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...

Welsh rugby

Welsh rugby "15 years behind" New Zealand in how "they train and prepare ... - WalesOnline

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“These are games you're playing against the best teams in the world and we've grasped every opportunity to try and play New Zealand, Australia and South Africa because that's the way we play better. “Playing in that white-hot atmosphere, conditions and ...

Rugby|England's Rugby Losses Are Mounting - New York Times

Rugby|England's Rugby Losses Are Mounting - New York Times

But England's 12 matches without a win against South Africa are harder to explain. So, too, is a second straight three-point defeat in which the final score understated the gap between the teams. Fans left the 24-21 loss to New Zealand on Nov. 8 ...

England suffered narrow defeats to South Africa and New Zealand, but the ... - Daily Mail

England suffered narrow defeats to South Africa and New Zealand, but the ... - Daily Mail

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Even in a rugby context, five defeats on the bounce will not lead to protests in the streets, let alone a change of regime, but Stuart Lancaster needs his team to turn a corner, to add substance to their insistence that the wheels are not coming off ...

Wales v New Zealand: How can Wales end All Blacks hoodoo? - BBC Sport

Wales v New Zealand: How can Wales end All Blacks hoodoo? - BBC Sport

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In 2014 alone, New Zealand are averaging seven points a game more than Wales. ... needed to; they lost to the Springboks, and against England and Scotland they could conceivably have lost both. "If the All Blacks subconsciously feel like it's the last ...

South Africa vs Wales: Springboks dealt another blow as JP Pietersen ruled out ... - WalesOnline

South Africa vs Wales: Springboks dealt another blow as JP Pietersen ruled out ... - WalesOnline

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South Africa have been impressed by Warren Gatland's men despite Wales going down 34-16 to World Cup and Rugby Championship kings New Zealand and 33-28 to Australia this autumn. “We have got a lot of respect for Wales and their coaching staff, and ...

Ireland Savors Rugby Win Over Powerful Springboks - New York Times

Ireland Savors Rugby Win Over Powerful Springboks - New York Times

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Robbie Henshaw gave Ireland a new look at center against South Africa. Credit Paul ... New Zealand completely dominated its 10 minutes shorthanded, denying England possession and even extending its lead with a penalty goal from Beauden Barrett.

Brodie Retallick named World Rugby Player of the Year - Sydney Morning Herald

Brodie Retallick named World Rugby Player of the Year - Sydney Morning Herald

All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick was on Saturday named World Rugby Player of the Year for 2014. Retallick, who played in New Zealand's 34-16 victory over Wales, became the fourth player from his country to win the award presented to him in Cardiff.

South Africa defeat pours water on England's Rugby World Cup claims - The Guardian

South Africa defeat pours water on England's Rugby World Cup claims - The Guardian

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South Africa's own strategy was hardly rocket science: “We adjusted our game plan because it rained before the start,” revealed their coach Heyneke Meyer. In Edinburgh, Scotland ran a second-string New Zealand close but eventually went down to a ...

Rugby fans from Australia and New Zealand choosing Gloucester as their world ... - Gloucester Citizen

Rugby fans from Australia and New Zealand choosing Gloucester as their world ... - Gloucester Citizen

They are all rugby fans – mainly from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa who are coming over here for five or six weeks,” said Simon Hanna, general manager for Hatton Court. “We have about three groups of between 30 to 50 people who are coming to ...

Autumn internationals - rugby writers' predictions - Telegraph.co.uk

Autumn internationals - rugby writers' predictions - Telegraph.co.uk

With the best will in the world, I cannot see Warren Gatland's team knocking off either South Africa or New Zealand and Australia will be viewed as vulnerable with a new coach at the helm in Michael Cheika. A Wallabies win would inflict enormous ...

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