Thursday, November 12, 2015

Recap and Press Conference after Stuart Lancaster steps away from coaching England

The RFU confirmed yesterday that Stuart Lancaster has stepped down from his role as England Head Coach. It was stated that the decision was made by mutual consent. This follows England's disappointing World Cup campaign, that saw them knocked out in the pool stages. MORE »

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Brendan McKibbin banned for 3 weeks after red card for stamping

London Irish scrumhalf Brendan McKibbin was suspended for three weeks for a nasty looking stamp on Bath's Henry Thomas during the fourth round of the Aviva Premiership. The 30-year-old Scotsman was sent off during the 45-14 loss to Bath. MORE »

Rugbydump Training: Bulking, Not Sulking

Size is important in modern day rugby for sure, but there is a tipping point to where that size becomes a hindrance rather than an asset. Where that tipping point is, relies on your position, style of play, age, training status, athletic ability and physical stature. MORE »

Asaeli Tikoirotuma's huge hit on Tom Homer in the Premiership

London Irish and Fiji flyer Asaeli Tikoirotuma made this crunching hit on Bath fullback Tom Homer during the Exiles' 45-14 loss in the Aviva Premiership at the weekend. MORE »

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Rugby Tactics: Strike Move Analysis looking at Japan, Australia and the Reds

Today we take a look a one of the most popular strike moves, or set plays, currently in use. We compare examples used most recently by Japan in the World Cup, but also see Australia and the Queensland Reds in action, giving us an idea of how the move can be done at all levels of the game. MORE »

David Halaifonua red carded for high swinging arm hit on Bradley Davies

Gloucester's David Halaifonua received a straight red card for this high and dangerous tackle during their 23-3 loss to Wasps in the Aviva Premiership at the weekend. It wasn't the only red card of the match... MORE »

Monday, November 09, 2015

Gael Fickou back on form with Toulouse hat-trick against Grenoble

He may have been regularly overlooked by now former French national coach Philippe Saint-André, but Toulouse's prolific centre Gaël Fickou is back to fine form as he looks to revitalise his international career. He picked up a nice hat-trick against Grenoble. MORE »

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Quade Cooper no-look kick ahead sets up try on Toulon debut

Quade Cooper had a quiet World Cup but took center stage again yesterday as he made his debut for powerhouse European outfit, Toulon. Cooper impressed with his usual tricks, which included setting up this lovely try with a neat no-look dab through. MORE »

Friday, November 06, 2015

Friday Funnies - Tryscoring Fail in Polish Club Rugby

We had to share this, as we've all been in this situation. You beat the last man and casually stride in for the try as if you don't have a worry in the world. Why would you? You've just created something special, but just as you are about to complete the memory by dotting the ball down... uh oh. MORE »

Dan Carter converts final kick of Test career with his wrong foot

Dan Carter has kicked his final kick in Test rugby, and it was with the wrong foot. The leading points scorer in the history of the game bid farewell to international rugby with another stunning performance in the World Cup Final, ending his career on a high. MORE »

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Sam Burgess leaves Bath and Rugby Union to go back to League

Will he, won't he? We now know he will, and he has. With immediate effect. The Sam Burgess experiment is over. Burgess has left Bath and is heading home to his beloved South Sydney Rabbitohs, to continue playing Rugby League in the NRL, with two of his three brothers. MORE »

George Ford questions referee decision only to get a sarcastic response

When Bath flyhalf George Ford questioned Matt Carley's decision, the referee hit back with an extremely sarcastic response. Yes, it came across as a bit harsh, and the awkward stare down that ensued felt like it lasted for minutes.. MORE »

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

World Rugby Awards recap to honour Dan Carter, Japan, the Best Try and more

The World Rugby Awards took place on Sunday evening following a thrilling culmination to the 2015 Rugby World Cup. New Zealand scooped a lot of the big awards, while Wallabies coach Michael Cheika claimed Coach of the Year, and Japan were selected as having scored the best try of the tournament. Here we look at all the awards. MORE »

Monday, November 02, 2015

Nick Abendanon says England players not backing overseas selection policy is 'pathetic'

England became the first ever host nation to drop out of their own Rugby World Cup before reaching the knockout stages, prompting many fans and media to partly pin the blame on the fact that the RFU still maintains that they will not pick players based outside of England. Nick Abendanon disagrees. MORE »

Sonny Bill Williams gives World Cup winners medal away to young fan, but gets given another one

Having won the Rugby World Cup for a second time in succession, midfield star Sonny Bill Williams did something that those watching on could hardly believe. After a young fan took to the field and was tackled by security, SBW then escorted him off, and gave him his winners medal. MORE »