Posts for September 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Stars feature in IRB's Recognise and Remove Concussion Education Video

The IRB have launched a new concussion education drive, led by the video below, featuring stars of the game. The goal is to educate players, coaches and parents around the world to Recognise and Remove when it comes to knocks to the head. MORE »

Monday, September 29, 2014

All Blacks win Rugby Championship with bonus point win over Argentina

The All Blacks retained the Rugby Championship with a game to spare after claiming a 34-13 bonus point victory over Argentina on Saturday. Next weekend's fixture against South Africa shifts to a matter of pride, rather than the title being on the line. MORE »

Monday, September 29, 2014

Springboks' three late tries shock Wallabies in tough Test in Cape Town

A late flurry of tries gave the Springboks a convincing 28-10 victory over the Wallabies in Cape Town, but the final score doesn't reflect what happened for the majority of what was an extremely tight Rugby Championship Test match. MORE »

Friday, September 26, 2014

Honey Badger Nick Cummins stars in new Head & Shoulders commercial

Wallaby Nick Cummins is playing rugby in Japan currently, but found time to cash in on his hot streak of fame by doing this Head & Shoulders advert. As you can see, when you're 100% flake free and smell like a man, man, good happens. MORE »

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Prop Frank Walsh lays into BC Bears fullback with big blindside shot

There have been quite a few requests for this big tackle clip from the Canadian Rugby Championships (CRC) in the last few days, so even though the quality isn't amazing and there are no replays, it's worth sharing because it's a great shot from a veteran player. MORE »

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

All Black Conrad Smith on record midfield partnerships and what the future holds

Total Rugby caught up with All Black centre Conrad Smith recently to speak about his life as an All Black, his midfield partnership with Ma'a Nonu, and what the future holds as we head into another Rugby World Cup year. He'll be 33 next month, but hopes to be in England to defend the title. MORE »

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Gloucester's Tom Palmer makes huge hit on Exeter Chiefs' Gareth Steenson

Tom Palmer made this great hit during Gloucester's 25-22 loss to Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm. The home crowd were let down in the end, but this tackle and three tries, were the highlights of the night. Gareth Steenson, who kicked four penalties and a conversion, was on the receiving end. MORE »

Monday, September 22, 2014

Courtney Lawes smashes another flyhalf, this time Ruaridh Jackson

This is Courtney Lawes' crunching tackle from last weekend against Wasps. It's not as lethal as some of his previous hits, but it's on a flyhalf yet again, so is equally amusing. If you take a look through our Related Posts below this, you'll see many more of his hits on hapless number tens. MORE »

Monday, September 22, 2014

Richard Hibbard's massive hit on Sale's Shalva Mamukashvili

When he's not diving, Richard Hibbard is one of the hardest hitting hookers in world rugby. He won over the Gloucester fans recently with this smashing hit vs Sale, against his opposite number, Shalva Mamukashvili. Unfortunately he was ruled to have knocked it on, but it was a great tackle anyway. MORE »

Monday, September 22, 2014

ITM Cup Round 6 Try Scoring Highlights

This week's package from the ITM Cup features a whole host of wingers tries, so much so that you'd think forwards weren't allowed to score. Or perhaps that's just the way they play the game in New Zealand. Whatever the case, it's an enjoyable five minutes and a good quick summary. MORE »

Monday, September 22, 2014

Aaron Cruden banned for two matches after missing team flight

Aaron Cruden has said he's deeply embarrassed after a drunken night out has resulted in him missing the All Blacks' team flight to Argentina. He has been suspended for two matches, so will miss Tests against Los Pumas and the Springboks. MORE »

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Discussion on Francois Louw injury from Richie McCaw cleanout

Francois Louw is out of the Rugby Championship after getting injured in the All Blacks and Springboks clash in Wellington. The injury occurred when Richie McCaw smashed into him at a ruck, causing some debate amongst fans and pundits. MORE »

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Funnies - Kick it like Wilko

With the Rugby World Cup now exactly a year out, and ticket sales taking place this month, the IRB are aiming to encourage fans to make sure that they 'buy official', and don't get caught out by the apparent droves of illegal ticketing sources available. This video, just released, is part of that effort. MORE »

