The anticipated rematch between Ireland and New Zealand in Dublin last weekend turned out to be a plodding slugfest beset with injuries from hard play. The All Blacks achieved a modicum of payback, defeating the Irish 21-9 to avenge the loss in Chicago, Ireland's first ever victory against the world champions that ended their 18 game win streak.
But the Match of the Day last week had to be host... Read More
The “Big Game” of 2016 will occur this Saturday, November 19, when the All Blacks play Ireland in Aviva Stadium Dublin. This is the mush anticipated rematch of the earlier contest in Chicago when the Irish upset World Rugby’s number one ranked fifteen that had won 18 games in a row.
It marked the first ever Irish win since 1905, making the new tally 1-1-27 against the All Blacks.
Admittedly,... Read More
Twelve legends of the game will be inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame at a special ceremony to celebrate the official opening of the physical visitor experience in Rugby, England on 17 November.
Four England players, three Welshmen, a Scot, an Irishman, a Japanese legend, an Australian and a Canadian will be honoured at the ceremony, which will also be attended by a host... Read More
Former Scotland sevens player Clark Laidlaw has been unveiled as the new All Blacks Sevens head coach, although he will not take up his post until 1 June, 2017.
Laidlaw, currently assistant coach of English Championship club London Irish, has formerly worked as skills coach and video analyst under former New Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens.
In the interim period, former All Blacks... Read More
This past weekend witnessed many international autumnal matches in Europe as the 2016 season winds down with but a few games remaining.
Australia 23 (10) – Scotland 22 (17) At Murryfield -The hard luck Scots lost to Australia again by one point having led 17-10 at the break. This replicated the heartbreak RWC 2015 loss, also by one point, when Australia was awarded a dubious, last minute penalty... Read More
In October 2015, England lost their second match of the Rugby World Cup to Australia after previously having been beaten in pool play by Wales. The hosts of the most successful RWC would not qualify for the quarter finals, embarrassed in front of the world on rugby’s quadrennial stage.
Gnashing of teeth. Donning of hair shirts.
Within weeks of the end of the 2015 RWC, the Rugby Football Union... Read More
An exciting international match occurred in Wembly Stadium, London, last Saturday when the fabled Barbarians and South Africa tied at 31-31 in a thrilling display of open rugby. An enthralled crowd of 47,000 watched the match.
The Barbarian Football Club, nicknamed the "Baa-Baas” is an invitational team based in the United Kingdom. The team plays in traditional black and white hoops, and competes... Read More
The “Rugby Weekend” begins this Friday night, November 4, when the Men’s Eagles meet the Maori All Blacks at Toyota Park Stadium, Bridgeview, Illinois, outside of Chicago. The match starts at 7 p.m. Central Time
The second game features the All Blacks versus Ireland in historic Soldiers Field, Chicago, on Saturday, November 5. This game begins at 3 p.m. Central Time.
This marks the second match... Read More
Men - New Zealand rugby scored a rare double when both the Men’s and Women’s sides defeated Australia on the same weekend. The All Blacks notched their 18th straight Tier 1, Test triumph – tying their own record for consecutive victories – with a 32-10 win against the visiting Wallabies. (N.B. Australia have not won at Eden Park, Auckland, since 1986).
The Rugby World Champions continue to roll... Read More