RUGBY RUMORS & GOSSIP

Habana, le Roux, Lambie dropped by Springboks for youth

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) Record try-scorer Bryan Habana, Willie le Roux, and Pat Lambie have been dropped by South Africa, which will field its most inexperienced backline in 22 years against Wales on Saturday. Three players will make their debut, and there's another new cap in the reserves. A reaction from the Springboks was expected after they lost for the first time to Italy last...
Via Associated Press
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Favaro replaces Parisse as Italy captain for Tonga test

PADUA, Italy (AP) Flanker Simone Favaro will captain Italy against Tonga and Andries Van Schalkwyk will step in at No. 8 in their rugby test on Saturday in the absence of the suspended Sergio Parisse. Parisse was banned for three weeks by the French club leagues on Wednesday, for involuntarily hitting an opponent's face with his foot on Nov. 5 while playing for his Stade Francais...
Via Associated Press
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Italy captain Parisse suspended, to miss Tonga test

ROME (AP) Italy captain Sergio Parisse will miss the home rugby test against Tonga on Saturday after being suspended for three weeks. Parisse was found guilty by the French club leagues of involuntarily hitting an opponent's face with his foot on Nov. 5 while playing for his Stade Francais club against Bordeaux. The Italian Rugby Federation says coach Conor O'Shea will announce...
Via Associated Press
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Rugby player facing 12-week ban for testicle-grabbing

Rugby player Ryan Wilson faces a minimum 12-week suspension for allegedly grabbing the testicles of another player, according to BBC. Wilson, who plays for Glasgow, is accused of reaching for opponent Lee Dickson’s baby-makers during the 25th minute of Glasgow’s match against the Northampton Saints on Sunday. He will be disciplined at a hearing Wednesday, with any suspension...
Via The Comeback
January 18, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: New Zealand Crowd Shows All-Blacks Legend Richie McCaw As He Subs Out From Record Setting 142nd Test

If you have watched the New Zealand All-Blacks play rugby anytime over the last decade or so than you have seen one of the greatest players in the game work his magic on the pitch--Richie McCaw. When he took the pitch Saturday to defend the Bledisloe Cup for the 12th consecutive year he solidified his status as an absolute beast. How so? It was his 142nd test (match)--a new world...
Via FatManWriting
August 15, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Richie McCaw Scores Late Try to Give New Zealand Win Over South Africa

Whenever the All Blacks and Springboks meet on the pitch there is one thing that can be counted on--it is going to be a tremendous match. From the highlights and write-ups online it appears that fans in attendance got just that including a tremendous finish to the game courtesy of New Zealand's Richie McCaw.The veteran of 140 matches showed why he is one of the best in the business...
Via FatManWriting
July 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Video: Calls for Rugby player’s arrest after punching opponent in the face

Welsh rugby player Ben Flower was been kicked out of the game after punching, and then punching again, an unconscious opponent, St Helens’ Lance Hohaia. Many are even calling for the Flower’s arrest… Per the Sydney Morning Herald: “Wigan’s prop forward Ben Flower became the first man to be sent off in a Super League Grand Final after punching St Helens five-eighth Lance...
Via Low Brow Sports
October 12, 2014  |  Discuss

GRAPHIC: Rugby star suffers gruesome hand injury

Nobody ever accused rugby players of being soft, but after Chev Walker suffered a nasty gash to his hand during a match Sunday, The Bradford Bulls star might be labeled tender — tender as in a piece of steak.That's because Walker's hand looked like a slab of raw filet mignon after posting the gruesome image of the nasty cut on his official Twitter account.For the faint of heart...
Via The Other Paper
July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Rugby star Richard Haughton suffers gruesome cut to forehead

European rugby star Richard Haughton needed thirteen stitches across his forehead after he collided with his own team-mate during a Heineken Cup match Saturday.The 33-year-old Perpignan winger did not fare too well after smashing into Sebastien Vahaamahina during the 18-17 defeat to Munster.It's only fitting that he now looks like Herman Munster.And you still want to scrum?
Via The Other Paper
December 16, 2013  |  Discuss
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