Posts for August 2012

Friday, August 31, 2012

Best Tries of the Top 14 - Round 1 - 2012

Last week we featured the best tries of last season in the French Top 14, so today we've got the top ten from round one of the new season, which kicked off two weeks ago. The latest tries from round 2, put together by Canal Plus as always, will be broadcast this coming weekend. MORE »

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Rugby Club Plays of the Week - Rugby Championship Round One

There has been a short break in the Plays of the Week from the Rugby Club in Australia, but they're back with the first round of the Rugby Championship, featuring the games between South Africa and Argentina, and Australia and New Zealand. MORE »

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Crowd Goes Wild bids farewell to Sonny Bill Williams

Sonny Bill Williams played his final game for the All Blacks on the weekend, for now anyway. Against the Wallabies he went up another level, earning the respect of the naysayers. Japan beckons though, and then he's off the to the NRL, but will he be back? MORE »

Monday, August 27, 2012

Top 14 Round Two - Best of the weekend wrap-up

After two rounds of the French Top 14 it's the usual suspects at the top of the table, but that's not to say the second round wasn't without surprises. Here is a quick wrap-up of the best of the action, which includes a whole host of big collisions and great play. MORE »

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Argentina and South Africa battle to a tense draw in Mendoza

Argentina lived up to their reputation as a very difficult side to beat at home as they led the Springboks for the majority of their Mendoza Test match, before the two sides shared the points with a 16-16 draw come full time. MORE »

Saturday, August 25, 2012

The All Blacks retain the Bledisloe Cup with convincing win over the Wallabies

The All Blacks kept the Wallabies scoreless for the first time in fifty years as they retained the Bledisloe Cup with a convincing 22-0 victory at Eden Park. It has now been 10 years since Australia held the trophy, contested solely between the two sides. MORE »

Friday, August 24, 2012

The gloves come off during North Island vs South Island match in New Zealand

New Zealand's provincial domestic tournament, the ITM Cup, is underway with a few games already played, and more to come tomorrow. Today we're having a look at an ugly incident you may not have seen a few months back, during the Super Rugby break. MORE »

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Bulls hooker Willie Wepener smashes Stormers fullback Gio Aplon

Here is a quick look back at a hit from earlier in the Super Rugby season, as Stormers flyer Gio Aplon learns that running into a front rower usually isn't a good option. MORE »

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

WIN tickets to the London Double Header at Twickenham

As a proud partner of Premiership Rugby for a fifth consecutive year, Hilton HHonorsâ„¢ would like share the London Double Header experience with you to celebrate the start to another thrilling rugby season. MORE »

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Best Tries of the Top 14 - 2011/2012 Season

The French Top 14 season kicked off on the weekend with some big games and no doubt many fantastic tries to come. Today we look back at the Top Ten best tries from last season though, 2011/2012, many of which were featured here on RD. MORE »

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Top 14 2012/2013 Round One select highlights

Some highlights from Round 1 of the 2012/2013 Top 14 season, match by match! There were some good tries, tight battles, controversial tackles, and a big hit by Jonny Wilkinson. MORE »

Monday, August 20, 2012

South Africa win comfortably against Argentina at Newlands

The Springboks scored three tries to take a 27-6 win over Argentina in their opening match of the Rugby Championship at Newlands on Saturday. The two sides will travel to Mendoza for their next game, this coming weekend. MORE »

Sunday, August 19, 2012

All Blacks take the lead in opening Bledisloe Cup clash vs Wallabies

The All Blacks went one-nil up in the 2012 Bledisloe Cup with a 27-19 win over the Wallabies in Sydney. The game signalled the start of the inaugral Rugby Championship, and put the visitors in a commanding position ahead of the return match. MORE »

Friday, August 17, 2012

Rugby Championship opening weekend preview

A quick preview ahead of tomorrow's big games, where Australia take on the All Blacks in the Bledisloe Cup, and South Africa host Argentina for their first ever appearance in the tournament. MORE »

Friday, August 17, 2012

Paul Jordaan and Craig Burden spark Sharks win over Western Province

The Sharks came from behind to beat Western Province 25-23 in the opening round of the 2012 Currie Cup at Newlands. The try of the game came from young Paul Jordaan, and there were also two great efforts from hooker Craig Burden. MORE »

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

How dangerous are concussions in Rugby?

