Thursday, April 09, 2015

Throwback Thursday - Rupeni Caucaunibuca hat-trick vs the Crusaders in 2004

Back in 2004 Rupeni Caucaunibuca was regarded by some as being the greatest attacking rugby player in the world. An opinion that is hard to disagree with upon evidence of this blast from the past clip of his hatrick against the Crusaders back in February 2004. MORE »

The Fearless Warrior of Irish mythology, Paul O'Connell

Paul O'Connell was named the Six Nations player of the tournament recently, receiving over 26% of the public vote. This cements his place as one of the very best players in the game right now, and although we posted about him recently, this video is better. MORE »

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The Shortball highlights wrap from Round 8 of Super Rugby

The Fox Sports Shortball highlights from Round 8 of Super Rugby are as exciting as ever, including a Beauden Barrett wonder try, more players seeing red, and some monster hits along the way. MORE »

Could Matt Giteau hold the key to Australian World Cup success?

Sometimes it takes a sea change to reinvigorate yourself. Toulon playmaker Matt Giteau knows this more than most. Giteau was in Australia recently following injury, but has since returned to France, playing for Toulon in their Champions Cup Quarter Final against Wasps. MORE »

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Marcelo Bosch last gasp Quarter Final penalty sinks Racing Metro

Saracens defeated Racing Metro 12-11 in the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup this weekend, but only found victory with the final kick of the match. MORE »

Monday, April 06, 2015

England beat South Africa to win the 2015 Tokyo Sevens

England beat the current series leaders, South Africa, 21-14 in the final of the Tokyo Sevens, round seven of the HSBC World Sevens Series. Check out all the highlights from Day 2 of the competition, including Canada's first ever sevens victory over New Zealand. England beat the current series leaders, South Africa, 21-14 in the final of the Tokyo Sevens, round seven of the HSBC World Sevens Series. Check out all the highlights from Day 2 of the competition, including Canada's first ever sevens victory over New Zealand. MORE »

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Get Excited For The Rugby World Cup, Less Than Six Months To Go

On the 18th of September England will take on Fiji at Twickenham to end the four year wait since the last Rugby World Cup. Much has changed since then, not least the players for whom the immense challenge lies ahead. A look back at 2011 plus a look ahead to this year's tournament is sure to get your pulse racing. MORE »

Friday, April 03, 2015

Friday Funnies - Ladies and Gentleman, this is Kung Fu Rugby

We've seen a lot of strange things on Rugbydump, but this has to be up there with the strangest. The Hong Kong Sevens featured the first ever game of Kung-Fu rugby… yes you read that correctly, Kung-Fu rugby. MORE »

How Valuable is Manu Tuilagi To England's World Cup Ambitions?

Having been ruled out of the rest of the Aviva Premiership season for Leicester Tigers due to an ongoing groin injury, the powerful centre hasn't played a competitive game of rugby since October 2014 and hasn't played for England since June. Although expected to be fit for England's world cup warm-ups, with the international centre position's so hotly contested, will Stuart Lancaster still want Tuilagi? MORE »

Julian Savea and Eben Etsebeth slap one another while smiling

The Hurricanes got the better of the Stormers in their Super Rugby round 8 match in Wellington earlier today. Despite a one sided first half, the Stormers came back in the second, but couldn't quite get the win, going down 25-20. It was a hard-fought game, at times physically intense, as can be seen here when Julian Savea and Eben Etsebeth came to grips, and played a game of slapsies, smiles and all. MORE »

Thursday, April 02, 2015

WIN a copy of Brian O'Driscoll's Autobiography, The Test

We're giving away no less than five copies of Brian O'Driscoll's The Test autobiography which came out in paperback today. MORE »

Seven Brilliant Tries from the 2015 Hong Kong Sevens

The Hong Kong Sevens proved to be a brilliant showcase of rugby with the eventual winners Fiji running out as deserving champions beating New Zealand 33-19, overcoming their heartbreak of a semi-final loss to England last year. MORE »

Ulster's Nick Williams suspended for 8 weeks for striking Rhys Patchell

Ulster number eight Nick Williams has been banned for 8 weeks following the incident that took place in the Guinness PRO12 match between Ulster and Cardiff Blues at the weekend. Patchell was knocked out as a result, so a citing and hearing followed, with all details below. MORE »

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Midweek Madness - Player throws second ball into ruck to halt promising attack

In the TOP14 match between Bordeaux Begles and LA Rochelle at the weekend, a blatant piece of cheating (or a brilliant piece depending on which way you look at it) occurred when La Rochelle lock Leandro Cedaro used a second ball to stop a Bordeaux attack in its tracks. MORE »

Francois Steyn banned for 5 weeks after rescinded red card is overturned

In a particularly brutal and controversy filled Super Rugby clash between the Sharks and the Chiefs, Francois Steyn was red-carded for an illegal tackle on fly-half Aaron Cruden. The rulings that followed have been quite puzzling to say the least. MORE »