Posts for June 2013

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Jonny Wilkinson statistics after another outstanding performance this season

To celebrate Jonny Wilkinson’s outstanding career to date, Gillette has released a video that highlights some of the key moments of his career and a few unconventional statistics measuring the outstanding performance that he has maintained for well over a decade now. MORE »

Saturday, June 29, 2013

George North picks up and carries tackler Israel Folau

Earlier in Melbourne George North did something that we've probably never seen on the rugby field at this level. Winger Israel Folau went in to tackle him, but North decided he'd counter that by simply picking up the big Wallaby and running with him. As you do. MORE »

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Wallabies snatch second Test victory to level the Lions series

The Wallabies came from behind to score a late try and give Christian Leali'ifano a match winning shot at goal with just minutes left in the second Test against the Lions. The Brumbies playmaker calmly slotted the conversion, giving the hosts a 16-15 win. MORE »

Friday, June 28, 2013

A look back at the second Wallabies vs Lions Test in 2001

To get you in the mood for the second Test that kicks off in the not too distant future, here's a look back to the the second Test the last time the Lions were in Australia, in 2001. Twelve years ago the visitors went one nil up to start the series too. MORE »

Friday, June 28, 2013

2013 British and Irish Lions players as cars

British and Irish Lions players as cars! This is something a bit different, as the guys at motors.co.uk have put together a list of Lions players as they would be if they were cars. Some of the picks were made before the tour, or after the squad announcement, so it isn't 100% accurate with the starting XV, but there are some amusing comparisons. MORE »

Friday, June 28, 2013

George North apologises for Genia taunt in first Test, PLUS new Lions shirts

Young British & Irish Lions winger George North has apologised for the finger pointing taunt he made when scoring that incredible try in the first Test against the Wallabies. Coincidentally, we happen to be launching some new shirts featuring him today. MORE »

Friday, June 28, 2013

Second Test preview with George Gregan and Gavin Hastings

Second Test preview - Hear Gavin Hastings share his thoughts on the Youngs brothers starting together for the Lions and George Gregan's confidence the Wallabies can square the Series one all. MORE »

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Rugby HQ'S Plays of the Week - June Tours, Lions & Super Rugby

After a break, here's the latest Plays of the Week from the guys at Rugby HQ, featuring the Wallabies vs Lions first Test, a bit of ballsy play from Samoa vs South Africa, and some action from the New Zealand vs France third test. There's plenty more too. MORE »

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Lions make five changes, Wallabies receive fitness boost ahead of 2nd Test

The Lions and Wallabies teams for the second Test of the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia have been announced. Both sides feature changes to those that played in the first game, some through injury and other's based on form. MORE »

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Wallaby injuries from the first Test against the British & Irish Lions

The Wallabies suffered a string of injuries in the 23-21 first Test loss to the Lions, starting in the first minute as debutant Christian Leali'ifano was forced from the field. Amongst other losses, today it was confirmed that Pat McCabe will be out for the year. MORE »

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Midweek Madness - James So'oialo and the odd shaped balls

One of the biggest talking points of the Springboks vs Samoa game on Saturday was the indecent ball handling by James So'oialo. The Samoan fullback appeared to get to grips with the South African hooker, but he was later cleared of any wrongdoing. MORE »

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

British and Irish Lions beat the hapless Rebels in Melbourne

In the final midweek game for the Lions, they took on and beat the Melbourne Rebels 35-0 at AAMI Park on Tuesday evening. So soon after the first Test success in Brisbane, this was a chance for those on the outskirts to push for Test selection. MORE »

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

HSBC Lions Weekly - Lead up and reaction to first Test in Brisbane

The latest HSBC Lions Weekly tour wrap-up features a look at all the build up to the first Test vs the Wallabies in Brisbane, as well as all the post match reaction from Lions legends Brian O'Driscoll, Jason Robinson, George Gregan and Joe Roff. MORE »

