Ireland coach Joe Schmidt said he drew on the boisterous home crowd for inspiration for the first time in a pre-match team talk before his side beat England on Sunday to take control of the Six Nations championship.
Ireland took a major step towards retaining their Six Nations title with a pulsating 19-9 victory over England on Sunday to become the only side to win their opening three games.
Wales lock Luke Charteris says Saturday’s Six Nations clash against France is a pressure match as both sides desperately need to win.
England have made two changes to their starting XV for the Six Nations clash against Ireland in Dublin on Sunday.
The Wellington Hurricanes maintained their perfect start to the Super rugby season with a 42-13 demolition of the Western Force on Friday.
The Otago Highlanders defeated the Queensland Reds 20-13 on Friday, adding to the Australian side’s woes and crashing ex-Wallaby James O’Connor’s return to Super 15 rugby.
Former Wallabies Stephen Larkham and Nathan Grey have been named assistant Australia coaches under Michael Cheika, the Australian Rugby Union said on Friday.
England left winger Jonny May has been dropped and replaced by Jack Nowell in a 26-man training squad for Sunday’s Six Nations clash with Ireland in Dublin.
Sri Lanka Sevens outfit is to leave for Malaysia to participate at the Borneo rugby sevens which will kick off on February 27. This tournament will be featured as an invitational sevens among teams such as Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Singapore, China, Tonga and Hong Kong.
Kandy Sports Club gave a perfect reply to their first round defeat at the hands of Army SC when they outclassed the Soldiers in the return leg by 37 points (5 tries, 3 conversions, 2 penalties) to 10 points (1 try, 1 conversion, 1 penalty) at the Nittawela rugby stadium in front of a packed house last evening.
Champions New South Wales Waratahs fought off a determined Melbourne Rebels challenge to win their first game of the Super Rugbyseason 38-28 in Melbourne on Friday.
Resurgent CR & FC will face one of their hardest tests this season, when they take on Navy SC at Longdon Place today. Kick-off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. CR are coming into the game on the back of two bye-weeks, while Navy beat Air Force and Police over the last two weeks to seize the top spot in the league, albeit having played one more game than second-placed Kandy SC who trail by one point.
The Waikato Chiefs snatched a 19-17 win over the ACT Brumbies with the last kick of the match in New Plymouth on Friday. All Black Aaron Cruden’s 80th-minute penalty ultimately proved the difference in a tight contest where both sides scored one try apiece and the lead changed five times.
A Six Nations disciplinary committee on Thursday banned French lock Pascal Pape for 10 weeks for a knee in the back foul which left Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip with three fractured vertebrae. The foul deserved a longer ban, the committee said in a statement, but Pape saved himself with his “expressions of remorse.”
Scotland fly-half Finn Russell will miss the Six Nations game against Italy next week after tournament organisers announced on Wednesday he had been given a two-week suspension. The 22-year-old Glasgow player was given a three-week ban, reduced to two weeks due to his good previous record, for a dangerous tackle on Dan Biggar during Scotland’s 26-23 loss to Wales in Edinburgh last Sunday.
England coach Stuart Lancaster has released 17 players from his Six Nations squad so they can play for their clubs in the Premiership this weekend.
Scotland’s Six Nations campaign was hit by a fresh blow on Tuesday with the news that lock Richie Gray will miss the rest of the tournament with an arm injury. The 25-year-old Castres forward, elder brother of international colleague Jonny Gray, damaged a tendon in his upper arm during Scotland’s 26-23 loss to Wales on Sunday and will be sidelined for “three to four months”.
Semi Kunatani and Jerry Tuwai each scored two tries and Fiji defeated New Zealand 35-19 in Sunday’s championship match of the USA Rugby Sevens tournament. Fiji, which also won the USA Sevens crown in 2007, inflicted the fifth finals loss in the past six years upon the Kiwis, who lost twice before to both South Africa and Samoa.
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt praised fly-half Jonathan Sexton for his man of the match performance in the nervy 18-11 victory by the defending Six Nations champions over France at Lansdwone Road on Saturday.
Ireland’s hopes of avenging last year’s defeat by England hinges on the defending Six Nations champions putting their scoring chances away when they meet in a fortnight’s time, said Irish coach Joe Schmidt.