Saturday, April 04, 2015

Get Excited For The Rugby World Cup, Less Than Six Months To Go

On the 18th of September England will take on Fiji at Twickenham to end the four year wait since the last Rugby World Cup. Much has changed since then, not least the players for whom the immense challenge lies ahead. A look back at 2011 plus a look ahead to this year's tournament is sure to get your pulse racing. MORE »

Friday, April 03, 2015

Friday Funnies - Ladies and Gentleman, this is Kung Fu Rugby

We've seen a lot of strange things on Rugbydump, but this has to be up there with the strangest. The Hong Kong Sevens featured the first ever game of Kung-Fu rugby… yes you read that correctly, Kung-Fu rugby. MORE »

How Valuable is Manu Tuilagi To England's World Cup Ambitions?

Having been ruled out of the rest of the Aviva Premiership season for Leicester Tigers due to an ongoing groin injury, the powerful centre hasn't played a competitive game of rugby since October 2014 and hasn't played for England since June. Although expected to be fit for England's world cup warm-ups, with the international centre position's so hotly contested, will Stuart Lancaster still want Tuilagi? MORE »

Julian Savea and Eben Etsebeth slap one another while smiling

The Hurricanes got the better of the Stormers in their Super Rugby round 8 match in Wellington earlier today. Despite a one sided first half, the Stormers came back in the second, but couldn't quite get the win, going down 25-20. It was a hard-fought game, at times physically intense, as can be seen here when Julian Savea and Eben Etsebeth came to grips, and played a game of slapsies, smiles and all. MORE »

Thursday, April 02, 2015

WIN a copy of Brian O'Driscoll's Autobiography, The Test

We're giving away no less than five copies of Brian O'Driscoll's The Test autobiography which came out in paperback today. MORE »

Seven Brilliant Tries from the 2015 Hong Kong Sevens

The Hong Kong Sevens proved to be a brilliant showcase of rugby with the eventual winners Fiji running out as deserving champions beating New Zealand 33-19, overcoming their heartbreak of a semi-final loss to England last year. MORE »

Ulster's Nick Williams suspended for 8 weeks for striking Rhys Patchell

Ulster number eight Nick Williams has been banned for 8 weeks following the incident that took place in the Guinness PRO12 match between Ulster and Cardiff Blues at the weekend. Patchell was knocked out as a result, so a citing and hearing followed, with all details below. MORE »

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Midweek Madness - Player throws second ball into ruck to halt promising attack

In the TOP14 match between Bordeaux Begles and LA Rochelle at the weekend, a blatant piece of cheating (or a brilliant piece depending on which way you look at it) occurred when La Rochelle lock Leandro Cedaro used a second ball to stop a Bordeaux attack in its tracks. MORE »

Francois Steyn banned for 5 weeks after rescinded red card is overturned

In a particularly brutal and controversy filled Super Rugby clash between the Sharks and the Chiefs, Francois Steyn was red-carded for an illegal tackle on fly-half Aaron Cruden. The rulings that followed have been quite puzzling to say the least. MORE »

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Top 5 Aviva Premiership Tries plus Highlights Wrap - Round 18

The Aviva Premiership was back in action as Six Nations players returned, and there was plenty to talk about. View our highlights wrap on page two of this post, which includes some controversy and a record crowd at Wembley. Above, the Try of the Week contenders. MORE »

The Shortball highlights wrap from Round 7 of Super Rugby

Round 7 of Super Rugby brought with it slightly less than Round 6, which means there weren't three red cards in one half of action, for one. All in all there were more great tries scored, another big upset, and some brutal tackles. Oh, and one of the worst (best?) Falcons you're likely to see. MORE »

Monday, March 30, 2015

Nick Williams cited for dangerous challenge that sent Rhys Patchell to hospital

Ulster number eight Nick Williams has been cited for striking Cardiff Blues back Rhys Patchell during their Guinness Pro12 match in Belfast on Friday. Williams was yellow carded, but many have been angered by the incident, feeling it should have been red. MORE »

George North knocked out again as Nathan Hughes gets red card for knee

Northampton Saints winger George North received another blow to the head that has resulted in concussion and more concern about his long term playing career. The incident happened as he scored in Saints' 52-30 victory over Wasps on Friday. MORE »

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Fiji power to Hong Kong Sevens title while Russia qualify as core team

Fiji cruised to Hong Kong Sevens victory as they beat defending champions New Zealand 33-19 in the Cup Final. They beat overall series leaders South Africa in the Semi Final. Also, Russia have now qualified as a core team for the 2015/2016 season. MORE »

Friday, March 27, 2015

Another Leigh Halfpenny concussion prompts questions about tackling technique

Leigh Halfpenny was removed from the field of play on Saturday having taken a serious blow to the side of his head when tackling Italy's big Samuela Vunisa. It's not the first time this has happened, prompting some questions about technique. MORE »