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November 2011

  • Simon Shaw Joins French Club Toulon!

    Simon Shaw Joins French Club Toulon!

    November 16, 2011

    PUMA and England’s 19 stone, man-mountain lock yesterday confirmed a one year deal with Top 14 side Toulon after 13 seasons and 339 matches with London Wasps in the English Premiership. 

October 2011

  • World Cup Preview: Quarter-Finals

    World Cup Preview: Quarter-Finals

    October 07, 2011

    It’s crunch time! Almost a month on from the pageantry of the opening ceremony and the World Cup kicks into top gear with the knockout stages of the tournament. The gloves are off and the top 8 in world rugby will do battle for the ultimate prize.

    We survey each nation’s prospects and give you the lowdown on the PUMA players to watch in the quarter-finals...

  • World Cup Round Up: 1st-2nd October

    World Cup Round Up: 1st-2nd October

    October 03, 2011

    The World Cup Pool stages are all wrapped up and we move onto the business end of the tournament with the quarter-final knockouts in Auckland and Wellington this weekend. No further chances of an incredible upset by the minnows, an undiscovered superstar or a one-sided demolition – perhaps unsurprisingly, the final 8 will be comprised of the top 8 world rugby-playing nations from New Zealand to Argentina.

    Talk will undoubtedly return to the question of whether the hosts have what it takes to go all the way or whether they will capitulate under the weight of expectation from an entire nation of rugby fanatics. Will Australia be able to repeat their Tri-Nations victory and topple South Africa and New Zealand? Can England reach their third final in three consecutive World Cups? Will Argentina outdo their efforts of 2007? Will the Green Army and neutral’s favourites, Ireland, build on the momentum taken from dominating their Pool?

    The weekend’s final games certainly gave some indication as to what the answers will be come 23rd of October. Here is our round up of the best of the action...

September 2011

  • World Cup Round Up:  17-18th September

    World Cup Round Up: 17-18th September

    September 19, 2011

    A week or so on from the dancing and fireworks of the opening ceremony in Auckland and pundits are already discussing the knockout stages of the competition, anticipating a fortuitous northern hemisphere Vs. southern hemisphere split that will lead one nation to emerge from each region to contest the final.


    Still, given the rollercoaster ride we have experienced so far it was clear there would be many more ups and downs before the Pool stages were finally decided and this weekend certainly didn’t disappoint!

    Here is our pick of the best of the action from New Zealand...

  • World Cup Weekend Preview: 17-18th September

    World Cup Weekend Preview: 17-18th September

    September 16, 2011

    After an exhilarating round of opening pool games, the top nations will once again take centre stage in key clashes that may well decide the fate of several out in New Zealand.

    With talking points galore from “winning ugly” to playing conditions to kicking anomalies to the video referral system and beyond, the tournament has not been short of controversy or excitement so far! We’ve picked out a few of the most mouth-watering clashes for you to enjoy this weekend...

  • Steve Thompson: A Life in Rugby

    Steve Thompson: A Life in Rugby

    September 15, 2011

    STEVE THOMPSON won the 2003 World Cup but retired with a neck injury in 2007. Now he’s back on the Test stage and challenging for another World Cup. The hooker tells us about his life in rugby...

  • World Cup Round Up: 10-11th September

    World Cup Round Up: 10-11th September

    September 11, 2011

    The anticipation is over, the first ball has been kicked, and the home nation provided their fans with a familiar blend of joy and frustration in their opening fixture against Tonga, which will no doubt lead New Zealanders to wonder whether they really do have what it takes to regain the trophy they have not held since the competition’s inaugural year in 1987.

    The weekend’s first Pool games bore witness to some incredible rugby and more than a few scares for the top nations, suggesting an ever-narrowing gap between the best and the rest on the biggest stage of them all. Here is our round up of the best of the action.

August 2011