Ireland's splendid, hard fought win 16-9 against New Zealand put them emotionally on top of the world but, alas, not on top of the most recent World Rugby rankings. Here they still remain in second place behind the All Blacks, separated by a negligible .37 percentage points.
For the Irish - still celebrating probably today - it marked the first home win against the Kiwis in 113-years, and only... Read More
Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest’s new competition, rebranded as Global Rapid Rugby, has received the green light from World Rugby. Forrest announced the sanction approval on Twitter via a studio-produced video Thursday, following the World Rugby Council’s vote to sanction the league.
“The name Global Rapid Rugby, it does suit the philosophy of fast moving, free-scoring, festival of entertainment,” said... Read More
New Zealand 16 – England 15: It’s early in the match that everyone in Rugbyland has been waiting for since these teams last played in November 2014. You’re an English rooter at Twickenham, and the Red Roses are ahead 15-0 at the 27th minute. Could this be the beginning of a historic rout? Is this, at last, the preview of a future Rugby World Cup final in Tokyo next September with England... Read More
The Ireland v. Italy Test served as the centerpiece of the three match Rugby Weekend in Chicago. Assume the Soldier Field attendance number of 30,000 is correct, and subtract extra New Zealand fans, Women’s rugby fans, and Men’s Eagle supporters, then what may be left is around half that number for the Ireland and Italy match, which, generated almost no Italian-American participation.
Italian... Read More
Horse racing fans often quote the doggerel verse:
“Breathe there a bettor,
With soul alive.
Who paid the rent,
Betting 1 to 5.”
In essence, for the traditional two-dollar wager at the track, should the favorite win at the above low odds, the small payout would total $.40, or $2.40 returned.
The poetry segues to the betting odds in the UK and... Read More
A multitude of Test matches commence this weekend, beginning a month of significant tours as national fifteens travel around the globe. While all impart importance in the last tour month before next September’s Rugby World Cup Japan 2019, one game has achieved an unofficial world media topmost ranking as “The Match” …England hosting New Zealand.
Japan v. New Zealand –Ajinomoto Stadium... Read More
Last Saturday, the All Blacks outperformed Australia, winning easily 37-20, the match played in Yokohama, Japan. The crowd of 46,000 was the highest rugby attendance in that country. The large crowd total bodes well for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
The match was the third one in the traditional Bledisloe Cup, played between these two, Down Under fifteens. The Kiwis won all three matches this year... Read More
Two matches in Japan this Friday and Saturday herald the start of the November Test tours, an important month for potential finalists in the 2019 Japan Rugby World Cup. Three of the favored contenders will meet during the month.
The first match October 26 will pit Japan against a Word XV featuring professional players from six countries, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, South Africa, Japan, and... Read More
South Africa led 30-13 against all powerful New Zealand and seemed destined to do what few other fifteens have ever done, beat the All Blacks in back to back matches. The Springboks previously upset the Kiwis 36-34 in New Zealand. Coming home and playing to a standing room only venue in Pretoria, it appeared that a rare double win would occur. The last time in the past ten-years that the All... Read More
The All Blacks clinched their third successive SANZAAR Rugby Championship title with a decisive victory against Los Pumas in Argentina. The score was 35-17, with the Kiwis up 21-3 at the break.
The victory gives New Zealand a total of 21 points (16 regular off four wins, and five bonus points). The All Blacks cannot be overtaken even if they lose to South Africa away next Saturday. Although both... Read More