Thursday, February 12, 2015
It feels like just yesterday that Bernard Foley slotted the match winning penalty to give the Waratahs their Super Rugby title. Tomorrow, the season kicks off again, and we cannot wait. This Sean Maloney, Fox Sports preview should get you in the mood too.
It all kicks off on Friday with the Crusaders vs Rebels, Brumbies vs Reds, and the Lions vs the Hurricanes. On Saturday, it's Blues vs Chiefs, Sharks vs Cheetahs, then Bulls vs Stormers. Finally on Sunday, the Waratahs vs the Western Force
We'll be covering Super Rugby with various clips throughout the tournament. If you spot anything that you think can go on the site, please get in touch via email or twitter with details.
Posted at 2:44 pm | 2 comments
As you may already know, we partnered with Rugby Nations 15 mobile game recently. As you play you'll see Rugbydump branding on the ad hoardings, which hopefully gives you a warm, fuzzy, familiar feeling. Today we want to share that with you, so we're giving away 10 free copies.
Just last week Rugby Nations 15 released an all new LIVE GAME mode update, which features Six Nations kits and a whole lot more. It's a real-time, global game mode that enables you to help your team achieve world domination and throghout the tournament will have Six Nations themed events.
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
After a quiet release last year, many of you contacted us looking for our highly effective, position specific rugby workout manuals. We've decided to bring them back, teaming up yet again with strength & conditioning guru, Kevin 'Squat Lower' Shattock.
These position specific programmes appeared on Rugbydump months ago and the popularity and feedback we received was quite overwhelming. So we've put a bit more work in and brought them back permanently, and to celebrate, they will be available at 60% off until Sunday at midnight GMT.
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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.
Posted at 1:50 pm | 15 comments
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
Posted at 12:23 pm | 3 comments
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
Posted at 11:17 am | 33 comments
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
Posted at 9:17 am | 71 comments
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
Posted at 1:55 pm | 14 comments