Thursday, May 31, 2018

CATCHUP: Twists and turns on opening day of U20 World Championship

The 2018 U20 World Championship kicked off in France on Wednesday evening, with six matches taking place and defending champions New Zealand racking up the highest score of the day. There were also one or two upsets. Catch up on all the highlights below. MORE »

Tadhg Beirne scoops Try of the Season award for this brilliant finish

Scarlets second rower Tadgh Beirne has been voted as the recipient of the Try of the Season for the European Champions Cup, following this outstanding finish against Bath in Round 5 of the tournament. Beirne's try beat out five other nominees. MORE »

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Bizarre scenes with unpunished deliberate knock-on amidst friendly fire

The U20 World Championship kicked off yesterday in France with a number of closely fought encounters suggesting this year's edition is set to be the most competitive yet. Below is one of the stranger incidents of the day though. MORE »

How to watch the U20 World Championship that kicks off today

The World Rugby U20 Championship kicks off in France shortly and fans around the world will be able to watch the action via a number of international broadcasters and official online streams (subject to geo-blocking in some territories). Full details below. MORE »

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

First of two new high tackle laws to be trialled this week at U20 Championship

Ahead of this year's World Rugby U20 Championship, which kicks off in France on Wednesday, the sport's governing body has announced a series of dedicated tackle law trials to combat head injuries in the game. One of them deals with tackle height, the other, tackle positioning. MORE »

Monday, May 28, 2018

Retiring Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe attempts conversion for Baabaas

Former Argentina captain Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe had the honour of leading the Barbarians in Sunday's emphatic victory over England. In typical BaaBaas fashion, the retiring flanker stepped up for the final conversion attempt of the day. MORE »

A headbutt is a headbutt as Folau Fainga'a gets red carded and suspended

Brumbies hooker Folau Faainga'a has been suspended following a SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee that found him guilty of striking with the head, the offence he was red carded for against the Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday. MORE »

Nacewa cherishes family moment while Larmour magic helps Leinster's double

Isa Nacewa has gone out on a high as Leinster completed a historic double by following up their Champions Cup victory with a convincing 40-32 PRO 14 final win over Scarlets. Leo Cullen's men ran in five tries, with young Jordan Larmour's probably the pick of them. MORE »

Chris Ashton bags three as Barbarians beat England in high scoring try fest

The Barbarians ran riot against England on Sunday, with Chris Ashton scoring a first-half hat-trick and the Fijian pair of Semi Radraga and Josua Tuisova causing real problems in the 63-45 rout. MORE »

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Mako Vunipola smashes Alec Hepburn as Saracens win Premiership final

Saracens are Aviva Premiership champions yet again after defeating Exeter Chiefs, but one of the bigger hits of the day came when the two opposing looseheads smashed together in this seismic collision MORE »

Friday, May 25, 2018

Flip van der Merwe slams ban after pushing referee out the way

Clermont second row Flip van der Merwe has been suspended for pushing the referee out of the way in a recent French Top 14 match. This week he took to Twitter to express his disappointment in the decision, and in what rugby has become. MORE »

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Wallaby prop suspended after twice testing positive for cocaine use

Wallabies and Queensland Reds prop James Slipper has been stood down for a two month period after it was found that he failed two drug tests and is suffering from severe mental health issues, Rugby AU CEO Raelene Castle explained at a press conference. MORE »

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Hayden Parker grabs Play of the Week with sensational last ditch heroics

The Sunwolves secured back-to-back Super Rugby victories for the first time ever last weekend by beating the Stormers 26-23 after a dramatic last-minute drop goal from Hayden Parker, who did something seldom seen since RWC 2003. MORE »

Six outstanding Champions Cup Try of the Season nominees named

The European Champions Cup Try of the Season nominees have been announced, so take a look below at the six outstanding candidates and let us know who you think should get the top try award. MORE »

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Jody Jenneker loses his cool and swats Maxime Medard in a ruck

Castres hooker Jody Jenneker found himself on the wrong end of referee Romain Poite in Saturday's victory over Toulouse. Jenneker took exception to a swinging arm from Maxime Medard and then retaliated in much the same fashion, obviously taking things a bit too far. MORE »