(Rugby) Favourites could be shocked further in Rio Olympics28 May 2016 @ 5:07 PM
IT was a competition dominated by New Zealand for a good number of years since the series began in 1999/2000 but with a return to the Olympics looming, the recently concluded men’s 7s series showed how open it could be on any given day.
No doubt Fiji won their first overall title back to back after the London leg last weekend but the 2015/16 series over 10 legs saw 6 teams winning the title.
Kenya started it in Singapore on April 17, comfortably beating Fiji 30-7 in what was described as a historic win.
Column: Defining round for all six27 February 2016 @ 9:00 AM
THIS third round of the competition is no doubt the defining moment, with the results pointing the way towards how it would most likely end on March 19.
Wales hosted a resurgent France early today (Saturday) local time, with the visitors intent on continuing their good form to try and win a third consecutive game this year, which would also be their first against Wales since the World Cup quarter-final in New Zealand in 2011.
COLUMN: Six Nations Rugby: Still waiting for French vintage20 February 2016 @ 9:00 AM
A LOT of it has gone according to script but France especially should be very happy that they have won two out of two so far after achieving little in the four seasons prior to this.
We have seen more running from this year’s team but what we haven’t seen happening is the counter-attacking from deep the French were noted for many years ago, particularly the unpredictability of their running lines and passing game from broken play.
England's Lancaster first RWC 2015 big name casualty12 November 2015 @ 8:11 PM
England coach Stuart Lancaster has thrown in the towel to leave the job he accepted three-and-a-half years ago and for which he had an extension given last year to last beyond RWC 2019.
A statement from the country’s national union said the decision was by mutual consent.
It was later revealed by its chief executive Ian Ritchie that the decision to dispense with Lancaster was taken after consultation with 59 people closely involved with the England team, including the players. Of the 59, the panel appointed to review the state of the game there spoke to 29.
RWC 2015: Criticisms from all over against lopsided punishments17 October 2015 @ 8:31 AM
IT’S an issue that the people who run World Rugby, previously the International Rugby Board, can’t seem to be able to put to bed for good and most likely will continue to struggle to deal with.
How to appear fair to everyone, that’s the big question World Rugby must deal with
In New Zealand four years ago the main grouse by the tier two teams was the short turnaround time in between matches for them compared to that allowed the stronger teams.
To an extent this was also a problem this time around but was not picked on the way it was criticised at RWC 2011.
RWC 2015: Clash of familiar foes this weekend14 October 2015 @ 8:59 AM
The list is a familiar Who’s Who in world rugby, whatever the improvements shown by minnows Georgia, Japan and Canada, with four of the remaining eight left in RWC 2015 playing each other again at this stage.
The first quarter-final match-up between host Australia and Scotland was at RWC 2003 while the other was the much written about clash between France and New Zealand in Cardiff at RWC 2007, when the former upset the favourites 20-18. That was New Zealand’s earliest ever exit from RWC in seven editions.
Rugby World Cup 2015: Fiji intend to shock16 September 2015 @ 12:42 PM
BOTH are rugby-loving nations but have only met five times since 1988 and only one of those in the World Cup.
England won that quarter-final playoff 45-24 at Twickenham in 1999 and it’s also at Twickenham that England and Fiji will kick off the eight edition of RWC this Friday.
The last time they met, during the 2012 northern autumn internationals, England had another easy 54-12 win and based on past statistics, the RWC opener should not be too much of a hurdle for the hosts to clear.
Column: Pressure builds up for England and Ireland5 September 2015 @ 10:00 AM
Rugby World Cup 2015
THE last of the warm-up matches for teams playing in the World Cup take place today (Saturday), with the one between England and Ireland at Twickenham of more interest than the other nine.
Rugby Column: Cheika outsmarts Hansen12 August 2015 @ 9:17 AM
True that their forwards were outmuscled but in so acknowledging, the All Blacks coaching and selection panel must also realise that this happened in Sydney last Saturday because Wallabies coach Michael Cheika outthought and outstrategised his opposite number Steve Hansen.
It was also a day when the Wallaby backrow of Scott Fardy, Michael Hooper and David Pocock got the better Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw and Kieran Read, thus making life difficult for every other All Black on the field.
Tough conditions for All Blacks in historic Apia Test8 July 2015 @ 9:50 AM
THE venue may be small, too small in fact for a game involving two rugby-mad countries, but the occasion is huge, this being the first Test for the All Blacks in Samoa under tough conditions.
The five other Tests between these two countries, with the first in 1993 and the last in 2008, were all played in New Zealand.
That is has taken this long for the historic Test to materialise was an issue that was widely talked about by the rugby press but that is another story.