The Crusaders from New Zealand won their eighth Super Rugby title, defeating the Lions from South Africa 25-17 in Ellis Park, Johannesburg. It marked the first ANZAC Super Rugby final victory played away in South Africa.
The game will be remembered for the red-card issued at the 38th-minute when the Lions Kwagga Smith dangerously tackled the Crusaders David Havili in the air. From that moment,... Read More
While the rest of the rugby world remained quiet over the past weekend, the main activity occurred in Africa where six nations competed for the Gold Cup. The teams were Namibia (5-0), Kenya (3-1-1), Uganda (2-1-1), Zimbabwe (1-0-3), Tunisia (1-0-3) and Senegal (0-0-4).
For many years, Namibia have ranked as the second highest African XV after the Springboks. They participated in the past five... Read More
A different, first time venue for the USA will be against a German XV this November away. The German Rugby Federation, founded in 1927, is comprised of 125 member clubs, totaling 14,000 members. Amateurs represent most of the players on the national team, with 12 of the 34-person squad, coming from Heidelberger RK.
Historically, three-months before the 1936 XI Olympiad in Berlin, Rugby was an... Read More
The continuing and unpromising decline of Men’s rugby in Australia spells problem for the sport in that country, and, consequently, for the world rugby community. One the most successful rugby nations, with two World Cup victories, and two RWC runner up placements, has experienced a steady and serious decline of fan and media interest.
First, there are the facts: rugby ranks as the 26th most... Read More
The PRO 12 professional league that includes Celtic teams from Ireland, Wales, and Scotland, and also two Italian clubs, announced the addition of two South African sides, the Cheetahs from Bloemfontein and the Southern Kings from Port Elizabeth. Neither of these clubs performed at the top echelon of South Africa's Super Rugby League, which will decrease next season.
Television revenues represent... Read More
“Ties in sports,” as TC, the rugby sage of Hawaii once said, “is like kissing your sister.”
That “kiss” occurred in the third British and Irish Lions contest against New Zealand, which ended in a 15-15 tie. It also meant a draw for the three-game tour, the first one since the Lions visited South Africa in 1955.
For these Lions, for their maligned coach Warren Gatland, and for their northern... Read More
The rubber match in the British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand kicks off at 3:30am ET Saturday, and it will air live on ESPN2. The series is tied 1-1, with the All Blacks winning the first contest 30-15, and the Lions took the second game 24-21.
The decider will be played at New Zealand's hallowed Eden Park, which has been a fortress for the All Blacks, who haven't lost there in 23 years.... Read More
The “Big Game” for Men’s rugby in 2017 will occur this Saturday, July 8, in Auckland, New Zealand, when the British and Irish Lions meet the All Blacks for the third, and deciding match in a series tied one win each. The game will be played at Eden Park Stadium where New Zealand have not lost since 1994.
The key question is whether the Lions can achieve two victories to win the tour, a feat they... Read More
The last Test match this Saturday between the British and Irish Lions versus the All Blacks will determine who wins the second and deciding game of the three-game series. New Zealand are favored to win at home in Eden Park where they have not lost since 1994.
The game effectively ends the 2017 fifteen and sevens season for the major, rugby-playing nations. So, it's time to review the past six-... Read More
The British and Irish Lions valiantly defeated the All Blacks 24-21 to tie the Test match series at one win each. In order for this rare victory to have occurred the following variables happened at Westpac Stadium, Wellington:
A torrential rain and strong winds;
A red card to Sonny Bill Williams (the first All Black red card in 50 years) being sent off for 55-minutes in the first half;
All Blacks... Read More