Monday, October 16, 2017

RUGBYDUMP WEEKLY: English struggle in Europe

This week Shay looks at the performances by English clubs in the opening round of the European Rugby Champions Cup. It was a poor start for most, with two wins against European teams, none of which were away from home. MORE »

Friday, October 13, 2017

Raised elbow from Juan Pablo Socino leads to suspension

Newcastle Falcons centre Juan Pablo Socino has been suspended for two weeks after a RFU disciplinary panel found him guilty of striking the head of Exeter Chiefs centre Ian Whitton. It brings into question the fine line between fending with the forearm and the elbow. MORE »

Gloucester comeback shut down as crosskick goes horribly wrong

Former All Black Colin Slade scored 15 points as Pau saw off Gloucester 27-21 in the European Challenge Cup opening round on Thursday night. Gloucester made a late charge for a comeback, but were clinically shut down due to the intervention of winger Frank Halai. MORE »

Thursday, October 12, 2017

You really don't want to run into Asafo Aumua and Vaea Fifita

Dynamic Asafo Aumua played a significant part in swinging momentum the way of Wellington in a second half that saw him scoring twice in a 36-18 win over Northland earlier today. And it all started with this punishing double tackle by himself and new All Black, Vaea Fifita. MORE »

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Christian Lealiifano opens up on leukaemia and playing at Ulster

Former Brumbies and Wallabies star Christian Lealiifano is plying his trade with Ulster in the Guinness PRO 14 after an incredible return from illness. Here he opens up to BT Sport's Sarra Elgan about his emotional return to the rugby field, after recovering from leukaemia. MORE »

5 Times Sportsmanship Prevailed after Brutal Hits

Recently, Wasps back-rower Nathan Hughes was commended for his display of sportsmanship after Exeter's Sam Simmonds was injured during the Chief's 31-17 victory. It reminded fans of the human side to rugby and that player welfare transcends the sport. MORE »

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Barbarians launch their first ever Women's Team

The Barbarians today announced the launch of their women's team that will take the field for the first time this season. The famous invitation club founded in 1890 becomes twice as exciting when the women's side makes its debut against Munster next month. MORE »

Marika Koroibete knocks out Tomas Lezana with brutal tackle

In what was a slightly alarming moment for the Pumas, Tomas Lezana was on the unfortunate receiving end of a bruising hit from Australian winger Marika Koroibete. The shot left the number 8 sprawled unconscious on the turf. MORE »

RUGBYDUMP WEEKLY: Are Gloucester getting back on track?

Rugbydump Weekly is a new series of features written by former England Rugby reporter and performance analyst Shay Waterworth. This week he looks at the see-sawing form and internal structure of Gloucester rugby club. MORE »

Monday, October 09, 2017

Damian de Allende apologises but should not have been sent off

Springbok replacement centre Damian de Allende has been issued a warning after the controversial red card that he was shown in the closing stages of the Springbok vs All Blacks thriller on Saturday. It was effectively ruled that the red card was incorrect. MORE »

Hodge not satisfied despite huge contribution to Wallabies win in Mendoza

The Wallabies leapfrogged South Africa to finish in second place overall in this year's Rugby Championship after a 37-20 victory over Argentina on Saturday. Scores were tied with twenty minutes left, but a strong finish and a late try sealed the win. MORE »

Rieko Ioane calls Springboks and All Blacks classic toughest Test he's played

Winger Rieko Ioane has said that Saturday's epic 25-24 Test win over South Africa in Cape Town was the toughest he's played so far in his young career. Ioane, who had a try disallowed in the first half, scored a crucial intercept try in the second. MORE »

Friday, October 06, 2017

Taranaki claim Ranfurly Shield with sensational comeback against Canterbury

Taranaki came back from trailing 31-7 to win a thrilling clash with Canterbury 55-43 in Christchurch on Friday. With the win, Taranaki claimed the Ranfurly Shield, putting to an end Canterbury's 13-month custody of the traditional Log o' Wood. MORE »

Stunning pass overshadowed by Augustine Pulu red card for brutal hit

Counties Manukau halfback Augustine Pulu was sent off on Thursday with just five minutes left in their Mitre 10 Cup contest with Manawatu. The former All Black was given his marching orders by referee Glen Jackson after he flew in with a high swinging arm on Jade Te Rure. MORE »

Thursday, October 05, 2017

All Blacks team named ahead of rematch with hungry Springboks

The New Zealand team has been named to take on South Africa in Cape Town this Saturday, with the five All Blacks who arrived early all having been named in the matchday 23. The visitors will be looking to maintain the same kind of form that saw them win 57-0 in Albany. MORE »