Thursday, February 05, 2015
Our beloved big tackles series was quietly and unofficially retired after the last world cup. With so many compilations out there, we didn't think it was necessary. Well, we've changed our minds. Try Savers and Rib Breakers is back and here to stay.
For Try Savers and Rib Breakers 13, we've hunted down the best clips in every competition from the Top 14 to the Rugby Championship, and from the Shute Shield to the Aviva Premiership. We even dusted off a few oldies (keep an eye out for a young Tana Umaga chasing down Caleb Ralph).
The usual suspects leave their mark; Tameifuna, Ferris, Chabal, Ranger, Manoa, Tuilagi. You will also notice a nod to a few legends of our game, with brilliant try-savers from Brian O'Driscoll, Shane Williams, and Chris Patterson as well.
We'd like to think that MOST of the tackles are 100% legal and technically sound, but this is TSRB after all, so we're focusing on huge, spine-tingling impacts as well as brilliant try saving efforts.
So sit back, relax, and as you prepare for what we hope is a thrilling Six Nations and Super Rugby season, enjoy some of the greatest tackles from all over the rugby world in the past few years. We've also thrown in a free mass-building training manual that you can download below the video.
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The drama is building for the opening match of the Six Nations, which perhaps more significantly, is also the first match of top tier Test rugby in this, the year of the Rugby World Cup. England will be out to avenge their last visit to Cardiff, a loss back in 2013.
England's last trip to Millennium Stadium, in which Wales achieved a record win of 30-3, is central in the thinking and preparation of both teams, but is also totally irrelevant. "We learned a lot that night, about pressure," said coach Graham Rowntree earlier this week. "The guys that weren't there that night have learned a lot from the guys who were there."
Top Tip: England to beat Wales was 7/4 Now 8/1 - Enhanced odds on opener with Ladbrokes
The set-piece, breakdown, discipline and goal-kicking will be important as always but let's take a quick look at three factors unique to this crunch clash between the old foes.
Key Factor #1 – The Opening 20
With the exception of a Jonny May try against the All Blacks, England have been slow to start in their November internationals. Whether it’s by conceding a penalty and/or points (Samoa), or blowing a try scoring opportunity (Australia and South Africa) the momentum of the opening 20 minutes has not been with England in their last four matches.
Keep in mind that England are away from home and should they struggle to get off to a good start, Wales at home with Millennium Stadium behind them will prove an almighty challenge.
Key Factor #2 – Injuries
England’s injury list has ballooned in recent weeks with Owen Farrell, Manu Tuilagi, Ben Morgan, Courtney Lawes, and others. Warren Gatland played down the importance of it stated, "You don’t allow that [to affect preparations]. They’ve got a huge amount of depth… and a lot of quality players to come in too".
Key Factor #3 – Welsh Experience in the Centres
Wales are fielding an experienced centre pairing of Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Davies. With 107 caps between them (plus 6 combined Lions caps). In sharp contrast, England's Luther Burrell and Jonathan Joseph bring just 13 caps to the table.
Wales: Leigh Halfpenny; Alex Cuthbert, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, George North; Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb; Gethin Jenkins, Richard Hibbard, Samson Lee, Jake Ball, Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Lydiate, Sam Warburton, Taulupe Faletau.Replacements: Scott Baldwin, Paul James, Aaron Jarvis, Luke Charteris, Justin Tipuric, Mike Phillips, Rhys Priestland, Liam Williams.
England: Mike Brown; Anthony Watson, Jonathan Joseph, Luther Burrell, Jonny May; George Ford, Ben Youngs; Joe Marler, Dylan Hartley, Dan Cole, Dave Attwood, George Kruis, James Haskell, Chris Robshaw, Billy Vunipola.
Replacements: Tom Youngs, Mako Vunipola, Kieran Brookes, Nick Easter, Tom Croft, Richard Wigglesworth, Danny Cipriani, Billy Twelvetrees.
KICK-OFF: Friday, 20.05 (local)
LAST THREE ENCOUNTERS: England 29 Wales 18, March 2014, Wales 30 England 3, March 2013, England 12 Wales 19, February 2012
Scotland coach Vern Cotter has named his squad for Saturday's Six Nations meeting with France. See the team below, and hear what captain Greig Laidlaw had to say about their chances of success, the French clash and his season with Gloucester.