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Top 5 Schoolboy Prodigies, then and now

Schoolboy rugby regularly produces hugely entertaining clashes, as well as youngsters that make a name for themselves early on. There have been some great talents that first get noticed when they are just teenagers, so here's a look at just five of them. MORE »

Thursday, September 18, 2014

One Year to Go until Rugby World Cup 2015 Kickoff

Today mark's one year to go until Rugby World Cup 2015 kicks off, so to celebrate the upcoming tournament, Land Rover caught up with a number of stars from the sporting and rugby worlds to find out what they plan to achieve in the next twelve months. MORE »

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

ITM Cup Round 5 Try Scoring Highlights

A five minute round up of some of the best moments from the ITM Cup in Round 5 MORE »

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ludovic Mercier totally unnecessary reverse pass in 2010

This is a quick video we just shared on Instagram from 2010, featuring Aironi back Ludovic Mercier and an outrageous, unnecessary pass. MORE »

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tana Umaga lines up and smashes into older brother Mike Umaga in 1999

Last week it was announced that the All Blacks will play Samoa in Samoa for the first time ever. To mark the occasion, here is a quick video of a great moment between the two sides in 1999, featuring the Umaga brothers as they went head to head. MORE »

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Step and unbelievable dummy sets up great try for Arkansas State University

We don't often feature non-professional rugby on the homepage, but when we do, it's usually quite special. This dummy from Mike Baska of Arkansas State University is off the charts in terms of audaciousness, and of course, execution. MORE »

Monday, September 15, 2014

Cornal Hendricks and Richie McCaw tries from great All Blacks vs Springboks Test

The All Blacks proved too composed yet again as they maintained their impeccable home record with a hard-fought 14-10 victory over the Springboks in Wellington. It was a low scoring, tough Test match but still managed to provide two outstanding tries. MORE »

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mike Brown's sensational try saving tackle against Saracens

Reminiscent of the famous George Gregan try saving tackle on Jeff Wilson in 1994, Mike Brown tracked back with this excellent effort against Saracens on Friday. Duncan Taylor stepped Danny Care and looked certain to score before Brown's spirited intervention. MORE »

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Top 5 Puma Power Moments of All Time

The preview image to this video might be a little misleading, and as much as we'd like to see a Top 5 Chabal Moments clip (take note, Sean), this Rugby HQ Top 5 features top quality tries and great play from Los Pumas, Argentina over the years. MORE »

Friday, September 12, 2014

Prolific tryscorer Julian Savea on his debut, being starstruck and his recent tries

Few players have had the kind of impact that Julian Savea has since scoring a hat-trick on debut for the All Blacks two years ago against Ireland. For his size and power, the Jonah Lomu comparisons are always there, and for the try-scoring, it's Joe Rokocoko that comes up. MORE »

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Unique footwork sets up bizarre pushover try for Leicester's David Mele

This is an amusing try from Leicester Tigers in last weekend's Aviva Premiership opening round victory over Newcastle Falcons. Replacement number eight Robert Barbieri came on and with the result all but sealed, he felt that this was the best way to control the ball for a pushover try. MORE »

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Benito Masilevu's huge side-steps give Brive late victory over Toulouse

Benito Masilevu has extended his contract at Brive just days after scoring a stunning try that helped them beat Toulouse 26-19 in their Top 14 clash. He showed up young star Gael Fickou with some outrageous stepping before scoring the match winner. MORE »

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Special offer on all from the SKINS range of Compression Sportswear

SKINS were kind enough to send us samples of their latest Carbonyte range, base layers that are ideal for training in all-weather conditions. We've partnered with them to bring you a 10% discount on everything in their range until midnight Sunday. MORE »

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Ben Funnell's slamming tackle on Daniel Hawkins in the ITM Cup

Canterbury's Ben Funnell made this huge tackle on Northland's Daniel Hawkins in the ITM Cup a few week's back. We didn't get it posted at the time so rather than ignore it or feature it on the homepage now, it's being added to the Big Hits archive for future browsing and posterity. MORE »

