Posts for April 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

James O'Connor on life in the UK and Wallaby ambitions - Total Rugby

James O'Connor left Australia to seek greener pastures at London Irish and is clearly enjoying life in the Northern Hemisphere. Total Rugby put together this feature on the former Wallaby, where he speaks about rugby abroad, tactics and playing for his country. He needs to find a team in Australia though, which appears to be a challenge. MORE »

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

London Wasps sign Hurricanes flyer Alapati Leiua

London Wasps have secured the signature of in-form Hurricanes and Samoa back, Alapati Leiua. The Samoan powerhouse has impressed in Super Rugby this season, and can play centre or wing. He'll join Wasps after the Super Rugby season. MORE »

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Toulon aiming to defend title after tense semi final win over Munster

Jonny Wilkinson kicked six penalties and a drop goal to help Toulon keep their dream of successive Heineken Cup titles alive as they beat Munster 24-16 in a tense battle in Marseilles on Sunday. Munster scored the only try of the game, through Simon Zebo. MORE »

Monday, April 28, 2014

Nick Crosswell gets jersey ripped off but plays on anyway

The Chiefs lost 41-23 to the Brumbies on Friday night, their second loss in succession following the narrow defeat to the Crusaders a week prior. Here's a quick comical moment from early on in the game, when forward Nick Crosswell had his jersey ripped off, but played on anyway. MORE »

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Saracens fly through to Cup Final after dominant performance vs Clermont

Saracens cruised through to the Heineken Cup Final following a physically dominant performance against Clermont at Twickenham. They reach the final for the first time, where they will hope to back up their 46-6 victory with a win over champions Toulon. MORE »

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Steffon Armitage's powerful fend try against Perpignan

Toulon face Munster in the Heineken Cup Semi Final today with all English eyes on the player there has been a lot of talk about this week, Steffon Armitage. He's been in a rich vein of form and will be one to watch as Toulon aim for another European title. MORE »

Friday, April 25, 2014

Friday Funnies - Touch judge gets falconed by George Ford

We've seen a number of different types of balls to the head over the years (like any good hooker), but this one from last weekend's Premiership is a bit of a puzzler. The touch judge watches George Ford's kick all the way, gets in position, then at the last minute just lets it him in the face. MORE »

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Honey Badger - A Devotional Song to Nick Cummins

He's even got his own song now. Yes, just when you thought you hadn't heard about Force winger Nick Cummins for a while (about a week?), a musician has released this gem of a track as an ode to the cult hero. It features some of the Honey Badger's best bits, including a one-armed brick layer, a bag of meat and a rat up a drainpipe. MORE »

Thursday, April 24, 2014

WIN tickets to watch Saracens vs Clermont in the Heineken Cup Semi Final

We have tickets to give away for Saturday's much anticipated Heineken Cup Semi Final between Saracens and Clermont at Twickenham. To stand a chance of winning all you need to do is Tweet the answer to the question below, or LIKE the competition post on Facebook. MORE »

Thursday, April 24, 2014

George Pisi huge hit leaves Shane Geraghty ill for next ten minutes

Shane Geraghty had an eventful game on his return to Franklins Gardens. Geraghty, who left Northampton Saints for Brive in 2011, was smashed by centre George Pisi on more than one occasion, but soldiered on to put in a gritty performance. MORE »

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Midweek Madness - Player falls to floor after worst fight ever

This hilarious incident happened at the 3rd Annual TMO Marist American Samoa 7's in American Samoa, between villages Vaiala and Vailele. As you can see, tensions sparked a quick exchange between two players, with neither one landing a clean shot. MORE »

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Liam Williams and Robin Copeland face disciplinaries after double red card

Liam Williams and Robin Copeland were given their marching orders after an incident in Sunday's Cardiff Blues vs Scarlets Pro12 match at the Millennium Stadium. Williams offended at the breakdown for his second yellow, before Copeland stamped on him. MORE »

Monday, April 21, 2014

The new European Rugby Champions Cup explained

The future of European rugby is now clear after months of speculation ended recently with an agreement between the relevant parties, resulting in the new European Rugby Champions Cup. Here is a breakdown of how things will work from next season. MORE »

