PUMA Rugby News Archive
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...
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...
PUMA’s Gonzalo Oscar Camacho (“Gonza”) is Argentina’s 27-year-old flying wing and has all the attributes of a world class 14. Gonzalo is also comfortable in the centre and his deadly combination of explosive acceleration and nifty footwork have made him a mainstay of Los Pumas since making his debut against Uruguay in 2008.
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...
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.
We should be stunned. Perplexed and baffled. But we're hardly shocked. Not when it comes to goalies and England. They're single-handedly behind some of the most impressive individual mistakes a player can make. Now we all know the goalie's situation is very, very different from the other players, his actions are almost always more important and will be closer looked at, evaluated, and judged, than anyone else on the pitch. A striker can hit seven air balls but a goalie can't afford to miss once.