Posts Tagged "International Rugby"
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Overall, this week’s Super Rugby was probably the poorest of the year so far. I’ve been thinking about why that may be.
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Am I superstitious? No really. But when Mayon Volcano erupted two weeks ago, I thought that might be a sign that the dismal fortunes of the Philippine Volcanoes, the Philippine rugby team, was about to take a good turn.
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At a time when rugby is struggling to remain profitable, and in Australia’s case relevant, the Southern Unions and the IRB need to look at the overall structure and nature of professional rugby.
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With the African Rugby Championships starting soon the nations in need of some practice have organised friendly internationals.
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You have to go a long way back for the Wallabies backline for the next Test to be so unsettled and unpredictable.
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After the Waratahs’ performance against the Hurricanes last Saturday night you simply couldn’t have failed to notice Michael Hooper.
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While domestically the opportunity to crack professional rugby are fairly limited, with a meagre five Super Rugby franchises to choose from, international opportunities for young players to carve out a living from the game are expanding.
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John O’Neill was not long in the job of CEO of the ARU in 1997 when he signed up Reebok to a lucrative (for the times) Wallaby jersey sponsorship.
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The appointment of Heyneke Meyer was akin to the second coming if you were to believe any Blue Bull supporter in South Africa.
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Last week, many of us discussed the evolution of the rugby backline with the focus being on the major change in the physicality of the centre pairing, in particular, the inside centre.
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Since reading many articles of late regarding the old North vs. South issue in rugby union, I felt the need to add my five cents. First, let’s have a look at all the stats from a North vs South perspective.
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When Robbie Deans was appointed coach of the Wallabies he was hailed as the Messiah. Immediately adopted as ‘Dingo’. And rightly so given his achievements and record.
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Scotland’s Greig Laidlaw converted a penalty goal after the full-time hooter to cause a massive boilover, upsetting the more fancied Wallabies 9-6 in extreme conditions at Hunter Stadium.
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