RUGBY RUMORS & GOSSIP

Read to succeed McCaw as All Blacks captain

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Head coach Steve Hansen has confirmed backrower Kieran Read will take over as All Blacks captain after the retirement of Richie McCaw. The 30-year-old Read has already led New Zealand in nine of his 84 tests. He was the World Rugby Player of the Year in 2013, although he has recently sustained multiple concussions. Hansen said Friday All Blacks coaches...
Via Associated Press
February 18, 2016  |  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

Matfield out, Pietersen returns for Springboks for quarters

LONDON (AP) Victor Matfield made it easy in the end for South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer. Whether Matfield played or not was the biggest question regarding the team announcement on Wednesday for South Africa's Rugby World Cup quarterfinal against Wales. But Matfield made it moot when the Springboks great, who came out of retirement last year to play in his fourth World Cup, withdrew...
Via Associated Press
October 14, 2015  |  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

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...
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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