RWC: Carter-less New Zealand crush Canada

New Zealand produced a promising performance as the host nation adjust to life without Daniel Carter, whipping Canada by 79-15 in Hamilton this afternoon to storm into the quarterfinals without dropping a point in pool play. Zac Guilford scored four in an eye-catching return to the team as the All Blacks’ high-paced approach to the game was too much for the plucky Canucks … [Read more...]

RWC: Ireland hammer Russia

Ireland increased their chances of topping Pool C after a nine-try 62-12 demolition of Russia at Rotorua International Stadium on Sunday. With just six players backing up from the 15-6 win over Australia, they still maintained their lead over the Wallabies in Pool C heading into the final games. The 25,000 capacity crowd generated a homely feel for for Ireland. And they raced … [Read more...]

RWC: Match preview: Argentina – Scotland

POOL B - ARGENTINA vs SCOTLAND Westpac Stadium, Wellington, Sunday 25th Sep 8:30pm (NZT) Head-to-head: Played 15, Argentina 10, Scotland 5 Last meeting: Scotland 13 beat Argentina 9 in Mar Del Plata 2010 Last meeting at a World Cup: Argentina 19 beat Scotland 13 in Paris (Quarter-final 2007) Team news: Argentina have made a few tweaks to the side that started their first two … [Read more...]

Match Preview: Argentina vs Romania

POOL B - ARGENTINA vs ROMANIA Rugby Park, Invercargill, Saturday 17th Sep 3:30pm (NZT) Head-to-head: Played 7, Argentina 7, Romania 0 Last meeting: Argentina 50 beat Romania 3 in Sydney (Pool stage 2003) Last meeting at a World Cup: Argentina 50 beat Romania 3 in Sydney (Pool stage 2003) Team news: Argentina have lost centre Gonzalo Tiesi for the rest of the World Cup … [Read more...]

Match Preview: Scotland vs Georgia

POOL B - SCOTLAND vs GEORGIA Rugby Park, Invercargill, Wednesday 14th Sep 7:30pm (NZT) Head-to-head: First meeting Team news: Scotland have made a host of changes from their less than impressive win against Romania. Coach Andy Robinson has bought in eleven players that did not start in the 34-24 victory, and has also moved Sean Lamont to the wing and Kelly Brown to the back of … [Read more...]