Developing Nations

Madrid 7's 2021
Edward Anderson - Feb 24, 2021

Madrid 7’s 2021 Week 1 With the successful hosting of the first week of the Madrid 7’s 2021, plus a win for the Spanish Women’s team in their pursuit of Rugby Union World Cup Qualification, it has been a week of success for Spanish Rugby. On the field, the Argentinan 7’s Men’s team triumphed over […]

James Barker, Editor - Jul 9, 2020

Our series celebrating the best foreign talent to have played in the English Premiership continues. So far, teams have been selected from New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, plus the Pacific Islands of Fiji, Tonga and Samoa. But now our attention turns to nations not so regularly represented in the English game. We start with the backs […]

James Barker, Editor - Apr 4, 2020

In the second part of this new series, we bring you the forwards selection of the best Premiership Pacific Islanders to play in England. The team is selected from those who have represented Fiji, Samoa and Tonga. These players have been selected on the strength of their contributions to their club/clubs whilst in the Premiership, […]

James Barker, Editor - Apr 3, 2020

In the first of a series of articles, we will be compiling teams of the best imports to the English Premiership. First, a XV of Premiership Pacific Islanders featuring the best from Samoa, Tonga and Fiji. These players have been selected on the strength of their contributions to their club/clubs whilst in the Premiership, rather than […]

kenya Cup week 13
Mcee Azutopshutter - Feb 14, 2020

At the close of Kenya Cup week 13 games, Kabras stands at the top of the table. Impressive, after an energetic and exciting regular season where several teams have looked formidable. With 12 wins and a loss that brings them to a total of 60 points, it is a great yield as the season nears […]

Nakuru RFC first win after four rounds of Kenya Cup
Mcee Azutopshutter - Nov 18, 2019

After four weeks of trying to get a win since the 2019/20 Kenya Cup began, Nakuru RFC finally got a victory against Ngong roadside rivals. Monate Akuei’s penalty gave the hosts an early lead after 20 minutes but, Kenya Harlequins responded with a brilliant play from Lyle Asiligwa and Patrice Agunda for the first try […]

Fiji Rugby Championship
Elis Williams - Oct 14, 2019

Fiji’s performance in the Rugby World Cup and in the warm up games have led to calls for Fiji and Japan to be incorporated into a tier one competition.  In the case of Japan, it could be argued their performances in the pool stages have warranted a consideration of being included in the Rugby Championship. […]

Charlie Hynes - Oct 9, 2019

The Pacific Nations arguably produces some of the best players in world rugby but, their sides struggle to perform. A major talking point pre-World Cup was the number of players from the Pacific playing for the Tier One nations. However, Fiji showed glimpses of their world-class quality in the first half against Australia; as well […]

2019/20 Kenya Cup
Mcee Azutopshutter - Oct 8, 2019

At the conclusion of the last Kenya Cup season, Mean Machine and Strathmore Leos got relegated while Kisumu RFC and Western Bulls earned promotion. It was riveting, so on October 26, the 2019/20 Kenya Cup is set to kick off another action-packed rugby year. After beating Kabras RFC 15-23, KCB Rugby got their third title […]

Namibia Rugby

The presence of Namibia Rugby has been a feature of Rugby World Cups since they first qualified in 1999. They have consistently earned their spot as the African qualifier. The 2019 edition of the Rugby World Cup in Japan is their six successive appearance in World Rugby’s showpiece event. Despite their involvement in six tournaments, […]

Japan Rugby World Cup set to go off with a Bang
David Challis - Sep 19, 2019

Japan will become the first tier-two nation to host a Rugby World Cup this year. After stunning the world in 2015 Jamie Joseph’s side will look to repeat the experience again but this time on home turf. Rounding off David Challis’ tier two preview series we look at the potential for the Japan side. For […]

Russia Rugby World Cup Campaign set to be high-scoring
David Challis - Sep 15, 2019

The way Russia qualified for the Rugby World Cup was unconventional, to say the least. Profiting from the scandal that enveloped Spain, Belgium and Romania, Russia found themselves on their way to Japan when qualification was seemingly out of the question. As Rugby World Cup 2019 draws ever closer, David Challis continues his look at […]

Samoa Rugby World Cup a Chance to set Things Right
David Challis - Sep 14, 2019

Samoan rugby has been blighted by off the field scandals over the past few years. Although the effects of corruption are not totally behind them, the rugby team is desperate to ‘set things right’ and make this Samoa Rugby World Cup campaign in Japan, their most successful ever. Continuing the tier two series, David Challis […]

Georgia rugby fans call out "Lelo, Lelo Sakartvelo"
Mcee Azutopshutter - Sep 13, 2019

Georgia Rugby; also known as the Lelos, has thus far participated in four successive RWCs since 2003. This year’s RWC will be their fifth and 2019 should be one that improves the credentials of this European rugby-power. They have also won the Rugby Europe Championship 10 times (2001, 2008, 2009, 2012-16 and 2018). A strong […]

USA Rugby World Cup in Japan a chance to make a statement
David Challis - Sep 10, 2019

The USA is arguably the most improved side during this four-year cycle. This is an ominous sign for other nations, as the USA Rugby World Cup campaign is showing how seriously the nation is now taking the sport. However, the USA finds itself in one of the toughest pools imaginable. Drawn against England, France, Argentina, […]

Tonga Rugby World Cup performance tough to Predict
David Challis - Sep 4, 2019

Tonga has always been a key part of the Rugby World Cup history. Jonathan Davies memorably said that Tonga was “the most unpleasant team he ever played against”. Famous for their immense size and incredibly tough-tackling, however, situated in Pool C the Tonga Rugby World Cup performance will be hard to predict. Continuing, David Challis’ […]

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David Jones - Sep 4, 2019

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