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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

Assessing the Northern Hemisphere teams: England

Assessing the Northern Hemisphere teams: England

by , 16 Oct 2013

As Australia prepare for their traditional late-spring European Tour, I evaluate the sides the Wallabies will be taking on in their quest for that elusive grand slam. After yesterday covering Italy, I will look now at England. England England’s tour of Argentina in June merely boosted the abundance of talent that England head coach Stuart […]

Wallabies a winner on Channel 10

by , 1 Jul 2013

You may remember the Rugby World Cup debacle as it was played out on television: Wallabies vs Scotland telecast at 11pm (for most) and the lack of promotion in general, that’s if they even showed a game! There was a campaign in 2011 and 2012 to have Channel Nine relinquish all rights to the Wallabies […]

Deans under pressure, but Gatland’s Lions aren’t roaring just yet

Deans under pressure, but Gatland’s Lions aren’t roaring just yet

by , 17 Jun 2013

With everybody busy today blowing smoke in the direction of the Lions backsides after they demolished the Waratahs minus Wallabies stars last night I think it’s an appropriate time to remind people that Robbie Deans isn’t the only coach under pressure in this series. When Warren Gatland announced his 37-man squad back in April there […]

Wallabies’ six worst-kept secrets confirmed

Wallabies’ six worst-kept secrets confirmed

by , 11 Jun 2013 Popular article!

This was originally going to be about having one last guess at which six additional players might be joining the Wallaby squad this week, the names of whom will be officially unveiled at midday today. Like all good squad announcements, though, those names came out well ahead of time. With six new faces checking into […]

England thrash Pumas 32-3 in rugby Test

by , 10 Jun 2013

An England side giving five players their first starts produced a vintage first-half performance in brushing aside a disappointing Argentina by a record 32-3 at Estadio Maltearana on Saturday. In the first of two Tests, England had the game won by halftime, when they led 25-3 with three tries showcasing adventure, superb support play and […]

Ireland edge USA 15-12 in rugby Test

by , 10 Jun 2013

Flyhalf Ian Madigan converted five penalties to lead Ireland to a 15-12 victory over a determined United States on Saturday in the first of two North American Tests for the Irish. The United States, ranked 16th in the world, kept it impressively close against ninth-ranked Ireland in the match at BBVA Compass Arena, home of […]

Canada score 36-27 rugby win over Tonga

by , 10 Jun 2013

James Pritchard scored a try and kicked seven from seven penalties and conversions to spark Canada to a 36-27 win over Tonga in a Pacific Nations Cup rugby match on a rainy Saturday at Queen’s University. The Canadians, 3-0 in the five-nation event, stretched their lead at the top of the table, having already beaten […]

All Blacks vs France: Test rugby live scores

All Blacks vs France: Test rugby live scores

by , 8 Jun 2013 Popular article!

The All Blacks play their first Test of 2013 when they meet France at Eden Park tonight. We’ll have live scores from 5.30pm AEST. After New Zealand lifted the William Webb Ellis trophy at Eden Park when they defeated France 8-7, the world’s number one side went to another level in 2012 with a near-perfect […]

Analysing the Springbok selections

by , 5 Jun 2013

It has been a few days since the announcement of the Springbok squad for the June internationals and it gave me some time to mull over the selections. In the forwards there were no real surprises and the welcoming inclusion of some young potential stars such as Siya Kolisi, Arno Botha, Pieter Steph du Toit, […]

Rugby players are tired and distracted

Rugby players are tired and distracted

by , 27 May 2013

Overall, this week’s Super Rugby was probably the poorest of the year so far. I’ve been thinking about why that may be. Watching some of the games this weekend was in stark contrast to the legitimately very good rugby we’ve seen in the 2013 competition so far. The Crusaders-Chiefs game was a high-intensity match with […]


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