Rugby Archive

  • Friday 14 November 2014

    IT HAS become one of the coaching cliches to pretend they agonise over every position before deciding not to make any changes; so it counts as a refreshing dose of honesty that Vern Cotter, the man in charge of Scotland, admitted that sending the same team out to face New Zealand that had ripped Argentina to shreds for an hour had been a quick rubber-stamp job.

  • Friday 14 November 2014

    On the day that Vern Cotter, the Scotland coach, gave a vote of confidence to the players who beat Argentina last Saturday by selecting exactly the same starting XV to face New Zealand at BT Murrayfield tomorrow, his All Blacks counterpart Steve Hansen reacted angrily to suggestions that his starkly contrasting selection policy showed a lack of respect toward the home team.

  • Friday 14 November 2014

    England are confident that Courtney Lawes is ready to face South Africa in tomorrow's QBE International at Twickenham following his recovery from concussion.

  • Friday 14 November 2014

    Warren Gatland, the Wales coach, has rounded on the Millennium Stadium culprits responsible for booing fly-half Rhys Priestland during last Saturday's defeat against Australia.

  • Thursday 13 November 2014

    Scotland rugby head coach Vern Cotter has kept the same starting XV that beat Argentina last week for Saturday's clash with New Zealand at BT Murrayfield.

  • Thursday 13 November 2014

    SEAN FITZPATRICK has witnessed almost everything on a rugby field and still throbs with delight at the prospect of watching some red-blooded entertainment with forwards flinging themselves into the fray, preferably involving his beloved All Blacks.

  • Thursday 13 November 2014

    Rhys Ruddock is relishing another physical battle with Georgia after his starring role as a late-comer to Ireland's victory over South Africa.

  • Thursday 13 November 2014

    Ben Morgan insists England must use a mix of brain and brawn to subdue the South Africans at Twickenham on Saturday.

  • Thursday 13 November 2014

    It is easy to understand a player having mixed emotions when they face the haka for the first time, but no member of the Scotland team which lines up against New Zealand at BT Murrayfield on Saturday will be churning away inside like Sean Maitland.

  • Wednesday 12 November 2014

    Having welcomed Vern Cotter's policy of encouraging a distinctively Scottish style of play, Greig Laidlaw suggested yesterday that the national coach's New Zealand origins could be just as significant in the build-up to Scotland's match with the All Blacks at BT Murrayfield on Saturday.

  • Wednesday 12 November 2014

    DAN CARTER, the New Zealand fly-half who has scored more Test points than any other player in international rugby history, could return to top-flight action when the All Blacks take on Scotland at BT Murrayfield on Saturday.

  • Tuesday 11 November 2014

    Keven Mealamu, the New Zealand hooker, said Scotland's performance against Argentina on Saturday has made them "sit up in their chairs a bit" ahead of the world champions' match at Murrayfield on Saturday.

  • Tuesday 11 November 2014

    Hooker can sometimes appear to be the loneliest position on the rugby field.

  • Monday 10 November 2014

    Vern Cotter might have his roots on the other side of the world, but debutant centre Mark Bennett revealed on Saturday that the national team's head coach has been instilling some distinctly Scottish values in his players since stepping into the job a few months ago.

  • Monday 10 November 2014

    A RATTLING, rip-roaring game as Scotland razzled and dazzled and delivered five slick tries, but a performance that still left a few questions hanging in the damp Edinburgh air at the end.

  • Monday 10 November 2014

    Robbie Henshaw admitted he was relieved to kick-start Ireland's life after Brian O'Driscoll with an impressive 29-15 victory over South Africa.

  • Monday 10 November 2014

    James Hook, Gloucester fly-half has been called into Wales' autumn Test squad.

  • Sunday 9 November 2014

    England's ambition of issuing a statement of intent ahead of next year's World Cup was crushed by a losing start to the QBE Series that saw New Zealand depart Twickenham narrow 24-21 winners.

  • Sunday 9 November 2014

    IT is now 21 attempts and counting for Wales in Test matches against the big southern hemisphere sides as they suffered a 10th successive loss to 2015 World Cup pool opponents Australia.

  • Sunday 9 November 2014

    Scotland must hope the New Zealand coaching team stop their tape of this match before it reaches its last 10 minutes.

  • Sunday 9 November 2014

    NOBODY can justifiably complain about a win, especially one in which you score 41 points, but the way Scotland conceded tries at the end and the pressure they were under - with guys in the sin bin - should serve as a wake-up call.

  • Sunday 9 November 2014

    Scotland head coach Vern Cotter last night praised his players for marking his first home game with a victory, but the New Zealander admitted that some things will have to tighten up before his side face his own countrymen at BT Murrayfield next weekend.

  • Sunday 9 November 2014

    TRIES from Rhys Ruddock and Tommy Bowe helped guide Ireland to their first victory over South Africa in five years and a fifth consecutive win that represents their best run since 2009.

  • Saturday 8 November 2014

    Jean de Villiers, the South Africa captain, believes that Ireland have become a much better team under head coach Joe Schmidt.

  • Saturday 8 November 2014

    Duncan Hodge had his first close-up view of Test rugby as an unused replacement on Scotland's tour to Argentina in 1994, and the Scotland skills and kicking coach, who went on to win 26 caps for his country, has been an interested observer of the way the Pumas have developed their game since.

  • Saturday 8 November 2014

    Justin Marshall, the former New Zealand scrum-half, predicts that England will fall to an All Blacks team determined to issue a declaration of intent ahead of next year's World Cup.

  • Saturday 8 November 2014

    Leigh Halfpenny has warned that Wales will need "to be on the money for 80 minutes" this weekend in their pursuit of a prize that has eluded them for six painful years.

  • Friday 7 November 2014

    There has never been much doubt about Stuart Hogg's ability to electrify a crowd, but the 22-year-old has blown enough fuses in his time to make you wonder if his own internal wiring was quite what it should be.

  • Friday 7 November 2014

    Stuart Lancaster, the England head coach, is confident that Semesa Rokoduguni and Dave Attwood will rise to the challenge of tackling world champions New Zealand at Twickenham tomorrow.

  • Friday 7 November 2014

    Warren Gatland, the Wales head coach, has acknowledged that there is growing pressure on his side to secure victory against one of the game's southern-hemisphere heavyweights.