The powerful New Zealand XV rolled over South Africa 41-13 last Saturday to win this year’s southern hemisphere Rugby Championship. The All Blacks are currently 4-0 with two games remaining.
It was another example of an All Black’s slow start followed by a 26-point romp in the second half. South Africa scored first after Bryan Habana’s 66th Test try in just twenty-minutes. New Zealand responded... Read More
The British and Irish Lions announced that the players chosen to compete in next summer’s New Zealand tour will receive £70.0M ($93,100) for the ten game schedule with a £25.0M ($33,250) bonus if they win two of the three Test matches against the All Blacks. The other seven games are against New Zealand clubs, including the Maori All Blacks. This sum represents a significant increase of £20.0M... Read More
The third round of the Rugby Championship saw the All Blacks win their third victory in the event with a 57-22 rout of Argentina in New Zealand. Meanwhile, Australia bounced off their five game losing streak (Three to England, two to New Zeeland), with a tough 23-17 victory against South Africa.
Argentina caught the All Blacks flatfooted and scored a nifty try at the 2:15 mark in the first half,... Read More
NBC Sports offered the start of the English Aviva Premiership professional league last weekend, airing four contests. Most of the matches were streamed while some were delayed and shown on NBCSports.
On Saturday, Saracens, last year’s league winners, easily defeated Worcester 35-3, the game played at Twickenham. On Sunday, a more interesting match at Richoh Arena (32,000, Wasps home grounds) took... Read More
With the All Blacks winning back-to-back Rugby World Cups (2011 and 2015), could the movie biography of their captain Richie McCaw be far behind? The answer is “Chasing Great,” a theatrical released documentary that opens September 1 in New Zealand that details McCaw’s rise to rugby stardom. Memorably, he closed out a career holding aloft the William Webb Ellis trophy at Twickenham last October.... Read More
The second week of the first round in the southern hemisphere rugby championship witnessed Argentina beating South Africa 26-24 at home in Salta, and New Zealand’s continuing dominance over Australia 29-9. The Wallabies have now lost six straight games (three to the All Blacks and three to England), the last win coming in the semifinal game of last year’s Rugby World Cup.
For Los Pumas, it was a... Read More
The world glows optimistic that rugby in all forms, for women and men, boys and girls, sevens and fifteens, college and club, youth and masters, and, professional expansion will witness an increase both in participation and in attendance because of the recent Rio Olympic tournament.
In the Lebanon, New Hampshire’s Valley News, the sub-headline to a recent article stated, “NEW CLUB GROWS WITH... Read More
New Zealand continued its dominance of Australia, defeating the Wallabies 42-8. Six All Blacks scored tries as the Kiwi side continued its unbeaten run since winning the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.
The All Blacks led 32-3 at the break after a first period which saw three Aussies leave the pitch with injuries. Coach Steve Hansen’s side moved further ahead of second place England in World... Read More
In France, the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) announced an ambitious ten-year plan to expand the sport. Since 2007, when France hosted a successful World Cup, attendance to major rugby events has risen dramatically; the Top 14 (T14) professional clubs witnessed a gain of 40%, while D2 (second tier) league increased 68% in these past nine-years.
The term “rugby man” has become the standard for... Read More
One of the least known facts about rugby is that it is also played in a ten player version with similar rules. The oddity is that it was invented not in a traditional rugby playing nation, but in Malaysia. In fact, east Asia is home to most of the important tournaments.
As seen in the diagram below, most formations include five forward and five backs. But variations have also witnessed a three... Read More