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Springboks beat Samoa to win the Quad Series as Habana reaches milestone

South Africa beat Samoa 56-23 to win the Quad Series in Pretoria on Saturday. It was an action packed game with plenty to talk about, including some unfortunate dirty play, but a positive was the achievement of Bryan Habana, who scored his 50th Test try. MORE »

Monday, June 24, 2013

Scotland score late try to snatch victory from Italy in Pretoria

Scotland scored a last minute converted try to snatch a 30-29 victory over Italy in Pretoria on Saturday. The two northern hemisphere sides were competing for third place in the inaugural Quad Series in South Africa. MORE »

Monday, June 24, 2013

Dan Lydiate to skipper British & Irish Lions vs Melbourne Rebels

Welshman Dan Lydiate will captain the British and Irish Lions against the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park tomorrow. Geoff Parling was all set to lead the side, but the loss of Paul O'Connell has meant that things have had to be reshuffled. MORE »

Monday, June 24, 2013

England beat Wales to win the IRB Junior World Championship 2013

England Under 20's won the IRB Junior World Championship after coming from behind to beat Wales in the final in the north west of France yesterday. In the third place playoff, South Africa staged a comeback of their own as they beat New Zealand. MORE »

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Alesana Tuilagi straight red card for high tackle on Jean de Villiers

Samoan winger Alesana Tuilagi has been suspended for two weeks for the dangerous high tackle that he made on Springbok Jean de Villiers in the final of the Quad Series in Pretoria on Saturday. The Springboks won the game 56-23. MORE »

Sunday, June 23, 2013

James Horwill cleared after alleged stamp on Alun-Wyn Jones in first Test

The Wallabies appear to have dodged a bullet after captain James Horwill was cleared following an incident in the first Test loss to the British and Irish Lions on Saturday. He was cited after allegedly stamping Alun-Wyn Jones. MORE »

Saturday, June 22, 2013

The British and Irish Lions win the first Test as Kurtley Beale misses late penalties

British and Irish Lions vs Wallabies Highlights - The Lions held on for the win as the Wallabies, who had multiple injuries to contend with, missed two chances to take the lead late in the game. MORE »

Saturday, June 22, 2013

All Blacks seal series clean sweep with third Test victory over France

New Zealand sealed a 3-0 series victory over France as they won 24-9 in New Plymouth. The French upped their intensity this week and it was a far tighter affair than the final scoreline may suggest, but a series clean sweep will please the All Blacks. MORE »

Friday, June 21, 2013

Lead up to the First Test - The Lions Story so far

We're all set to go in Brisbane as the Wallabies host the Lions in the first Test on Saturday. The jersey presentation took place earlier, with Sam Warburton saying that it's the biggest moment of his career. Here's a quick look at the tour so far. MORE »

Friday, June 21, 2013

British and Irish Lions fans arriving in Australia by the thousands

British and Irish Lions fans have been flocking to Australia for the series, and of course the first Test which takes place in Brisbane this weekend. Fox Sports' Sean Maloney caught up with a whole lot of them in Sydney ahead of the clash with the Waratahs. MORE »

Friday, June 21, 2013

England win series in Argentina with big second Test victory

England's 51-26 second Test win over Argentina sealed a series victory over there for the first time since 1981, when they won with a win and a draw. This 2-0 series win came about through seven tries, with England's young guns firing. MORE »

Friday, June 21, 2013

England cricket team's messages of support for the Lions

The England cricket team's hilarious messages of support for the British & Irish Lions. Featuring Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott, Alastair Cook, Eoin Morgan & Jimmy Anderson. MORE »

Thursday, June 20, 2013

British and Irish Lions look forward to the first Test vs Australia

The waiting is almost over for the British & Irish Lions. On Saturday they take on Australia in the first test in Brisbane, hoping to match the result achieved the last time the Lions played a test in Queensland's biggest city. MORE »

