Loose Pass

This week we will mostly be concerning ourselves with the weekend's action, the ghosts of England past, old-fashioned Frenchies and a remarkable front row try. . . The takeaways from the weekend's...

England close in on Springboks

England received a further boost following their victory over Australia as that win sees them close in on South Africa in the latest IRB World Rankings. In reclaiming the Cook Cup with a 20-13 win,...

England v Australia: 5 things we learned

1. All about balance in the back row The talk of England needing a ‘genuine’ openside reached a bit of a crescendo last season, particularly following the Wales defeat, but, just as they did last...

Plan to ambush Boks

Related StoriesCardiff – The Springboks arrived in the Welsh capital on Sunday fully aware of the ambush that awaits them at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday in the form of a Wales team that approximates...

England close on top two in rankings

England close on top two in rankings

England consolidated their third place in the IRB World Rankings by beating Australia 20-13 win at Twickenham on Saturday. In reclaiming the Cook Cup, the home side boosted their rating by more than...

Boks can set the record straight

The Springboks should have arrived in Cardiff on Sunday ahead of the first and possibly toughest match of their end of year tour with a clear mission – wake the United Kingdom up to the fact that the...

Perfect Setting for New Dawn

Perfect Setting for New Dawn

David Kelly – 04 November 2013"You know it's winter," he intoned with breathless meteorological urgency, "when the autumn internationals are around the corner. "For...

'Perfect season' not a factor for All Blacks

A chance to register a first "perfect" season in the professional era is barely causing a ripple among the All Blacks as they seek more small improvements on their season-ending tour. New Zealand's...

Springboks focused on Wales Test

A cold and rainy Cardiff greeted the Springboks on Sunday upon arrival in Wales, where they will kick off their end-of-year tour at the Millennium Stadium next weekend. The Springboks will face Wales,...

Boks not looking past Wales

Springbok captain Jean de Villiers said that his team is focused solely on their match against Wales this weekend. A cold and rainy Cardiff greeted the Springboks on Sunday upon arrival in Wales, where...

Rugby: Nathan Harris to debut v South Africa - Hansen - YahooXtra Blogs (blog)

Rugby: Nathan Harris to debut v South Africa - Hansen - YahooXtra Blogs (blog)

... in South Africa, because Dane Coles' partner is due to have a baby then so he probably won't be there." Meanwhile, Steve Hansen has confirmed Sonny Bill Williams will definitely be on the end of year tour. Hansen says he told the New Zealand Rugby ...

Rugby Championship: New Zealand thrash Australia - BBC Sport

Rugby Championship: New Zealand thrash Australia - BBC Sport

1 week agoby BBC Sporton Google News

After a 12-12 draw in Sydney last week, the All Blacks scored six tries in Auckland to leave the Wallabies without a win in New Zealand since 2001. In the other match Argentina came within five minutes of securing a first-ever win over South Africa ...

Wales captain Sam Warburton: We have to beat big three before we can contend ... - WalesOnline

Wales captain Sam Warburton: We have to beat big three before we can contend ... - WalesOnline

5 days agoby WalesOnlineon Google News

The Wales captain, who missed last June's tour of South Africa as he recovered from a shoulder injury suffered during the Six Nations finale with Scotland, spoke out ahead of November's clash with World Cup holders New Zealand, the Springboks and ...

Rugby Championship: Australia 12-12 New Zealand - BBC Sport

Rugby Championship: Australia 12-12 New Zealand - BBC Sport

2 weeks agoby BBC Sporton Google News

The draw means Steve Hansen's side failed to surpass the record of 17 consecutive wins set by the All Blacks of 1965-69 and the South Africa team of 1997-98. It is also the first match that New Zealand have failed to win in the Rugby Championship since ...

All Blacks rugby players in the firing line over big game hunting pictures as ... - Daily Mail

All Blacks rugby players in the firing line over big game hunting pictures as ... - Daily Mail

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The images where uploaded by the Landmark Organisation, a group dedicated to animal conservation efforts in Africa, alongside a caption reading: 'When New Zealand rugby players have free time in South Africa, see what they get up to. Here are the ...

Rugby: Steyn spares Boks' blushes - New Zealand Herald

Rugby: Steyn spares Boks' blushes - New Zealand Herald

Cornal Hendricks stretches to score as he is tackled by Argentina's Joaquin Tuculet. Picture / AP. South Africa survived a huge scare from Argentina to sneak a win in the Rugby Championship yesterday with a penalty by replacement first five-eighths ...

Singapore favourites over Japan to win Super Rugby 18th franchise - The Australian

17 hours agoby The Australianon Google News

Japan was always seen as the logical location for Super Rugby expansion into Asia. The leading rugby nation in the region, Japan has a professional competition and will host the 2019 World Cup. But New Zealand and South Africa are believed to have been ...

Why Australian rugby may win the Bledisloe Cup and lose everything - The Australian Financial Review

Why Australian rugby may win the Bledisloe Cup and lose everything - The Australian Financial Review

But last year Nine gave up on rugby, passing the rights to Network Ten at the same cost. What Pulver can extract out of Australian broadcasters and potentially his SANZAR partners in New Zealand and South Africa is crucial because the very financial ...

Reffing hell: Middle men ruining rugby - New Zealand Herald

Last year's test against South Africa at Eden Park was ruined by a horrid decision by Romain Poite to yellow-card Bismarck du Plessis for a legal tackle and, while not a test, the Super Rugby final was determined by a decision Craig Joubert's ...

Rugby Championship: Matfield and Alberts recalled for South Africa - SkySports

Rugby Championship: Matfield and Alberts recalled for South Africa - SkySports

5 days agoby SkySportson Google News

Victor Matfield and Willem Alberts have been recalled to the South Africa squad for the Rugby Championship Tests against Australia and New Zealand. Injuries ruled the pair out of narrow home and away victories over Argentina over the last fortnight.

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