England are failing to reach their potential, says Woodward

Published : 7:56 am  November 17, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  421 reads   |  
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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.

All Blacks labour to win as Scotland bemoan near-miss

Published : 10:31 am  November 16, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  390 reads   |  
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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.

‘Boks trump England, France see off Wallabies

Published : 9:40 am  November 16, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  637 reads   |  
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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.

No regrets for Hansen over experimental New Zealand

Published : 9:28 am  November 16, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  580 reads   |  
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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”.

De Villiers expects more from ‘evolved’ England

Published : 11:53 am  November 15, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  473 reads   |  
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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.

McCaw adamant All Blacks respect Scotland

Published : 11:16 am  November 15, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  485 reads   |  
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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.

Beale recalled to Australia squad

Published : 8:55 am  November 15, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  384 reads   |  
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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 Black Carter had doubts but keen to now look ahead

Published : 8:08 am  November 14, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  334 reads   |  
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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.

McCaw to play blindside in All Blacks shake-up

Published : 7:34 pm  November 13, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  410 reads   |  
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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.

Horwill back for Wallabies against France

Published : 6:50 pm  November 13, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  352 reads   |  
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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.

Savea on five-man shortlist for IRB Player of the Year award

Published : 8:03 am  November 13, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  352 reads   |  
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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.

Yarde replaces injured Rokoduguni in England squad

Published : 7:35 am  November 12, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  447 reads   |  
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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.

Jones on cloud nine after Japan rise in rankings

Published : 8:09 pm  November 11, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  368 reads   |  
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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.

‘Our rugby spectators are rowdies,’ says Interim referees Chief Chula Dharmadasa

Published : 7:12 pm  November 11, 2014 |  2 comments  |  Print This Post  |  611 reads   |  
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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.

All Blacks centre Smith returns home for personal reasons

Published : 1:39 pm  November 11, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  325 reads   |  
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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.

Unfit and incompetent local rugby refs may ruin this club season

Published : 1:27 pm  November 11, 2014 |  One comment  |  Print This Post  |  721 reads   |  
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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.

O’Connor reformed and ready for Wallaby return, says Giteau

Published : 12:17 pm  November 11, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  437 reads   |  
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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.

Injury-hit Wales recall Hook

Published : 1:22 pm  November 10, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  330 reads   |  
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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’s Burrell out of South Africa clash

Published : 1:12 pm  November 10, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  596 reads   |  
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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.

Army stun Kandy at Race Course

Published : 7:27 am  November 10, 2014 |  One comment  |  Print This Post  |  411 reads   |  
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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.

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