These are dark rugby days in England, with the horrible prospect of future times growing darker. English rugby fans must deal with the fact that the national team lost its fifth Test match in a row, a 23-12 tour loss to South Africa away last weekend. The Springboks are guaranteed winning the three-game series as they won the first contest two weeks ago. In that game, in the first half, England... Read More
Germany edged a tight battle with Portugal 16-13 to set up a home-and-away play-off with Samoa to determine the side that will join Ireland, Scotland, hosts Japan and Russia in Pool A at Rugby World Cup 2019.
A perfect kicking display from Raynor Parkinson handed Germany a narrow 16-13 victory over Portugal in Heidelberg and means the hosts are just 160 minutes away from a place at Rugby World... Read More
The World Rugby U20 2018 Championship was won by France for the first time, as they beat England 33-25 in Beziers, France. The French Rugby Federation exalted in this historic win congratulating its youth fifteen by stating that “they are the major talent of this rugby generation.” To win the title, the Bleus, in order, defeated South Africa, New Zealand, and, finally, England to secure the gold... Read More
One journalist described the Barbarians smashing 63-45 victory at Twickenham over England as a “carnival contest.” Nine ties were tallied, six by the Baa-Baas, and three by England. Within the first 32 minutes, the scoreboard racked up a startling 56 points.
England lacked some Premier League players from Exeter and Saracens playing in the final game of the season. But still how does their... Read More
This Sunday, May 27, England will play the Barbarians in Twickenham. The game starts at 3 p.m. local time and will be aired on SkySports in Britain.
The Baa-Baas, an invitational only fifteen, play in their traditional black and white jersey while also wearing the socks of their own club. The club’s first contest dates to 1890 against the Hartepool Rovers.
Of note is that former England cap Chris... Read More
Expanded Council convenes in Dublin for annual meeting
13 new members (11 female) join World Rugby’s highest decision-making body, bringing the total to 43
Expansion follows landmark governance reform announced in November 2017
On a historic day for World Rugby, 13 new union and regional association representatives have been welcomed onto an expanded World Rugby Council, the sport’s highest... Read More
The latest news from World Rugby again narrates dysfunction within the global rugby community. This time, the governing body decided to exclude three European nations - Belgium, Spain, and Romania - from continuing to qualify for the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.
The reason given was multiple team player ineligibility, resulting in sanctions from World Rugby and the subtraction of points.
Also,... Read More
The fate of this year’s European Champions Cup rested on the toe of Leinster captain Isa Nacewa whose earlier penalty at the 78th minutes tied up the game at 12 apiece against Racing 92, the other finalist.
With 90-seconds left on the clock, Nacewa kicked a final penalty, ensuring a 15-12 victory for the Irish side that notched its fourth Champions Cup title.
This match represented the first... Read More
The New Rugby Africa (www.RugbyAfrique.com) Gold Cup perpetual trophy – a Rugby World Cup qualifier – will be unveiled during the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) Congress in Brussels on May 8, 2018.
The 2018 edition of the Rugby Africa Gold Cup (June - August 2018) will be played by the national teams of Namibia, Kenya, Uganda, Morocco, Zimbabwe and Tunisia.The winners of the 2018... Read More
With the second weekend of USA’s Major League Rugby now history, it may be premature to discuss what happens – if anything – years down the road when the League considers relegation of the bottom team. Relegation, the act of being sent down to a lower league, has been standard procedure for European professional soccer, and adopted when rugby union turned professional in England.
The English top... Read More