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Wallabies and British & Irish Lions teams named for first Test on Saturday

All the talk is over and we now know who will take part in the first of the three Test series between the British and Irish Lions and the Wallabies. Both sides have been announced, with few surprises but much to look forward to in Brisbane this Saturday. MORE »

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Wales and England to meet in Junior World Championship final

There were incredible scenes in France last night as the Junior World Championship served up two upset results, with both the defending champion Baby Boks and the always powerful Baby Blacks being defeated by Wales and England respectively. MORE »

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Brumbies upset the touring Lions with historic victory in Canberra

Brumbies coach Jake White has described their 14-12 victory over the touring British and Irish Lions as one of the highlights of his life. It was the first midweek loss by the Lions since 1997, when they lost to Northern Transvaal in South Africa. MORE »

Monday, June 17, 2013

Drew Mitchell catches the ball between his feet after Leigh Halfpenny penalty

Drew Mitchell and the Waratahs got used to standing behind their posts on Saturday as they conceded five tries and Leigh Halfpenny slotted eight kicks at goal. Early on Mitchell made things a bit more interesting, showing a great piece of skill as he caught the ball between his feet. MORE »

Monday, June 17, 2013

Brutal covering hit from New Zealand schoolboys rugby game

This brutal tackle comes from a recent New Zealand schools rugby game between Wanganui Collegiate and St. Pauls Collegiate. It's been doing the rounds so if you haven't seen it yet, get ready to squirm in your seat. MORE »

Monday, June 17, 2013

HSBC Lions Weekly - Sydney

After another succesful week for the British and Irish Lions on tour, today's HSBC Lions Weekly brings us a video wrap-up of what's been happening both on and off the field, including thoughts from Jason Robinson and Brian O'Driscoll. MORE »

Sunday, June 16, 2013

British and Irish Lions too strong for determined Waratahs in Sydney

It's been an eventful weekend for the British and Irish Lions off the field but on it, they beat the Waratahs 47-17 in one of their best performances thus far on the tour. Since then three new players have been called into the squad. MORE »

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Shane Williams and Christian Wade called up and on the wings vs the Brumbies

The shock news today is that Welsh Wizard Shane Williams has been called up to do a job for the Lions against the Brumbies on Tuesday. The other big news is that gasman and fan favourite Christan Wade will join him, with Brad Barrit flying in too. MORE »

Sunday, June 16, 2013

The All Blacks win the series with convincing victory over France

The All Blacks kept France tryless as they sealed the Test series with an emphatic 30-0 victory in Christchurch on Saturday. It was the All Blacks' 500th Test, and skipper Kieran Read's 50th, leading to a special night for the 21 000 fans in attendance. MORE »

Friday, June 14, 2013

The Top 5 Individual Tries of all time - Rugby HQ

Ahead of the weekend it's time for another Top 5, taking a look at the latest selection from Rugby HQ, this time showcasing some of the best individual tries of all time. There's also a chat with the winner, and a you can enjoy the best of the rest too. MORE »

Thursday, June 13, 2013

WIN a copy of iOS game Rugby Nations 13

Rugby Nations 13, a full rugby simulation mobile game, has just been launched on iPhone, iPod Tough and iPad and is now available in the Apple Appstore. Today we're giving away five copies, as well as sharing more info and the trailer for it. MORE »

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Simon Zebo set for Lions debut as Billy Twelvetrees joins the squad

England and Gloucester back Billy Twelvetrees has been called up to the British and Irish Lions squad as cover in the backs, while Ireland winger Simon Zebo, who joined earlier this week, will make his debut against the Waratahs on Saturday. MORE »

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Tongan Eddie Aholelei punches Jebb Sinclair after fight with Canada

Three Tongan players have been suspended following a fractious Pacific Nations Cup match against Canada at the weekend. Canada won the game, but it has been marred by incident, and the Tongan coach has since claimed that officials appear racist. MORE »

