The England Rugby Football Union announced today that former head of Wimbledon tennis, Ian Ritchie, is to be their new Chief Executive. This follows three months without a permanent CEO, since John Steele left the office in June of 2011. Steele had been replaced by Martyn Thomas, who filled the role until today’s appointment. Ian … Read more Rugby Union: Ian Ritchie Named New Head of RFU
New Zealand’s All Blacks scraped to victory over Les Bleus of France by the narrowest of margins in a tight, intense Rugby World Cup final at Eden Park in Auckland. New Zealand had the chance to take the lead in the 6th minute but Piri Weepu looked nervous from the start and his attempt was … Read more Rugby World Cup 2011 Final Match Report – New Zealand 8 – 7 France.
“Four more years! Four more years!” That was the chant that went up around Eden Park on Sunday night as New Zealand’s All Blacks overwhelmed Australia. It was a reference to a famous taunt from former Australian captain George Gregan, made as the Wallabies knocked New Zealand out of the 2003 World Cup. But … Read more Rugby World Cup 2011 Match Report – New Zealand 20 – 6 Australia.
France scraped to a win over a 14-man Wales side in a tight, tense and controversial Rugby World Cup semi-final. Wales took the lead after 7 minutes as flyhalf James Hook kicked a difficult penalty from near the sideline. 3-0 to the Welsh but they quickly suffered their first blow of the night, as experienced … Read more Rugby World Cup 2011 Match Report – France 9 – 8 Wales.
The home nation and their big brother rivals; the internationally ranked number 1 and 2 teams; two of current world rugby’s greatest entertainers. However, when you look at the second semi-final of the Rugby World Cup, it should be an enthralling match. New Zealand are the hosts, the world’s first-ranked team, and haven’t lost to … Read more Rugby World Cup 2011 Semi-final Preview – New Zealand vs Australia
The first Rugby World Cup semi-final on Saturday night New Zealand time sees the northern hemisphere challenge as Wales take on France. France come into the match with mixed form. In round robin play, they went down convincingly to the All Blacks; and also, in the tournament’s biggest shock, lost to Tonga. Senior players gave … Read more Rugby World Cup 2011 Semi-final Preview – Wales vs. France.
New Zealand’s All Blacks ground down the Pumas of Argentina in a fiercely contested Rugby World Cup quarter-final. The Pumas had never played the All Blacks at Eden Park before and they showed just how up for the challenge they were in a match where neither side would take the first backwards step. The contest … Read more Rugby World Cup 2011 Match Report – New Zealand 33 – 10 Argentina.
The New Zealand All Blacks will take on Argentina’s Pumas for a place in the Rugby World Cup semi-final, at Eden Park in Auckland on Sunday night New Zealand time. Sudden death has arrived at the World Cup. This is when everything gets serious. It’s also when the nerves of every New Zealander start jangling, … Read more Rugby World Cup 2011 Quarter-Final Preview – New Zealand vs. Argentina
England and Scotland meet at Auckland’s Eden Park on Saturday night (New Zealand time), for a clash that will help decide the final qualifiers from Pool B. Neither team is safely qualified for the finals yet. There are many potential scenarios for qualification between Scotland, England and Argentina with any two of the three … Read more Rugby World Cup 2011 Match Preview – Scotland vs. England
Samoa dominated their Pacific rivals Fiji in a tight, scrappy match in Pool D. The conditions in Auckland on a rainy afternoon were far from ideal for the type of running flair that both teams are renowned for. The Samoans gained the upper hand early in the scrum exchanges and also at the breakdown, leading … Read more Rugby World Cup 2011 Match Report: Samoa 27 – 7 Fiji
The 4 million people of New Zealand slept easier last night, knowing that the first hurdle of their Rugby World Cup had been cleared in some style. The All Blacks had some luck at the start of the match as they withstood strong pressure from Les Bleus. In the first five minutes Morgan Parra, the … Read more Rugby World Cup 2011 Match Report: New Zealand 37 – 17 France
Host nation New Zealand meet their world cup nemesis France, in what will certainly be a fascinating match in Auckland today. Much had been made of whether French coach Marc Lievremont knew his best XV, and following Ireland’s win over Australia there was further speculation about France’s motivation for this match. Following the naming of … Read more Rugby World Cup 2011 Match Preview – New Zealand vs France
Ireland achieved the first genuine upset of the 2011 Rugby World Cup as they defeated the world number two ranked team, Australia. No tries were scored in the match and both teams relied on penalty goals, and one drop goal from Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton, in a tight and tense match. Australia scored first through the … Read more Rugby World Cup 2011 Match Report: Ireland 15 – 6 Australia
The two top ranked teams in Pool C meet in a game which should decide the final rankings of the qualifiers from the group. Both sides should be up for this game and it could go either way at Eden Park. Australia will start as favourites after a 32 – 6 victory over Italy in … Read more Rugby World Cup 2011 Match Preview – Australia vs. Ireland
Scotland picked up their second win from two matches after out-kicking a resilient Georgia side at Invercargill to collect a 15-6 victory. The result, which places Scotland, at least provisionally, on top of Pool B – which also includes arch-rivals England and a strong Argentina outfit. In a match which indicated well just where Scotland’s … Read more Rugby World Cup 2011: Georgia 6-15 Scotland