win in Dublin

Ireland never looked out of control in Dublin as they beat defending Six Nations champions Wales 26-3. Johnny Sexton was on fine form, kicking two early penalties and converting Chris Henry's try, before Paddy Jackson came on and rubbed salt in the wound with a converted try of his own. MORE »

Friday, February 07, 2014

Scotland U20 vs England U20 - LIVE Stream - Friday 7:30pm GMT

Scotland and England Under 20's meet in Netherdale tonight after both teams lost their opening Six Nations matches. Watch the full match LIVE right here, with kick off at 7:30pm. MORE »

Friday, February 07, 2014

Friday Funnies - Nigel Owens tells off Mike Brown and Yoann Huget

If there's one thing worse than being told that you're acting immature, it's being told when playing rugby, on TV and in front of millions of people. That's what happened to Mike Brown and Yoann Huget when they got in a tussle during Saturday's game in Paris. MORE »

Thursday, February 06, 2014

England unchanged for Calcutta Cup clash at Murrayfield

At today's press conference Stuart Lancaster announced an unchanged England team for their second Six Nations match vs Scotland, and discussed the fact that England have only scored one try at Murrayfield since 2004. The state of the pitch may well mean that the stat will stay in tact. MORE »

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Scotland drop Kelly Brown for England clash

Scotland captain Kelly Brown has been dropped for their upcoming Six Nations clash with England at Murrayfield, with Brown not even making the replacements bench for the Calcutta Cup match that sees the Scots as heavy underdogs with Betfair. MORE »

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

O2 Inside Line - Season 4 Episode 5

England took heart from their narrow loss to France last weekend and have been in camp preparing for Scotland and the Calcutta Cup. Hosted by the brilliant Alex Payne, this latest episode of O2 Inside Line gives superb insight and build up for the match. MORE »

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Catch up with Bhubesi Pride team members ahead of 2014 mission

After two terrific projects, Bhubesi Pride - which registered as a UK charity in August last year - is in the final stages of preparation for its third rugby development expedition through Africa. We caught up with them in Murrayfield, Scotland. MORE »

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

The Top 10 Tries in South African Rugby in 2013

Springbok Rugby have put together the nominees for the Supersport Try of the Year Award for 2013. The list features some fantastic tries scored at Test, Super Rugby and Currie Cup level. The winner will be announced at a function on 12 February. MORE »

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Ireland start campaign with comfortable win over Scotland

Ireland scored three tries as they started their 2014 Six Nations campaign with a comfortable 28-6 win over Scotland in Dublin earlier today. While Scotland showed flashes of class at times, they never really tested the Irish. MORE »

Saturday, February 01, 2014

France snatch victory from England in Six Nations thriller in Paris

France started and finished well as they snatched a dramatic 26-24 victory against England after trailing with just minutes remaining in Paris. Young Gael Fickou came on to replace battering ram Mathieu Bastareaud and scored the decisive try at the death. MORE »

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Wales get past defiant Italy in Six Nations opener in Cardiff

Defending Six Nations champions Wales weren't as convincing as they would have liked to be but managed to hold off a determined Italy side in Cardiff, winning 23-15 after leading 17-3 at halftime thanks to tries by Alex Cuthbert and Scott Williams. MORE »

 
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