The crowd at Deodoro Stadium near Rio won’t all be rugby fans for the six days of sevens. Many will be experiencing the Olympics as a whole, perhaps without much thought to the details of rugby beforehand.
One way to get into the sevens spirit – no game knowledge required – is by donning some dress-up. The official fan guide advises: “Did You Know? Fans usually watch matches wearing costumes,... Read More
The odds are that no sporting book in Las Vegas is going to offer wagering odds on the 2016 Olympic rugby contests for Women and Men. But in the U.K., the Olympic rugby betting line for who will win the gold medal has been posted with few surprises.
GB 10-1... Read More
For the most part, the Men’s summer test match series have ended. But, with the exception of New Zealand’s three victories over Wales, it was not the same old, same old results.
Foremost in the surprise column, were England’s three wins away against Australia (44-40, 23-7, and 39-28), marking the Red Roses first away test victory against the Wallabies. These fifteens met in the RWC a scant seven... Read More
England completed a 3-0 mark in their test match series against the Wallabies in Australia, defeating the home XV 44-40. It represented the most points England ever scored against Australia in the two nations' long rugby history. The Wallabies hold a 25-21 record, the series starting in 1909.
The whitewash proved sweet revenge for the Australian victory against England in Pool A of the 2015 Rugby... Read More
Go back in time to the last weeks of October, 2015, when England had not qualified for the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals, an unthinkable outcome for the nation that gave us rugby. Stiff upper lips and all that did not erase the national angst of disappointment.
Quickly, the RFU sacked Stuart Lancaster, the coach. But where to find a replacement since most of the other top ranked nations had... Read More
Spain upset Samoa 22-19 to secure the 12th and final spot in the Men’s sevens Rio 2016 Olympics. Monaco hosted the repechage tournament, consisting of twelve teams, including three core teams on the World Rugby HSBC circuit, Canada, Russia, and Samoa, which won the Paris Sevens in May in a thrilling come-from-behind win against Fiji.
But, this past weekend, it was Spain that dominated play after... Read More
The touring Wales XV, without fourteen men who played against New Zealand last Saturday, were trounced by the Super League’s Chiefs 40-7 in Hamilton. The new Welsh players failed to show any consistency, losing badly to the superior professional club that played without eight of its All Blacks.
The Chiefs scored six tries to only for the visitor in the New Zealand’s team’s first ever... Read More
With the US v Italy match coming up on Saturday, it seems worth taking a look at what the Eagles will be up against. It was Conor O'Shea's first match in charge of Italy, so things were bound to be a bit different. Compared to much of the latest Six Nations, they looked quite sharp in attack, and Italy had a real chance for the upset of Argentina last weekend before ultimately falling 30-24.
We... Read More
While most global rugby attention was focused on the Australia vs. England contest in Brisbane, Ireland scored the surprise test upset with a 26-20 away win over South Africa. The Springboks played with only eight men from their third place Rugby World Cup team under new coach Allister Coetzee. But plucky Ireland, playing with fourteen men for a long period of time, took the game to South Africa... Read More
Events are happening at World Rugby that signal new beginnings and potential changes for the sport.
On May 11, elections will be held for the posts of Chairman and Vice-Chairman of World Rugby. It is for certain that Bill Beaumont, former chairman of the RFU, will assume the top role, succeeding the outgoing Bernard Lapasset, who retires after eight-years at the helm. The changeover will take... Read More