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Bernard Lapasset

500daysRWCWith 500 days to go until Rugby World Cup 2015 in England kicks off, Rugby World Cup Limited Chairman Bernard Lapasset is confident that preparations are on track to deliver “an unforgettable and special” record-breaking event that will further the growth of the sport worldwide.

With fans snapping up tickets in record numbers through the official supporter tour programme and with Rugby community ticket sales beginning today, tournament organisers England Rugby 2015 Limited have announced that tickets for all 48 matches will go on general sale globally from September 12-29 2014.

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IRBERCWorld rugby supremo Bernard Lapasset has warned English and French clubs wishing to form a breakaway European club competition that they do not have the right to impose their will on other leagues reluctant to join them.

The 66-year-old Frenchman – president of the International Rugby Board since replacing Irishman Syd Millar in 2008 – has kept his own counsel while the English and French clubs have tried to persuade their counterparts in Wales, Ireland, Italy and Scotland to leave the European Rugby Cup (ERC), who organise the European Cup and Challenge, and join the planned 20-team Champions Cup from next year.

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After much debate and investigation, the Golden Lions and the Lions Super Rugby teams, under the guises of the GLRU and Lions Rugby (PTY) LTD have decided that their futures’ remain at their historical home Coca-Cola  (Ellis) Park.

The stadium was rebuilt in the early 1980′s and was given another major facelift for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The full media releases from the various parties reads:

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Sharks 53 / Lions 9 (Final score)

The Sharks hosted the MTN Golden Lions at Kings Park, Durban at 19:10 SA Time.

This was the live match discussion Article.

The sharks totally outclassed a lethargic and error ridden Lions side to book a home semi final against the Free state Cheetahs next week, where they will certainly carry all of the momentum.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1, SHD & M-Net on TV in SA.

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Lions (20) 42 / WP (9) 25 (Final Score)

The MTN Golden Lions host DHL Western Province at Coka-Cola Park, Johannesburg at 17:05 SA Time.

This is the live match discussion Article.

The match is broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1, SHD & M-Net on TV in SA.

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The Lions were full value for their 5 tries to 1 win over a Western Province side who had to try and stay in touch via the solid boot of Demetri Catrakilis.

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Lions (6) 18 / Blue Bulls (18) 21 (Final Score)

The MTN Golden Lions hosted the Vodacom Blue Bulls at Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg at 15:00 SA Time.

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1, SHD & M-Net on TV in SA.

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The Blue Bulls desperately held on, with superb defence to win this cliff-hanger by 3 points.

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Lions (20) 41 / Griquas (6) 25 (Final Score)

The MTN Lions hosted GWK Griquas at Coca-Cola Park, Joannesburg at 19:10 SA Time.

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1, SHD & CSN on TV in SA.

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A Game of two contrasting halves!

The MTN Lions absolutely dominated the first half yet the determined Griquas were determined not to give up and dominated the second half.

The Lions bag a full 5 Log Points and the Griquas get nothing.

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Pumas (6) 20 / Lions (27) 34 (Final Score)

The Ford Pumas hosted the MTN Golden Lions at Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit at 19:10 SA Time. This was the match thread for discussion of the game. The match was broadcast live on SuperSport 1, SHD & CSN on TV in SA.

It was a game of 2 halves, with the Lions dominating the 1st half and the brave Pumas dominating the 2nd half.

Well after the final hooter, the Lions managed to get their bonus point for tries, via replacement Johan Snyman.

Was a very good game to watch!

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Blue Bulls (19) 27 / Lions (16) 36 (Final Score)

The Vodacom Blue Bulls hosted the MTN Golden Lions at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria at 17:05 SA Time. This was the match thread for discussion of the game. The match was broadcast live on SuperSport 1, SHD & M-Net on TV in SA.

The Blue Bulls were just too ill-diciplined and Flip van der Merwe earned tow yellow cards, turning the final one into Red, whilst the Lions were mostly well diciplined and controlled all game.

The Lions deserved their win.

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