Rugby World Cup

SA NOT favourites to host RWC 2023

2017-06-26 16:51<p>Webb Ellis Cup (File)<p>Cape Town - As much as South Africans would love to play host to another Rugby World Cup tournament, it <b>won't</b> …

Rugby Union

Meet the Hurricanes' biggest threats to the British and Irish Lions

New Zealand All Blacks

Dan Carter: 'There has never been a moment when I wished I was an All Black still'

Dan Carter on his way to his 33-point haul against the Lions in the second test in 2005. But he has no regrets he's not playing in the 2017 …

Rugby Union

Australia confident heading into Women’s World Cup

AUSTRALIA will kick-off their World Cup defence against the West Indies on Monday in a confident mood after a string of strong warm-up …

Rugby Union

Women’s World Cup: South Africa win thriller against Pakistan to get off to winning start

SOUTH Africa made a winning start to their Women’s World Cup campaign with a three-wicket victory over Pakistan in Leicester on Sunday.<p>They laid the …

South Africa

Rugby: The Boks, the body language and the band of brothers

For the first time in months, the Springboks look like they are enjoying playing rugby again. And, more importantly, it looks like they are enjoying …

Body Language

Time for the ARU to admit it can't cut a Super Rugby team

As the Wallabies took on the Azzurri in Brisbane, I was fortunate to be one of many Waratahs who went back and played in the Shute Shield for our …

Rugby Union

ABs captain Read 'a fierce warrior' - Hansen

1:45 PM BST<p>• Joined ESPN in 2011<br>• Grew up in Bath but has New Zealand roots<br>• Covered England's tour of New Zealand in 2014 and Australia in 2016<br>• Was …

New Zealand All Blacks

Canada ties U.S. in 1st leg of Rugby World Cup qualifier

Host nation reels off 10 late points to draw even<p>Canada squandered a first-half lead but reeled off 10 late points to tie the U.S. Eagles 28-28 on …

Rugby Union

Kelly: Men’s rugby must get over being nice Canadian losers

Three months ago, Mark Anscombe, the New Zealander who recently took control of Canada’s senior men’s rugby union team, gave a depressing assessment of where the program stands.<p>Speaking to an audience at Rugby Canada’s annual general meeting, he notched off which of his charges were playing …

Rugby Union

Lost and found: Kiwi claims wallet found during 2005 Lions tour is his

A London-based Kiwi has claimed a lost wallet found at Eden Park during the 2005 Lions tour is his.All Blacks fanatic Laurie Potter, 46, was at Eden …

New Zealand All Blacks

Women’s sport is coming in waves and ready to shine during biggest summer

With the Cricket World Cup, Euro 2017 and the Rugby World Cup all upon us and live on TV, can the cycle of underexposure finally be broken?<p>Women’s sport sometimes seems to run along a parallel timeline, one that lags behind the rest of life. It was 2012 before women were able to compete in every …

Sport (UK)

Joseph urges Japan to create opportunities against Ireland

Japan will need to create more opportunities and show the hunger to win when they face Ireland in the second test on Saturday, coach Jamie Joseph said.<p>Joseph has made eight changes to the starting 15 ahead of Saturday's clash at Tokyo's Ajinomoto Stadium as the Brave Blossoms seek to restore some …

Rugby Union

Lions carry hope against history in their crazy endeavour to beat the All Blacks

The history books tell a story of the home nations toiling against New Zealand but on the eve of the first Test anticipation and optimism is unparalleled<p>Nine in the morning, the day before the game. Jet-lagged Lions fans are up before the winter sun, ambling around in a daze. They say there are …

Sport (UK)

Carter: Lions series the pinnacle for All Blacks

Jun 22, 2017<p>There could be few better people to teach the uninitiated All Blacks about what to expect from a series against the British & Irish Lions …

New Zealand All Blacks

The All Blacks' secret? Never ease off, never back down

The All Blacks do not take anything for granted. They pass on the jersey from one generation to the next with the responsibility to not just do it justice but to set new standards. That is what drives them, that is what makes them look to get better every time they step out on to the field.<p>And the …

Rugby Union

Kelly: Extending an Olympian olive branch to North Korea

Before the Rio Olympics, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un set a target for his contingent: five golds and 17 medals over all. It was a preposterous ask for a team that had never before won in the double digits.<p>Predictably, the team failed to meet the Dear Leader’s arbitrary objective. That prompted …

