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Some analysis – Dumbboks vs All Blacks

Following on the previous post on the lack of skills displayed by the Senior Dummies, I decided to do some analysis on a video...

The Dummies of world rugby

“It is the coach, he is out of his depth”. “No, no it is the selections, most of the players are over the hill”....

The Race is open

The Super 15 is upon us and Ruggaworld is again hosting the Rat Race for the enjoyment of our visitors. For all the new players...

Scrap the scrum hit

Outgoing Australian Rugby Union boss John O'Neill has called for the "hit" to be scrapped in scrums, the experimental law variations to be revisited...

Law changes will promote attack

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans believes the five laws that are being trialled globally will promote more attacking rugby on the team's tour of Europe...

Is this what insanity looks like?

3 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss. It doesn’t sound too bad. Unfortunately as they say, the devil is in the detail....

The results are in…

Yes the final is forgotten and everybody is looking forward to the Rugby Championship, but there are still some good news for 2 people. The...

And the winner is……

As with the games over the weekend, the Rat Race for the pair of Oakley sunglasses turned out to be a closely fought affair. We...

The Rat Race hit the final stretch

Two weekends to go and the Rat Race is really heating up. With 3 points covering the top 5 players, we just want...

Formidable Stormers show unity

Ferocious forward deeds created the "big black blanket" phrase used to describe the All Black pack. The deeds came from men of the Meads era,...

Bulls hang on in borefest

Bulls flyhalf Morne Steyn kicked five penalties and a drop goal, all in the second half, as the three-time champions clung on for an...

IT’s BACK!!! And here’s the prizes!

Yes the Super 15 kicks off in less than 14 days and Ruggaworld again brings you the RAT RACE. It is a no brainer that...

Veteran Lions lobby IRB for scrum overhaul

Prop forwards fear 'unjust' rules mean World Cup final could be decided by referee's guesswork writes Mike Robinson for The Telegraph in Auckland. Three...

Rolland applied the law

When Alain Rolland reached into his pocket in the 18th minute to bring out the red card for Welsh captain Sam Warburton, he was...

What was he thinking?

Has there ever been a more undeserving World Cup finalist than France, loser of two pool games and victor in a semifinal where they...

Ball from flour bomb test auctioned

A piece of New Zealand history that has been gathering dust in a wardrobe for nearly 30 years will go to the highest bidder...

No reason to fear Springboks

And then there were eight. Yes, the preliminaries are over and the Rugby World Cup 2011 quarter-finalists have been decided. But critics who reckon...

Counting the costs

South Africa may have guaranteed their place in the Rugby World Cup 2011 quarter-finals but coach Peter de Villiers had plenty of reasons for...

2011 RWC Rat Race

We asked for feedback, listened, promised and now we deliver.  The improved Rat Race can now allocate margin points not only for correct margins, but...

Bulls better, but not at best

In certain respects, it might have been better if the Bulls had simply repeated their Timaru horror show last week and we could all...

Stormers win, but ….

The Stormers continue to bake a pretty impressive Super Rugby “cake” ... but they also keep frustratingly neglecting to put the cherry on top. Rob...

It’s a matter of trust

THERE'S not much in-between for coaches. They're usually either deified or vilified. Ewen McKenzie's been around the coaching traps for the best part of 15...

Lions still have pride / Mapoe injured

Lions skipper Doppies la Grange has sounded a rallying cry for his side to show some pride and shake off the 'close but no...

Victor wants to crash the party

Decorated skipper Victor Matfield is urging the revamped Bulls to turn party-crashers tomorrow night so his barren streak at Suncorp Stadium ends before retirement. Jim...

Reds getting cocky??

Queensland rugby's marketing boffins have needlessly fired up the Bulls by promoting tonight's clash as a "slaughter" even though the South Africans' own bragging...

Cipriani has a dream

Not for the first time in his rugby career, Danny Cipriani has been misunderstood. There is no truth to rumours that he will quit...

