International Rugby Union – Six Nations, Heineken Cup, Rugby Championship

International Rugby has seen growth in both competitiveness and popularity in recent years, especially after the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, where the All Blacks held off a rampaging French team, while South Africa were beaten by a dogged Australia who lost to New Zealand in the semi-finals.

The Pumas are now in the new look Southern Hemisphere tournament The Rugby Championship, featuring the Wallabies, All Blacks and Springboks along with Argentina.

The emergence of countries such as Fiji, Italy and Scotland have also aided International Rugby in its quest for worldwide recognition.

The Six Nations in Europe and The Rugby Championship in the southern hemisphere are the biggest annual tournaments in international bugby, with the Rugby World Cup one of the largest tournaments in the world, held every four years. The IRB have announced that the 2015 Rugby World Cup will be played in England and Wales.

International Rugby Articles

Upcoming Pro12 season looks to be a cracker

by , 3 Sep 2014

The 2014/15 rugby season kicks off this weekend with the start of a new Pro12 tournament. It looks set to be one of the best seasons in recent memory.

The gauntlet has been thrown, who will win the Rugby Championship?

by , 6 Aug 2014

Only two short weeks stand in the way of what will most likely be the best Rugby Championship to date, and already the stakes are high for every team involved.

Rugby World Cup 2015 is a one-horse race

Rugby World Cup 2015 is a one-horse race

by , 11 Jul 2014

I am looking forward to the real man’s World Cup next year – where men only get stretchered off the field if they’ve broken something and won’t be back five minutes later to prance around.

What we’ve learned from the June international window

What we’ve learned from the June international window

by , 3 Jul 2014

In June we were treated to a mouth-watering display of International Rugby, with England and France making their way Down Under and the World XV, Wales and Scotland visiting South Africa.

South Africa would be better without Morne Steyn

South Africa would be better without Morne Steyn

by , 2 Jul 2014

Winter is coming, and the nights are dark and filled with terror. That is how I normally feel at the start of each year’s Rugby Championship in the words of Lord Stark of Game of Thrones.

The battle of the hemispheres

by , 2 Jul 2014

We’ve come to the end of the June internationals and one fact has become clear over all others. The gap between rugby playing countries in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres has not become any smaller.

Why the English rugby team makes me nervous

Why the English rugby team makes me nervous

by , 6 Jun 2014

I expect the All Blacks to beat England 3-0 and I do not believe I’m being arrogant in saying so.

World rugby: European season ends, Japan on a roll

by , 3 Jun 2014

Vientiane was the venue last week for the Asia Division II East Rugby Championships. In the first round played mid-week, top seeded Guam easily accounted for the hosts, Laos, with a 48-10 thumping.

Japan, Hong Kong and Cyprus undefeated in international rugby

by , 20 May 2014

The results of the penultimate round of the Asia Five Nations on the weekend sets the scene for an interesting final round next weekend. But first, how did last weekend’s games pan out?

New Zealand’s best ever Super XV

New Zealand’s best ever Super XV

by , 15 May 2014

Today I am going to nominate my New Zealand team, with the picks for their best team from the individual franchises.

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