In Saturday's England 36-15 victory over Italy at Twickenham, the visitors employed an unusual, but perfectly legal, maneuver in the second half to confuse the home side. The Italians did not contest English rucks, which allowed them to place men along side English backs, thus, disrupting passes or balls kicked back from the ruck. (See photo above.)
The offside law prohibits players moving... Read More
Twelve months' ago at last year's Wellington Sevens (the third leg of the ten-city circuit), the hometown side rewarded their fans with a tournament victory and 22-points. (The team's third consecutive Wellington title.) A week later in Sydney, the All Blacks won again and seemed on a familiar path to win the World Rugby HSBC 7s title. A third victory would come in Vancouver in March.
But the... Read More
The apogee for French rugby occurred six-years ago when they played the All Blacks for the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. After a terrible 2-2 pool record, including an upset by Tonga, the French moved through the quarters and semis to meet New Zealand for the championship. But the All Blacks prevailed in a dull contest.
Since then, it has been downhill for a team known for its élan. In the 2015... Read More
If you’re a rugby media junkie, then a reward of 36 newspaper pages awaits you twice a week if you know French and are interested in rugby of all kinds in France. The newspaper is called “Midi Olympique”; a bi-weekly, all rugby, all the time publication with a circulation of 90,000 sales for each issue. (Compare this to the UK magazine “Rugby World’s” 50,000 monthly newsstand sales.)
Founded in... Read More
The year 2016 represented a milestone for global rugby with the inclusion of rugby-seven-a-side into the Rio Olympics. But for all the major stories surrounding the All Blacks 18-win skein, the Irish upset against New Zealand on American shores, and England’s undefeated year, there were dramatic other stories as well:
An Array of Men’s Sides Won on 7s Circuit – Dominated in the recent past by... Read More
The top International rugby stories from 2016 follow:
Olympic Games in Rio: Rugby in the seven-a-side version returned to the Olympic Games for the first time since 1924. Importantly, it offered venues for men’s and women’s sides. The matches received wide global television viewership.
Fiji (Men) and Australia (Women) Won Olympic Gold: The two winners of the 2015/2016 HSBC World Rugby Sevens... Read More
On October 10, 2015, England defeated Uruguay 60-3 in the final pool match in the Rugby World Cup hosted in England and Wales. With a disappointing record of 2-2, the unexpected happened; England would not advance into the RWC quarterfinals after losses to Wales and Australia.
No one could guess at that time, but the English victory in Manchester against Los Teros would begin a fantastic 14-game... Read More
World Rugby has underscored its commitment to continued global rugby participation growth with the announcement of record financial results for 2015 and a record investment programme for 2016 following a hugely successful Rugby World Cup 2015 in England.
The consolidated financial results for the fourth year of World Rugby's 2013-16 business cycle saw the highest turnover in World... Read More
As the current Test season winds down with but one important game remaining when England host Australia next week on December 3 at Twickenham, a surprising tally reveals that the Six Nations fifteens hold an eight to six-win autumn record against the southern hemisphere Rugby Championship sides. Remember, that the four semi-finalists in the 2015 Rugby World Cup all hailed from below the Equator.... Read More
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