Monday, July 28, 2014
With the wind behind him, Cheetahs Under 19 player Gerrie Labuschagne slotted this unbelievable kick from at least 80m out in Bloemfontein, South Africa recently.
Firm under foot and using the wind to his advantage, the youngster appeared to get the distance with ease, much to the delight of his team mates.
See more unbelievable bits of rugby action in our See it to Believe it section
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South Africa won Gold at the Commonwealth Games Sevens for the first time, upsetting previously unbeatable New Zealand 17-12 in Glasgow on Sunday night. The record breaking weekend is being viewed as the perfect leadup to the Olympics.
The All Blacks Sevens team had gone 30 matches unbeaten in the Games, dating back to 1998, when they first won Gold in Kuala Lumpur, the year the sport made it's debut on that stage.
The South African side had been impressive all weekend though, and when it came to the final their speed and guile shone through, despite losing key man and captain Kyle Brown early on to injury. They soldiered on with the likes of youngster Kwagga Smith throwing his heart into everything, with stars Seabelo Senatla and Cecil Afrika scoring vital tries for the men in green and gold.
Australia won Bronze with a 24-0 third place playoff victory over Samoa, as southern hemisphere sides dominated on a weekend where a record breaking crowd of over 170 000 packed Ibrox.
"Glasgow 2014 has been the ideal stage to showcase our sport and the perfect springboard to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games," said IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset ahead of the 2016 Olympics.
Inspirational back Afrika, one of the smallest Boks but often the most courageous, said that beating New Zealand to win was an unbelievable feeling, and he knew the fans back home would be proud.
"This feeling is the greatest. We as South Africans are so proud. Rugby is our national sport, we always strive to be the best in the world.
"The Commonwealth Games is a one-off tournament. As a squad we want to take this forward to the Rio Olympics. I know we have made the people back home proud."
1998, Kuala Lumpur - New Zealand | 2002, Manchester - New Zealand | 2006, Melbourne - New Zealand | 2010, Delhi - New Zealand | 2014, Glasgow - South Africa
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Sunday, July 27, 2014
Catch up with the unique rugby charity, Bhubesi Pride, as in this latest episode they continue their expedition through Africa, meeting some famous faces and experiencing some thrilling highs along the way. This is Living with the Pride, Part Three.
For the last few years we've been the charity's core online media partner, championing the outstanding work they do to promote rugby and inspire long-term developmental outcomes in communities across ten African countries.
The fourth African mission starts in February, so the Pride is already assembling a team of world-class candidates. Take a look at the video and if you think you have what it takes - no matter where in the world you are from - you can apply now via their website.
To date, starting in 2012, coaching volunteers from as many as fifteen countries have shared their rugby passion with over 3000 pupils per project, and empowered more than 150 local staff.
Each year we've watched the team move from country to country over five hectic months, with rugby lovers flying in and out of Africa to support the programmes in thirty schools, joining the trip for anything from 1 to 5 months.
Their work takes place at grassroots level, alongside rugby unions, national teams, former rugby legends like Pieter Muller and Ollie le Roux; and even linking up with the Springboks' very own scrum coach, Pieter de Villiers, who joined the guys in Botswana in May.
Looking ahead to 2015, it would be great if Rugbydump's readers would have a strong representation on the trip. The goal is to field a globally representative coaching team that aims to put back into the game in the same way we've all gained from it.
There's also an amazing experience to be had, as can be seen in this stunning update video, in arguably the most beautiful continent on the planet.
Apply to be part of the team for anything from one to five months, and volunteer in a host of African nations. Apply now: rugbyinafrica.org/about/apply-to-join-us/
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Friday, July 25, 2014
The Call of the Wallaby is a short documentary feature that over the next six weeks will give us a fascinating look into the minds and souls of Australian rugby fans. Made by Fox Sports and featuring fan favourite Sean Maloney, the show follows a new initiative, called the Gold Brigade, as they hunt down the elusive Bledisloe Cup.
Devised by director Ryan Smith and featuring Andrew Swain and Mr Top 5 Maloney, episode one of the Call of the Wallaby gives us an insight into the fickle world of Australian rugby, in a land where the great fifteen-man sport competes with League and AFL. Wallaby fans all too regularly switch.
