Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Francois Steyn banned for 5 weeks after rescinded red card is overturned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

Julian Savea continues to draw comparisons to the great Jonah Lomu

For a powerful, fast, skilful and all round effective winger, look no further than Hurricanes and New Zealand star Julian Savea. Now an established Test player, the man-mountain is revelling on the world stage, having amassed a phenomenal 30 tries in only 30 tests. MORE »

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Shortball highlights wrap from Round 6 of Super Rugby

Fox Sports have put together another segment of the Shortball, that gives fans a round-up of all the Super Rugby highlights from this past weekend. It was an eventful week in the Southern Hemisphere, with 26 tries in total, some great hits and even a few red cards to boot. MORE »

Midweek Madness - Nigel Owens puts Chris Robshaw in his place

Famed for his no-nonsense attitude to adjudication, referee Nigel Owens was evidently fed up with England captain Chris Robshaw's persistent attempts to influence his decisions during England's 55-35 win over France at Twickenham on Saturday. MORE »

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Bismarck du Plessis banned for a month for kicking Michael Leitch in the face

In what was a farcical first half in the rain of Durban, three players were red carded within twenty minutes as the Sharks and the Chiefs played out a tense Super Rugby round 6 contest. Arguably the worst of the three was this uncalled for kick to the face, that resulted in a month ban. MORE »

Three of the Best Tries from Round 6 of Super Rugby

Not to be outdone by the high scoring Six Nations, Round 6 of Super Rugby served up some excellent bits of play, including a few top tries. Here is Sky NZ's look at three of the best, including two Crusaders scorchers and a dramatic late winning try for the Lions in Melbourne. MORE »

WIN a signed and framed Chris Robshaw England rugby shirt

We've teamed up with BMW to give one lucky winner the chance to own a signed and framed England rugby shirt from England's captain, Chris Robshaw. Two runners up will each receive a rugby ball signed by members of the 2014 QBE Internationals England Squad. MORE »

Monday, March 23, 2015

Nick 'Honey Badger' Cummins makes a popular return to Super Rugby

Rugby fans across the world will be all to familiar with Nick 'The Honey Badger' Cummins, mostly due to his outstanding interviews coining such phrases as 'sweating like a gypsy with a mortgage' and 'going off like a bag of cats'. The good news is he's back. MORE »

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

France number ten Jules Plisson was left wondering who had allowed a runaway bull into Twickenham on Saturday, only to return from a world of pain to realise it was England second row Courtney Lawes who had thumped him to the ground. MORE »