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Lions Tour infographic featuring the Welsh contingent vs Australia

The Lions have a very Welsh flavour this year, featuring more players than in the any of the other tours since 2001. This infographic that Sporting Index have come up with shows that Wales' record against Australia isn't great though, with just two wins in the last twenty five years. MORE »

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

British and Irish Lions thump Combined Country in Newcastle

The Lions scored ten tries on their way to beating a Combind Country midweek team 64-0 in Newcastle on Tuesday. The home side were totally overwhelmed early on, but put up a good fight in the second half, with Lions inaccuracy frustrating Brian O'Driscoll. MORE »

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

France beat Blues in second stringers midweek game in Auckland

France's second stringers laid a case for Test selection with a convincing 38-15 win over the Auckland Blues in Albany earlier today. They scored four tries to two, with Fijian born winger Noa Nakaitaci claiming a brace. MORE »

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

USA Eagle Samu Manoa's huge hit on Peter O'Mahony

It was one of those crazy rugby weekends as the Midyear Tours kicked into action and rugby fans were treated to Test rugby yet again. Over in the US the Eagles hosted Ireland in Houston, with this being one of the moments of the match. MORE »

Monday, June 10, 2013

Canada beat 14-man Tonga in eventful Pacific Nations Cup clash

A red card and two yellows didn't help Tonga's cause as Canada beat them 36-27 in Kingston in the Pacific Nations Cup on Saturday. James Pritchard scored a try and 18 points with the boot as Tonga's ill-discipline cost them. MORE »

Monday, June 10, 2013

Second string Wales beat Japan in scorching heat of Osaka

Wales, perhaps most affected by the Lions tour to Australia, took on Japan in boiling temparatures in Osaka on Saturday. They came away 22-18 winners with Dan Biggar kicking 14 points and Harry Robinson scoring a try in the second half. MORE »

Monday, June 10, 2013

Ireland take narrow win over USA in front of record crowd in Houston

Ireland scraped home against the USA in Texas at the weekend, coming away with a narrow 15-12 victory in a hard-fought game watched by a record 20 181 rugby fans. Ian Madigan kicked all the points for an Irish side without those touring with the British and Irish Lions. MORE »

Monday, June 10, 2013

Samoa outmuscle Scotland in opening game of Quad Series in Durban

Samoa claimed their first ever victory over a bruised and battered Scotland outfit, winning 27-17 as part of the Kings Park double header on Saturday. The game forms part of the quadrangular series, and was played directly before South Africa vs Italy. MORE »

Monday, June 10, 2013

The Springboks romp to convincing win over Italy in Durban

The Springboks scored five tries as they beat Italy 44-10 in Durban on Saturday. The visitors, coming off their best Six Nations campaign to date, had a poor first half in particular against the Boks, who fielded a slightly new look side with five new caps. MORE »

Sunday, June 09, 2013

HSBC Lions Weekly - Perth and Brisbane

The latest HSBC Lions Weekly reflects on the win over the Reds and looks at things from a Wallaby point of view as legends Nathan Sharpe and George Gregan share their thoughts on performances, regrets and mind games. MORE »

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Lions coach Warren Gatland dispels talk of spying allegations

Two weeks before the first Test, British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has denied that there were allegations of the Australian Rugby Union spying on his team. MORE »

Sunday, June 09, 2013

England too strong for Argentina in first Test in Salta

England scored four tries as they beat Argentina 32-3 in the first of their two Test series in Salta on Saturday. Three tries were scored in the first half, before debutant Billy Vunipola crossed in the final minute of the match. MORE »

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Lions fight off strong challenge from the Reds to claim third tour win

The British and Irish Lions faced their toughest challenge of the tour to date as the Queensland Reds threatened to upset the tourists in Brisbane on Saturday. The tempo changed in the second half however, and the Lions came away 22-12 winners. MORE »

