Providing the grunt in the heart of the scrum, as well as the means to win ball in the line-outs, this group of BIG men are responsible for ensuring a continuous supply of quality first phase ball for the team.
Let’s open with the players who did the hard yards in last years campaign.
The next instalment will look at the ever improving and exciting loose forwards.
The Golden Lions have made a number of signings ahead of the 2012 Super Rugby season as they look to follow on from their Currie Cup victory.
Rugby’s major nations have endorsed a 20-team format for the 2015 Rugby World Cup and have offered to play midweek matches to ensure lower-ranked teams have more time between rugby matches.
The on-field disciplinary process for Rugby World Cup 2011 deals with Illegal and/or Foul Play and Misconduct. It reflects the citing, hearing and sanctioning process which applies across international Rugby as set out in IRB Regulation 17, but under expedited timeframes for the seven week tournament. Rugby World Cup 2011 will benefit from the most experienced Citing Commissioners and Judicial Officers selected on merit from the elite international Game to act in such roles at the Tournament.
The appointment of Citing Commissioners, Judicial Officers and Appeal Committees during the Tournament is based upon neutrality considerations.
SA Under-20 coach Dawie Theron has made nine changes to his team to take on Ireland in their second Pool C match at the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship in Treviso on Tuesday at 20:10 .
Herewith the schedule and results for Day 2 of the Tournament in Hong Kong.
With the energy, frequency and sheer number of matches in a competition like the Super 15, you almost never get a moment to sit down and reflect on issues, but I had to make the time to do just that. Continue reading
This week, SARU’s Manager of Referees, Andre Watson, steps into the Hotseat, dealing with issues ranging from scrums to rucks and more.
It seems the powers that be in Rugby just can’t let sleeping dogs lie. New interpretations, definitions, and clarifications on the Rules of the game were recently distributed by IRB via the South African Rugby Referees Association.
Some you may have previously seen or been aware of, some not. The full list is under. Continue reading
Following a directive to all referees from the IRB issued on 21st January 2011, Rugby followers can expect to see dangerous (high) tackles penalised more severely than previously.
Namibia joined Fiji as a nation in doubt for participation at the Rugby world cup later this year due to administrative trouble so bad the IRB has been forced to take over the union.
Time is running out to have your say on who should win the IRPA Try of the Year Award 2010. Be quick though, voting closes on Monday.
With a little over 200 days to go until the IRB Junior World Championship 2011 kicks off in Italy, Pool C opponents South Africa and England are stepping up preparations in their quest to end New Zealand’s dominance of the prestigious Under 20 tournament.
Argentina face the daunting task of joining the top three rugby union teams in the world, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, in an expanded Tri-Nations from 2012.
Springbok captain Victor Matfield has been nominated for the 2010 International Rugby Board’s (IRB) player of the year award, rugby’s governing body announced on Thursday.
The International Rugby Board Council today approved amendments to two aspects of Law that will ensure that the welfare of players always comes first.
The International Rugby Board is pleased with the outcome of their increased emphasis on certain aspects of law application – the tackle and offside at kicks in particular.
Someone said earlier this week that some of the best coaches must come together and write a coaching manual. They said there is a need for it. I found this website and would like to share it with you. Rugby-Talk also added a section called LAWS & REGULATIONS, The links to this site can be found there.
In light of the abuse Peter de Villiers and SARU got on the Frans Steyn debacle and the fact that Frans Steyn played last night for his Club Racing Metro in the French Top 14 Competition, I looked at the IRB regulations on the availability of players. The problem for me, with no legal background, is to identify ALL the legal loopholes.
IRB referees boss Paddy O’Brien admitted that the decision to sin-bin Drew Mitchell for a late tackle on Richie McCaw was incorrect.
THE leading rugby nations, including Australia, will seek a larger slice of the World Cup pie to compensate them for millions of dollars of lost income from the IRB’s decision to cancel inbound Test matches in the year the showpiece event is held.