Posts for April 2013

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Jerome Porical knocks out home town club Perpignan with great display

Jerome Porical inspired Stade Francais to a 25-22 victory over former team Perpignan in the first Amlin Challenge Cup Semi Final. He had a difference of opinion with captain Sergio Parisse late in the game, but he got it right and guided his team to victory. MORE »

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

WIN a trip to watch the Lions in Australia with HSBC

After much anticipation and speculation, we now finally know who will be in the squad to take on the Wallabies in the three-Test British and Irish Lions tour of Australia this June. You could join them down under, thanks to principal partner HSBC. MORE »

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

British & Irish Lions squad announcement - Sam Warburton named as captain

The 37-man Lions squad to tour Australia was revealed earlier today, with bookies favourite Sam Warburton named as captain. There were a few surprise inclusions, as well as some that were left out. Full squad below, with video of announcement to come. MORE »

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sir Ian McGeechan on Coaching and Leading the Lions

With just a few hours left until we find out who will be named in the British & Irish Lions squad to tour Australia, here is a look at two interesting videos from former Lions coach Sir Ian McGeechan, as he shares his views on both selection, and leadership. MORE »

Monday, April 29, 2013

Jonny Wilkinson seals Man of the Match performance with trademark drop goal

The Heineken Cup Semi Final between Saracens and Toulon wasn't much of a spectacle, but there was one moment in particular that stood out, as Jonny Wilkinson snapped a well taken drop-goal to cap off a record breaking performance. MORE »

Monday, April 29, 2013

Fetu'u Vainikolo try from no look pass against Treviso

A late converted try by Paul O'Donohoe helped Connacht to a 23-23 draw with Treviso in Friday night's RadoDirect PRO12 game at the Stadio Monigo. Flyer Fetu'u Vainilolo scored a very well taken try following a no-look pass off a lineout, that he ran onto at pace before stepping a few players. MORE »

Monday, April 29, 2013

The Chiefs Dance Video (Liam Messam Remix)

Crowd Goes Wild reporter James McOnie spent some time with the Chiefs in Hamilton, hoping to find out what the reason for their mid-season slump was. Instead, along with his help, they put this hilarious video together. Move over Harlem Shake. MORE »

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Clermont through to first ever Heineken Cup Final after tense win over Munster

Clermont will face Toulon in the final of the Heineken Cup after a tense 16-10 victory over Munster at the Stade de la Mosson on Saturday. It will be their first ever Heineken Cup final in what in what will be a closely fought all French affair in Dublin. MORE »

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Super Rugby 2013 Plays of the Week Rounds 9 & 10

This weekend's Super Rugby is all but over so before we get too bogged down, here is your fix of Plays of the Week from Rugby HQ in Australia. This time it's a double dose, featuring the best, worst, funniest and skimpiest from Rounds 9 and 10. MORE »

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Six Nations 2013 Highlights Montage

As we head towards another jampacked international season that includes a Lions tour amongst other things, here's our fast-paced take on some of the most memorable moments from the 2013 Six Nations Championship. We've also got some stats for you. MORE »

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Richard Kahui makes another good hit, this time on Israel Folau

A week ago we saw Richard Kahui put in a huge tackle on Ben Tapuai of the Reds, which sparked a bit of debate on here over the legalities of it. On Friday he made another big tackle, this time on new Waratahs star Israel Folau. MORE »

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Rugby HQ's Top 5 Set Piece Tries of all time

Sean Maloney and the team at Rugby HQ have been churning out the Top 5 segments of late, providing the fans with a whole host of classic moments that, while they're often from an Australian angle, are still great fun to watch for neutrals. MORE »

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Ben Youngs' 80m try vs Bath voted Aviva Premiership Try of the Week

Ben Youngs' excellent solo effort For Leicester Tigers against Bath at the weekend was voted Aviva Premiership Try of the Week for Round 21. MORE »

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Elliot Daly clearance kick lands straight in the bin

