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;
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The summer international Test series in 2017 offers teams an opportunity for top quality competition as nations move forward to the ultimate selection for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. With world attention riveted on the Lions tour of New Zealand, this year’s other Tests received midland media attention.
For the Home Countries of Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales, the summer Tests... Read More
As the visiting British and Irish Lions entered Eden Park Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand last Saturday to play the All Blacks in the first of three Test Matches, they might have wondered what was the current record for visiting international teams in the country’s most prominent rugby stadium. The answer is zero for 23-years. Yes, the last time the All Blacks lost in this venue was 1994.
The... Read More
When the British and Irish Lions take the field in Auckland, New Zealand's Eden Park Stadium, they will play in a venue where the host All Blacks have not lost a game since July 1994, after reeling off 37-victories and one draw. International visitors have won Test matches in Wellington, Hamilton, Christchurch, Dunedin, and New Plymouth but not at the venerated Eden Park.
The first of three Tests... Read More
The television announcer of the final match in this year’s World Rugby U-20 championship made a witty statement after New Zealand trounced England 64-17. He stated, “Black is the new gold.”
The Black in this instance referred to the Baby All Blacks whose ten-try romp of reigning U-20 champ England proved an unexpected rout from the two undefeated sides in the annual tournament, this year, held in... Read More
The British and Irish Lions managed a win and a loss in their third and fourth game on this 2017 tour of New Zealand. All four games came against local professional sides. Next up is the fifth contest against the Maori All Blacks this Saturday at Rotorua Stadium.
After splitting the first two-matches, the Lions beat the Crusaders 12-3 at Ami Stadium in Christchurch from four penalty goals by Owen... Read More
The much awaited British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand started on a disappointing note for the All-Star visitors whose record in the two opening games is one victory and one defeat with eight matches (three Tests) remaining.
The squad, made up of the top echelon of players from Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and England, have so far failed to jell as a smooth-running team.
Past historic outcomes... Read More
NBC and World Rugby have inked a major deal that gives the network giant exclusive rights to the 2019 and 2023 Rugby World Cups, the 2017 and 2021 Women's Rugby World Cups, the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Sevens, and the World Rugby U20 Championships from 2017-2023.
This is a landmark marriage between rugby and an American broadcaster. The partnership spans seven years, and it will see some of the... Read More
The date was September 26, 2015, and it ended badly for Ian Ritchie the CEO of the Rugby Football Union (RFU), the national governing body of the sport. England, the host nation of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, had been eliminated from advancing to the quarterfinal round after losing to Home Nation rival Wales 28-25 in Twickenham.
The unexpected, the unthinkable, the now unacceptable outcome had... Read More