Wednesday, February 11, 2015
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We've received a lot of positive feedback so far from players who have trained with these programmes and expect to hear a lot more. Remember that the price will go up Sunday at midnight GMT so if you're thinking about grabbing a copy, now is the time to do it.
Poor Kristen Thomas. The USA were all set to score a fantastically well-worked try against New Zealand in Sao Paulo, but then this happened. The New Zealand ladies went on to win the tournament, the second leg of the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series.
The next leg takes place in Atlanta, USA, where Thomas will have a chance to make amends at the Kennesaw State University on 14/15 March.
See more rugby bloopers in the Related Posts and in our See it to Believe It section
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
World Rugby (IRB) have released a statement following a review of the head injury assessment that took place on George North in Friday night's Wales vs England game in Cardiff. They have found that he should not have stayed on the field.
North took a boot to the face or head in the first half, so went off to be assessed. He returned to the field however, only to be accidentally headbutted by Richard Hibbard later in the game. After that collision, which looked worse, he stayed on the field.
World Rugby have done a full post-incident review, and today stated that they believe North should not have remained on the field. The statement read as follows:
"The World Rugby head injury protocol clearly states that a player should be immediately and permanently removed from the field of play where there are any visible symptoms or suspicion of a potential concussion.
However, following thorough discussions and input from the expert independent Concussion Advisory Group, World Rugby accepts the WRU’s explanation that neither the team medical staff nor the independent doctor had sight of the incident and understands that the medics acted within the framework of information they had at the time and would have taken a different course of action had they had direct pitch-side visibility or access to the same broadcast footage seen by those watching on television.
The impact was the second sustained by the player in the match, following a first half temporary removal for a head injury assessment. Having reviewed the incident report, World Rugby can confirm that the WRU followed correct protocols when assessing North following this first incident.
The WRU has outlined that the player continues to undergo close medical supervision and is undertaking supervised graduated return to play protocols."
It goes on to say that player welfare is their number one priority, and that this incident highlights the importance of ensuring that all medical staff have the appropriate levels of support in place.
World Rugby will be promoting the implementation of the following measures:
1. World Rugby will investigate the practicality of the television match official technology being expanded to identify head injuries as they happen on the field.
2. All elite competitions will be requested to provide pitch-side video for medical staff.
3. All elite tournaments will be encouraged to adopt the RWC 2015 player welfare standards.
credit: rugby riot
If you've ever thought about how many tries could actually be scored in a if one team steps aside and allows the others to do their thing, wonder no more. Royal Kituro in Belgium's top club rugby league has won a match 356-3. Yes, you read that correctly.
As the BBC reported yesterday, the referee for this match failed to turn up on time, so a lot of the visiting players from Soignies left, including their coach, assuming the match would be cancelled.
The referee did turn up, an hour later, so the match went ahead as the players that stayed there were obligated to play so that they could get 1 league point for a loss, rather than 0 for forfeiting.
The circumstances, which included Sognies playing with just one substitute, didn't stop Royal Kituro digging the knife in, as they proceeded to run in 56 tries and 38 conversions.
With the tries practically uncontested and scored under the posts, we tend to wonder what happened with those other 18 conversions.
Soignies did get one drop goal, but the match was considered a bit of a non-event by them, as they literally stepped aside for many of the tries, as can be seen below.
The club president described the match as catastrophic, but despite the humiliating loss, they do still sit above Kituro on the league standings, in third place by just one point. Their points difference however now sits at minus 264.
What is the biggest loss you've even been on the wrong side of, or inflicted? Let us know below
credit: kipiktv and the BBC
Sunday, February 08, 2015
French flyhalf Camille Lopez kicked five penalties as Scotland left Paris with little to show for their hearty performance, that included the only try of the match. France's 15-8 victory left the Scots frustrated and ruing missed opportunities.
Scotland socred an excellent try through Dougie Fife and could have had one more late in the game had Tim Visser's intercept chance come off. As it was, France, who were wearing red for only the third time in history, got the win through the boot of Lopez, but left their coach less than satisfied.
"We won," said Philippe Saint Andre. "However, we weren't clinical enough especially when we had a one man advantage and didn't score enough points when we had the chance.
"There was not enough variety in our game. Scotland played with a lot of spirit. For the game with Ireland (next Saturday) we need to show a lot of improvement."
Scotland skipper Greig Laidlaw said that his side were frustrated to leave the Stade De France without a win, after he had said earlier in the week spoken about how confident they were.
"We're extremely frustrated, we felt we played a lot of really, really good rugby but we just let them off the hook at times," said Laidlaw, who kicked his team's only penalty.
"We were probably on the wrong side of the penalty count as well. We're frustrated with that because it's a tough enough place to come when things are going well, we don't need the penalty count going against us as well."
Extended highlights updated below, and you can explore more in the Video Hub
Six Nations 2014 champions Ireland got their defence off to a stuttery start in Rome, winning comfortably 26-3 but failing to fire for most of the match. Two tries in three minutes, against 14 men, proved enough to hold off the spirited Italians.
The visiting Irish side, who beat the likes of South Africa in November, took over an hour to score a try in Rome, despite dominating with 63% territory and possession. Italy's defensive effort was superb, and it took a yellow card to break things down after the hour mark.
"We showed great quality in the defensive phase," said Italy's coach Jacques Brunel.
"But.. it's impossible to win with so little possession. Certainly, the main issue today was the lineout. Our scrum is at or even better than Ireland's level."
Conor Murray and Tommy O'Donnell scored a try apiece while Ian Keatley kicked 14 points.
The victory for Ireland was their eighth successive Test win for the first time since 2009, but they will need to work on their error count when hosting France next weekend.
"It was a slog, but I don't know if it was that frustrating. Any time you come to Rome that's exactly what you're expecting - a slog," said fullback Rob Kearney. "We knew that if we just kept chipping away and trying to build some phases that eventually we would break them down."
View official extended highlights below, and more in the Video Hub
Saturday, February 07, 2015
England trailed 16-8 at the break but came back to beat Wales 21-16 in a fascinating Six Nations opener at the Millennium Stadium on Friday night. The visitors had a few opportunities to score more points late in the game, but couldn't convert.
Wales got first blood thanks to a neat bit of play by number eight Toby Faletau, despite his pack retreating at the hands of the England power up front. A perfectly timed pass sent Rhys Webb in for a lovely try, and things were looking good for the hosts.
England bounced back with a well taken try by Anthony Watson, and early in the second half Jonathan Joseph evaded three tacklers to trot over the tryline, before George Ford gave them the lead on the hour mark.
England had their chances, perhaps most notably with James Haskell, who was powerful throughout, but on that occasion stormed into the upright. Welsh winger Alex Cuthbert was yellow carded for his effort in preventing the try, before England were denied another try for crossing.
Flyhalf Ford sealed victory with a late penalty, and was named Man of the Match for his performance, which included a conversion and three penalties. He said post match that he wasjust doing it for his teammates. "I just wanted to knock it over for the lads," said Ford.
Try scorer Joseph said that they have great self belief following the commanding performance.
"It's incredible. No greater feeling to come here to Wales and win, probably one of our greatest rivals," he told the BBC. "But the boys dug deep and got the win we deserved. There's a lot of confidence in the side and we've got the belief we can attack and penetrate."
View an official highlights report below. More clips from the match are on page two, including a post match interview with Geord Ford and a look at some fans' reactions. You can also explore our new VideoHub for more on the Six Nations