A dark cloud of gloom hangs over South Africa today.
The vaunted Springboks, twice winner of the Rugby World Cup, lost 57-0 to the All Blacks in the first of their two 2017 Rugby Championship Tests. The game played in North Harbor Stadium.
It was the All Blacks largest home game margin of victory over their most successful one-on-one opponent. Further, it topped by 15-points, the rout last year... Read More
So, what do you do when your professional rugby team has been cut from the big League? If you're an Aussie billionaire, you start a new league to find a place for the team.
This is the proposal of Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest, a western Australian mining magnate whose pro rugby team, Western Force, were recently eliminated from Super Rugby Championship, a decision that engendered a legal battle, which... Read More
The Irish Rugby Football Union is doubling down on the game of 7s, with a big year ahead of the team leading up to the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens to be held at AT&T Park in San Francisco. In preparation for the big quadrennial, Ireland has scheduled three tournaments for the remainder of the year, including the Silicon Valley 7s in San Jose's Avaya Stadium in November.
Silicon Valley, which... Read More
The fourth game in the six game 2017 Rugby Championship (southern hemisphere) will occur this Saturday when New Zealand host South Africa, and Australia welcome Argentina.
The All Blacks have gone 8-1-1 since losing to Ireland in Chicago, which ended their record tying 18-game win streak. The loss and draw came during the tour of the British and Irish Lions. In addition to the one loss and one... Read More
Team USA's quest for the cup ended with a 45-12 semifinal loss to New Zealand Tuesday at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. The game was competitive through the first 40 minutes, with the Eagles staying within two scores at halftime, and it could have been closer. However, the Black Ferns exploded for 30 points in the second half to put the game out of reach. All-World winger Portia Woodman tallied an... Read More
The Crusaders from New Zealand won their eighth Super Rugby title, defeating the Lions from South Africa 25-17 in Ellis Park, Johannesburg. It marked the first ANZAC Super Rugby final victory played away in South Africa.
The game will be remembered for the red-card issued at the 38th-minute when the Lions Kwagga Smith dangerously tackled the Crusaders David Havili in the air. From that moment,... Read More
While the rest of the rugby world remained quiet over the past weekend, the main activity occurred in Africa where six nations competed for the Gold Cup. The teams were Namibia (5-0), Kenya (3-1-1), Uganda (2-1-1), Zimbabwe (1-0-3), Tunisia (1-0-3) and Senegal (0-0-4).
For many years, Namibia have ranked as the second highest African XV after the Springboks. They participated in the past five... Read More
A different, first time venue for the USA will be against a German XV this November away. The German Rugby Federation, founded in 1927, is comprised of 125 member clubs, totaling 14,000 members. Amateurs represent most of the players on the national team, with 12 of the 34-person squad, coming from Heidelberger RK.
Historically, three-months before the 1936 XI Olympiad in Berlin, Rugby was an... Read More
The continuing and unpromising decline of Men’s rugby in Australia spells problem for the sport in that country, and, consequently, for the world rugby community. One the most successful rugby nations, with two World Cup victories, and two RWC runner up placements, has experienced a steady and serious decline of fan and media interest.
First, there are the facts: rugby ranks as the 26th most... Read More
The PRO 12 professional league that includes Celtic teams from Ireland, Wales, and Scotland, and also two Italian clubs, announced the addition of two South African sides, the Cheetahs from Bloemfontein and the Southern Kings from Port Elizabeth. Neither of these clubs performed at the top echelon of South Africa's Super Rugby League, which will decrease next season.
Television revenues represent... Read More