Here's a quick clip of a funny moment during Wasps' Aviva Premiership game against Exeter Chiefs at the weekend, as young Elliot Daly showed that he doesn't need CGI to pull off the impossible. MORE »

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Brian O'Driscoll dumped off the ball by Mauro Bergamasco

Leinster are waiting to hear if Zebre's Mauro Bergamasco will be cited or not following an off the ball tackle on Brian O'Driscoll during the RaboDirect Pro12 match at the weekend. So near to the Lions tour of Australia, fans will be pleased to note that he wasn't injured. MORE »

Monday, April 22, 2013

Wesley Fofana scores outstanding try vs Toulouse after just 39 seconds

Clermont maintained their fine form with a convincing 39-17 victory over Toulouse at fortress Stade Marcel Michelin at the weekend. They started the game in sensational fashion as Wesley Fofana scored one of the tries of the weekend after just 39 seconds. MORE »

Monday, April 22, 2013

Outakes from RFUtv interviews during the 2013 Six Nations

This year the RFU has done a great job of bringing fans behind the scenes access and insight into what goes on with the England team in the lead up to a Test match. Here are some of the funny moments from the Six Nations. MORE »

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Super Rugby 2013 Round 10 Highlights

With lots happening in the rugby world, as well as here behind the scenes, it's difficult to keep up with demand a lot of the time. So to be as efficient as possible, we're trying out a slightly new way of archiving Super Rugby weekly highlights, as you will see below. MORE »

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Josh Matavesi banned for brutal high tackle on Neil De Kock

Worcester centre Josh Matavesi wasn't available for this weekend's Aviva Premiership match against Harlequins as he was banned for four weeks on Wednesday. The suspension came after an awful challenge he made on Neil De Kock last weekend. MORE »

Friday, April 19, 2013

Jason Robinson picks BOD as captain in starting British & Irish Lions XV

With the British & Irish Lions squad announcement less than two weeks away, on 30th April, HSBC Ambassador and Lions legend Jason Robinson has now selected his starting XV for the Test series against the Wallabies. MORE »

Friday, April 19, 2013

Amazing end-to-end passage of play results in try for Suburbs vs Grammar-Carlton

This amazing passage of end to end play from Auckland club rugby did the rounds recently after it was posted by someone who was at the game. It features a flowing passage of play where either side, Grammar-Carlton or Suburbs, could have scored. MORE »

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Richard Kahui's huge hit on Ben Tapuai in Hamilton

Chiefs wing Richard Kahui has made a succesful return to Super Rugby following 10 months on the sidelines with a shoulder injury. Against the Reds he showed that the shoulder is strong again, and if he stays fit we may well see him playing for the All Blacks vs France. MORE »

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Midweek Madness - Ben John scores a bizarre Ospreys try

Dan Biggar scored 18 points as the Ospreys beat Treviso 28-3 in their RaboDirect Pro12 meeting at the Liberty Stadium. Rookie Ben John got on the scoresheet for his first Ospreys try, but it came about in the most bizarre of circumstances. MORE »

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Force upset the Crusaders with big defence amidst crowd control problems

The Western Force upset the Crusaders with a historic 16-14 victory in Round 9 of Super Rugby in Perth. The Force tackled their way to the win, but the game ended controversially as pitch invaders intervened at a crucial time. MORE »

Monday, April 15, 2013

Mike Catt impresses James Haskell with a nice bit of skill

The RFU sent in this amusing clip showing what happened after a long England training session at Pennyhill Park. James Haskell and fitness coach Paul Stridgeon were messing about trying to get a rugby ball to bounce into a bin, when along came Mike Catt. MORE »

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Paul O'Connell knocks out Dave Kearney with clumsy kick to the head

Leinster beat Munster 22-16 at a wet Thomond Park thanks to a late match-winning try by Brian O'Driscoll, but it was an ugly incident in the last quarter that had everyone talking, and could mean a few weeks on the sideline for Paul O'Connell. MORE »

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Prop Ben Franks' big hit and unbelievable try-saving tackle on wing Frank Halai

