- Eurosport | Oval Talk – Tue, Nov 12, 2013 17:00 GMT
There is nothing like loving yourself. World champions New Zealand will head into Saturday's autumn international against England at Twickenham with a bloated and untrue opinion of their own self-worth.
The All Blacks seek revenge for their only defeat in 32 matches, against England a year ago, when they return to the scene of that record 38-21 loss to Stuart Lancaster's side last December.
Here are a few of the lines that have apparently been pinned to a plethoraRead More »from All Blacks most dominant team in history? More big-time bottlers
- Eurosport | Oval Talk – Fri, Oct 25, 2013 09:21 BST
Australia are looking forward to a break from playing New Zealand and South Africa as well as a chance to put together back-to-back wins for the first time this year on their tour of Europe, coach Ewen McKenzie said on Friday.
The Wallabies suffered three heavy defeats to the All Blacks and two to the Springboks in the southern hemisphere Test season and last won consecutive matches when they beat Italy and Wales to end last year's tour.
McKenzie, who took the reins in July after the 2-1 British and Irish Lions series defeat, is convinced his team are on an upward trajectory and sees theRead More »from Australia hoping to breaking losing habit in Europe
Ma'a Nonu's long-drawn out debate over his playing future came to a close with an audible sigh of relief emanating from the New Zealand Rugby Union's Wellington headquarters.
Nonu's decision to sign with the NZRU and rejoin Super Rugby's Auckland Blues until the 2015 World Cup ensured the national body would avoid some murky bending of eligibility rules and provided the All Blacks with a proven matchwinner as they look to defend the Webb Ellis trophy.
The decision to sign Nonu, whether the NZRU was twisting his arm or not, is a gamble for Blues coach John Kirwan who is welcoming back a playerRead More »from Kirwan takes gamble on Nonu
Though Ian Evans has had his confidence dented countless times by more than his fair share of injury torment, the Wales and Ospreys lock says moments such as winning the 2013 Six Nations title make all the pain worthwhile.
Evans and some of his international colleagues were present at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff on Wednesday to launch the new 2013-2015 WRU home kit. [WATCH THE LAUNCH VIDEO HERE]
Alex Cuthbert, Toby Faletau and Evans joined a legion of loyal Welsh supporters on the national stadium’s hallowed turf to form an ‘army of red’ for a unique photo opportunity.
And if any oneRead More »from Six Nations winner Evans: I considered retirement
- Eurosport | Oval Talk – Thu, Oct 17, 2013 11:05 BST
Rugby fans have talked for years about potential responses to the famous Haka but this, not surprisingly, was never suggested.
Children from Norton Junior School produced a quite stunning performance of the Maori war dance - in front of New Zealand rugby players themselves.
Around 50 schoolchildren gave the visiting New Zealand team a welcome to remember with their own version of the Haka, and then had to stand back and observe the response.
The Kiwi tourists proceeded to perform their own Haka in front of the children from Doncaster, and it's hard to know which was the more impressive.
TheRead More »from Doncaster schoolkids in amazing Haka face-off with All Blacks
- Eurosport | Oval Talk – Mon, Oct 14, 2013 10:31 BST
Fans will no doubt believe that many top sports stars need to address “humility” issues, but it is rare for an individual to be openly labelled in such disparaging terms.
Australia back James O'Connor has been exiled very publicly following numerous disciplinary problems and for reportedly alienating senior players – something that in a roundabout way equates to explaining why he requires "humility" training.
This is the man who was adamant that he was “a brand” during much-publicised contract negotiations, and who made what at the time were described as "astonishing" demands in talks.
It'sRead More »from Australia star told to solve ‘humility’ problem after axe by club and country
Australia coach Ewen McKenzie will need the best from his 15 gladiators when they step into what he called a 'coliseum atmosphere' in Rosario for Saturday's Rugby Championship match against Argentina.
"Everyone talks about the coliseum atmosphere and the noise in Rosario. It's amazing but also daunting and you need to be able to function in that space," McKenzie said after naming his team on Thursday.
The Wallabies, who beat the Pumas 14-13 in Perth three weeks ago, aim to avoid the wooden spoon against an Argentina team who appear to be edging closer to their first victory in the eliteRead More »from Australia braced for gladiatorial Argentina test
Manu Tuilagi's injury provides Luther Burrell with the chance to make a play for the England No13 shirt during the autumn internationals - if given a chance by Stuart Lancaster.
Read the full post by Kieran Beckles of Yahoo! Contributor Network.Read More »from Saints man Burrell a candidate to replace Tuilagi
How does your work deal with people showing up late? Is it a verbal dressing-down from the boss? Perhaps a small fine? Some offices make those with poor timekeeping buy doughnuts or other pastries for the rest of the team.
Regardless of how you might be punished for being late, just be grateful your firm does not use the same strategy as French rugby side Toulon.
Australian star Matt Giteau has posted a video via Instagram of what happened to him when he missed the cut-off point for training: being lined up with his back exposed and having a ball-bearing gun fired at him.
That’s right:Read More »from Team shoot player with BB gun for showing up late
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