Category Archives: Rugby Union

Rugby World Cup 2015: Reflections on the Event and the Team of the Tournament

With the dust now having settled on the tournament it is time for my thoughts on the event and what should happen to improve the next tournament. I have produced a team of the tournament which I have compiled by … Continue reading

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6 Nations Rugby:First Appearances Can Be Deceptive

Just after half-time of the opening game of this year’s 6 Nations rugby championship Wales were trailing Ireland by 30 points to 3 in Cardiff. You could be forgiven for thinking that one of these countries will be contending for … Continue reading

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Rugby Union:Heineken Cup Records

The Heineken Cup is Europe’s leading club competition in rugby union. It has been contested since the 1995-6 season ending with a cup final. Most wins 4 Toulouse   1995–96, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2009–10 3 Leinster   2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12 2 … Continue reading

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Rugby Union: The Tri-Nations and The Rugby Championship

The Tri-Nations championship started in 1996 as a competition for the leading southern hemisphere rugby union nations New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. In 2012 Argentina joined the competition. Most wins 11 New Zealand (10 Tri-Nations and 1 Rugby Championship) … Continue reading

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Rugby Union Rankings

The top ten nations according to the International Rugby Board with the previous ranking in brackets and ranking points.  (updated 19th March 2012) 1(1) NEW ZEALAND 91.43 2(2) AUSTRALIA 87.99 3(3) SOUTH AFRICA 84.34 4(4) ENGLAND 83.62 5(5) WALES 83.32 … Continue reading

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Rugby Union:Six Nations Championship

The rugby world cup in the autumn had certainly caused a fair amount of  upheaval in the following months and raised intriguing questions about the Six Nations. England’s shambolic efforts had led to a complete overhaul in the coaching staff, … Continue reading

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