England are not reaching their full potential and the coaching set up must be clearer in their playing philosophy, according to their World Cup winning former coach Clive Woodward.
A largely second-string New Zealand team, albeit one featuring all-time greats Richie McCaw and Dan Carter, made heavy weather of subduing Scotland at Murrayfield before stamping their world champion class to prevail 24-16 on Saturday.
South Africa bounced back from a shock defeat by Ireland with a 31-28 victory over England on Saturday, as world champions New Zealand could afford to field a largely second-string team but still beat Scotland 24-16.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen had no regrets about risking defeat against Scotland by fielding an experimental young side at Murrayfield, insisting that the close call of a contest that ended in a 24-16 victory for the reigning world champions was “a perfect game for us”.
South Africa captain Jean de Villiers said Friday the Springboks were wary of a “much-improved” England, saying their unbeaten run against the Red Rose would count for nothing come Saturday’s clash at Twickenham.
New Zealand captain Richie McCaw maintained Friday the All Blacks were taking Scotland seriously despite their unusual team selection for Saturday’s international at Murrayfield.
Australia utility back Kurtley Beale was recalled to the squad on Friday for the first time since being fined following a row with former team business manager Di Patston.
All Blacks flyhalf Daniel Carter had some lingering doubts as to whether his ‘annus horribilis’ would ever end but this weekend finally gets the chance to put it all behind him and turn his focus towards next year’s World Cup.
All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw has been shunted to blindside flanker and fly-half Dan Carter gets his first Test start in a year in a vastly rearranged New Zealand side to play Scotland on Saturday.
Former captain James Horwill returned to the Wallabies’ starting line-up Thursday in the only change in the team to play France in Paris this weekend.
New Zealand wing Julian Savea is among five players shortlisted for the 2014 IRB World Rugby Player of the Year Award, the governing body announced on Wednesday.
Semesa Rokoduguni is out of England’s international against South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday, with Marland Yarde replacing the Bath wing in the squad, head coach Stuart Lancaster announced on Tuesday.
Japan have risen two places to an all-time high of ninth in the rugby world rankings after an impressive streak of 10 test match victories, but coach Eddie Jones has no intention of resting on his laurels.
One of the hottest seats to perch on these days is perhaps the seat of the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Society of Rugby Football Referees. Chula Dharmadasa who took over the reins just weeks prior to the commencement of the current Dialog ‘A’ Division club rugby tournament is one who would not mince his words when he claimed that our rugby spectators are the biggest culprits and the worst rowdies as was witnessed after a few games ended last season and hopes that this time around crowd violence and the safety of his referees will not be compromised.
Veteran centre Conrad Smith is returning to New Zealand to attend to a personal family matter and will miss the All Blacks’ clash with Scotland in Edinburgh on Saturday.
Chula Dharmadasa, the Chairman Interim Committee – Sri Lanka Society of Rugby Football Referees, must be either pulling his hairs out wondering what a mess he has got himself into or on the other must be relishing the opportunity of putting the referees house in order, in this current and ongoing Dialog ‘A’ Division league club rugby tournament.
Exiled Australia winger James O’Connor is a reformed character and ready for a return to international rugby in time for next year’s World Cup, according to former Wallabies flyhalf Matt Giteau.
Gloucester fly-half James Hook was called into Wales’s squad for their remaining November internationals on Sunday after fellow No 10 Dan Biggar suffered a groin strain in the 33-28 defeat by Australia.
England centre Luther Burrell will miss Saturday’s clash against South Africa as he continues his recovery from a hand injury, the RugbyFootball Union announced Sunday.
The predicted ‘Dark ‘Horse’ of this year’s Dialog ‘A’ Division tournament Army SC, turned the tables on mighty Kandy SC to inflict a resounding 21 points (3 goals) to 13 ( 2 tries, 1 penalty) win in their first round encounter at the Race Course Grounds yesterday.