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  • World Cup Round Up: Ireland

    World Cup Round Up: Ireland

    October 28, 2011

    Ireland’s tournament was a total rollercoaster from start to finish. Drawn in a difficult Pool including the Tri-Nations champions, Australia, the always dangerous Italy and the incredibly physical Russians, there was no guarantee that the Men In Green would even progress to the knockout stages.

  • 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

  • View from New Zealand: Week 3

    View from New Zealand: Week 3

    September 29, 2011

    We get closer to the World Cup with the player perspective from two of Ireland’s finest exclusively for PUMA Rugby! Here’s what Tommy Bowe and Jamie Heaslip had to say prior to their final Pool game against Italy on Sunday...

  • World Cup Round Up: 24-25th September

    World Cup Round Up: 24-25th September

    September 26, 2011

    With the World Cup Pool stages reaching their climax, we witnessed another weekend of wet weather and weary bodies as the first nation confirmed their place in the quarter finals and several faced the heartbreak of failure.

    Here is our summary of the standout fixtures...

  • View from New Zealand

    View from New Zealand

    September 23, 2011

    We get closer to the World Cup with the player perspective from two of Ireland’s finest exclusively for PUMA Rugby! Here’s what Tommy Bowe and Jamie Heaslip had to say on a magnificent week for Irish rugby...

  • 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...