Rugby Championship Preview: Argentina vs New Zealand (1st Oct.2016)

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Preview: Argentina v New Zealand

With the Rugby Championship title sewn up New Zealand arrive in Argentina looking to continue their impressive winning streak on Saturday.

The All Blacks haven’t lost since August 2015, when they went down to Australia, as they have brushed aside all who have stood before them.

Wins against the Wallabies (twice), Pumas and Springboks secured this year’s trophy and it now seems likely their run will continue for a while yet. On their end-of-year tour they tackle Ireland in Chicago and Dublin, Italy and France but not before Bledisloe III in Auckland.

It is fair to say their opponents in this season’s Rugby Championship have not been up to scratch. Australia were under-prepared for their opening games while South Africa, who they’re still to face in Durban next week, have been struggling. It’s been New Zealand’s at a canter.

Argentina’s first-half in Hamilton was arguably New Zealand’s toughest spell, but they came through that with flying colours in the second period in an eventual 57-22 triumph. After beating the Boks the following week they currently sit on 20 points, 11 ahead of the Wallabies.

For the Pumas they are still battling for second place and know that they can be a match for New Zealand if they play like they did in the opening 50 minutes of Round 3. They have definitely improved as a group compared to Super Rugby and at home they’ll be a determined bunch.

Their side this week is a dangerous one and it is pleasing to see Agustín Creevy and Guido Petti passed fit to start. However, not having the intelligent boot and experience of Juan Martín Hernández and the powerful Manuel Montero continues to be a frustration for the Pumas.

New Zealand, with the title in the bag, have tinkered slightly. Out goes Malakai Fekitoa who is an expected casualty as Anton Lienert-Brown gets a run while there is a return to an All Black team for Patrick Tuipulotu and TJ Perenara gets the start ahead of Aaron Smith at nine.

Perhaps though it could be a debutant on the bench who will be most keenly watched as Damian McKenzie makes his international bow. If this game is to mirror what happened in Round 3 then the second-half will see things open up and who better than McKenzie to capitalise on open spaces in what should be another passionate, high octane meeting between these two sides.

Team news: Argentina make three changes to their XV as Ramiro Moyano starts ahead of Lucas González Amorosino on the wing, Martin Landajo comes in for Tomas Cubelli at scrum-half while Guido Petti is at lock, with Javier Ortega Desio replacing Juan Manuel Leguizamon on the flank.

New Zealand have made several changes as in the forwards, Liam Squire will make his first Test start at blindside flanker, replacing the injured Jerome Kaino. In other forward changes, Patrick Tuipulotu will start alongside Brodie Retallick, with Sam Whitelock moving to the bench; Ofa Tu’ungafasi comes onto the bench as replacement prop for Charlie Faumuina; while Elliot Dixon comes in as loose forward cover.

TJ Perenara starts at scrum-half, with Tawera Kerr-Barlow coming onto the bench, while Anton Lienert-Brown is at outside centre, replacing Malakai Fekitoa. Damian McKenzie has been picked in a matchday 23 for the first time and will become All Black number 1154 should he play.

Previous results:

2016: New Zealand won in 57-22 in Hamilton
2015: New Zealand won 26-16 in London
2015: New Zealand won 39-18 in Christchurch
2014: New Zealand won 34-13 in La Plata
2014: New Zealand won 28-9 in Napier
2013: New Zealand won 33-15 in La Plata
2013: New Zealand won 28-13 in Hamilton
2012: New Zealand won 54-15 in La Plata
2012: New Zealand won 21-16 in Hamilton
2011: New Zealand won 33-10 in Auckland

Prediction: It will be closer than the bookmakers are saying as the Pumas will be a threat. But we’re going forNew Zealand by 15.

The teams:

Argentina: 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matías Moroni, 12 Santiago González Iglesias, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo (c), 8 Facundo Isa, 7 Javier Ortega Desio, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Matías Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustín Creevy, 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Lucas Noguera, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 20 Leonardo Senatore, 21 Tomás Cubelli, 22 Jerónimo De la Fuente, 23 Matías Orlando

New Zealand: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Liam Squire, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Joe Moody
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 19 Samuel Whitelock, 20 Elliot Dixon, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23 Damian McKenzie

Date: Saturday, October 1
Venue: Estádio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires
Kick-off: 19:10 local (22:10 GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant Referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)


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Rugby Championship Preview: South Africa vs Australia (1st Oct.2016)

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Preview: South Africa vs Australia

The Springboks will keen to regain some lost pride when they host the Wallabies in their Rugby Championship Test in Pretoria on Saturday.

