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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Ma'a Nonu reflects on reaching 100 Test Caps, and how Tana Umaga was his idol

Ma'a Nonu played his 100th Test against Tonga this past weekend, scoring the seventh and final try in a 47-9 victory in Newcastle. He sat down to reflect on his career in this candid interview, where he talks about being starstruck by former mentor and teammate, Tana Umaga. MORE »

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika on when he played against the All Blacks in 1988

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has a fascinating back story, one that includes making millions in the fashion industry, speaking multiple languages and first arriving in Australia with his Lebanese migrant parents. He also played against the All Blacks in 1988. MORE »

Monday, August 03, 2015

Ma'a Nonu tells jokes on the couch while confessing his love for chocolate

Ma'a Nonu has a fearsome reputation on the rugby field, known his physicality and eye for the gap in particular. You wouldn't want to cross his path, but off the field he's actually incredibly laid back and has a dry sense of humour that might surprise some. MORE »

Friday, July 24, 2015

André Watson looks back on 1999 RWC final in Referee Perspective feature

In the latest Referees Perspective feature from World Rugby, South African André Watson takes a look back at the 1999 Rugby World Cup final between Australia and France at the Millenium Stadium. MORE »

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Sensational Stepper Nehe Milner-Skudder's Tribute Video

Nehe Milner-Skudder has had such an impressive debut season for the Hurricanes that he has been called into New Zealand's Rugby Championship squad, and although not in Friday's team to face Argentina, the experience can only help him. MORE »

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Matt Giteau chats to Rugby HQ about his return to the Wallabies

A few months back we wrote about how Matt Giteau could yet prove to be a key ingredient in the Wallabies' World Cup campaign. Back then he wasn't eligible for selection, but a turnaround has meant that he is now in camp, four years since last wearing gold and green. MORE »

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Israel Folau's 2015 Video Tribute as he agrees to new three year ARU contract

Australia and Waratahs fullback Israel Folau has signed a fresh three year flexible contract with Australian Rugby this week. It is a deal that will keep the 26 year-old available for national selection until the end of 2018. MORE »

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Fijian powerhouse winger Taqele Naiyaravoro signed by Glasgow Warriors

Glasgow Warriors have signaled their intent to once again challenge for next season's PRO12 title by signing big Fijian flyer Taqele Naiyaravoro. The 23-year-old has impressed of late, so here's a look at his impressive recent try, plus other highlights. MORE »

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Damian de Allende's great form continues with big hit against the Brumbies

As far as textbook tackling technique goes, it doesn't get much more accurate than this monster hit from Stormers back Damian de Allende against the Brumbies. It's another highlight in an impressive season, so he must be firmly in the Springboks selectors sights. MORE »

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Flying Chiefs winger James Lowe on defying the odds with arthritis

Anyone who has watched Super Rugby this season will have sat up and taken notice of the Chiefs' backline, and in particular a young winger named James Lowe. MORE »

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Schalk Burger awarded Comeback of the Year at the 2015 Laureus Awards

Springbok and Stormers superstar Schalk Burger has won the 2015 Laureus Comeback of the Year award for his exceptional achievements on and off the rugby pitch. You can read more about his inspirational story below, then watch the a touching video documenting his incredible journey over the past few years, and his remarkable return to topflight rugby. MORE »

Friday, April 17, 2015

George Ford's skilful play for Bath against Leinster

Despite losing their European Champions Cup quarter-final to Leinster 18-15, George Ford put in a top flyhalf display, capped off by setting up a try and scoring one of his own. Here is a quick nod to his quality play as he looks likely to star in the upcoming World Cup. MORE »

Friday, April 10, 2015

A Tribute To big Brad Thorn, who will now retire aged 40

Leicester Tigers and former New Zealand second row Brad Thorn has announced his retirement from all forms of competitive rugby at the age of 40, after what can only be described as an outstanding career that has spanned an incredible 21 years. MORE »

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The Fearless Warrior of Irish mythology, Paul O'Connell

Paul O'Connell was named the Six Nations player of the tournament recently, receiving over 26% of the public vote. This cements his place as one of the very best players in the game right now, and although we posted about him recently, this video is better. MORE »

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Could Matt Giteau hold the key to Australian World Cup success?

Sometimes it takes a sea change to reinvigorate yourself. Toulon playmaker Matt Giteau knows this more than most. Giteau was in Australia recently following injury, but has since returned to France, playing for Toulon in their Champions Cup Quarter Final against Wasps. MORE »

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Al Kellock, The Captain - Short Documentary following retirement announcement

Glasgow Warriors stalwart Alastair Kellock recently announced his retirement from rugby at the end the season. The 33 year-old will draw to an end a 13 year career - 9 spent at Glasgow - which has yielded 56 Scotland caps and one try. MORE »

Monday, April 06, 2015

A look at the best of Ugo Monye following retirement announcement

The 31 year-old Harlequins winger has announced his decision to retire from rugby at the end of the season. The England winger won 14 caps and also featured in two tests for the British & Irish Lions against South Africa back in 2009 scoring a try in the final third test victory in Johannesburg. MORE »

Friday, April 03, 2015

How Valuable is Manu Tuilagi To England's World Cup Ambitions?

Having been ruled out of the rest of the Aviva Premiership season for Leicester Tigers due to an ongoing groin injury, the powerful centre hasn't played a competitive game of rugby since October 2014 and hasn't played for England since June. Although expected to be fit for England's world cup warm-ups, with the international centre position's so hotly contested, will Stuart Lancaster still want Tuilagi? MORE »

Friday, March 27, 2015

Julian Savea continues to draw comparisons to the great Jonah Lomu

For a powerful, fast, skilful and all round effective winger, look no further than Hurricanes and New Zealand star Julian Savea. Now an established Test player, the man-mountain is revelling on the world stage, having amassed a phenomenal 30 tries in only 30 tests. MORE »

Monday, March 23, 2015

Nick 'Honey Badger' Cummins makes a popular return to Super Rugby

Rugby fans across the world will be all to familiar with Nick 'The Honey Badger' Cummins, mostly due to his outstanding interviews coining such phrases as 'sweating like a gypsy with a mortgage' and 'going off like a bag of cats'. The good news is he's back. MORE »

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