It wasn’t the busiest weekend for Americans overseas. Some were rested coming off a month with the Eagles. Some were rested because their team was involved in cup play. Of those that did see action Titi Lamositele saw good time again with the Saracens. Blaine Scully and Samu Manoa both started for Cardiff. Lastly, Andrew Durutalo and David Tameilau saw time for their respective squads.
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For the first time in ten matches, Fiji beat France 21-14, the game played at the Stade de France, Paris. Professional rugby in France's Top 14 employs ten of the 23 Fijian squad, a bitter irony for rugby in France.
The Fijians, acknowledged masters of the sevens game, fly under world rugby's radar as a fifteen's squad. But these South Sea Islanders are ranked in the top ten, and now eighth for... Read More
Canada went 3-0 in the initial World Rugby repechage tournament to determine the 20th and final qualifier for the Japan 2019 Rugby World. Cup. The Canadians defeated Kenya, Germany, and Hong Kong in Marseille, France.
The win advanced Canada into their ninth RWC, meaning the country has played in all past eight events along with the major rugby-playing nations.
Canada won 27-10 against Hong Kong... Read More
Ireland's splendid, hard fought win 16-9 against New Zealand put them emotionally on top of the world but, alas, not on top of the most recent World Rugby rankings. Here they still remain in second place behind the All Blacks, separated by a negligible .37 percentage points.
For the Irish - still celebrating probably today - it marked the first home win against the Kiwis in 113-years, and only... Read More
Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest’s new competition, rebranded as Global Rapid Rugby, has received the green light from World Rugby. Forrest announced the sanction approval on Twitter via a studio-produced video Thursday, following the World Rugby Council’s vote to sanction the league.
“The name Global Rapid Rugby, it does suit the philosophy of fast moving, free-scoring, festival of entertainment,” said... Read More
New Zealand 16 – England 15: It’s early in the match that everyone in Rugbyland has been waiting for since these teams last played in November 2014. You’re an English rooter at Twickenham, and the Red Roses are ahead 15-0 at the 27th minute. Could this be the beginning of a historic rout? Is this, at last, the preview of a future Rugby World Cup final in Tokyo next September with England... Read More
The Ireland v. Italy Test served as the centerpiece of the three match Rugby Weekend in Chicago. Assume the Soldier Field attendance number of 30,000 is correct, and subtract extra New Zealand fans, Women’s rugby fans, and Men’s Eagle supporters, then what may be left is around half that number for the Ireland and Italy match, which, generated almost no Italian-American participation.
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Horse racing fans often quote the doggerel verse:
“Breathe there a bettor,
With soul alive.
Who paid the rent,
Betting 1 to 5.”
In essence, for the traditional two-dollar wager at the track, should the favorite win at the above low odds, the small payout would total $.40, or $2.40 returned.
The poetry segues to the betting odds in the UK and... Read More
A multitude of Test matches commence this weekend, beginning a month of significant tours as national fifteens travel around the globe. While all impart importance in the last tour month before next September’s Rugby World Cup Japan 2019, one game has achieved an unofficial world media topmost ranking as “The Match” …England hosting New Zealand.
Japan v. New Zealand –Ajinomoto Stadium... Read More
Last Saturday, the All Blacks outperformed Australia, winning easily 37-20, the match played in Yokohama, Japan. The crowd of 46,000 was the highest rugby attendance in that country. The large crowd total bodes well for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
The match was the third one in the traditional Bledisloe Cup, played between these two, Down Under fifteens. The Kiwis won all three matches this year... Read More