Tuesday, December 20, 2016

David Pocock dominant in second match for Panasonic Wild Knights

As David Pocock sets his sights on a sabbatacal from competitive Rugby, he hasn't let the idea of time away slow him down as he's taken on his new role with the Panasonic Wild Knights in Japan. MORE »

Monday, December 19, 2016

Connacht snatch win over Wasps after new law directive calamity

Naulia Dawai’s last-minute try secured a dramatic 20-18 victory for Connacht over Wasps in Galway on Saturday, but the circumstances that led to it have caused controversy over new World Rugby directives. MORE »

Friday, December 16, 2016

Player banned after filthy off the ball tackle on female referee

Without a doubt, one of the uglier incidents we've seen on a rugby field occurred recently in an Italian Serie A match between Valsugana Padova and Rugby Vicenza. A Vicenza player has been banned for 36 months for this dangerous, blind-side tackle on a female referee. MORE »

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

World Rugby announce zero tolerance approach to contact with the head

World Rugby have today announced that as of 3 January 2017, they will be adopting a tougher approach towards players making contact with the head. The new guidelines will fall into two clear categories, one being reckless, and the other being accidental. MORE »

The Best Tries from the 2016 end of year Autumn Internationals

As one hemisphere wraps things up for the year, the other is still very much in full flight. As we look toward an amazing 2017, here is a look back at a drama-filled Autumn series between the two that provided plenty of big hits, a couple of shocking upsets MORE »

Monday, December 12, 2016

Edinburgh's Burleigh sent off amid Papé playacting

Edinburgh overcame a 17 point half-time deficit to beat Stade Français 28-23 at Murrayfield on Saturday to maintain their unbeaten start to the European Challenge Cup, despite losing Phil Burleigh to a controversial red card. MORE »

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Dylan Hartley facing another large ban after knocking out Sean O'Brien

Dylan Hartley faces yet another disciplinary sanction following his latest red card, for knocking out Leinster's Sean O'Brien with a swinging arm. Hartley could see himself banned for a large portion of the Six Nations, and might put his Lions tour in jeopardy. MORE »

Friday, December 09, 2016

Three big bumps in latest edition of Smashed Em Bro!

Smashed em Bro in New Zealand have put together three big bumps from the last week in rugby, featuring two from the Dubai 7s and one from England's win over Australia at Twickenham. MORE »

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Warren Gatland confirms British & Irish Lions coaching team for New Zealand tour

Rob Howley, Steve Borthwick and Andy Farrell were today announced as part of Warren Gatland's British and Irish Lions coaching team that will take on the All Blacks in New Zealand in 2017. The Lions will play ten fixtures in total, and three Tests. MORE »

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Sensational tries and funniest bits from the 2016 Dubai 7s

The 2016-2017 season of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series got underway in Dubai over the weekend and produced some breathless tries. Popular commentator and funny man Sean Maloney was also on hand for World Rugby's new "Commentator's Cut" segment. MORE »

Five outstanding tries from week 13 of the Top 14

Throughout the end-of-year tests there has been the odd smattering of club rugby, with a handful of Anglo-Welsh, Aviva Premiership and PRO12 fixtures taking place. One permanent presence of course has been the Top 14. MORE »

Monday, December 05, 2016

South Africa plough through New Zealand and Fiji to win 2016 Dubai 7s

South African rugby fans finally got something to cheer about after the Blitzboks first thumped New Zealand in the quarter finals then Wales in the semis, then took care of Olympic Gold medalists Fiji with a 26-14 victory in the Dubai 7s Cup Final. MORE »

George North free to play after sickening landing worries fans

George North's rugby future appeared to have taken another blow this weekend as he landed heavily after a challenge for a high ball against Leicester Tigers. It is yet another in a worrying string of knocks that the young Northampton Saints winger has suffered. MORE »

Extended highlights of England's fourth victory over the Wallabies this year

England completed a perfect year with a 37-21 victory over the Wallabies at Twickenham, taking them to 14 wins from 14 matches, equalling their record for successive victories. England now take a break ahead of a Six Nations opener against France on 4 February, also at home. MORE »

Friday, December 02, 2016

England and Australia set to close out the Test season on a high

England face Australia on Saturday with both nations aiming to finish on a high in what will be their final match this year. England have had to make two forced changes, whereas Michael Cheika has made four changes to the Wallabies side that lost to Ireland last weekend. MORE »