Tuesday, October 31, 2017

South Africa named 'clear leader' to host 2023 Rugby World Cup

The Rugby World Cup Limited Board has unanimously recommended to the World Rugby Council the selection of South Africa as RWC 2023 host. The final vote will take place on 15 November in London, where the recommendation will be taken into account. MORE »

Monday, October 30, 2017

Wycliff Palu smashes Jordan Uelese as Australia edge the Barbarians

In typicial fashion, the Barbarians displayed their entertaining brand of rugby against the Wallabies over the weekend. There were several memorable moments from the match, perhaps none more so than the thunderous demolition of young hooker Jordan Uelese by former Wallaby number eight, Cliffy Palu. MORE »

Ash Splash returns as Chris Ashton darts in from 80m for Toulon

The Ash Splash returned as Toulon beat Brive 41-24 on Saturday, with former England winger Chris Ashton picking up a second half brace, including an impressive 80m long range effort. The win helped the three-time European champions Toulon move into third place in the Top 14. MORE »

Friday, October 27, 2017

Wellington promoted after high scoring final decided in extra time

Wellington won an eventful Mitre 10 Cup championship final 59-45 on Friday, earning promotion to the premiership for next season. Each side scored six tries apiece in regulation time, leaving the game tied up at 40-40 on full time. MORE »

Subtle kick pass creates lovely try for Oyonnax

Oyonnax were heavily beaten 38-13 by Brive in last weekend's European Challenge Cup Pool 5 clash, but this try caught the eye, as it featured a neat bit of play that you could easily miss if not watching closely. And after condeding four first half tries, it was welcome relief. MORE »

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Classic Cooper clips as Quade leads exciting Barbarians vs Wallabies

Playmaker Quade Cooper has been selected as captain of an exciting Barbarians team that will take on his former side when the Wallabies host the invitation team in Sydney on Saturday. Here is a quick look at some of his best bits of outrageous skill over the years. MORE »

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Dylan Hartley cleared to play after bizarre encounter with Rabah Slimani

Dylan Hartley has been cleared to play following a citing for a 'reckless act' that sore his flailing hand connect with the face of Clermont prop Rabah Slimani during a European Champions Cup match on Saturday. Northampton Saints have released a scathing statement on the citing. MORE »

Independent review finds Parra was fit to return from suspected concussion

While much of the attention from Clermont Auvergne's Champion Cup victory over Northampton rightly focused on Camille Lopez's horrific ankle injury, there has been just as much talk over the apparent concussion, and return to play of scrum-half Morgan Parra. MORE »

Midweek Madness: Andy Farrell's priceless reaction as SIRI interrupts Lions team meeting

The much anticipated 2017 British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand DVD, UNCOVERED, comes out soon and is no doubt filled with a number of gems from behind the scenes. Here is a previously unreleased clip, showing a team meeting that didn't quite go to plan for Andy Farrell. MORE »

RUGBYDUMP WEEKLY: Michael Cheika proving to be the real deal?

Following the Wallabies' impressive 23-18 win over the All Blacks in Brisbane at the weekend, Shay Waterworth looks at the progress of Michael Cheika after three years in charge as head coach. MORE »

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Ofa Tu'ungafasi hits that were felt around the world

The All Blacks lost to the Wallabies this past weekend, and in a game that was riddled with ridiculous physicality, the biggest of the hits was from replacement prop Ofa Tu'ungafasi. He has been included in the New Zealand squad for the November tour. MORE »

South Africa release powerful video in the fight to host Rugby World Cup 2023

South Africa has backed up their bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup with a rousing video showcasing the country and it's passion and love that exists for the sport. It's part of a lengthy process that sees them competing with France and Ireland for the tournament. MORE »

Monday, October 23, 2017

Former Parramatta Eels star Semi Radradra impresses for Toulon

Playing in only his third match for Top 14 powerhouse Toulon, recent League convert Semi Radradra had a match to remember, scoring on his first touch and then impressively fending off two defenders later in the match. MORE »

Camille Lopez out for roughly 5 months after awful ankle break

Flyhalf Camille Lopez will miss France's upcoming autumn internationals and Six Nations campaign after suffering a horrible ankle break during Clermont's 24-7 European Champions Cup win over Northampton Saints. WARNING: The injury can be seen in the video. MORE »

Three incredible talents nominated for Breakthrough Player of the Year 2017

World Rugby have announced their three nominees for the World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year 2017 award. The list includes a young All Black superstar, plus two others who if they are not already, will soon be household names. MORE »