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November Internationals had some great matches including France winning by a single point

Several of the November Internationals played over this weekend were won by just a single-point margin. Wins by France in the dying minutes showed that close contests might be the trend this Autumn – unless you are in New Zealand. The All Blacks [as per usual] flagged the normal standards of offence, putting 55 points […]

Springbok rugby flyhalf depth

Springbok Rugby flyhalf depth has been keeping fans busy in discussions since the last Test played against Argentina in Durban as part of the Rugby Championship. The discussion raised its head after Head Coach Jacques Nienaber elected to play veteran Frans Steyn at flyhalf. The first Test in 14 years that he played in the […]

England's Marlie Packer poses for a selfie with fans two months before the Women's Rugby World Cup
Edward Munro-Martin - Oct 3, 2022

It’s World Cup week! On Saturday, the Red Roses begin their task of winning the Women’s Rugby World Cup for the third time. They enter the tournament as hot favourites and are on an incredible 25-game winning streak! Who though are the players that are crucial to making this England side tick and who will […]

Eddie Jones Rugby World Cup alternatives
David Jones - Oct 2, 2022

The Gallagher Premiership is back and now in full swing. Most of the internationals have made a return to their clubs after a busy summer period at Test level too. Eyes are coming around to the national team once more, and the Eddie Jones Rugby World Cup outlook over the next 12 months. Who should […]

Prevent Biometrics’ instrumented mouthguards worn at Rugby World Cup

As the build-up continues, news out that the World’s top female rugby players are to wear smart mouthguards at the Rugby World Cup 2021 is a landmark agreement to help reduce concussions and introduce technology into the sport. ‘Smart’ instrumented mouthguards will be offered to all Rugby World Cup 2021 teams ahead of the October […]

Springbok Rugby enforcers

Springbok rugby enforcers. South Africa has been blessed with many lock forwards who have carried that mantel. Big brutes who take no-nonsense on the field. A big part of their role is to push the boundaries of physicality. Power is a very important part of their game. Their role at scrum time is critical, providing […]

Springbok women's rugby

Springbok Women’s Rugby may not be well known by many, so Women’s Month in South Africa is the ideal time to share a little more information about how the South African rugby ladies are doing. Ryan Jordan compiled this article with context information supplied by SA Rugby. Springbok Women’s Rugby is well set for future […]

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper takes time off for Mental Health

Last weekend, on the eve of the first Rugby Championship Test match, Wallabies captain Michael Hooper made the call to take time off from the spotlight of International rugby, to take care of his Mental Health. Rugby Australia acted quickly and the 121 Test capped skipper was flown out of Argentina with another teammate who […]

Jamie Roberts' rugby career comes to an end
Thomas Booth - Jul 28, 2022

Jamie Roberts’ rugby career; one that spans over a decade, has come to a close – no surprise to the majority, yet it is with fondness that many International and Welsh fans will look back on his stellar time as part of Warren Gatland’s Welsh team. Jamie Roberts’ rugby career in numbers Roberts honed his […]

Scotland Rugby tour

Of course, you wouldn’t be happy with a 2-1 result, however, the Scotland Rugby tour has to be seen as a pass despite Argentina securing their last-gasp win last weekend. With all but a few players and management now back into a warm summer climate, they themselves have to be pleased with the positives discovered […]

England Rugby player Courtney Lawes receives the ball on July 16, 2022
Connor Dickins - Jul 20, 2022

England sealed the series after defeating Australia 21-17 last weekend. And yet, it seemed totally overshadowed by Ireland’s triumph over the All Blacks. This kind of epitomises England Rugby’s Summer tour: good, but not world-class. So what were the improvements, fall-backs, and new stars of the England rugby team? And how far are they from […]

Springboks series win

The Springboks series win against Wales has given both teams’ fans a lot to talk about. Wales arrived to compete and not to give the Springboks an easy run-out. Ryan Jordan summarises the key takeouts of the Springboks series win. It was not the 3-nil walkover anticipated by many pundits. The Springboks won the first […]

England's rugby team are back after famous Summer Series win
Charlie Inglefield - Jul 18, 2022

