A second-string Australia XV defeated the touring Barbarians 31-28 in a patchy, non-Test exhibition match of two disparate halves. The Baa-Baas jumped out to a 21-5 lead at the 32nd minute and seemed headed for an upset and a big win, when the Wallabies narrowed the score to 21-12 at the break, the try coming just as the horn sounded.
In the second half, Australia outscored the opponents 19-7,... Read More
Since 1984, there have been nine Summer Olympic Games, and the Chinese Men’s gymnasts have won six medals (3 Gold, 2 Silver, and 1 Bronze). Quite a feat for a country that had not previously been competitive in the sport.
The Men’s success – for China’s Women also to a lesser result – occurred after the government decided to expend money and free up time for a country gymnast initiative. The... Read More
Under dark, cloudy skies, the Lang Park, Brisbane, pitch dripping wet, the underdog Wallabies upset the All Blacks 23-18, ending a seven-game losing streak against their Down Under rivals. New Zealand had already won the Bledisloe Cup, twice defeating Australia 54-34 and 35-29 during The Rugby Championship in 2017.
Aussie coach Michael Cheika, criticized for the first match pounding when the All... Read More
The state of California gets a lot. No, I’m not talking about the beaches, celebrities or enviable weather. In terms of major rugby events, California gets plenty.
Since their first-ever match in 1976, the Eagles have played 33 full tests in the Golden State. That’s more than the next five states combined – Illinois (8), Colorado (7), Texas (7), New York (4), Georgia (3) and Florida (3).
It makes... Read More
The second round of European action is this weekend, and there are two Champions Cup matches on offer and one Challenge Cup match. This will be the last week of European competition until December.
Popping up for comsuption for the first time this weekend are the Mitre 10 Cup and the Currie Cup. The Mitre 10 is the best domestic compeition in New Zealand, a step below Super Rugby. Likewise, the... Read More
The enthusiastic rugby fans in Cape Town, South Africa, waited nine-years for a return of the All Blacks versus Springbok rivalry, and witnessed an exciting but disappointing result as New Zealand beat South Africa 25-24.
For the Kiwis, they ended the 2017 Rugby Championship undefeated at 6-0. The Springboks and Australia tied for second place at 2-2-2, when the Wallabies beat Argentina 37-20 in... Read More
USA Rugby's next full-time head coach is slated to be Gary Gold, who currently coaches the Worcester Warriors of the Aviva Premiership, which happens to be the home club of Eagle hooker Joe Taufete'e. Gold was brought into the Warriors in January to help the club avoid relegation last season, and that he did. Currently, though, Gold, Taufete'e and Worcester are off to an 0-6 start to the season.... Read More
(Correction: original rendition of this story inaccurately stated the job had been offered to someone prior to Gold. It has been corrected.)
USA Rugby announced the hiring of Gary Gold as the new Eagles head coach Monday. Gold is currently serving as the director of rugby for the Worcester Warriors, which sit winless and in last place in the Aviva Premiership table.
"We are very fortunate to have... Read More
The All Blacks clinched their fifth Rugby Championship in six years with an easy win over Argentina 36-10. On the fifth game of the six-match tournament, the Kiwis led 29-3 at the half. Beaudon Barret, 2016 Player of the Year, notched 11-points. Since 2011, Los Pumas have not beaten New Zealand in fourteen-matches, coming closest by ten points in the 2016 Rugby World Cup game played at Wembley... Read More
A dark cloud of gloom hangs over South Africa today.
The vaunted Springboks, twice winner of the Rugby World Cup, lost 57-0 to the All Blacks in the first of their two 2017 Rugby Championship Tests. The game played in North Harbor Stadium.
It was the All Blacks largest home game margin of victory over their most successful one-on-one opponent. Further, it topped by 15-points, the rout last year... Read More