Rugby World Cup

Wallabies outclass brave Italians

Sunday September 11, 2011 by  

The Australian Wallabies have begun their Rugby World Cup 2011 campaign with a convincing 32-6 victory over Italy at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland this afternoon.

James Horwill led from the front and claimed the man of the match award, guiding the Wallabies to the bonus-point win along with fly-half Quade Cooper who had a hand in all four second half tries.

Damp conditions of rain and a gusty breeze assisted in a low scoring first half, of which the Wallabies scored its lowest in Rugby World Cup matches since taking on Ireland at Melbourne in 2003. Read more

Seventh Rugby World Cup ready for Kick-off

Wednesday September 7, 2011 by  

The seventh Rugby World Cup is ready to kick-off declared the International Rugby Board today, two days ahead of the scheduled Opening Match at Eden Park on Friday, September 9.

“I am convinced that the stage is set for an exceptional Rugby World Cup,” said IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset.

“New Zealanders and 95,000 fans from all corners of the earth will join in celebration of a Tournament that will deliver not just a sporting spectacle, but a festival that will showcase all that is great about this passionate Rugby nation.” Read more

Wallabies team to play Italy

Tuesday September 6, 2011 by  

The group that recently hooked Australia’s first Tri Nations title in a decade have been rewarded for that performance by being retained as a unit for Sunday’s Rugby World Cup Pool C opener against Italy at North Harbour Stadium after the team was announced today.

Australia beat New Zealand 25-20 at Brisbane 11 days ago to clinch the Southern Hemisphere championship.

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans and his fellow selectors, Coaching coordination David Nucifora and Assistant Coach Jim Williams, have chosen to make no changes to the starting XV from that occasion for this weekend’s assignment. Read more

Wallaby squad named to take on the World

Thursday August 18, 2011 by  

Twenty-six year-old Queensland Reds captain, James Horwill, has been selected to lead Australia during its campaign to be crowned the world’s number one Rugby team in September and October.

The appointment of Horwill, who led the Reds to Queensland’s maiden Super Rugby title earlier this year, is one of the key points of the 30-player Australian squad unveiled today in Sydney.

Horwill will become Australia’s 77th Test captain when the Wallabies have their final hit out before the game’s showpiece event in New Zealand by taking on the All Blacks in next week’s final Tri Nations Test in Brisbane. Horwill takes over from Rocky Elsom, who has led the side through the Wallabies’ last 24 internationals. Read more

New Zealand win JWC, Australia finish third

Monday June 27, 2011 by  

New Zealand have won a fourth successive IRB Junior World Championship title, although they were made to work exceptionally hard for a 33-22 victory in a thrilling final at Stadio Plebiscito in Padova, Italy, on Sunday.

The destiny of the distinctive trophy was in doubt until the final few minutes when Baby Blacks full back Beauden Barrett chased down his own toe poke to touch down to the delight of his teammates and ecstatic New Zealand fans in the crowd.

England came as close as anyone has ever come to beating New Zealand in their 20 Junior World Championship matches, but for the third final in four years it was the men wearing the red rose on their chest who were left in tears at the final whistle. Read more

RWC 2011 to Showcase 3D Technology

Thursday April 14, 2011 by  

Rugby World Cup will be broadcast in 3D technology for the first time after Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) appointed 3DLive as Official 3D Broadcaster of RWC 2011 in New Zealand.

One of the pioneers of 3D production in New Zealand, 3DLive will deliver a 3D feed of the Rugby World Cup 2011 semi-finals, Bronze Final and Final, taking advantage of the latest next generation technology to give viewers around the world a unique experience of Rugby’s showcase Tournament.

The groundbreaking deal means that viewers watching the matches will experience the sheer immediacy and visual clarity of the action as if they were on the pitch themselves. Read more

Wallabies to play at North Harbour, Nelson

Wednesday March 30, 2011 by  

The Australian Wallabies will play 2011 Rugby World Cup matches at North Harbour and Nelson following today’s announcement by Rugby New Zealand of the venues chosen as replacements for the earthquake hit Christchurch.

The tournament organisers met with the owners Rugby World Cup Limited and made the heartbreaking decision two weeks ago to move all seven matches scheduled for Stadium Christchurch to other venues amidst concerns the South Island’s largest centre would be unable to recover and rebuild before the event kicked off.

The Wallabies, under the mentorship of New Zealand born head coach Robbie Deans were scheduled initially to play two matches in the South Island’s Garden City – Italy in the opening match and Russia in the fourth and final pool match in early October. Read more

Christchurch RWC matches to be moved

Wednesday March 16, 2011 by  

Rugby World Cup 2011 Tournament partners have today reluctantly decided that Christchurch will be unable to host the seven matches scheduled to be played at Stadium Christchurch and these will be rescheduled to be played at other venues in New Zealand.

The decision was unanimously supported by Tournament owners the International Rugby Board, the New Zealand Government, the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) and Tournament organiser Rugby New Zealand 2011 (RNZ 2011).

This follows a detailed review of reports assessing damage to key Tournament facilities and infrastructure caused by the devastating 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck the city on February 22 and advice from the stadium operator, Vbase, that it could not be certain that all necessary remedial work could be completed in time for RWC 2011. A copy of the correspondence received yesterday from Vbase can be found here. Read more

Romania Qualifies for Rugby World Cup 2011

Sunday November 28, 2010 by  

Romania have become the 20th and final qualifier for Rugby World Cup 2011 after overcoming Uruguay 39-12 before a passionate home crowd at the stadionul National Arcul de Triumf in Bucharest on Saturday.

The two sides had been locked at 21-21 after the first leg in Montevideo a fortnight ago, but Romania produced an impressive display to take their place in New Zealand alongside Argentina, England, Scotland and Georgia in Pool B.

Qualification means that Romania maintain their 100% participation record at Rugby’s showcase tournament. Read more

Match times for RWC 2011 announced

Thursday September 16, 2010 by  

Rugby World Cup 2011 today marked another milestone with the announcement of kick-off times for Rugby’s most prestigious event.

The announcement comes after the opening of applications for Individual Match Tickets as fans around the globe look to book their place at the world’s third largest sporting event.

“We have achieved a good balance,” said Martin Snedden, CEO for Tournament Organisers Rugby New Zealand 2011.

“If New Zealand is to make the most of the platform RWC 2011 gives us to showcase our country to the world, then we need to ensure we maximise the global television audience for key matches. Read more