The recent move to Samoa of Sir Gordon Tietjens, who, for twenty-two years, guided the All Blacks sevens program to international success, has generated controversy in both countries.
The outspoken Tietjens spoke of his frustration at the perceived lack of support by the New Zealand RFU in the past 18-months of his tenure. Yet, for the rugby community, the New Zealand's team disappointing fifth... Read More
Ireland and the rugby community grieved over the death of rugby great, Anthony Foley, player and coach, who died suddenly at age 42 in Paris. “The whole rugby family of Ireland is in mourning,” was the universal statement.
Playing for the national team Foley had been capped 62 times, and captained the Irish on three occasions. Starting at number 8, he scored a record 23 tries in Champion Cup... Read More
The big New Zealand rugby train rolled over South Africa 57-18, administering the worst home match defeat to the Springboks. The win marked the 17th consecutive Test match victory for the All Blacks tying their record from the 1965-1969, and 2013-2014 season. In two weeks, they play Australia with an excellent chance to establish a new Test win milestone.
South Africa went ahead 6-0, and were... Read More
The All Blacks achieved their sixteenth straight Test match victory with a 36-17 win over Argentina in Buenos Aires. The record is 18 in a row, and the New Zealanders are well within range of this milestone.
New Zealand went ahead 29-3 at the half off of four tries. Los Pumas outscored the visitors 14-7 in the second half but the rally fell short. Argentina have never beaten their southern... Read More
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