Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Midweek Madness - NZ U20 coach Scott Robertson's break dance celebration

Yes, it might not have been perfectly executed, and he may not be the best street dancer on the planet, but New Zealand Under 20 coach Scott Robertson's World Championship winning celebrations perhaps gives us an insight into the kind of bond shared within the group. MORE »

Sunday, June 21, 2015

New Zealand beat England to fifth Under 20s World Championship title

New Zealand secured their fifth Under 20s World Championship after beating England 21-16 in an enthralling final in Cremona on Saturday. It was the first title for the Baby Blacks since 2011 and their triumph brought to an end a two year winning streak for the English. MORE »

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Andrew Horrell feels Malakai Fekitoa's full force in Super Rugby playoff

Chiefs playmaker Andrew Horrell felt the full impact of Malakai Fekitoa's hit in Saturday's play-off game against the Highlanders. The Highlanders have qualified, so will play the Waratahs in Sydney in their semi final on June 27th. MORE »

A fascinating look, and listen, at Christian Lealiifano mic'd up during a match

Rugby HQ once again gave us something special last week as they mic'd up Brumbies star Christian Lealiifano for the match against Crusaders. MORE »

30,000 extra Rugby World Cup 2015 Tickets to go on sale

Fans have another great opportunity to secure tickets for Rugby World Cup 2015 with an additional 30,000 tickets, including five matches at Twickenham Stadium, set to go on sale at 10:00 BST on Thursday, June 25. This means that there will be around 80,000 tickets on sale for 26 matches at 10 venues. MORE »

Friday, June 19, 2015

Richie McCaw reveals his secrets in this excellent Breakdown Masterclass

Richie McCaw, gives away some of his secrets in this excellent breakdown masterclass from Sky Sport NZ. Along with hosts Ian Jones and Jeff Wilson, both capped over 60 times for their country, we get to see some of the key aspects of breakdown work. MORE »

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Wraparound from Rugby HQ - Weeks 19

The latest Wraparound is great, with random clips of the best and worst in world rugby in the last week. First up there's a look at a hilarious, must-see Stade Francais celebration, then that old favourite, a referee tripping over before being hit in the face with the ball. Brilliant. MORE »

You can run but you can't hide from the Savea brothers

Waisake Naholo did extremely well to outpace Julian Savea when the Highlanders met the Hurricanes two weeks ago... before running into King Julian's brother Ardie. MORE »

Thousands turn out to honour Jerry Collins at Porirua funeral

Jerry Collins was laid to rest yesterday as thousands turned out to honour the great All Black, who died in a car crash, along with his partner Alana, recently. Touching tributes were made by great friends Chris Masoe, Tana Umaga, Ma'a Nonu and Jonah Lomu. And some great stories were told. MORE »

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Referees to get stricter as tackle and scrums laws amended

Ahead of September's Rugby World Cup, the governing body, World Rugby announced that current laws will be more strictly enforced by referee, assistant referees and television match officials. MORE »

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

England beat South Africa to reach yet another U20 Championship Final

England will defend their U20 World Championship title against New Zealand as they beat South Africa 28-20 in a physical battle in Calvisano, Italy. It will be England's third successive final, having won on the two previous occasions. MORE »

New Zealand notch up record score to punish France in U20 semi final

New Zealand Under 20's were in dominant form as they notched up a 45-7 semi final victory over France in the U20 Championship in Calvisano on Monday. They will face England in the final, after the reigning champions beat South Africa in the second semi. MORE »

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Shortball highlights wrap from Round 18 of Super Rugby

Catch up on the final round of pool play in Super Rugby, as Sean Maloney pulls out the best tries, biggest hits, and most unfortunate You're Kidding Me incident in round 18. This time, it's Jannie du Plessis coming close to his first try in over one hundred matches. MORE »

The Wraparound from Rugby HQ - Week 18

Sean Maloney from Fox Sports Australia is back with another edition of The Wraparound for us, featuring all the weird and wonderful things that make the sport we all love so special. Here is a look at what went down in the last week or so. MORE »

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sonny Bill Williams issued warning for huge hit on Conrad Smith

Chiefs centre Sonny Bill Williams made his return to Super Rugby this weekend following a month off with a nagging back injury. He got right back into the swing of things, and made this massive crunching tackle on All Blacks teammate Conrad Smith in the first half. MORE »