England vs. New Zealand - When the All Blacks tour Europe next autumn, the one match the world has been anticipating, will be the contest versus England at Twickenham. These powerhouses have not played each other since 2014, when the Red Roses lost three matches on tour in New Zealand. In this decade, the All Blacks lead 6-1 in this famous series, the sole loss an away game. Since the 2015 Rugby... Read More
British and Irish Lions Tour to New Zealand - The Lions, representing the four Home Countries (England, Ireland, Wales, and Scotland), enjoyed a successful tour in New Zealand with five wins, three losses. and two draws. Importantly, the All Star XV, tied the All Blacks at 1-1-1, in the three Test Match series.
The team, under the aegis of Coach Warren Gatland, started out poorly with two losses... Read More
There was a time during 2017 when many European rugby journalists made a case for Georgia to join the Six Nations, expanding that tournament to seven teams. Some suggested a three-match playoff against Italy the perennial bottom dweller, with the winner staying in the Six Nations Tournament while the loser would be relegated to the European B Championship.
Today, not so much.
Since their 2015 ... Read More
Australia won the 2017 Rugby League World Cup in a narrow 6-0 win over England. It marked the Kangaroos eleventh victory in the history of the event. This was England’s first return to the final in 22-years.
Brian Cordner scored the game’s only try at the 14th-minute of the first half on a short run. A second Ozzie try was nullified in the second half for obstruction.
The match welcomed a full... Read More
(Current World Rugby ratings in parentheses)
After the autumn Test match internationals, mainly, played in Europe, the surprise result was Scotland’s (6) eight-try rout of Australia (4) 53-24. The Wallabies played with 14-men after a red card reduced the side, and Scotland put 31 points on the board to Australia’s 7 in a runaway second half.
New Zealand (1) defeated Wales (7) to go three wins... Read More
The recent autumn internationals played in Europe witnessed no upsets but many close matches in highly competitive games.
Perhaps the greatest shock of the day was England’s rout of Canada 79-5. The Red Roses finished second in the recent Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland, losing to New Zealand in the finals. Canada, suffering a poor pool position, did not finish in the top four places at... Read More
As rugby continues to proliferate around the globe, one of the newest hot spots for growth and development is Brazil. With a population of over 200 million, and a country infused with a significant sport culture, the nation is making conservative but goal-oriented strides for success on the world rugby stage.
The CEO of Brazil’s Rugby Confederation is Agustin Danza a native of Argentina, where he... Read More
The USA will play a Test match against a German XV for the first time this Saturday at Brita Arena, Weisbaden. It marks a substantial milestone of the recent improvement of the German team, which, this year rose to mid-pack in the European Championship Division, the second tier of rugby in that continent.
Germany has a long but unknown history playing rugby, dating to 1878 and the... Read More
A huge slate of intriguing matches is bookended by a pair of international women's tests, as England's women and Canada's women play Friday and next Tuesday. Between them are numerous fall tests and continued Aviva Premiership action.
The first week of 2017 Autumn Test matches occurred last week in Europe with no major upsets but some surprisingly close game results.
For the USA (which did not play), the key contest was Germany’s home victory against Brazil 45-12. The Eagles play Germany away thist week (Saturday, November 18) for the first time. Rugby in Germany is on the upswing in team performance and fan interest.
The most... Read More