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2022 ACT Brumbies display Championship credentials against Chiefs

For several weeks now, the 2022 ACT Brumbies team has played to their peak. No stumbling, no missteps, and few errors that would give others a sense that they are anything less than Championship contenders. A single blemish on their record against the Queensland Reds in Round 7 has been repaired. The Dan McKellar coached […]

Sad passing of power-wingers, All Blacks Inga Tuigamala and Joeli Vidiri

With the sad passing of power-wingers, All Blacks Inga Tuigamala and Joeli Vidiri, the tragedy of their early deaths highlighted men’s health and also reflected on their huge impact on the modern game. The news hit within 24 odd hours, and it was reported that Diabetes complications led to the death of Tuigamala, but to […]

Super Rugby Pacific Round 2 continues

Not even into Super Rugby Pacific Round 2 of the new calendar, two games have been affected directly by the Omicron variant – both games involving unfortunate newcomers, Moana Pasifika. Unfairly, and in the franchise’s breakout year too, Pasifika players and management have been the side worst affected by the virus’ surge within the New […]

Women's 2022 Super W draw to include Fijiana side

As the training intensifies, the Women’s 2022 Super W competition in Australia has been boosted with the addition of a Fijiana Drua side. This adds a fresh women’s component to match the incoming men’s Fijian Drua teams’ debut season. They are due to be a new part of the full 2022 Super Rugby Pacific draw […]

Super Rugby franchises make adjustments/2022 NPC redesign

Two stories emerged on the same day of last week, to describe how New Zealand Super Rugby franchises were forced to make adjustments to their host stadium draw of this (already) re-arranged domestic draw. And then the 2022 National Provincial Championship (NPC) competition was announced as having a format redesign when the first-class title chase […]

Omicron set to scupper Super Rugby Pacific new season 2022 kick-off

News that the Omicron variant is ready to ‘scupper’ the Super Rugby Pacific new season kickoff has turned what was supposed to be a fresh start, into a sad rerun of European experiences. Crowds will be removed when the competition begins on February 28. Id only for secluded numbers at a maximum of 100; with […]

South African professional rugby

More and more, mandating that only a fully vaccinated rugby player policy introduction will have an impact on both Northern and Southern hemisphere competitions. The internal reactions from rugby unions and administrators take into account the health and welfare of all stakeholders. Yet with personal choice highlighting some genuine fears and more social media scaremongering, […]

Re-signed Ardie Savea commits to NZ Rugby/All Blacks/Hurricanes til 2025

Re-signed Ardie Savea has penned a four-year deal with New Zealand Rugby (NZ Rugby) which will keep him in Aotearoa through to the end of the 2025 season. His contract terms will not be made public, so the questions many would be thinking could be; How much is he being paid directly from NZ Rugby? […]

2022 Super Rugby Pacific 14-round draw finalized

The draw can now be realized for sides that make up the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season. A 14-round draw was announced by SANZAAR on Monday, November 15 that will be a full calendar for each team, as well as for fans eager for a steady diet of rugby in the New Year. Beginning Friday, […]

Golden opportunity; Moana Pasifika to play at Mt Smart Stadium
Thomas Booth - Oct 1, 2021

Back in April of this year, news came out that two Pacific Island teams (Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika) had been granted conditional licenses to play in the proposed Super Rugby tournament of 2022. Assured of competition of the highest levels, it was received with great enthusiasm from Apia, to Nukilofa, and as far as […]

Super Rugby Rd 4 - Brumbies v Waratahs

In the Army, rest and recuperation was a wartime policy to assist service men and women who had faced injury or at worst, suffered from the mortality of their fellow officers and personnel. It was to take them away from the environment–and in a sporting parlance, today, the Rugby Sabbatical is the closest policy. It […]

Super Rugby 2019

The Crusaders continue to be favourites to win the Super Rugby 2019 competition, despite two rounds that produced only two points toward their title quest. Super Rugby 2019 favourites The game between the Crusaders and the Highlanders on 16 March was canceled after the terror attacks in Christchurch. The teams shared the points [recording two […]

Super Rugby Week 12
Ryan Jordan - May 5, 2019

Super Rugby Week 12 produced close games for all of the South African teams, with one draw, one victory and one loss. Super Rugby Week 12 Crusaders 21 Cell C Sharks 21 Crusaders – Tries: Cody Taylor, Jack Goodhue and Mitch Hunt Conversions: Mitch Hunt 3 Cell C Sharks – Penalties: Curwin Bosch 7 The Sharks were […]

Will Jordan: Old head on young shoulders

Will Jordan is one of seven new names announced in the 35-man All Blacks squad. A fresh face yet he has entertained fans for three years in provincial rugby, with ‘the writing on the wall’ for a call to higher honours. Named alongside Caleb Clarke, two men who stamped their report cards for an outstanding […]

Ryan Jordan - Apr 23, 2017

Super Rugby Round 9 presented the teams in the South African Conferences with a real mixed bag of results, with very little quality to be found. Emirates Lions 24 – Tries: Harold Vorster, Lionel Mapoe, Ruan Ackermann; Conversions: Elton Jantjies (3); Penalty: Jantjies Jaguares 21 – Tries: Matias Orlando, Rodrigo Baez, Guido Petti; Cons: Nicolas […]

BC Place

BC Place, in Vancouver, Canada and FMG Stadium Waikato in New Zealand, are two stadiums with fundamental differences in nature. Both sustain the same type of ball sports yet, they each use two dissimilar technologies to groom the playing surface on. For the sport of rugby union, many have talked about which is better. Artificial […]

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The Toronto Arrows team will not play in the 2024 MLR season

The Toronto Arrows will not play in the 2024 MLR season. The breaking news was announced on Monday night that the Arrows will not play participate in 2024, after exhaustive efforts to sustain the organisation. A sad result for the franchise, who came into Major League Rugby in 2019 (the other being Rugby United New […]

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Charlie Inglefield - Apr 20, 2020

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Sale win ugly at Barton-upon-Irwell on November 24, 2023
Charlie Inglefield - Apr 20, 2020

As Alex Sanderson, Sale’s coach said after his team’s ugly 11-9 win over Bath – they found a way to win. Sale are definitely in the mix to go one better this year and win the Gallagher Premiership. On Friday’s evidence, they need to be a lot better. They played a second-string Bath outfit who […]

The Newcastle Falcons' Kingston Park, as the Falcons face the Exeter Chiefs on Sunday

When Newcastle Falcons host Exeter Chiefs this Sunday at 3:00pm GMT, it will be an interesting match as the Chiefs look to win their first road game of the Premiership this season, against a team that has not won a single game in the 2023/24 Gallagher Premiership Rugby season, the Falcons. Newcastle Falcons host Exeter […]

14 Fun Facts from Top14 Round Seven
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Saracens flanker, Andy Christie, is one of the reasons of the Saracens reasserting their title credentials
Charlie Inglefield - Apr 20, 2020

Saracens were back to their brutal best on Saturday. They suffocated the life out of a high-flying Harlequins outfit with consummate ease. This despite losing Ben Earl, and Elliot Daly in the warm-up and Alex Lozowski a couple of minutes into the game. No problem, up stepped the likes of Maro Itoje and Owen Farrell […]

Sandy Park Rugby Stadium on October 21, 2008

Exeter Chiefs hosts Gloucester Rugby at Sandy Park on Sunday afternoon, in Round . Both teams enter this game looking to rebound from a loss last weekend. Exeter Chiefs hosts Gloucester Rugby on Sunday ⏪ Our 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 game in the Premiership was against the Cherry & Whites! 🍒 Taking on @gloucesterrugby at Home will […]