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MY TAKE ON SOME OF THE RUGBY NEWS STORIES WHICH COME INTO MY WORLD.

 

9 December 2015 is the 37th year anniversary of the All Blacks first Grand Slam win in UK; What is a Grand Slam? read on...

9 December 2015

Golly! Turning back the clock today! Martin Devlin of Radio Sport in New Zealand has just had me on-air on his programme asking for memories of the first ever 'Grand Slam win' by an All Blacks team in the United Kingdom. I gave him my best based on using notes from my 'Encyclopedia of World Rugby' published in the 1990s (and updated here) concerning which southern hemisphere countries had done best at this unique achievement. Read on here; Read more »

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The 2015 Rugby World Cup; Full details,records,scoring,personnel and results of all matches

Twickenham looked like this for the 8th Rugby World Cup final. A glorious day so typical of almost all of the weather for this wonderful sports event.

The 2015 Rugby World Cup; Full details,records,scoring,personnel and results of all matches

1 November 2015

Full lists of teams, referees and scoring for each Rugby World Cup match in 2015 were quite tough to collate. I have done such lists for each world cup since 1987. So this is my (so far uncompleted and always open to change) listing of records for the eighth Cup event. You will find here all 48 games; the appearances of those who started or came off the substitutes bench in each game; and/or those who were 'stripped to play' but were not called upon. [The last category are increasingly becoming a rarity in the international game these days] Read more »

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Your Updated look at all the 2015 Rugby World Cup squads - all 20 Countries

Your Updated look at all the 2015 Rugby World Cup squads - all 20 Countries

1 October 2015

There have been some changes to a number of the teams at the 2015 Rugby World Cup since its Opening Ceremony. Here is an updated list of current players as at 1 October. Read more »

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Once a Misfit - Now a Centurion. One lad's look at where Ma'a Nonu came from.

30 September 2015

In his next appearance for the All Blacks, Ma'a Nonu will become the 6th All Black to pass the milestone of appearing in 100 test matches. Here is one young correspondent's memory of his first sighting of the big midfield star. Adam Julian of Wellington takes up what was for him a very sad story.... Read more »

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Facts you Might Not Know About NZ's 3 New Rugby World Cup All Blacks

New All Black World Cup player Nehe Milner-Skudder

Facts you Might Not Know About NZ's 3 New Rugby World Cup All Blacks

17 September 2015

*THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE KNOWN ABOUT THIS YEAR'S NEW ALL BLACK WORLD CUP PLAYERS* Read more »

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Offering Knighthoods and talk of him becoming PM are just not fair on Richie McCaw. Back off Kiwis - especially those on TV!!

Offering Knighthoods and talk of him becoming PM are just not fair on Richie McCaw. Back off Kiwis - especially those on TV!!

17 August 2015

Offering Knighthoods and talk of him becoming our Prime Minister are just not fair on Richie McCaw. Back off Kiwis! And give our All Black captain room to be just that! Read more »

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