All Blacks win Rugby World Cup

Tony Woodcock’s early try and a penalty from fourth-choice fly-half Stephen Donald were enough to see the All Blacks home in an extraordinary match that defied all pre-match predictions. New Zealand   8  –  7    France France produced their best performance of the tournament and appeared to be close to pulling off one of … [Read the full story]

UGLY…Poms don’t know how to play any other way

England would rather “win ugly” than risk a loss to Scotland in the old rivals’ Rugby World Cup 2011 clash, according to halfback Ben Youngs. The northern teams’ onus on defensive play and kicking is often derided by attack-focused southern hemisphere sides but the No.9 insists “it’s all about winning”. The clash is expected to … [Read the full story]

Samo and Horwill return for for the Wallabies

The selection of Radike Samo on the wing is the most notable among a number of changes made to the Wallabies side announced for their final Rugby World Cup 2011 pool c match against Russia. Queesnland Reds backrower Samo finished last week’s 67-5 win over United States on the wing after a spate of injuries … [Read the full story]

We don’t want Kiwi hugs, we embrace the rivalry

Trans-Tasman rivalry was temporarily forgotten as the Wallabies arrived at Nelson Airport to find themselves swamped by enthusiastic locals offering hugs. With the Rugby World Cup 2011 well under way, Nelson Mayor Aldo Miccio had declared Wednesday ‘Hug an Aussie Day’ and encouraged his community to literally embrace visiting Australians in an effort to help … [Read the full story]

David Campese thinks Quade Cooper is shit

Wallabies legend David Campese has criticised Quade Cooper’s chancy style of play and his ability to stand up under pressure as Australia’s Rugby World Cup 2011 campaign teeters on the brink. Campese blamed a lack of leadership and teamwork for the 15-6 World Cup loss to Ireland last Saturday and the exhilarating Cooper was at the … [Read the full story]

Crappy Poms and Pumas upstaged by a streaker

Replacement halfback Ben Youngs scored with 13 minutes remaining as England come from behind to edge out Argentina 13-9 in their opening Rugby World Cup 2011 match. However the Pumas, whose game plan was centred on a physical forward effort and rugged defence, will rue spurning opportunities to build a significant lead. Skipper Felipe Contepomi … [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]

The Kiwis REALLY hate us

The Trans-Tasman spirit is dead, with New Zealand rugby fans saying the Wallabies are the team they least wish to see in the Rugby World Cup 2011, according to a New Zealand newspaper poll. A survey published in the New Zealand Herald ranked Australia the runaway leaders when fans were asked “which country do you … [Read the full story]

‘The hands are around the throat’, says Buford

The question to All Blacks centre Conrad Smith was a generous free-kick, with a Kiwi journalist asking him why New Zealanders should not be worried about Rugby World Cup 2011 following Saturday night’s loss to the Wallabies. “Maybe they should be worried,” replied Smith, jolting his audience as he booted the free-kick directly into touch. … [Read the full story]