Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Here are the nominations for Try of the Week in Round 17 of the Aviva Premiership. Five great tries are on offer, including a brilliant prop try scored by big Leicester Tigers front rower Logovi'i Mulipola. The other tries are excellent and well worth seeing too.
1. Sam Betty - Worcester Warriors vs London Wasps | 2. Mark Cueto - Sale Sharks vs Northampton Saints | 3. Jonny May - Gloucester Rugby vs Newcastle Falcons | 4. George McGuigan - Gloucester Rugby vs Newcastle Falcons | 5. Logovi'i Mulipola - Leicester Tigers vs Exeter Chiefs
Which is your favourite, and why?
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Round six of Super Rugby produced some great tries, as seen in yesterday's Best Tries of the round video, but there were also some big tackles, and none better than this in the Highlanders vs Hurricanes clash at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.
Conrad Smith recently notched up 100 games of Super Rugby, but it's not getting any easier for the 32-year-old All Black, who was on the wrong end of this crunching tackle by Malakai Fekitoa.
Beauden Barrett, who finished off a great try in the game, flung a hospital pass to skipper Smith, which Fekitoa read well and took full advantage of. Crunch.
Some may say he took him in the air, and came close to lifting him illegally, but all in all it was a thumping hit and one that Smith won't forget about in a hurry. He surely had words with Barrett.
The tackle helped to create the momentum that led to two Highlanders tries, to Phil Burleigh and Patrick Osborne, which effectively sealed the 35-31 Dunedin win.
As it's bound to come up, do you think the tackle was 100% legal, or should have been penalised?
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The standard of Super Rugby tries was yet again lifted in Round 6, as we saw some great team efforts as well as brilliant individual play by some of the stars of the Southern Hemisphere. Here are a selection of some of the best tries scored over the course of the weekend.
View more excellent tries and compilations in our Great Tries section
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Thursday, March 20, 2014
At the risk of Brian O'Driscoll fever overkill, here is one of the best tributes to the man, coming to you from the Fox Sports team and the very latest episode of Rugby HQ. Sean Maloney takes us through some of the most memorable BOD career moments.
Everyone has been talking about O'Driscoll in the last two weeks. Even Barrack Obama. The Ireland legend also got a mention in the WWE funnily enough, from Irish wrestling star Sheamus.
O'Driscoll is hanging up his Test rugby boots and is in much need of a well deserved break, but we'll never forget some of the incredible pieces of skill he has managed to produce over the years.
He wasn't a showman by any stretch of the imagination, but he has the talent and belief to try things when it matters. Here's a great look at some of those wonderful pieces of skill. If something was left out, it's probably because he had so many career highlights that could have been included.
Rugby HQ also organised a quick video message from BOD, who is also a Top 5 fan.
We've linked to a few of his best moments in the Related Posts below.
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
A quick look at the impressive tackle Italy's Angelo Esposito made on England's Jonny May on Saturday. England won the game 52-11 but this was one of the best tackles of the weekend as the Italy wing picked up and drove May into touch without too much trouble.
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It was a massive weekend for rugby as the Six Nations drew to an exciting finale, but domestic rugby also took place around the world, including down south, where Super Rugby's Round 5 produced some fantastic match ups and excellent tries. Here are some of the best.
A mixed bag this week, including a controversial decision that went the way of the Lions, and brilliant individual efforts from Test stars Beauden Barrett and Israel Folau.
Other tries featured here were scored by Gio Aplon, Phillip van der Walt, and Coenie Van Wyk.
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Bhubesi Pride's multi-national team are currently in the heart of Africa, coaching hundreds of children and empowering local staff as they set up sustainable community programmes in twelve locations. This is the first of their project videos for 2014.
Last month we caught up with Oli and Ed, two of the coaching staff who first heard about the annual expedition through a post about it here on Rugbydump. From reading that article, they're now in Africa, and by all accounts they're having an amazing once in a lifetime experience.
Living with the Pride is Bhubesi Pride's fresh approach to creating a short film that effectively portrays the terrific project work the team are doing on the 5 month venture. There is more of a 'behind the scenes' feel to it, allowing you to connect with the coaches on this unique initiative.
The footage starts out with the action packed training week at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, then moves to community coaching programmes in Ethiopia and Kenya, focussing on the great work done, the extensive stakeholder base in each location, and a few of the outings in down time.
The first 25 days were a great success and the charity has since been to Uganda, where they coached at four primary schools (252 pupils total), with a 95% participation rate, and 50/50 boys and girls. They also helped 21 visually impaired pupils, and empowered 14 local staff members.
Bhubesi Pride are now in Rwanda, where the team have continued to get youngsters to play rugby, shared their skills with club sides and have played touch rugby with locals at every opportunity.
For the latest update (that has some incredible photos), and to learn more about the work that Bhubesi Pride have done in the last few years, and are doing currently, visit Rugbyinafrica.org
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