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
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