England’s rugby team are back! Beating the Wallabies after a famous Summer Series win on their hallowed turf of the SCG that was an outstanding achievement. It wasn’t pretty but it was never going to be with a series on the line against their arch enemies away from home. 1-0 down and the knives sharpening […]

World Rugby rankings

When appraising any World Rugby ranking rise, an observer can think specifically on ‘how it affects the right now?’, or whether peaking later is the right trajectory? Then realizing there is a full year out until France 2023, those same cyclic-rankings changes have not always proved the right barometer to which side triumphs on the […]

Irish team win on New Zealand soil, as home unions rebound

For the first time, fans witnessed an Irish team win on New Zealand soil, among a stack of results that showed the ‘home unions’ rebounding from past losses. Ireland, England, Scotland, and then Wales all rebounded to defeat their Southern Hemisphere hosts, which also supported a new Number One ranked team ascending to the top […]

Courtney Lawes and Owen Farrell set up crucial victory for England
Charlie Inglefield - Jul 10, 2022

England claimed a famous victory over the Wallabies in Brisbane to set up a thrilling decider in Sydney next weekend. In assessing that, it’s clear Courtney Lawes and Owen Farrell led the way with their leadership. Yes, it wasn’t pretty but, it was never going to be given what was on the line for both […]

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Stuart Hogg: a career to remember
Ross Sanderson - Jul 10, 2022

The rugby world has yet again been shocked, when Scotland fullback Stuart Hogg this week after he announced he would be retiring from the game altogether after this year’s Rugby World Cup in France. With 100 caps for his country, almost 200 club appearances and three British & Irish Lions Tours to his name, Hogg […]

Toronto Arrows Loyal Player, Mike Sheppard

Toronto Arrows’ Mike Sheppard is the current vice-captain who plays both the lock and flanker position for the Arrows. He has been with the team even before the Arrows made the jump to MLR. The Brampton native, born on December 20, 1988, has been a mainstay with the Canadian professional rugby union team. He has […]

Tradition HKFC 10s

Talent from around the world descended on Hong Kong today for the official opening of the 35th edition of the Tradition HKFC 10s rugby tournament which kicks off at Hong Kong Football Club this Wednesday. Billed the World’s Best tens, the tournament will once again blend emerging talent with international experience in a two-day festival of fast-running, hard-hitting rugby.  The […]

Guinness Six Nations 2023 of Aviva Stadium in Dublin
Connor Dickins - Jul 10, 2022

With the 2023 Six Nations over, fans and pundits alike are discussing their teams of the tournament. But do the numbers tell the same story? Using Fantasy Rugby, we have comprised an XV of the best performers statistically. Of course, this isn’t perfect, but Fantasy Rugby does consider a wide range of factors from tries […]

South African provincial rugby

South African provincial rugby has been a case of princes and paupers for decades. SA Rugby has tried to keep all its stakeholders and voting members happy with promises of a future in professional competitions. These promises have become unattainable in the modern professional game as the South African economy simply cannot afford to sustain […]

Ireland's grand Slam win over England as they won the Grand Slan
Louis Chapman-Coombe - Jul 10, 2022

Ireland’s Grand Slam winning victory in Dublin showed they know ‘how to win ugly’. Secured with tenacity and by taking advantage of the situation provided, to win by 29-16 on home soil. This triumph will put them in a great position to enter the Rugby World Cup this Autumn, ranked as red-hot favourites. GRAND SLAM […]

England attempt to stop Ireland Rugby Grand Slam
Charlie Inglefield - Jul 10, 2022

Steve Borthwick has made four changes to his line-up as he takes his battered and bruised team to face the Ireland Grand Slam assault. Injuries to Ollie Chessum and Ollie Lawrence mean recalls for Dave Ribbans and Manu Tuilagi. As well, Henry Arundell is finally given his chance on the wing in place of Max […]

2023 Sevens Series aims for bright lights of Hong Kong

The 2022/23 calendar continues for the World Series, with nations in preparations ahead of the next two rounds of the 2023 Sevens Series destined for Hong Kong on March 31 to April 2. That includes all the leading nations from the women’s and men’s competitions that in 2023 are chasing both the HSBC trophies, as […]