Monday, September 08, 2014

Samu Manoa Huge Hit on Billy Twelvetrees in Premiership opening weekend

The Aviva Premiership is up and running and that means Northampton Saints' bone-collector Samu Manoa is on the loose. He made this crunching hit on Gloucester's Billy Twelvetrees in the 53-6 thumping at Franklin's Gardens at the weekend. MORE »

Monday, September 08, 2014

Female Streaker has no regrets after high shot near miss in Napier

A female streaker who took to the field during the All Blacks' 28-9 victory over Argentina on Saturday was lucky to leave with only a ban after security nearly took her head off. She's since said that streaking was on her bucket list, so has no regrets. MORE »

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Springboks snatch defeat from the jaws of victory as Wallabies win in Perth

The Springboks suffered a heartbreaking defeat in Perth as a dubious yellow card to Test centurion Bryan Habana turned the match on it's head, as the Wallabies fought back brilliantly to score late in the game and win 24-23 in the rain. MORE »

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Julian Savea scores a brace as All Blacks win comfortably vs Argentina

Julian Savea scored a brace of tries to take his tally to 26 in just 25 matches as the All Blacks beat Argentina 28-9 in Napier on Saturday. Los Pumas were highly competitive but a few key turning points allowed the home side to get a comfortable win. MORE »

Friday, September 05, 2014

Friday Funnies - James Haskell's wasp related banter with Chris Ashton

James Haskell and Chris Ashton will be on this weekend's Clare Balding Show, so here is a quick preview of a funny moment during one of the chats. Clare asked purveyor of all things banterish, London Wasps flanker Haskell, a peculiar question from a user on twitter. MORE »

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Ban for dangerous tackle after Under-21 player JD Schickerling breaks neck

Blue Bulls Under-21 lock Marvin Orie received a one-week suspension after appearing before a SARU disciplinary committee in Pretoria following a citing for a dangerous tackle in the Absa Under-21 Competition on Saturday. MORE »

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Ben Tameifuna suspended for 5 weeks for pushing referee Glen Jackson

Waikato prop Ben Tameifuna has been banned for five weeks for pushing referee Glen Jackson. Present at the three hour disciplinary hearing were Chiefs coach Dave Rennie, the Waikato coaching and management team, referee Jackson and Tameifuna himself. MORE »

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Brian O'Driscoll Masterclass - Defensive play at the breakdown

Rugby Tonight have come up with another top quality masterclass video as we get a chance to learn from a legend, with Brian O'Driscoll talking Austin Healey through the best way to defend the breakdown in the midfield, or indeed in any tackle situation. MORE »

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Compilation of the Biggest Hits in World Rugby in August

There have been some fantastic big tackles lately, so here is a look at the best of August from around the world. Featured are massive tackles from the Currie Cup in South Africa, the ITM Cup in New Zealand, the Top 14 in France, and of course the Rugby Championship. MORE »

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Catch up with MND sufferering Bok legend Joost Van Der Westhuizen

Motor Neuron Disease has been in the spotlight of late as the ALS Ice Bucket challenge has taken over social media, with celebrities and indeed rugby players taking part to raise money and awareness. One man who knows about it first hand is Springbok legend, Joost Van Der Westhuizen. MORE »

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

The Top 5 Australian Rugby Lookalikes of all time

Everyone loves a good lookalike, so the guys at Rugby HQ put together their selection of the Top 5 in Australian rugby. Actor Michael Rapaport comes to mind whenever Kieran Read is interviewed, but who has the most spot on doppelganger in your opinion? Let us know in the comments below. MORE »

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Ben Tameifuna cited for big shove on referee Glen Jackson

Waikato prop Ben Tameifuna has been cited for pushing referee Glen Jackson during the ITM Cup round 3 match vs North Harbour on Saturday night. The charge is for acting against the spirit of good sportsmanship, and he looks likely to be found guilty. MORE »

Monday, September 01, 2014

Rugby World Cup 2015 advert featuring rousing team talk from Charles Dance

England Rugby 2015 launched the ticketing drive for next year's Rugby World Cup today with an advert that features actor Charles Dance of Game of Thrones fame. More significantly, it also includes Test players from some of the competing nations. MORE »

 
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