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Our Rugby World Cup “Favourite XV’s”

The Rugby World Cup 2019 will soon be with us!

So we have decided to put together a series of “favourite fifteens” of players past and present for a different country going to Japan.

These are purely opinion and we hope they will strike up a bit of a debate. There is nothing better in the lead up to a RWC than discussing past greats, so here is our NZ favourite fifteen, we look forward to hearing if you agree or not? NB – We will still be correct

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This month we are starting with current World Champions New Zealand!

1. Tony Woodcock.

118 caps and a World Cup winner in 2011 and 2015, Woodcock is known as the best Loosehead prop ever. He is also the only NZ prop to score in a World Cup final (2011).

2. Sean Fitzpatrick.

Now a pundit often seen on our TV screens, he was a legendary captain. 92 caps and a Rugby World Cup winner in 1987.

3. Owen Franks.

The first rugby player to reach 100 caps without scoring any points! Franks is the best tighthead of his generation. Double World Cup winner (2011 & 2015) and moving to Northampton Saints next season.

4. Colin Meads.

Regarded as New Zealand’s greatest ever player, Meads was nicknamed “Pinetree” due to his physical resemblance to one! Received 55 caps over 14 years of playing for the All Blacks.

5. Brodie Retallick.

Still only 27 and with a World Cup winners medal (2015) and 73 caps already we think Retallick will end up as an All Black legend, if he isn’t already? A real loss for this RWC.

6. Michael Jones.

Once called “almost the perfect rugby player” Jones would have received many more than 55 caps if it hadn’t been for injury. Rugby World Cup winner 1987.

7. Richie McCaw.

The most capped player ever with 148 caps, McCaw has played in four World Cups and was a winning captain in two (2011 & 2015). Retired after winning the final in 2015, a perfect exit.

8. Keiran Read.

Another double World Cup winner (2011 & 2015) Read took over the captaincy of the All Blacks from McCaw. Big boots to fill but can he go one step further in Japan 2019?

9. Justin Marshall.

He won pretty much everything else with NZ but never a World Cup. However, he was one of the most talented and dangerous All Black nines ever, scoring an awesome 24 tries in 81 games.

10. Dan Carter.

Two World Cup wins (2011 & 2015), The most points ever scored by an international player (1,598), 112 caps, 3-time player of the year and numerous other medals. Carter is still playing, the man is a legend.

11. Jonah Lomu.

One of the most well-known rugby players ever, Lomu changed how rugby was played and was the first “household name” in the game. Taken too early but remembered forever.

12. Sonny Bill Williams.

Probably the most talented rugby player you can watch, He has played Union, League and Sevens and won medals in all codes including 2 World Cups (2011 & 2015). He has also boxed professionally.

13. Ma’a Nonu.

The All Blacks have had some amazing centres but Nonu’s tough, abrasive, hard carrying style epitomises great centre play. Oh, and he has won 2 World Cups (2011 & 2015)

14. Doug Howlett

The leading All Black try scorer with 49 tries in 62 matches must be in the team! His attacking game wasn’t his only skill. Howlett was an exceptional rugby player with great defensive skills and fitness.

15. Christian Cullen.

One of our favourite rugby players to watch. Cullen could score from anywhere and often did! Second only to Howlett in All Black tries scored he was impossible to defend against.

Finishers: Carl Hayman, Joe Rokocoko, Zinzan Brooke, Tana Umaga, Dane Coles, Olo Brown.childrens rugby magazine

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Rugby World rankings permutations

Statto Alert!

Are you a statto who loves figures and stats? Well read on then! A busy weekend of men’s and women’s international matches could have significant impact on the World Rugby rankings. Here is everything you need to know curtesy of World Rugby.

Men’s rankings headlines

·         New Zealand have been number one since 16 November, 2009

·         England and South Africa are the only other teams to occupy top spot

·         Wales could end the weekend as the number one team for the first time

·         South Africa could climb to third for first time since September 2017

·         USA can reach a new high of 11th, while Japan could equal their best of ninth

Women’s rankings headlines

·         New Zealand have been number one since 21 August, 2017 – and 95.11 per cent of the time since the rankings were introduced in February 2016

·         Australia’s highest ranking is sixth, which they occupied from July 2016 to March 2019 bar for a two-week period during Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017

·         Madagascar play first rankings test in Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021 qualifying

The Rugby Championship 2019 – Round 3

AUSTRALIA (6) 81.91 v NEW ZEALAND (1) 91.54

·         New Zealand will surrender top spot if they fail to win and Wales also beat England

·         They could, though, more than double their cushion at the top of the rankings depending on results in Perth, Dublin and London

·         Australia can only improve their ranking if they win by more than 15 points and South Africa lose by the same margin in Argentina

ARGENTINA (10) 76.81 v SOUTH AFRICA (4) 86.30

·         The Springboks could finish the weekend in third place, if they win in tandem with defeat for England and a loss by more than 15 points for Ireland

·         South Africa will drop below England again if both sides win this weekend

·         South Africa can drop to sixth if they lose by more than 15 points and Australia beat New Zealand by the same margin

·         Argentina will climb above Fiji into ninth with victory, even if Fiji also beat Samoa

·         Argentina will slip out of the top 10 if they lose and Fiji and Japan both win

World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup – Round 3

USA (13) 72.53 v JAPAN (11) 76.62

·         The winner will be crowned Pacific Nations Cup champions. USA have never won the title, Japan did outright in 2011 and shared in 2014

·         Japan will climb above Fiji with victory – even if Fiji also beat Samoa

·         Japan can equal their highest ever ranking of ninth if the above happens and Argentina also lose at home to South Africa

