Sunday, October 04, 2015

South Africa go top of Pool B with comfortable win over Scotland

South Africa kept their World Cup campaign on track with a comfortable 34-16 win over Scotland at St James Park in Newcastle on Saturday. Flyhalf Handre Pollard scored 19 points with the boot, while tries were scored by Schalk Burger, JP Pietersen and Bryan Habana. MORE »

Japan claim second RWC 2015 scalp with convincing win over Samoa

Until this year's tournament, Japan had only ever won one match at the Rugby World Cup, way back in 1991 against Zimbabwe. Now they have two victories, and are on course for a possible third following another impressive display, this time against Samoa. MORE »

Saturday, October 03, 2015

New Zealand win comfortably after error strewn performance against Georgia

The All Blacks were far from their usual high standards but still managed to beat Georgia 43-10 at the Millennium Stadium. Julian Savea scored a hat-trick as New Zealand scored seven tries to guarantee their place in the quarter finals. MORE »

Friday, October 02, 2015

Friday Funnies - Dan Biggar's bizarre kicking ritual, the Biggar Shuffle

The role of goal kicker in any team is a mentally tough one, and throughout the years, many rituals or "ticks" have been used to prepare a player for a kick. Last Saturday saw the dawn of another bizarre pre-kick routine, from Wales' stand-off Dan Biggar. MORE »

WIN a copy of newly launched Rugby Nations 16 mobile rugby game

Rugby Nations 16, the next in a line of top quality mobile rugby games, has recently been launched. Rugbydump has a bit of a presence in the game (see pics below!) and today we're giving away 10 copies for iOS users MORE »

France win comfortably despite Canada scoring some great tries at Stadium MK

Frederic Michalak was in sublime form as France dismantled Canada in a thoroughly entertaining game at Stadium MK. Canada played a fantastic brand of attacking rugby, but France's power showed and they came away with a 41-18 victory. MORE »

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Wales get job done with win over determined Fiji in Cardiff

Wales were made to work hard for a 23-13 Pool A victory over Fiji at the Millennium Stadium earlier today. The win came about thanks to tries by Gareth Davies and Scott Baldwin, plus two conversions and three penalties from flyhalf Dan Biggar. MORE »

Josh Strauss ready to face former teammates this Saturday

Scotland have named their starting lineup to take on the Springboks in the Pool B clash in Newcastle on Saturday. South African Josh Strauss, now qualified to play for Scotland, will start against his former countrymen, with Kiwi Blair Cowan and Zimbabwean born Dave Denton making up the loose trio. MORE »

Jamie Mackintosh elbow earns him red and a one week ban

Southland Stags prop Jamie Mackintosh was shown a straight red card in an ITM Cup match against Otago on Saturday. The burly prop was cited and has since pleaded guilty to contravening law 10.4(a) Punching or Striking, and has been banned for a week. MORE »

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Arizona Wildcat's pre-match Haka has angered rugby fans

As we all know, when one thinks of the Haka, we think of the All Blacks. In reality there are multiple 'Hakas' that take place around the country of New Zealand, and indeed the Pacific Islands too. It's part of their culture, but has now been used at a US college football match. MORE »

Nemani Nadolo banned for dangerous David Pocock clean out

Fiji's giant winger Nemani Nadolo has been banned for a week for an incident that occurred during their 28-13 loss to Australia in their second Pool A match. Asaeli Tikoirotuma has since been called up for the match against Wales in Cardiff. MORE »

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tonga experience and power too much for spirited Namibians

Tonga scored five tries to outplay a gutsy Namibian effort in today's Pool C match at Sandy Park. The 35-21 victory came about despite Jacques Burger led Namibia fighting back in the second half... MORE »

Five of the Best Tries so far at Rugby World Cup 2015

Rugby World Cup 2015 has already dished up its fair share of shocks and great plays, and as the second weekend came to a close, World Rugby has given us a chance to reflect on some of the best tries in the competition so far. MORE »

Monday, September 28, 2015

South Africa bounce back with convincing victory over Samoa in Birmingham

South Africa bounced back from their shocking defeat to Japan a week earlier to put in a much improved performance and beat Samoa by forty points. Winger JP Pietersen scored a hat-trick of tries as the Springboks lifted in all facets of the game, to win 46-6. MORE »

Canada come close to upsetting Italy in entertaining Pool D fixture

Italy hung on against an inspired Canada to claim a 23-18 victory and keep their outside chance of reaching the RWC quarter finals alive. Italy scored through Michele Rizzo and Gonzalo Garcia, with points from the boot coming from Tommaso Allan, but have a lot to work on ahead of Ireland next weekend. MORE »