Monday, December 07, 2015

Sublime Fiji skills light up Dubai 7s on the way to another title

The HSBC World Sevens Series kicked off in spectacular fashion in Dubai at the weekend, with Fiji securing the first triumph of the new season with a 28-17 victory over England in the final. MORE »

Johann Sadie scores great try as Agen get pounded by Toulon on Ma'a Nonu debut

Ma'a Nonu made his Toulon debut this past weekend as the powerhouse European outfit scored eight tries to beat Agen 53-16 at Stade Felix Mayol. The visitors scored arguably the try of the match though, so here's a look at that, plus a highlights wrap. MORE »

Friday, December 04, 2015

Friday Funnies - Fake Lineout Dummy Goes Horribly Wrong

Not too long ago in the ITM Cup in New Zealand, a nice clearing box kick from North Harbour earned them a good gain in territory, before a young Southland winger decided her would fake to take a quick lineout throw... MORE »

Thursday, December 03, 2015

A look at the USA's preparations for the new Sevens Series

The HSBC Sevens World Series gets underway this weekend in Dubai, and with the USA looking to add to their one win last season, here's a look at their preparations for the Road to Rio with interviews with speedster Carlin Isles and coach Mike Friday. MORE »

Heyneke Meyer steps down as Springbok coach following disappointing 2015

Heyneke Meyer has stepped down as coach of the Springboks, advising the South African Rugby Union that he longer wishes to be considered as a Head Coach candidate going forward. Meyer led the Springboks to a third place showing at RWC 2015. MORE »

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Midweek Madness - Referee warms up with imaginary players

We've all heard of method acting (becoming the character), but it's safe to assume that you've probably never seen a referee prepare like this before! It happened in Stradbrook, Dublin before a match between Blackrock College RFC and Belfast Harlequins in the All Ireland League (AIL). MORE »

Tim Visser scores bizarre corner flag try in Harlequins' defeat

The weekend's Aviva Premiership action saw Exeter Chiefs narrowly defeat Harlequins 26-25 at Sandy Park, but it was the visitors who attracted the most attention in the game, courtesy of a bizarre try from Tim Visser. MORE »

Elvis Taione sends Nick Evans flying before receiving yellow card

Elvis Taione had a mixed game for Exeter Chiefs against Harlequins recently, bumping Nick Evans to the ground before receiving a yellow card for a dangerous no-arms tackle. MORE »

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Schalk Brits brilliant stepping sets up Chris Ashton try for Saracens

Chris Ashton scored twice as Premiership champions Saracens thumped Worcester Warriors 48-18 in the London Double Header at Twickenham on Saturday. Sarries scored six tries, but this one stood out due to the outstanding footwork from hooker Schalk Brits. MORE »

Nick Williams huge double fend slams Leinster's Rhys Ruddock to the floor

Leinster beat Ulster 8-3 on Friday night in Dublin, but one of the highlights of the low-scoring match was this huge double fend by former junior All Black, Nick Williams. Ireland flanker Rhys Ruddock was dominated in the collision twice, demonstrating the power of the man. MORE »

Monday, November 30, 2015

Women's Sevens player runs 80m to score then commits the ultimate sin

When a Sevens rugby player ran 80m to score a fantastic try at a tournament in Poland recently, it looked as though we'd be hailing her for her excellent acceleration, balance and eye for the tryline. Instead, Kasia Stasiecka took all the plaudits, as she came out of nowhere to ruin the party. MORE »

Eric Rush's hilarious, heartfelt eulogy to friend and teammate Jonah Lomu

Eric Rush, former New Zealand Sevens legend, delivered an outstanding eulogy to Jonah Lomu today in what was the final public memorial for the late superstar. Rush, capped 9 times by the All Blacks, was there at the very beginning of Lomu's career, as he explained. MORE »

Emotional Hakas farewell Jonah Lomu at final public memorial

Thousands attended a memorial for Jonah Lomu in Auckland, with stars past and present paying tribute to the great man with a rousing Haka, led by All Black legend Buck Shelford, and including other New Zealand greats MORE »

Friday, November 27, 2015

Friday Funnies - Billy Vunipola defuses tensions by suggesting it's time for a Kit Kat

In nine years of writing on Rugbydump it's safe to say that the term Kit Kat has never ever been used in a post. But there's a first time for everything, and thanks to Billy Vunipola's sharp comment last weekend, we now know the best thing to do when things get a bit heated. MORE »

Thom Evans to make rugby return in Dubai 7s

Former Scotland winger Thom Evans will make a return to competitive rugby, five years after sustaining a life-threatening spinal injury while on international duty against Wales. MORE »