Thursday, February 11, 2016

Rugby Tactics: Analysis of England's poor exit strategy tactics against Scotland

This week our Rugby Tactics series is looking at England’s use of Exit Strategies in their opening Six Nations game against Scotland, how their poor execution leads to Scotland scoring points, and how when they get it right everything works in their favour. MORE »

Paul O'Connell Retirement Tributes from the British & Irish Lions

This week's announcement of Paul O'Connell's retirement from all forms of the game has led to a number of tributes being shared. The Munster and Ireland lock is generally considered one of the best, and most inspirational, to play the game, so the plaudits have been plentiful. MORE »

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Midweek Madness - Nicole Beck comes out of nowhere to humiliate Irish Women's 7s player

This seems to be happening over and over again, and yet players keep making the mistake of.. well, you'll see in the video. Poor Amee Leigh Murphy Crowe. MORE »

Seven Sensational Tries from the inaugural Sydney Sevens

The World Sevens Series was full of action again in Sydney this past weekend, with all teams coming to the party as the standard continues to rise ahead of Sevens' return to the Olympics later this year. Here is a look at some of the brilliant tries that were scored. MORE »

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Ken Pisi blindsides Tito Tebaldi with brutal crunching tackle

Samoa's Pisi family made history at the Rugby World Cup when three brothers took to the field at the same time, and while George probably has the reputation as the hardest hitter of all, brother Ken has shown that he too can be lethal on defence. MORE »

Chris Ashton reflects on his controversial 10-week ban for gouging

Last week Chris Ashton was banned for 10 weeks following an incident that involved him pulling Ulster back Luke Marshall down by the face, and in the process making contact with his eyes. Ashton appealed, but had it rejected, meaning he will miss the entire Six Nations. MORE »

Monday, February 08, 2016

New Zealand snatch 7s victory with 8 men on the field

One of the biggest talking points of the Sydney 7s weekend was New Zealand snatching a draw at the death against hosts Australia, but with an extra man on the field. World Rugby are reportedly investigating the embarassing incident. MORE »

Carlin Isles unhappy after being caught and hit hard by Augustine Pulu

He might be the quickest rugby player on the planet, but Carlin Isles is not immune from being tackled, and nuggety All Black Augustine Pulu showed us exactly how it can be done at the Sydney Sevens this past weekend. MORE »

Ireland and Wales open Six Nations campaigns with a frustrating draw

Ireland and Wales played out a 16-16 draw on Sunday, the first between the two sides in Dublin since 1974. As a result, neither side will be able to compete for a Grand Slam or Triple Crown, but both still have realistic chances of going for the overall title. MORE »

Sunday, February 07, 2016

England maintain Calcutta Cup winning streak with victory over Scotland

Scotland were unable to continue their Rugby World Cup form as they were beaten 15-9 by England at Murrayfield. It was England's seventh win in a row against Scotland. An early try by George Kruis, and a second half score by Jack Nowell put the game out of reach. MORE »

France hang on to beat Italy in entertaining Six Nations opener

Italy came close to springing the first upset of the tournament when they were narrowly beaten 23-21 in the opening match of the 2016 Six Nations. A late attempt at a dropgoal from number eight Sergio Parisse went wide, and France hung on for victory in an entertaining clash. MORE »

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Toulouse turn on the flair ahead of 6 Nations opener

New French head coach Guy Novès pulled few surprises on Thursday as he named his first matchday squad ahead of the 6 Nations opener against Italy on Saturday. MORE »

Lock Tom Savage's huge hit on opposite number Dom Barrow

The Leicester Tigers beat Gloucester 19-18 away at Kingsholm on Saturday, but this passage of play will be one that the home crowd will have enjoyed in particular, despite it being all about defence. MORE »

The Greatest Opening Six Nations Matches Ever

The Six Nations is almost here, so the wait for Northern Hemisphere's elite to put World Cup disappointment behind them is about to be extinguished as they aim for an explosive start to 2016. Here is a look at seven great opening matches. MORE »

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Midweek Madness - Bath's forward pack take on a Formula 1 car

Red Bull Racing and F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo have taken on Bath's forwards in the ultimate scrum session, with the force of eight hundred horses up against eight mere mortals. With 900kg of muscle on home turf at Farleigh House, Bath were up for the challenge. MORE »