Qld plan to keep State of Origin games at Suncorp

Melbourne and Auckland have stepped up their bids for a slice of the State of Origin action, raising the spectre of the Queensland Government having to provide financial incentives to keep games at Suncorp Stadium. Victoria Major Events’ contract to stage State of Origin matches finishes this year, but NSW Rugby League chief executive Geoff … [Read the full story]

More Rugby World Cup facts

The 2011 tournament in New Zealand is the seventh Rugby World Cup 20 nations compete in the tournament The 2011 Rugby World Cup takes place over seven weekends from the 10 September to the 22 October The inaugural competition was held in 1987, co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand The Rugby World Cup is the … [Read the full story]

Rugby World Cup – quarter final line-ups

Quarter-final 1 Ireland v Wales, Wellington (Saturday, October 8, 4pm EDT) Ireland (15-1): Robert Kearney; Tommy Bowe, Brian O’Driscoll (captain), Gordon D’Arcy, Keith Earls; Ronan O’Gara, Conor Murray; Jamie Heaslip, Sean O’Brien, Stephen Ferris; Paul O’Connell, Donncha O’Callaghan; Mike Ross, Rory Best, Cian Healy. Replacements: Sean Cronin,Tom Court, Donnacha Ryan, Denis Leamy, Eoin Reddan, Jonathan … [Read the full story]

Rugby World Cup 2011 – this weekends line-up

South Africa v Samoa, 30/9 5:30pm (EST), Albany South Africa (15-1): Patrick Lambie; JP Pietersen, Jaque Fourie, Frans Steyn, Bryan Habana; Morne Steyn, Fourie du Preez; Pierre Spies, Schalk Burger, Heinrich Brussow; Victor Matfield (captain), Danie Rossouw; Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira. Res: John Smit, Gurthro Steenkamp, CJ van der Linde, Willem … [Read the full story]

The Haka is losing its potency in the World Cup

New Zealand’s haka is in danger of losing its impact because it’s being performed too often at the Rugby World Cup, warns South Africa coach Peter de Villiers. The eye-rolling, chest slapping Maori challenge has been performed by the All Blacks before Test matches since 1905, becoming an integral part of the international rugby landscape. But … [Read the full story]

Quade makes victory over Italy look easy

The Wallabies are up and running at Rugby World Cup 2011, with Quade Cooper orchestrating an impressive 32-6 victory over Italy in their Pool C opener in Auckland. New Zealand’s ‘Public Enemy No.1’ set up three of Australia’s four tries after the sides were locked 6-6 at halftime in an entertaining encounter despite slippery conditions … [Read the full story]

Kiwi passenger becomes a member of the “Vile High” club

A drunk New Zealand airline passenger joined the ‘vile’ high club when he relieved himself in an aeroplane aisle in mid-flight and soaked horrified fellow passengers. The man was travelling on a Jetstar flight from Auckland to Singapore on Monday when he urinated in the aisle about six hours into the 11-hour trip. Passenger Amos Chapple … [Read the full story]