Monday, June 19, 2017

LIONS WATCH: Ben Te’o the unlikely hero

Ireland and Munster flanker Peter O’Mahony was voted man of the match by the Sky Sports poll for the win against the Maori All Blacks on Saturday, however England’s Ben Te’o also deserves credit for his direct running and strong carries at inside centre. MORE »

Sunday, June 18, 2017

British and Irish Lions bounce back against Maori All Blacks

The British and Irish Lions bounced back from defeat to the Highlanders by putting in a strong performance for a 32-10 win over the Maori All Blacks a week out from the first Test. A penalty try and Maro Itoje score helped them to the win. MORE »

Scotland upset Australia in tight encounter in Sydney

Scotland pulled off a 24-19 victory to beat the Wallabies in Sydney on Saturday. Each side scored three tries but Scotland came out on top after missing out by just one point in their previous two meetings. It is new coach Gregor Townsend's second win, after beating Italy last week. MORE »

All Blacks looking white hot as they demolish Samoa in rout

New Zealand ran in twelve sensational tries as they demolished Samoa 78-0 in Auckland on Friday, laying down a marker to the challenging British and Irish Lions ahead of the first Test. Despite some errors and Samoa looking good at times, it was the second biggest win over them ever. MORE »

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Highlanders inflict second tour defeat for British and Irish Lions in Dunedin

The British and Irish Lions slipped to their second defeat in four matches after a late penalty from Marty Banks secured a narrow 23-22 victory in Dunedin. MORE »

Sunday, June 11, 2017

LIONS WATCH: Conor Murray in driving spot for No 9 shirt

Owen Farrell was voted man of the match by the Sky Sports poll after his flawless kicking display against the Crusaders on Saturday, but his half back partner, Conor Murray deserves recognition for his all-round performance. MORE »

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Ma'a Nonu's huge work rate and punishing charge in Top 14 final

Despite being on the losing side, Toulon centre Ma'a Nonu played fantastic rugby as he slid in and out of the defence to make several line breaks. He also secured a key interception and made a punishing charge at Clermont lock Arthur Iturria. MORE »

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

British and Irish Lions outclassed as silky Blues inflict first tour defeat

After a sluggish start to their tour in New Zealand, only narrowly beating the underdog New Zealand Provincial Barbarians on Saturday, the British and Irish Lions slumped to their first defeat as they were undone by the Auckland Blues at Eden Park. MORE »

Monday, June 05, 2017

Fijian players show remarkable respect for French President prior to Top 14 final

Clermont Auvergne secured their first Top 14 title since 2010 after beating Toulon 22-16 in Paris. It was an incredibly tense encounter throughout, but one moment prior to kick-off showed the more human side of professional rugby. MORE »

Clermont get the better of Toulon in epic French Top 14 final

Clermont held their nerve to beat Toulon 22-16 in the Top 14 final in Paris on Sunday night. Morgan Parra was outstanding with the boot, and also picked up a courageous and crucial ruck turnover late in the match. MORE »

Sunday, June 04, 2017

LIONS WATCH: Kyle Sinckler impresses despite disappointing tour opener

The Lions made a stuttering start to their tour of New Zealand with a 13-7 victory against a Provincial Barbarians side largely made up from players competing for Super Rugby contracts. But one player who deserves more praise for his performance is Lions tight head prop Kyle Sinckler. MORE »

Friday, June 02, 2017

British and Irish Lions must prepare for All Blacks aerial threat

It's business time as the Lions are in New Zealand ahead of their first match against the NZ Provincial Barbarians on Saturday, but one area the wingers may need to work on throughout the midweek matches is defending cross field kicks. MORE »

Tom Wood banned for 6 weeks after pleading guilty to head stamp

Northampton flanker Tom Wood has been handed a 6-week suspension for a head stamping incident that left Stade Francais fullback Djibril Camara dazed and bloodied. The incident also provided some extra drama as Wood took exception to Camara's reaction. MORE »

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Top 5 Best Tries from day one of the World Rugby U20 Championship

Day one of the World Rugby U20 Championship got off to a thrilling start in Georgia on Wednesday, with the world's top 12 junior teams putting on a show in both Tbilisi and Kutaisi. View some of the best tries from day one MORE »

New Zealand Provincial Barbarians and British and Irish Lions teams named

The British and Irish Lions' tour of New Zealand kicks off on Saturday as they take on a fired up New Zealand Provincial Barbarians side that happens to feature coach Warren Gatland's son. Both teams have now been picked, ahead of the clash in Whangarei. MORE »