There are a devout group that stick with their side through the good and bad, and this show sets out to get those fans back to the games, following passionately and making their voices heard, all in the name of getting the Bledisloe Cup back from arch rivals, the All Blacks.
It's perhaps indicative of the level of expectation in Australian sport that shortly after beating the French 3-0, and while ranked 3rd in the world, this is considered a poor period. It's about the passion and love for the national side though, that as you'll see, seems eclipsed at club level.
A lot of fans around the world aren't aware of the challenges Rugby Union faces in Australia, so as Sean, Andrew and the Gold Brigade do their bit to create something great, the Call of the Wallaby will be a way for those around the globe, and indeed in Australia, to follow their progress.
It's nearly 30 minutes in total, but well worth watching wherever you're from. If you enjoy and want to see more, we've just been told that Episode 2 will be online from Sunday, so we'll get it posted.
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Thursday, July 24, 2014
The Sharks will face the Crusaders in Christchurch this coming weekend in the Super Rugby semi finals after a pulsating 31-27 victory over the Highlanders in the qualifier. Both sides scored great tries, so here is a look at the best of them ahead of the semis.
The Sharks came from behind twice, as the Highlanders scored some excellent tries, most notably on the stroke of halftime from prop forward Kane Hames.
"I'm very proud of the way they came back," said coach Jake White said afterwards. "I thought the last 20 minutes we played really well. It was some of our best rugby in terms of linking our forwards and backs. I think when you get a win like you did last week with 34 points and then 31 against the Highlanders, it's a great way to take momentum into the last couple of rounds.
"It's a great lesson for all the boys here to understand just how tough this knockout stage is. The Highlanders are a quality team, probably the best team in the competition to counterattack from broken play," White said ahead of the semi final.
South African teams heading overseas for playoffs have struggled in the past, with teams from the Republic playing nine knock-out matches in New Zealand and losing all of them.
The Sharks however have already beaten the Crusaders away this season, with 14 men, so White feels that if they play well enough, they can do it again.
"I'm a big believer that this group of players can beat anybody, and we've beaten both the Crusaders and Waratahs already this season."
Kickoff in the Crusaders vs Sharks Semi Final is at 19:35 local, 07:35 GMT, 09:35 CEST
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Welsh legend Shane Williams spoke to Total Rugby recently about how he's enjoying life in Japan, touching on language challenges, the level of play and the Rugby World Cup. He also spoke about the unbelievable phonecall he received that prompted his 2013 British and Irish Lions call up.
Thanks to the IRB and Total Rugby. We'll be populating our Player Features section more in future, so if you enjoy these kind of clips please let us know in the comments and kindly share it with your friends and social followers
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Thursday, July 17, 2014
And just like that, Nick Cummins' time in the spotlight appears to be over, for now anyway. The Wallaby and Western Force winger is setting sail for Japan, where he will take up a lucrative contract with the Coca Cola West Red Sparks in the Top League.
Cummins' decision to leave was based primarily on the desire to take care of his family. He has seven siblings, two of which suffer from cystic fibrosis, and his father is battling prostate cancer. A season in Japan will go some way towards relieving some of the financial strains they're under.
"He told me that in his heart he couldn't enjoy himself when he could be doing more for the kids," said father Mark, who as a single dad, was named the Queensland Father of the Year in 2012.
"Nick said he could kick in more by signing in Japan where he will get more time off to return to the family and also research alternative medicines," he added.
Under Australian Rugby Union rules, Cummins won't be available to play for the Wallabies while he's abroad, but the Force have said that they'll do everything in their power to get him back as soon as possible. Coach Michael Foley says the ARU have been 'caught with their pants down' by allowing the 26-year-old, 15-test winger to go.
"He makes big tackles for us, he makes big runs for us, he's wholehearted. He rips in. He's fearless in the way he plays. He's the only winger that's ever come back from Test duty with a sore neck, I don't know how that happened but the reality is he runs hard at the contact.
"Off the field he's a character, he's very different. He fishes on his day off. He adds a lot of colour to the team and we'll miss him," Foley said.
Cummins has been released on compasionate grounds from the Force, and the deal in Japan is reportedly worth more than what the ARU could afford to match, so he was granted a release.
The Honey Badger scored in his final match for the Force, and provided another classic post match interview, which you can see on page two of this post, along with the statement he made regarding his departure. Below are the Top 5 Honey Badger moments from Rugby HQ.
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