Five nominees for World Player of 2014


In camp with Nick Cummins & the BaaBaas


Toulon DVD - En Route Vers Le Doublé


Tribute to MND victim Tinus Linee


Metuisela Talebula brilliant finish


Test Rugby Results - Nov 15th weekend


Nigel Owens makes not straight comment


Lee Jones makes huge trysaving tackle


Emotive Guinness ads with rugby legends

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.

Smith has played 80 Tests for his country, with a winning rate of an unbelievable 90% - he's only ever lost 7 times at that level. It's no coicidence either as Smith, along with midfield partner Nonu, has become an integral part of the team setup.

They equalled the record for the midfield partnership with the most Test caps recently, but with Nonu injured, won't be able to add to that for a while.

This interview gives us a nice insight into the mindset of the man that has a law degree to his name.

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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.

It's a lock on a flyhalf, so a mismatch physically but still great to see how they both went airborne.

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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.

In this case it was Ruaridh Jackson, who should have known, but just didn't see it coming. 

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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, his opposite number, Shalva Mamukashvili. Unfortunately he was ruled to have knocked it on, but it was a great tackle anyway.

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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.

View more try scoring highlights from around the world in the Great Tries archive

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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.

A few members of the New Zealand squad were at a bar for a meal and drinks ahead of the flight to Argentina for the next round of the Rugby Championship. As Cruden explained in his statement:

"On Saturday night, whilst out for an informal dinner in Auckland, I made a poor decision regarding the limits of my alcohol intake," the talented number ten said.

"This has resulted in the unacceptable action of me being absent from the All Blacks assembly on Sunday morning and thus missing the team flight to Argentina.

"I am deeply embarrassed by this lack of judgement and have never been more disappointed in myself. I have not only let myself down, but most importantly, I have let the team down. I carry the burden of shame and disappointment and I am deeply apologetic to my team, to my family, and also the New Zealand rugby public.

"I have no excuses. I have been working really hard over the past few years at gaining the respect on the field as well as off the field and am devastated I have dropped my own high personal standards, as well as the standards set by New Zealand rugby.

"I accept full responsibility for my actions and the penalty of missing the next two games, and will work with New Zealand rugby to undertake any other disciplinary action to work through this situation."

As well as missing the matches and the fees that he would have received, he'll no doubt face a disciplinary hearing of some sort in a few week's time. Unlike other past cases of high profile rugby players with drinking problems, this appears to be a once off, and to his credit, he's handled it well.

"It's certainly out of character for him and he's extremely disappointed, as are we," said coach Steve Hansen. "It's not what we stand for and it's not what he stands for. I guess we all make mistakes. Like our children, we love our children but sometimes we don't like their behaviour."

video: Allblackstv | photo: Zookeepers bar

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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.

By visiting www.rugbyworldcup.com/buyofficial fans can access a dedicated official checker that will enable them to verify whether their Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets, supporter tours or hospitality source are official, a first for Rugby World Cup. 

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