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Top 5 Rugby Magicians of All Time

Rugby HQ in Australia have put together their Top 5 list of the best ever magicians on the rugby field. While it's obviously subjective, it's a solid list and it would be tough to disagree with their top three selections, and number one in particular. MORE »

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Shortball from Rugby HQ - Round 9

It's not called Plays of the Week anymore but ahead of Round 10 of Super Rugby, Sean Maloney brings us all the best, biggest, worst and funniest from last weekend's Super Rugby action. MORE »

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Courtney Lawes smashes Owen Farrell with trademark hit

Courtney Lawes made another of his trademark crash tackles at the weekend, this time on England team mate, Owen Farrell. The Saracens flyhalf didn't return from the tunnel at halftime but has since been cleared as not having a foot injury, and will resume training this week. MORE »

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mathieu Bastareaud makes big rib tickling tackle on Matuisela Talebula

Toulon back Mathieu Bastareaud, often affectionately referred to as the Tank, is the type of player you generally want to stay away from when he has ball in hand. His ability to get over the gain line is what makes him so valuable a player. His tackling isn't half bad either. MORE »

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Marcelo Bosch takes over from Owen Farrell to land huge penalty kick

Marcelo Bosch played his part as Saracens extended their lead at the top of the Aviva Premiership table by beating Northampton Saints 28-24 on Sunday. Bosch scored one of three tries, but this massive penalty from about 58m out impressed the most. MORE »

Monday, April 14, 2014

Tavis Knoyle punches Leroy Houston in dramatic Gloucester vs Bath derby

Saturday's dramatic West Country derby between Gloucester and Bath is set to be investigated after ugly scenes followed a late penalty try, awarded by referee Tim Wigglesworth, who showed two red cards and five yellows as Bath won the game 18-17. MORE »

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Crowd favourite Nick Cummins bags a hat-trick as Force upset Waratahs

The Western Force have done it again, this time upsetting the Waratahs 28-16 in Perth to claim their fifth consecutive win. Winger Nick Cummins, aka the Honey Badger, scored a hat-trick as the in form 'Tahs came off second best in the Aussie derby. MORE »

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sebastien Chabal's big driving tackle leads to sneaky Ricky Januarie try

Sebastien Chabal is in his final season of rugby but as we saw in December when he knocked out a player with one punch, the he is still very much in the thick of things. Here is a short clip from last weekend of a dominant tackle he made that led to a try. MORE »

Friday, April 11, 2014

UCT Ikeys win 2014 Varsity Cup final with unbelievable comeback

On Monday night South Africa's Varsity Cup Final produced one of the most thrilling late comebacks ever seen as UCT Ikeys (University of Cape Town) scored three tries in five minutes to beat Pukke (North-West University ) 39-33 after trailing 33-15. MORE »

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Rugby HQ Plays of the Month - March Madness

We're well into April but last week the Fox Sports guys released their Plays of the Month for March, which features top tries, bloopers, biggest hits and a whole more. MORE »

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Jared Payne banned for two weeks after red card challenge on Alex Goode

Today Jared Payne was suspended for two weeks for the dangerous challenge he was red carded for against Saracens. Payne was sent off by referee Jerome Garces after just four minutes of the Heineken Cup Quarter Final. MORE »

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Heineken Cup 2014 Quarter Final Highlights

The Heineken Cup Semi Finals are decided following a thrilling weekend of Quarter Finals. Today we catch up and archive the highlights from all the matches, all in one place for easy viewing. Other random clips from the matches will be posted separately. MORE »

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Rugby HQ's Top 5 Biggest Hitters in Super Rugby history

Super Rugby is known for it's expansive rugby, fast paced game and of course, the big hits. Over the years there have been a number of players that have stood out for their ability, and penchant for the big tackle. Here are the Top 5, as compiled by Sean Maloney and the Fox Sports team. MORE »

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Joe Marler questions referee Andrew Small's choice of footwear

Along with Nick Cummins, Joe Marler is probably the most amusing rugby player (that the public have access to) on the planet these days. He's a fascinating character, loves the banter, and clearly isn't afraid to take the mickey out of the referee during the match. MORE »

 
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