Harry Bartlett

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An Awesome Photo Of New Zealand's Rugby Team Doing The Haka After Winning A Tournament

This Getty photo from the aftermath of New Zealand's rugby win over England in the Hong Kong Sevens final is spectacular.<p>The players doing the haka — a traditional Maori dance the team does before every game— in a driving rain storm.

Meet The Lightning-Fast, 300-Pound Rugby Player Known As 'Tongan Thor'

Get a load of this guy.<p>Size and speed are highly valued in contact sports. But few combine the two like 18-year-old high school rugby player Taniela Tupou. A highlight reel of Tupou running for three scores against much smaller adversaries is attracting a good deal of attention on the Web. Tupou, …

14 Things Being a Female Rugby Player Taught Me

Three years ago, after a 14-year soccer career, I switched my focus to college rugby for numerous reasons -- I could be more physical, it was a club sport, it was less time-consuming, etc. Switching sports was the best decision I could have made, as I cannot imagine my life without rugby. Sure, I …

New Zealand's Rugby Team Got Their Shirtless HAKA On in the Rain

The All Blacks celebrated in the rain after their win last week with a traditional Haka dance. Oh, you know, the dance Beyoncé did before her Mrs. …

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Biggest Hits in World Rugby Last Weekend: Giants of Saracens and Toulon Collide

French rugby has a reputation for erring on the physical side of things, so when Top 14 finalists Toulon met Aviva Premiership finalists Saracens in the Heineken Cup final last Saturday, things were anticipated to get messy.<p>But the Millennium Stadium was the scene of an even more tremor-inducing …

Jonny Wilkinson and 5 Other Rugby Icons Who Deserve Their Shirt Number Retired

The retirement of players’ shirt numbers is commonplace in American sports and world football.<p>Sporting greats like Michael Jordan, Dan Marino and Wayne Gretzky have had their numbers immortalised in retirement after illustrious playing careers, and West Ham no longer allocate the No. 6 to any …

Rise of the supersize rugby player - CNN.com

<i>Follow us at @WorldSportCNN and like us on Facebook</i><p><b>(CNN)</b> -- Long-time rugby fans don't need graphs or charts to see that players are getting bigger.<p>But even a studious supporter might be surprised at the difference in size between today's top players and those playing 40 years ago as the top row of …

Rise of the supersize rugby player

<b>STORY HIGHLIGHTS</b><p>Rugby players bigger and stronger than ever before<br>• A simple sample of All-Blacks though ages shows marked height/weight change<br>• Scientific researchers in France says improved training and conditioning a factor<br>• Many other sports also show that size matters for elite athletes<p><i>Follow us at</i> …