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  1. Sport - Other Sport - RUGBY UNION

    Pumas ready to challenge 'world's best teams'

    Posted Aug 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... and Tri-Nations when they play their opener in the Rugby Championship against the Springboks in Cape Town on Saturday. "It's tough... the first word I said to you was it would be a difficult ... [It's] tough." After years of being neglected by much of the top-tier rugby nations, Argentina began more intense lobbying, pleading and negotiating to join either the Six, or Tri-Nations ...

  2. Funding boost for Asian Five Nations

    Posted Feb 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... US$1 million every year for the Asian Five Nations and its related divisional tournaments. At the launch, attended by Japanese winger Daisuke Ohata, the top try-scorer in international rugby, it was announced that the IRB will give an annual grant of US$500,000 to promote the game regionally and help develop the top tier Asian Five Nations (A5N) championship on the lines of the European Six ...

  3. rugby union

    Posted Apr 02nd 2006, 12:00am by Paul Kay

    ... Compiled by Paul Kay 1 Which country will host the Rugby World Cup in 2007? 2 In what year did Italy join Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales and France to form the Six Nations Championship? 3 Which national team are nicknamed 'the Oaks'? 4 At which ground did England lose the Five Nations Championship grand slam decider in 1990? 5 Which two teams traditionally compete ...

  4. New Scotland coach banking on youth for Six Nations

    Posted Jan 01st 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Alan Lorimer in Edinburgh Scotland's new coach Matt Williams has put an accent on youth in naming a 34-strong training squad ahead of the Six Nations starting in February. Williams has brought in Edinburgh flyhalf Alistair Warnock, in his first year as a professional, and Borders fullback Gareth Morton, a successful convert from rugby league. Also included are Borders ...

  5. Sport - Other Sport - RUGBY UNION

    Springboks on right track despite Australia defeat, says de Villiers

    Posted Sep 10th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... African captain Jean de Villiers insists the Springboks are on the right track despite a narrow defeat to a resurgent Australia in their Rugby Championship test. The Springboks led 13-3 at one ... those mistakes." The Springboks, who stand second in the Rugby Championship table with seven points, behind New Zealand (on 12), face a mammoth task against the all-conquering All Blacks ...

  6. Sports Diary

    Posted Feb 08th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... play-off, Monastir. SATURDAY Athletics: IAAF Cross Country Series, Nairobi. Golf: Buick Invitational, San Diego, California; ANZ Championship, Sydney. Rugby union: Six Nations Championship, France ... Six Nations Championship, Italy v England, Rome. ...

  7. Sport - Other Sport - RUGBY UNION

    Australia coach dodges jibes from All Blacks ahead of rugby union clash

    Posted Aug 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... refused to take the bait after being accused of lacking confidence in his World Cup side for today's opening clash of the Rugby Championship in Sydney. The Wallabies scored a rare win over ... Steve Hansen's jibe that picking only six starters from their 20-6 semi-final defeat by New Zealand at last year's World Cup was like an admission from Deans that he had got his ...

  8. Six Nations referee 'got it right'

    Posted Mar 06th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... observer of the current Six Nations tournament as a commentator for the BBC and Sky and has been impressed with what he's seen. 'It's been fantastic, one of the best tournaments ... Philip Kennedy Former All Black hooker Sean Fitzpatrick tips Ireland to win competition but is impressed by Wales All Black great Sean Fitzpatrick has waded into the debate over Six ...

  9. Sevens set for coveted 'elite' status

    Posted Jun 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Hong Kong rugby chiefs were celebrating yesterday after the seven-a-side game ticked all the eligibility requirements needed to become an elite sport at the Sports Institute starting next April. The Josh Peters-led side finished runners-up at the Under-20 Asian Sevens Championship in Johor Baharu, Malaysia, to earn rugby the honour of becoming ...

  10. Global title play-off 'on hold' until 2010

    Posted Mar 04th 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay Hand-in-hand with the good news was some not so good - the International Rugby Board (IRB) has decided to shelve plans to hold a global championship play-off between the winners of the Tri Nations and the Six Nations until 2010. 'The possibility of a northern hemisphere against Southern Hemisphere battle has been taken off the table for the time being,' ...




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