Saturday, June 08, 2013

New Zealand come up trumps in hard-fought first Test against France

New Zealand and France met at Eden Park for the first time since the 2011 Rugby World Cup Final for the first of their clashes in three-Test series. France started well, but it was the All Blacks that came away 23-13 victors. MORE »

Friday, June 07, 2013

Buck Shelford previews the New Zealand vs France three-Test series

The Lions tour of Australia is naturally a key focus at the moment, but we shouldn't overlook another fascinating tour that kicks off tomorrow, as New Zealand host France in a three-Test series that is sure to deliver plenty of thrilling rugby. MORE »

Friday, June 07, 2013

Scotland's Ryan Grant called up to join the Lions in Australia

Cian Healy will play no further part in the British & Irish Lions tour of Australia after it was found that he has suffered significant ligament damage to his ankle. Gethin Jenkins has a calf strain, so Scotland's Ryan Grant will join the squad as cover. MORE »

Friday, June 07, 2013

Lions prop Cian Healy cleared of biting scrumhalf Brett Sheehan

Cian Healy has been cleared following a disciplinary hearing for an alleged bite on Force scrumhalf Brett Sheehan. It was a miserable night for Healy, as he had to be stretchered off after injuring his ankle. Below is a look at the incident, and the injury. MORE »

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Day One Highlights from the IRB Junior World Championship

The IRB Junior World Championship kicked off in France yesterday, with defending champions South Africa looking strong, and Argentina, England, Ireland, New Zealand and Wales all winning their games. We've got highlights from all six matches for you. MORE »

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

The British and Irish Lions power past the Western Force in Perth

Skipper Brian O'Driscoll scored twice as the British and Irish Lions beat a weakened Western Force outfit 69-17 in Perth earlier today. Leigh Halfpenny kicked eleven from eleven kicks as the tourists flexed their muscles in their first midweek game. MORE »

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Super Rugby Round 16 Tries Wrap Up

The Lions tour, finals up north and upcoming Test rugby are all taking up a lot of the focus at the moment, but here is a quick look at some of the tries that were scored in Round 16 of Super Rugby. MORE »

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Castres upset Toulon with first French Top 14 title victory in 20 years

Castres upset Heineken Cup champions Toulon with a 19-14 French Top 14 final victory at the Stade de France on Saturday. Toulon were unable to achieve the double, as Rory Kockott and Remi Tales took center stage with a try and two drop goals respectively. MORE »

Monday, June 03, 2013

Schalk Brits suspended for three weeks for striking Owen Farrell

After being cited for his punch on Owen Farrell at the weekend, Schalk Brits was suspended for three weeks by an International Rugby Board disciplinary panel. Saracens teammate Farrell has played down the incident. Here is another look at it. MORE »

Monday, June 03, 2013

Leicester's Jordan Crane smashes bystander into pool on stag do

Leicester Tigers assistant coach Richard Blaze is getting married, so he and a group of mates headed to Marbella in Spain for a stag weekend. MORE »

Monday, June 03, 2013

Will Greenwood gets a master class in Sevens from Alex Gray

World Cup winner Will Greenwood received a master class is Sevens Rugby from current England Sevens player Alex Gray in the lead up to the J.P. Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s Series. MORE »

Monday, June 03, 2013

HSBC Lions Weekly - Hong Kong

The Lions had a good win against the Barbarians in Hong Kong, and a busy week leading up to it. The first of the HSBC Lions Weekly segments takes us behind the scenes, including an interview with Brian O'Driscoll, and post match feedback from two legends. MORE »

Saturday, June 01, 2013

British and Irish Lions start strong with convincing win over the Barbarians

Mike Phillips and Alex Cuthbert scored twice as the Lions got their 2013 tour off to a strong start, beating the Barbarians 59-8 in hot and humid Hong Kong earlier today. They scored eight tries in total as a star studded Barbarians outfit failed to fire. cellar MORE »

 
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