The Blues put on an impressive showing away from home as they beat the Hurricanes 28-6 in a fast paced Super Rugby derby in Wellington. While the win was comfortable in the end, the 'Canes tried their damndest to keep out the lethal Blues outfit. MORE »

Friday, April 12, 2013

Super Rugby 2013 Plays of the Week Rounds 6, 7, & 8

Plays of the Week are back and we've got plenty to keep you entertained as the working week comes to a close, and the rugby weekend hots up. Today we're catching up on the latest three installments, as we know you love the work the Rugby HQ guys do. MORE »

Friday, April 12, 2013

Jonny Wilkinson steers Toulon to thrilling victory over Leicester Tigers

Perhaps the clash of the weekend, this one lived up to expectations and ended with a thrilling Jonny Wilkinson special as Toulon beat challengers Leicester Tigers 21-15 at the Stade Felix Mayol. MORE »

Friday, April 12, 2013

Saracens through to semi final after seeing off Ulster

Saracens knocked last year's finalists Ulster out of the Heineken Cup with a 27-16 victory at Twickenham thanks in part to a very well taken Chris Ashton try. MORE »

Friday, April 12, 2013

Munster and Ronan O'Gara edge Harlequins at The Stoop

Munster progressed through to their record-equalling tenth Heineken Cup Semi Final after a memorable 18-12 away victory over Harlequins. They are the only team, along with Toulouse, to achieve that many last four appearances. MORE »

Friday, April 12, 2013

Clermont cruise to Heineken Cup Semi Final after beating Montpellier

Clermont Auverge will face Munster in the Heineken Cup semi final after easing to a highly impressive 36-14 victory over rivals Montpellier on Saturday. MORE »

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Jerome Fillol banned for fourteen weeks for spitting at Peter Stringer

Stade Francais scrumhalf, Jerome Fillol, has been suspended for fourteen weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin today arising from the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final match against Bath Rugby on Saturday. MORE »

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Canterbury reveals new England Sevens Shirt

The new England Sevens home and alternate shirts were launched today by Canterbury, to mixed responses from fans. Thhe shirt will be worn for the first time at the Marriot London Sevens, which takes place at Twickenham in May. MORE »

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Bakkies Botha injures Marcos Ayerza with big charge towards tryline

Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill has criticised Heineken Cup organisors for the lack of punishment for Toulon lock Bakkies Botha after prop Marcos Ayerze broke his collarbone attempting to tackle him on Sunday. MORE »

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

James Downey's huge hit on Mike Brown at The Stoop

The Munster midfield duo of James Downey and Casey Laulala may not be the youngest around, but against Harlequins at the weekend they imposed themselves physically, playing a major role in the 18-12 Heineken Cup Quarter Final victory at The Stoop. MORE »

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Reggie Goodes' catch and sprint down wing for great prop try

In a game that featured many great tries, South Africa born Hurricanes prop Reg Goodes scored on eof the best as he caught a ball behind his back then sprinted down the wing to finish. MORE »

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Julian Savea's incredible full speed pick-up and try vs the Waratahs

Julian Savea scored two fantastic tries against the Waratahs on Saturday as the Hurricanes powered to a 41-29 victory at home. Power is usually the name of the game with Savea, but the rookie's second try showed that he has plenty of skill too. MORE »

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Kids try to tackle Manu Tuilagi, and he touches on rugby life in Samoa

Manu Tuilagi interviewed by Clare Dacy for MSN, talking about how life was different growing up in Samoa, where kids and adults would play rugby together every evening. MORE »

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Cheetahs vs Stormers Highlights - Super Rugby Round 8

Highlights from one of the games of the weekend, as the Cheetahs hosted the Stormers in a thriller MORE »

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Force vs Rebels Highlights - Super Rugby Round 8

Force vs Rebels Highlights from Perth MORE »

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Hurricanes vs Waratahs Highlights - Super Rugby Round 8

Hurricanes vs Waratahs Highlights from Wellington MORE »