Scotland's starting team features just two changes from that which defeated Tonga 37-12 in the final Autumn Test, and three Six Nations debutants in Finn Russell, Mark Bennet and Blair Cowan.
A blend of experience and youth will once again orchestrate the back division as captain Greig Laidlaw - who stands one away from scoring 300 points for his country - and number ten Russell start their fifth Test match together.
Scotland head coach Vern Cotter, said: "Seeing the passion and desire among our players in the build up to the tournament has been special. The players really enjoy the atmosphere of these big occasions, and the pressure of having to perform for their country, in front of huge crowds.
"They're looking forward to getting out there. France will be tough. They played well in the autumn series but remain frustrated with past results in the RBS 6 Nations.
"They will be very difficult to contain so we'll have to stay tight as a unit, work hard for each other and try to apply some pressure. It'll be a very tough start to the championship, but we're looking forward to that challenge," Cotter added.
(kick-off 6pm local, 5pm GMT)
Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour,13 Mark Bennett, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 8 Johnnie Beattie, 7 Blair Cowan, 6 Rob Harley, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Euan Murray, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Alasdair Dickinson.
Replacements: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Geoff Cross, 19 Jim Hamilton, 20 Alasdair Strokosch, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Peter Horne, 23 Dougie Fife.
Injured and unavailable: Adam Ashe (neck), Chris Cusiter (knee), Chris Fusaro (ankle), Grant Gilchrist (arm), Tyrone Holmes (face), Ruaridh Jackson (knee), Sean Lamont (calf), Henry Pyrgos (knee), Matt Scott (shoulder), Tim Swinson (calf), Duncan Taylor (hamstring), Duncan Weir (arm).
Wednesday, February 04, 2015
Jonny May has been selected for England against Wales in this weekend's Six Nations opener on Friday night. Here is a great video put together by LV= that is an intimate look at how he rose to prominence, from his days at Wotton Basset rugby club, to scoring against the All Blacks.
As a youngster May always dreamed of playing for England. He started making strides in that direction when playing for Gloucester in the LV= Cup in 2012. Two years later and he has 11 caps to his name, as well as one of Twickenham's greatest ever solo tries under his belt.
In this film Jonny and his father Peter tell us how the support of the family and friends, as well as the breaks he got from his performances in the LV= Cup, have helped get him to where he is now.
For more interesting videos of this nature, take a look at our Player Features section
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Last week we looked at Six of the Best Tries scored in the 2014 Six Nations Championship, so today we've got this clip of the Six of the Best Biggest Hits and Tackles from last year's tournament. There are a few in there that you'll remember well, and some perhaps not as much. They're all worth checking out, and should get you in the mood for the much anticipated kick off this Friday.
Here's a quick look at Bayonne's sneaky restart against Toulon in the Top 14 at the weekend. This is the type of thing that gets attempted at school or lower grade rugby fairly often, but it's not all that common with the pros. It was well executed on this occasion by Argentine Santiago Fernandez.
See more interesting bits of play, including some bizarre stuff, in the See it to Believe it section
Monday, February 02, 2015
La Rochelle upset Clermont 16-12 in the Top 14 on Saturday thanks to a late try by Mali Hingano. Earlier in the game there was a bit of an ugly incident however, with Kiwi Jason Eaton unleashing on French international Julien Bonnaire.
After a dour first half that featured penalty exchanges by Peter Grant and Brock James, things heated up early in the second, as Eaton and Bonnaire came to blows.
Both players were sin-binned, however it looked as though former All Black Eaton certainly got the better of the exchange, landing a few shots to the face of Bonnaire, who must have done something that wasn't quite visible from the camera angles.
Bonnaire was furious with the loss, but said post match that the Six Nations break will be good for his side, who are still joint top of the table with Toulon and Stade Francais.
Regarding the incident with Eaton, he said he was unsure what started it, but will watch the footage.
"He (Eaton) said it was me who started it.. I'll have to see the video, but I don't think I caused much," Bonnaire said. He also mentioned that he has three stitches above his right eyebrow, but wasn't too bothered, adding that it is simply an occupational hazard.
The win gave La Rochelle much needed points as they fight the relegation battle.
View the dramatic finish to the match, including a slippery Peter Grant conversion, on page two
credit: Boucherie Ovalie