Thursday, October 19, 2017

#ThrowbackThursday: Rupeni Caucau carving up Gloucester for Agen in 2007

Tonight Gloucester host Agen in round two of the European Challenge Cup, with the home side looking to bounce back from last week's defeat at Kingsholm. Back in 2007, they had the enigmatic Rupeni Caucau to contend with, as he carved them up in typical fashion. MORE »

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Suspension down under shows that recklessness will always be punished

Sydney Rays flanker Gareth Bautz has been suspended for three weeks following the red card he picked up during the NRC Round 7 match against the Canberra Vikings at the weekend. Bautz showed remorse immediately but will still sit out for the next few weeks. MORE »

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Russian side topple Stade Fran├žais to cause major Challenge Cup upset

Krasny Yar produced perhaps one of the biggest upsets in European Challenge Cup history as they beat defending championss Stade Fran├žais 34-29 in Siberia. MORE »

Robbie Henshaw gets steamrolled by Nemani Nadolo, wins turnover anyway

Leinster centre Robbie Henshaw pulled off a feat of brilliance in Leinster's weekend Champions Cup win over Montpellier. After getting easily bumped aside by a streaking Nemani Nadolo, Henshaw managed to gather himself not only for the tackle, but the turnover as well. MORE »

Monday, October 16, 2017

Izaia Perese destroys two hapless defenders as he storms in for a try

Queensland Country secured their top four position in Australia's National Rugby Championship on Saturday with a 57-31 win over Greater Sydney Rams. One of the tries of the match came from young Wallaby hopeful Izaia Perese, who bounced off two men to score. MORE »

Owen Farrell dump tackle sparks fiery confrontation with Teimana Harrison

While Saracens' 57-13 away victory over Northampton Saints in the opening round of the European Champions Cup got their campaign under way in emphatic fashion, this incident with Owen Farrell sparked a lot of discussion. MORE »

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 »