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...

At the Commonwealth Games, New Zealand Reigns in Sevens Rugby - New York Times

At the Commonwealth Games, New Zealand Reigns in Sevens Rugby - New York Times

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Since sevens rugby was introduced at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998, only one team has ever won gold: New Zealand. The mastermind behind those four gold medals, coach Gordon Tietjens, will again ...

Super Rugby: Time to boot SA for Japan? - Stuff.co.nz

Super Rugby: Time to boot SA for Japan? - Stuff.co.nz

6 days agoby Stuff.co.nzon Google News

I believe Japan has more registered rugby players than New Zealand and Australia combined. We all know the money that Japan rugby has, so that's a no-brainer. Personally, I'd love to see South Africa booted from the competition. My option A: Super 15 ...

Johnstone: Sixth South African side bad move - Stuff.co.nz

Johnstone: Sixth South African side bad move - Stuff.co.nz

1 week agoby Stuff.co.nzon Google News

OPINION: Damning statistics from the just-completed conference play emphasise the stupidity in allowing South Africa a sixth Super Rugby franchise. The South Africans have used their TV rights clout to get one over Sanzar partners New Zealand and ...

All Black legend Kevin Skinner dies - NZ City

All Black legend Kevin Skinner dies - NZ City

3 days agoby NZ Cityon Google News

"Kevin was a much-admired player, regarded by many as one of New Zealand's greatest props, while his role in the All Blacks' first series win over South Africa in 1956 has earned him a place in rugby folklore," New Zealand Rugby chairman Brent Impey said.

The 2014 Rugby Championship - The Rugby Paper

The Tri Nations began life in 1996 and became the Rugby Championship when Argentina joined the competition in 2012. Australia, New Zealand and South Africa are the other three sides involved and it is the All Blacks who have dominated down the years.

Sharks fly South African Super Rugby flag - South Africa.info

Sharks fly South African Super Rugby flag - South Africa.info

... charges this season, winning 34-18 in Durban where they became the only side to record a four-try bonus point victory over the KwaZulu- Natalians. With that win, the side from the south island was also the only team to deny the Sharks a point in ...

Massive task awaits Cell C Sharks in Christchurch – Vodacom Super Rugby ... - SA Rugby

Massive task awaits Cell C Sharks in Christchurch – Vodacom Super Rugby ... - SA Rugby

9 hours agoby SA Rugbyon Google News

A mammoth task, to become the first South African team to win a Vodacom Super Rugby playoff in New Zealand, awaits the Cell C Sharks in Christchurch on Saturday. Their opponents are the seven-time champion Crusaders, winners of the New Zealand ...

Has rugby lost its soul? - SPORT24

10 hours agoby SPORT24on Google News

A career that included a pre-Super 10 tour to Australia and New Zealand with last night's comedians and a host of other SA rugby luminaries such as Danie Gerber, Tiaan Strauss, Garry Pagel, Gavin Lawless, Faffa Knoetze, Gert Smal, Niel Hugo and Chester ...

South Africa v Scotland as it happened - BBC Sport

South Africa v Scotland as it happened - BBC Sport

3 weeks agoby BBC Sporton Google News

Were Scotland wise to end their season on a four-Test tour over three continents? I guess new coach Vern Cotter needed to get a look at as many players as possible. There are a lot of questions for Scottish rugby fans to discuss over a pint or two ...

SPIRO: Let's hope the referees don't stuff up the Super Rugby finals - The Roar

SPIRO: Let's hope the referees don't stuff up the Super Rugby finals - The Roar

1 day agoby The Roaron Google News

This reaction was provoked by the surprise announcement that a New Zealand referee, Glen Jackson, was going to referee the Crusaders-Sharks semi-final and a South African referee (but not Craig Joubert who will run a sideline) Jaco Peyper will handle ...

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