·         USA will drop below Italy in defeat, even if the Azzurri also lose to Ireland in Dublin

·         The Eagles could also drop one in victory if Italy beat Ireland – unless they win by more than 15 points

·         USA will climb two places to a new high of 11th if win by more than 15 points and would be higher ranked of the nations with Japan dropping to 12th in this scenario

FIJI (9) 76.98 v SAMOA (16) 69.08

·         Fiji have won the last four meetings since a 30-30 draw in 2015

·         Samoa’s last win in the fixture came at ANZ Stadium in 2014 (18-13)

·         Fiji cannot climb the rankings with victory, but will drop if Japan win or Argentina manage at least a draw against South Africa

·         They could fall as low as 13th with defeat by more than 15 points – something they haven’t suffered since a 27-7 loss to Samoa at RWC 2011 – although this would need Italy to also beat Ireland as emphatically

·         Samoa can climb three places if they win by more than 15 points and USA and Tonga both lose by the same margin.

 

 

Women’s test matches

AUSTRALIA (7) 78.68 v NEW ZEALAND (1) 93.88 (Saturday)

·         Six points is the smallest winning margin for New Zealand, 22-16 in Canberra in October 2008. Their biggest is 64-0 back in July 1995

·         Australia have only reached double figures in six of the 17 meetings, including the last three

·         Australia recorded their first test wins on home soil last month, beating Japan 2-0

·         New Zealand cannot improve their rating with an 18th successive win over Australia – but will lose top spot if they suffer a first defeat to the Wallaroos

·         Australia will climb to a new high of fifth with victory, climbing above Italy and USA

·         A draw would be enough to lift Australia above Italy into sixth

Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021 qualifiers (Rugby Africa Women’s Cup)

SOUTH AFRICA (11) 67.98 v UGANDA (44) 38.16 (Friday)

·         South Africa cannot improve their ranking in victory as a result of the 29.82 rating points between the sides before home weighting is factored in

·         Defeat for South Africa would see them drop below Scotland and into 12th

·         Uganda will equal their highest ever ranking of 39th with victory, but could climb as high as 36th depending on the margin of victory and outcome of Madagascar v Kenya

 

MADAGASCAR (-) 40.00 v KENYA (28) 45.84 (Friday)

·         Madagascar will enter the World Rugby Women’s Rankings with a starting rating of 40.00 points

·         Defeat will see Madagascar occupy 41st place in the rankings unless Uganda win, in which case they will sit 42nd

·         Kenya cannot improve their ranking as a win by more than 15 points would still leave them six hundredths behind Jamaica

·         Kenya will fall between three and five places depending on margin of defeat

·         A Madagascar debut victory will lift them to 33rd or 34th depending on the margin

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The Premiership fixtures are out!

The Premiership Fixtures are out!

As always there are some cracking opening games. We have to wait a little longer for the league to start this season. But as it’s due to the Rugby World Cup we will let them off!

Rugby can confirm that the new Gallagher Premiership Rugby season will kick off on Friday 18 October at Ashton Gate with Bristol Bears taking on Bath Rugby, live on BT Sport.

The West Country derby is part of a compelling first round of Gallagher Premiership Rugby on the same weekend as the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals in Japan.

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Wales RWC 2019 kit launch!

The new Wales kit, from Under Armour, to be worn by both the senior men’s and women’s international sides until the end of 2020, has been revealed by the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU).
Rugby World Cup (RWC) jerseys, featuring the tournament logo, are available to pre-order now from store.wru.co.uk in both authentic and replica versions and ‘home’ (traditional red) and ‘alternate’ (forest green) colours.

Supporters will be able access pre-orders and see jerseys in shops from 20th July and will also be able to buy the traditional jersey branded with shirt sponsor Isuzu, worn at all matches outside of RWC, from this time, alongside a full range of related technical training clothing and leisurewear.

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England RWC 2019 Kit launch!

Rugby specialist and kit provider Canterbury has today revealed the limited edition 2019 Rugby World Cup kit, which the England Rugby team will wear in Japan this autumn.

The kit was unveiled at a special event for fans and grassroots players at The Canterbury Clubhouse, a pop-up store on Baker Street, which will remain open across the weekend to allow fans to be one of the first to get their hands on the jersey.

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I’m a true believer that it takes a village to raise a child and the rugby pitch is an important place in the village of my world.

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The rugby “village”

Week-in, week-out, rain, wind, or snow I watch the coaches giving their all to our children. They volunteer their time, invest their hearts and their passion, and give their everything to bring out the best in the individual players. What the coaches deliver goes way beyond rugby, and has a lasting impact off the pitch.

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BRM caught up with two of Harlequin’s best young players, Gabriel Ibitoye and Aaron Morris, whilst they were at the launch of Project Rugby’s partnership with Gallagher.

Launched in 2017, Project Rugby is run jointly by Premiership Rugby and England Rugby allowing rugby to reach new communities and put the benefits of playing the sport on the agenda for many participants for the first time. The ground-breaking initiative has been one of the success stories of English rugby with more than 20,000 participants introduced to the game so far.  

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Rugby mum’s on tour!

It’s tour weekend!! I’m sitting on a coach, exhausted, on my way back from another epic Syston Minis tour.  I was one of 250 parents, players, and coaches who converged on sunny Bournemouth for three days of rugby fun and shenanigans!

This was an especially memorable trip for the U12s, as it’s the last Minis tour before we become Juniors next season. As you can imagine, it was very lively. But while I would love to divulge some of the madness that actually went on…what goes on tour, stays on tour.

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