How dangerous is Rugby? SANZAR will be trialling new concussion rules in both the Rugby Championship and ITM Cup this season. With that in mind, here is a fascinating report from One News that focusses specifically on the dangers of head knocks in sport. MORE »

Monday, August 13, 2012

Rodrigo Roncero puts Ronan O'Gara on his backside in 2008

Argentina prop Rodrigo Roncero is never far from the action, and although he's now 35 years old, he'll be one to keep an eye on in the upcoming Rugby Championship. Here's an amusing look at what happened with him a few years ago against Ireland. MORE »

Friday, August 10, 2012

The History of Rugby in the Olympic Games and looking towards Rio 2016

In four years time rugby returns to the biggest sporting event on the planet as it will be back in the Olympics for the first time in almost 100 years. Today we look back on the history of rugby at the Olympics, and forward to Rio de Janeiro. MORE »

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Tana Umaga helps Colin Charvis after huge Jerry Collins hit

A few months ago young Motu Matu'u knocked out a player with a brutal hit, but made sure he helped him straight away. It was reminiscent of this famous incident almost ten years ago, which featured a huge tackle and some wonderful sportsmanship. MORE »

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Meghan Mutrie takes rugby to West Africa with Right to Play

Over the years we've done a lot to spread a positive message through rugby, so today we have a guest post from former player Meghan Mutrie, who recently travelled to Africa to share her love for rugby and sport, with Right To Play. MORE »

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Sonny Bill Williams shoulder on Pat Lambie in Super Rugby Final

Sonny Bill Williams puts the shoulder in on Pat Lambie in the Chiefs vs Sharks Super Rugby Final MORE »

Monday, August 06, 2012

The Chiefs victory wardance after their Super Rugby title win

A look at the awesome Chiefs victory wardance (haka) after the 2012 Super Rugby final MORE »

Monday, August 06, 2012

Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna cited for dangerous hit on Ryan Kankowski

Following their Super Rugby title win, young Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna was cited for the high tackle he made on Ryan Kankowski early in the second half of the final. The incident was not picked up by the referee or his assistants at the time. MORE »

Sunday, August 05, 2012

The Chiefs thump the Sharks to win the 2012 Super Rugby title

It was one game too far for the Sharks as the Chiefs were more than convincing in their home final, taking the 2012 Super Rugby title with a 37-6 win in Hamilton. The Chiefs have since spoken of the culture that has brought them together over the season. MORE »

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Rugby Club Plays of the Week 2012 - Double Dose with Morty, Morty scorin

Here's looking back at the latest from the Rugby Club Plays of the Week for Super Rugby. The last two week's are jammed into one video, with the all the best hits, tries, and funnies, as per normal. MORE »

Friday, August 03, 2012

Young lock Eben Etzebeth smashes Bismarck Du Plessis to the floor

If you didn't know it already, young Eben Etzebeth has arrived, in a big way. The recently capped Springbok lock put down a marker early on against the Sharks in the Super Rugby semi final, smashing legendary hooker Bismarck Du Plessis to the floor. MORE »

Thursday, August 02, 2012

The Sharks charge into Super Rugby Final after win over the Stormers

The Sharks are clocking up the mileage as this week they've flown to New Zealand to face the Chiefs in the Super Rugby Final. The Durban boys beat the Stormers 26-19 at Newlands, so here is a look at the match highlights if you missed them. MORE »

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

The Chiefs beat the Crusaders to reach the Super Rugby final

The Chiefs face the Sharks in the Super Rugby Final this coming Saturday after their much deserved 20-17 victory over the champion Crusaders on the weekend. They were last in the final in 2009, but suffered a heavy loss to the Bulls on that occasion. MORE »