Rea replaces Friend at Brumbies

Former Brisbane Brothers rugby league player Tony Rea has replaced sacked ACT Brumbies coach Andy Friend for the rest of the season. The Couriermail reports...

There may be no RWC in Christchurch

Christchurch must accept the possibility that damage from this week's devastating earthquake could prevent it hosting Rugby World Cup matches, a senior government minister...

Juan out for the season

The Cheetahs' inspirational captain, Juan Smith, is set to miss South Africa's defence of their World Cup title, after he tore Achilles Tendon on...

Cipriani could punish Brumbies

Brumbies captain Matt Giteau says his side must maintain discipline or Rebels five-eighth Danny Cipriani will punish them in their Super Rugby match in...

Cause now has its Rebel

For a long time, it seemed, there was a danger of it becoming a cause without a Rebel. Wayne Smith writes for The Australian that...

What can we expect?

Plenty has changed in Super Rugby, not the least of which is the formation of three national conferences. Fox Sports rugby guru Greg Clark takes...

Mitchell’s resignation prompts questions

John Mitchell's decision to quit as Western Force coach at the end of his contract next season throws up a number of serious ramifications...

Do the Waratahs deserve no 4?

Six weeks into the 2010 Super 14 tournament, the NSW Waratahs are in the top four. But is this elevated position a case of...

Round 6 round-up

Six weeks into the 2010 Super 14 and it seems that the competition is no easier to predict. Jeff Cheshire writes for bleacherreport that tt...

It never changed afterall

After 3 weeks of this Super 14 behind us, there is one thing that has stood out for me of the rugby that the...

Penalty count 3.4 times more

The instruction to referees to “be stricter” has had a major impact in the first round of Super 14 action with 153 points scored...

Rebels threaten legal action

Melbourne has warned the Australian Rugby Union it is considering taking legal action against it if it does not lift its ban on the...

Giteau out of Force clash

Western Force coach John Mitchell has claimed the underdog status for Friday night's Super 14 clash with the Brumbies in Perth and the bookies...

Bulls’ missing link

Springbok wing Bryan Habana will be a notable absentee when the Bulls launch their defence of the Super 14 title this weekend. Sport24 reports...

Super 14 2010 – preview from Australia

The 15th season of Super Rugby kicks off this weekend and six local derbies should provide the tournament with the perfect start. Teams released thusfar Greg...

New laws favour powerhouses

South African rugby superbrain Heyneke Meyer believes the new breakdown rule interpretations will favour Super 14 powerhouses the Crusaders and Brumbies. Duncan johnstone writes...

The Saffa onslaught in 2010

2009 was a stellar year for South African rugby. Sanjay Deva writes for bleacherreport.com that the end-of-year tour to Europe burst the bubble, but with...

Smith quits international rugby

Veteran Test forward George Smith has announced his retirement from international rugby. The Australian reports that Smith, 29, played 110 Tests for the Wallabies....

Sharks’ unease mounts

The Stormers scored 10 tries and effectively won the Neo Africa Tri-Series with their two wins … the Sharks lost twice and touched down...

Brumbies felled by Hurricanes

The Brumbies fell victim to a slick counter-attacking Hurricanes side, losing 26-5 in their first Super 14 pre-season rugby match at Porirua near Wellington...

Wallabies go high-tech

THE new Wallaby jersey to be unveiled on Australia Day is so hi-tech it will slow down players' heart rates and speed up their...

Rebels won’t rely on mercenaries

New Melbourne Rebels coach Rod Macqueen says mercenaries aren't welcome at the Super 15 rugby union club he will build from the ground up....

Stormers’ front row challenge

Western Province’s forwards did not take a step back for anyone in last year’s Currie Cup, but that is no guarantee of success in...

Happy Birthday Doc

The one man that will live on in the memory of South African rugby lovers, would have celebrated his 99th birthday today. Let us...