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Sharks vs Crusaders Highlights - Super Rugby Round 8

Sharks vs Crusaders Highlights from Durban MORE »

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Brumbies vs Kings Highlights - Super Rugby Round 8

Brumbies vs Kings Highlights from Canberra MORE »

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Blues vs Highlanders Highlights - Super Rugby Round 8

Blues vs Highlanders highlights from Auckland MORE »

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Stade Francais' Jerome Fillol spits in Peter Stringer's face

Bath crashed out of the Amlin Challenge Cup with a 36-20 quarter final loss to Stade Francais at the Rec on Saturday, but it was a shocking spitting incident in the first half that claimed all the headlines. Peter Stringer has since said that he was 'disgusted'. MORE »

Sunday, April 07, 2013

George Moala suspended for knocking out Buxton Popoali'i with big tackle

Blues flyer George Moala has been suspended for a week for the tackle that knocked out opposite number Buxton Popoali'i during the Blues' 29-18 win over the Highlanders on Friday night. Popoali'i left the field on a stretcher with concussion. MORE »

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Saracens through to Heineken Cup semi final as 'Ash Splash' returns

Chris Ashton scored one of his better tries in recent times as Saracens beat Ulster 27-16 to progress to the semi finals of the Heineken Cup for only the second time. They will return to Twickenham to face Toulon. MORE »

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Ma'a Nonu puts the shoulder into former team mate Piri Weepu

Ma'a Nonu shoulder charge on Piri Weepu - It was a miserable Friday night in Auckland for the Otago Highlanders as they lost yet another match, going down 29-18 to the Blues. MORE »

Friday, April 05, 2013

The Best Tries from the Heineken Cup Pool Stages

In the build-up to a huge weekend of European rugby here is a look at some of the best tries scored in the pool stages of the Heineken Cup. The Quarter-Finals start tomorrow with some fascinating match-ups, and no doubt plenty of drama and action to come. MORE »

Friday, April 05, 2013

Barbarians v Fiji Centenary Match - 30th Nov. Special 2 for 1 Early Bird Ticket Offer

The Barbarians are hosting Fiji at Twickenham at the end of this year to celebrate Fiji's their centenary year. The match takes place on the 30th November and if you get your tickets early, you'll get two for one thanks to a special early bird offer. MORE »

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Halani Aulika rounds Sale Sharks cover to score great prop try

Tongan prop Halani Aulika scored one of the tries of the Aviva Premiership weekend on Sunday as London Irish drew 33-33 with Sale Sharks at the Madejski Stadium. The big front rower is the club's leading try-scorer this season, but was almost lost to rugby. MORE »

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

The Top Five (Aussie) Buzzer Beaters of All Time

In a few months time the British & Irish Lions will set sail for Australia to take part in what should be an action and drama packed 2013 tour. In the build up, here's a look back at some of the most memorable last minute wins in Australian rugby history. MORE »

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Stephen Hoiles snatches 2007 win for the Wallabies over Wales

Stephen Hoiles broke Welsh hearts with a try after the hooter as the Wallabies snatched a 29-23 victory in their 2007 Test match at the Telstra Stadium. MORE »

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Dimitri Yachvili forgets he's playing rugby, backheels pass for Erik Lund try

Scrumhalf Dimitri Yachvilli kicked 17 points as Biarritz beat Grenoble 33-16 at the Parc des Sports d'Aguilera on Friday night. He also set up a try with a neat bit of ball control that looked more suited to a football field than a muddy rugby pitch. MORE »

Monday, April 01, 2013

South Africa beat New Zealand to win the Tokyo Sevens Cup Final

Catch up on extended highlights of the final day's play at the Tokyo Sevens, where South Africa beat New Zealand 24-19 in an exciting Cup final to claim their second tournament win of the season. MORE »

Monday, April 01, 2013

HSBC Lions Monthly - Episode 4

The latest edition of HSBC's Lions Monthly features chat with legends of the game and brings you fascinating insight into the goings on behind the scenes on previous tours. MORE »

 
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