Monday, February 15, 2016

Jonathan Joseph picks up second half hat-trick as England thump Italy

Jonathan Joseph scored a hat-trick of tries as England put in a strong second half display to thump Italy 40-9 in Rome on Sunday. England now top the overall Six Nations table, tied with France but ahead due to points difference. MORE »

Wales overcome Scottish challenge in entertaining Cardiff clash

Wales beat Scotland 27-23 in what was arguably the Six Nations match of the weekend, with both sides scoring some excellent tries to entertain the packed house at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Wales' winning record against Scotland extends to 2007. MORE »

France edge Ireland in scrappy Six Nations round two match in Paris

France scored a second half try to claim a 10-9 victory and their first win over Ireland in five years when they came out on top in Paris on Saturday. The only try of the match was scored by Maxime Medard with ten minutes remaining at the Stade de France. MORE »

Friday, February 12, 2016

5 Classic Six Nations Championship Ties

Ireland and Wales' 16-16 draw at the weekend was not the first time two Six Nations sides have cancelled each other out. Although draws in rugby are rare, there has been five other such games in the Championship where teams have shared the spoils. MORE »

Yellow Carded player winds up fans, soon becomes Red Carded player

Lille player Antoine Pierre recently found out that if you get yellow carded and then choose to wind up the away crowd by playing the fool and dancing on the sidelines, it generally won't go down very well. MORE »

Wayne Barnes ends up on the floor yet again after player takes him down

Obviously the temptation was too much for Worcestor number eight Gerrit-Jan van Velze, as he pulled referee Wayne Barnes into the ruck in a recent Premiership match. Barnes was looking at Bryce Heem to make sure he pinged the correct player, but was suddenly on his backside. MORE »

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 »