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  1. Sport - Other Sport - RUGBY UNION

    New rugby union scrum rule has unexpected consequence

    Posted Aug 19th 2013, 12:00am by Reuters

    ... the scrum Rugby's new scrum law could simply see the crooked feed replace the collapse as the source of contention, and penalties, if the first outings at test level in the Rugby Championship on Saturday were anything to go by. The International Rugby Board (IRB) introduced the law with the aim of making the game safer for front-row forwards and are hoping for fewer scrum re-sets ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1297574/new-rugby-union-scrum-rule-has-unexpected-consequence
  2. Sport - Rugby

    Pain of Lions defeat will last a lifetime, says Wallaby Ben Alexander

    Posted Oct 31st 2013, 10:08am by Agence France-Presse

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Scrum needs dominant display in major match to silence critics says prop Ben Alexander has said nothing will erase the memory of Australia’s third-test defeat by the British & Irish Lions in July, with only a dominant display by the Wallaby scrum in a major match likely to silence their critics. The Lions thrashed Australia 41-16 in Sydney ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1344283/pain-lions-defeat-will-last-lifetime-says-wallaby-ben-alexander
  3. Sport - Other Sport

    Springboks set to triumph and bury Soweto jinx

    Posted Aug 17th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... The replacements include scrum-half Fourie du Preez, 31, back in the green-and-gold mix after being part of the side beaten by Australia in the 2011 World Cup quarter-finals. Du Preez is among seven foreign-based stars in the matchday 23- a sign of the tough economic times as South Africans are lured abroad by far fatter salaries. Although coach Heyneke Meyer kept faith with Ulster scrum-half Ruan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1297264/springboks-set-triumph-and-bury-soweto-jinx
  4. Sport - Other Sport - RUGBY UNION

    Genia benched in Wallabies wake-up call

    Posted Sep 12th 2013, 12:00am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Melbourne Genia benched in Wallabies wake-up call Australia scrum half Will Genia freely gave Nic White a couple of pairs of leftover boots to wear but he is unlikely to have ... regarded as one of the game's finest scrum halves, will cool his heels on the bench for the Perth match against the Pumas as penance for an indifferent start to the Rugby Championship. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1308481/will-genia-demoted-bench-australia-vs-argentina-rugby-match
  5. Sport - Other Sport - RUGBY UNION

    Australia's Ewen McKenzie optimistic ahead of Springboks rematch

    Posted Sep 18th 2013, 12:00am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Sydney Australia coach believes beleaguered squad are making progress, brushes off scrum issues McKenzie urges optimism ahead of Boks rematch Ewen McKenzie has not had the start ... road trips in rugby- a jaunt to South Africa followed by a re-match with the Pumas in Rosario. Troubles with the scrum under the new laws have only been the most obvious of the problems ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1311790/australias-ewen-mckenzie-optimistic-ahead-springboks-rematch
  6. Sport - Rugby

    New Hong Kong captain Nick Hewson faces Belgian baptism by fire

    Posted Dec 16th 2013, 09:16pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... to ask questions of anyone, I believe, with many real quality players behind the scrum," Jones said. "We have to ensure we provide enough of a service for those guys, so just making ... the scrum Head coach Leigh Jones "They will be bigger and heavier and we need to make sure they don't bully us in the forwards," he said. Hewson, who will start in his preferred ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/fifteens/article/1382510/new-hong-kong-captain-nick-hewson-faces-belgian-baptism-fire
  7. Sport - Other Sport - RUGBY UNION

    Lions aim to prove that size does matter

    Posted Jul 06th 2013, 12:00am by Reuters

    ... midfield. "He obviously brings that direct running game," said Wallabies scrum half Will Genia. "Because he's so big, you probably have to double tackle him. I think that's ... for us to build our platform. Scrums and line-outs are where we really want to dominate," said Hibbard. "I think we've still got a couple more notches to go up, and hopefully ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1276302/giant-lions-fifteen-looking-batter-australia-submission
  8. Sport - Other Sport

    All Blacks maintain winning streak

    Posted Nov 17th 2013, 01:31am by Agence France-Presse in London

    ... a second try, this time for Read, in the 16th minute. Lock Brodie Retallick’s pass set prop Owen Franks off on a charging run. From the ruck, scrum-half Aaron Smith released full-back Israel Dagg and his pass sent in Read. Carter converted and New Zealand led 17-3. England did manage to establish some control from the restart through several close-range scrums before opting ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1358186/all-blacks-maintain-winning-streak
  9. Sport - Other Sport - RUGBY UNION

    Experimental France side tackle All Blacks' most experienced pack ever

    Posted Nov 09th 2013, 01:04am

    ... has continued with Bath this season. Turning to Argentina’s scrum, Lancaster said: “It is a big part of their game and it will be a great challenge but we’ve got a very good scrum ourselves ... change sees Ben Foden in on the wing after injuries ruled out both Marland Yarde and Christian Wade. Argentina, however, are keen to prove there is more to their game than the scrum after ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1351353/experimental-france-side-tackle-all-blacks-most-experienced-pack
  10. Sport - Rugby - Sevens World Series

    Fiji end 15-year wait for Dubai Sevens title

    Posted Dec 01st 2013, 07:09pm by Associated Press

    ... it became 24-0 when Osea Kolinisau spoiled South Africa scrum ball and flicked it to his side and Emosi Mulevoro ran in untouched from halfway. While Jona Tuitoga was in the bin, South Africa hit ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1370372/fiji-end-15-year-wait-dubai-sevens-title

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