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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 »

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Inspirational leader Sergio Parisse on the Art of Number Eight

Roman history is awash with great leaders. Constantine, Caesar, Agrippa... and now Parisse. What separates a good team from the great? When do players become legends? This fascinating video gives us an insight into one of world rugby's most talented players, Italian captain Sergio Parisse, and the work he puts in behind the scenes. MORE »

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Johnny Sexton stars in All it Takes short film that tracks his rise to the top

Ireland's Johnny Sexton put in another inspired performance this past weekend, showing yet again why he's considered one of the top number tens on the planet. This mini-documentary tracks his rise from schoolboy prodigy to international star. MORE »

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Get to know more about Gloucester and England wing Jonny May

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. MORE »

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Meet World Rugby Player of the Year 2014 nominee, Willie le Roux

Wille le Roux has had a great start to his Test career, often exceeding expectations. The dynamic fullback was recently named a nominee for the IRB World Rugby Player of the Year 2014. Learn more about him with this nice Total Rugby feature. MORE »

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Behind the scenes with Nick Cummins and the Barbarians

We all saw how well the Barbarians played against both Australia and the Leicester Tigers recently, and that was due in part to the kind of characters and talent they had in the multicultural squad. One of the most colourful of those characters was of course Nick Cummins, the Honey Badger. MORE »

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Tuilagi and Vunipola brothers talk mums, crossdressers and big hits

Samoan brothers Manu and Alesana Tuilagi appeared on the Clare Balding Show this week, along with Tongan brothers Billy and Mako Vunipola. If you missed the show or aren't able to watch the repeat, here are some clips featuring a few funny moments and interesting bits from the guys. MORE »

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

All Black Conrad Smith on record midfield partnerships and what the future holds

Total Rugby caught up with All Black centre Conrad Smith recently to speak about his life as an All Black, his midfield partnership with Ma'a Nonu, and what the future holds as we head into another Rugby World Cup year. He'll be 33 next month, but hopes to be in England to defend the title. MORE »

Friday, September 12, 2014

Prolific tryscorer Julian Savea on his debut, being starstruck and his recent tries

Few players have had the kind of impact that Julian Savea has since scoring a hat-trick on debut for the All Blacks two years ago against Ireland. For his size and power, the Jonah Lomu comparisons are always there, and for the try-scoring, it's Joe Rokocoko that comes up. MORE »

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The amazing story of Robins Tchale-Watchou and his rise to the Top 14

Total Rugby chats to Robins Tchale-Watchou to find out more about his rise from African basketball hopeful, to Top 14 rugby player. The 6ft 5 son of a weightlifter got involved in the sport after a chance meeting with some rugby enthusiasts. MORE »

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Learn more about Brad Thorn, one of the most decorated men in rugby

Yesterday it was confirmed that 39-year-old All Blacks World Cup winner Brad Thorn has signed for Leicester Tigers. The guy who has won just about everything now has an Aviva Premiership title in his sights. Below is a brilliant piece on the great man. MORE »

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Shane Williams discusses life in Japan and that British & Irish Lions call up

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. MORE »

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Catch up with Wales captain Sam Warburton on Total Rugby

Total Rugby caught up with injured Wales and British & Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton recently, to discuss recovery, home life and coach Warren Gatland. The 25-year-old also touched on the unfinished business with the Lions, and next year's Rugby World Cup. MORE »

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Eddie Butler sums up Jonny Wilkinson career with rousing tribute

Jonny Wilkinson's career comes to an abrupt end very soon, but in the past few years he's managed to get the best out of a body that has suffered with injury throughout. Rugby writer and commentator Eddie Butler pays tribute to the great flyhalf, who is ending his career on a high with Toulon. MORE »

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

James O'Connor on life in the UK and Wallaby ambitions - Total Rugby

James O'Connor left Australia to seek greener pastures at London Irish and is clearly enjoying life in the Northern Hemisphere. Total Rugby put together this feature on the former Wallaby, where he speaks about rugby abroad, tactics and playing for his country. He needs to find a team in Australia though, which appears to be a challenge. MORE »

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