North Korea

Rugby rivals break heads, then break bread as game’s camaraderie continues

Print<p>MARKHAM, Ont. — After getting punched in the jaw during Canada’s weekend rugby loss to Romania in Edmonton, Tyler Ardron found himself chatting …

Rugby Union

England women thrash New Zealand by seven wickets in World Cup warm-up

<b>England produced a superb display to thrash New Zealand by seven wickets in a World Cup warm-up game in Derby.</b><p>New Zealand were dismissed for just 130 with over 11 of their 50 overs left.<p>Laura Marsh tore through the middle order, claiming 3-7 in only 24 balls, with Anya Shrubsole, Jenny Gunn and …

New Zealand All Blacks

Bug off, cautious Lions sweep for listening devices

The British and Irish Lions routinely sweep their facilities at the team's hotels for listening devices to prevent team secrets getting out before the test series against the All Blacks.<p>A security company that worked with the team on their 2009 tour of South Africa and 2013 tour in Australia carry …

New Zealand All Blacks

All Blacks skipper Read in line to face Lions - Foster

All Blacks captain Kieran Read took part in a first full contact training session since injuring his thumb on Tuesday and New Zealand coaches are confident the back rower will be fit to face the British and Irish Lions at the weekend.<p>Read has not played since breaking the base of his right thumb …

New Zealand All Blacks

Women's Rugby World Cup 2017: The countdown to kick off begins with 50 days to go

Today, Tuesday 20th June, marks just 50 days until the Women's Rugby World Cup, which kicks off in Dublin on Aug 9.<p>The event, which will take place in Dublin and Belfast, will be the largest women's international sport event to be held in Ireland this year.<p>12 teams will compete, with three pools of …

Sport (UK)

How a Welsh rugby disaster led to the most bizarre baby name ever

Robin McBryde’s youthful Wales squad will face stifling heat and a warm Polynesian welcome in Apia this week.<p>But the mere mention of Samoa (or the …

Rugby Union

Jones bemoans lack of hunger among England's youngsters

England's young rugby players are not hungry enough for success because they have an easier path into senior teams in the Premiership than their counterparts in other countries, head coach Eddie Jones has said.<p>With a raft of regulars away on duty with the British and Irish Lions in New Zealand, …

Rugby Union

Get Inspired: Women's Sport Week - how to make the most of it

<b>This is a summer of great opportunity for the promotion of women's sport, with four major championships in cricket,football,rugby and hockey.</b><p>But beyond the enjoyment of elite-level competition, these events are equally important in providing inspiration and a legacy for grassroots sport.<p><b>Women's</b> …

Sport (UK)

Scotland deal Wallabies big rankings blow (AAP)

Scotland are set to climb to fourth and possibly above Australia in the world rankings for the first time after a shock Test win over the Wallabies …

Rugby Union

Georgia holds off United States Eagles in 21-17 victory

Merab Kvirikashvili scored one of Georgia's two tries and kicked three penalties and a conversion to help his team hold off the strong-finishing U.S. …

Rugby Union

Wallabies fall to defeat as spirited Scotland gain degree of revenge

Wallabies 19-24 Scotland at Allianz Stadium After two one-point defeats in recent years, Scots turn tables<p>Scotland consigned the Wallabies to a humbling 24-19 Test defeat in Sydney in front of a stunned crowd of 30,721 fans at Allianz Stadium who watched the visitors avenge two heartbreaking …

Sport (UK)

Japan 22 Ireland 50: Joe Schmidt's youngsters in cruise control against World Cup Pool A rivals in Tokyo

Joe Schmidt's youthful Ireland side continued their impressive form this month with a 50-22 victory over Japan at Ecopa Stadium in Shizuoka.<p>Having trounced the US Eagles 55-19 in New Jersey last Saturday, Ireland have travelled to Tokyo to take in two Tests against the Brave Blossoms, who they will …

Sport (UK)

Carpenter earns record 77th cap in Canada's loss to Romania

Brantford, Ont. native breaks Al Charron's record<p>Aaron Carpenter earned his record 77th cap as Canada fell 25-9 to Romania on Saturday in its final …

Rugby Union