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Graham Henry calls time as New Zealand coach

Graham Henry has called time on his career as coach of New Zealand ending an eight year spell that saw the 65 year old win 88 matches out of a possible 103 and finally culminating in the World Cup triumph on home soil last month. Whilst it was a ...

All Blacks scrum-half admits to playing injured

New Zealand scrum-half Piri Weepu has admitted to injuring himself during the All Blacks warm-up prior to the Rugby World Cup final against France. Although the 28-year-old was far from 100% fit he still took to the field against the French ...

Rugby World Cup 2011 – A North V North and a South V South semi final

The weekend previous would certainly have been one for television in bed; with the cold weather of Autumn creeping in, the thicker duvet out, and a nice warm cup of tea ready to get stuck into the quarter finals of the Rugby World Cup 2011. This ...

A Group Day out in the 2011 Rugby World Cup

As we have come to the end of the group stages of the World Cup, I feel this is a good time to reflect upon the 2011 competition in New Zealand. We have seen upsets, dominance, a black wave of power, a French fall, Tongan joy, Irish successes, ...

New Zealand Rugby: Yet another title, for yet another Whitelock

The latest Junior U20s World Championship held in Italy saw another title going to the ‘Baby Black’ U20 New Zealand side. This record breaking youth team from New Zealand has won the competition a staggering amount of times confirming the already ...

Rugby Union: Southern Hemisphere influences vital for improving European class

Last week the first Super Rugby match was held outside the tournament’s host countries at the home of rugby, Twickenham. It is now quite easy to see the clear difference in class between the European teams and the southern hemisphere provincial ...

Rugby: Is This New Zealand’s big Year on the big stage?

From the very beginning of the Rugby Union World Cup, New Zealand have always been viewed as one of the best teams in the world. Yet ever since their World Cup victory in 1987, the All Blacks have not managed another historic win, despite them being ...

Is it about time smaller countries had a chance to host the Rugby World Cup?

Throughout the history of the World Cup, its hosts have all been prestigious rugby playing countries. From the very first World Cup in 1987 hosted by Australia and New Zealand, the tournament has been held by all of the top rugby playing nations ...

Earthquake in New Zealand creates World Cup worry

Following this week’s tragic earthquake in Christchurch, many are worried that the adverse effects of the quake will directly impact the Rugby World Cup in September. More than 75 people were killed and numerous Christchurch buildings collapsed in ...

England centre Shontayne Hape to join London Irish

England's New Zealand turned new boy Shontayne Hape will play for London Irish as of next season. The former rugby league man has been a Bath player since swicthing codes in 2008 from the Bradford Bulls. He has made numerous impressive ...

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