After four matches in the competition, the Boks have just one victory under their belt and with criticism mounting in South Africa, the two-time world champions will be desperate for victory in front of their home fans.

The Boks are currently on a three-match losing streak after losses to Argentina, Australia and New Zealand and Saturday’s Test could be a watershed moment for head coach Allister Coetzee and his troops as another defeat will leave them demoralised ahead of their final match of the tournament, against New Zealand in Durban on October 8.

If one looks at recent fixtures between these countries in South Africa, however, it’s not all doom and gloom for the hosts. The Springboks have won their last three matches against Australia on home soil, keeping the Wallabies to 10 points or fewer in each of those three fixtures.

South Africa have hosted Australia at Loftus Versfield on six previous occasions, winning each of those games, and they haven’t tasted defeat at the venue against any team since New Zealand visited in 2006, winning seven Tests there since then.

Australia know exactly what the Boks are experiencing at the moment as they lost their first five Tests of 2016. They eventually secured a hard-fought 23-17 victory over the Boks in Sydney in Round Three, before showing glimpses of the form which helped them to secure a runners-up spot at last year’s Rugby World Cup in their next match – a 36-20 bonus-point victory over Argentina in Perth two weeks ago.

But despite their triumph over the Boks – in their previous clash – the Wallabies head into this fixture knowing that their opponents will be highly motivated on their home turf.

A Wallabies win will be a momentous one as they will be looking to defeat South Africa twice in a calendar year for the first time since 2011, when they did so three times.

Wallaby coach Michael Cheika is wary of their opponents and dismissed suggestions that the Boks were not a force in the world game after their recent run of defeats.

“It’s easy to say that when you haven’t played against them… they’re one of the traditional powerhouses of world rugby and that doesn’t go away,” he said.

“All that other stuff is rubbish – I don’t think that the last two games that we have played count for much and I don’t think what they’ve done in the last couple of games counts for much either.

“I’m sure we’re going to see the best Springbok team and we’ve got to bring our game as well. We’ll see where we end up.”

 

Team news: Pat Lambie, Morné Steyn and Rudy Paige will all start for the Springboks in this Test. The inclusion of Paige at scrum-half is one of three changes made to the Springbok line-up that started the match against the All Blacks two weeks ago in Christchurch. Paige, who has made four Test appearances from the Bok bench, will partner the experienced Steyn in the halfbacks. The only other change to the starting line-up sees Lambie return to the team for the first time since he suffered concussion in the series opener against Ireland in June. Lambie will play full-back, where he is preferred over Johan Goosen.

Meanwhile, Sean McMahon will start at number eight for Australia when they take on South Africa in Pretoria on Saturday. McMahon replaces the injured David Pocock and edges out Lopeti Timani for the number eight jersey. It is the only change to the Wallabies starting XV which beat Argentina two weeks ago.

Previous results:

2016: Australia won 23-17 in Brisbane
2015: Australia won 24-20 in Brisbane
2014: South Africa won 28-10 in Cape Town
2014: Australia won 24-23 in Perth
2013: South Africa won 28-8 in Cape Town
2013: South Africa won 38-12 in Brisbane
2012: South Africa won 31-8 in Pretoria
2012: Australia won 26-19 in Perth
2011: Australia won 11-9 in Wellington
2011: Australia won 14-9 in Durban
2011: Australia won 39-20 in Sydney
2010: Australia won 41-39 in Bloemfontein
2010: South Africa won 44-31 in Pretoria
2010: Australia won 30-13 in Brisbane
2009: Australia won 21-6 in Brisbane

The teams:

South Africa: 15 Patrick Lambie, 14 Bryan Habana, 13 Jessie Kriel, 12 Juan de Jongh, 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Adriaan Strauss (c), 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Stephen Kitshoff, 18 Julian Redelinghuys, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Willem Alberts, 21 Jaco Kriel, 22 Willie le Roux, 23 Lionel Mapoe

Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Bernard Foley, 11 Reece Hodge,10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Sean McMahon, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dean Mumm, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Stephen Moore (c), 1 Scott Sio
Replacements (one to be omitted): 16 James Hanson, 17 James Slipper, 18 Tom Robertson, 19 Kane Douglas, 20 Scott Fardy, 21 Lopeti Timani, 22 Nick Phipps, 23 Tevita Kuridrani, 24 Sefa Naivalu

Date: Saturday, October 1
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 17:05 local (15:05 GMT)
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant Referees: Johnny Lacey (Ireland), George Clancy (Ireland)
TMO: Jim Yuille (Scotland)


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All Blacks team naming : Argentina vs New Zealand (1st Oct.2016)

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All Blacks team named for Buenos Aires
Test against Argentina

The All Blacks team to play Argentina in the Investec Rugby Championship Test at Estadio Jose Amalfitani in Buenos Aires on Saturday 1 October has been named.

The matchday 23 is (with Test caps in brackets.  New caps in bold):

1. Joe Moody (17)
2. Dane Coles (43)
3. Owen Franks (84)
4. Patrick Tuipulotu (9)
5. Brodie Retallick (54)
6. Liam Squire (3)
7. Ardie Savea (6)
8. Kieran Read – capt (91)
9.  TJ Perenara (23)
10. Beauden Barrett (43)
11. Julian Savea (47)
12. Ryan Crotty (21)
13. Anton Lienert-Brown (3)
14. Israel Dagg (55)
15. Ben Smith (55)

16. Codie Taylor (8)
17. Wyatt Crockett (52)
18. Ofa Tu’ungafasi (1)
19. Samuel Whitelock (79)
20. Elliot Dixon (1)
21. Tawera Kerr-Barlow (21)
22. Lima Sopoaga (3)
23. Damian McKenzie

The Test team features several changes to the 23 which played South Africa in Christchurch earlier this month.

In the forwards, loose forward Liam Squire will make his first Test start in his fourth Test, at blindside flanker, replacing the injured Jerome Kaino.  In other forward changes, lock Patrick Tuipulotu will start alongside Brodie Retallick, with Sam Whitelock moving to the bench; Ofa Tu’ungafasi comes onto the bench as replacement prop for Charlie Faumuina; while Elliot Dixon comes into the 23 as loose forward cover.

In the backs, TJ Perenara will start at halfback, with Tawera Kerr-Barlow coming onto the bench, while Anton Lienert-Brown will start at centre in his fourth Test, replacing Malaki Fekitoa.  Damian McKenzie has been picked in a matchday 23 for the first time and will become All Black number 1154 when he makes his expected Test debut from the bench.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “When it came to selecting this side, our key focus was to select a team that would maintain a high standard of performance and also allow us to grow our player depth and experience in the Test arena.  We also took into consideration the fact that we have seven Tests under our belts this year and more Tests and a lot of international travel to come. The expectation is that this side will build on the performances we’ve produced so far this year and play a game we can all be proud of.

“Having said that, this weekend presents a massive challenge for us. Argentina are a very good team and we have a huge amount of respect for them.  They put us under real pressure at times during the Test in Hamilton and we’ve worked really hard this week to prepare for what we expect to be coming this weekend.

“Argentina are playing in front of their passionate home crowd and will feed off that passion.  They’ll bring their trademark physicality as well as their flair, and ability to offload, to the contest.  We’ll have to start well to take the crowd out of the game.  To do that we’ll need to bring intensity, purpose and accuracy to all aspects of our game.”

All Blacks v Argentina – key facts

* The All Blacks have played Argentina 23 times, with 22 wins to the All Blacks and one draw.  The All Blacks won the home Investec Rugby Championship Test match 57-22 in Hamilton earlier this month.
* If Sam Whitelock comes off the bench as expected, he will play his 80th Test and become the most capped All Blacks lock in history, overtaking Ian Jones. Meanwhile, Owen Franks will play his 85th Test, while All Blacks captain Kieran Read will play his 92nd Test, becoming the eighth-equal most capped All Black of all time.
* The All Blacks last weekend equalled their own record of scoring 24 tries in an Investec Rugby Championship season.
* Julian Savea has scored nine tries against Argentina and currently holds the joint record (with former Wallaby David Campese).
* On the subject of tries, Ben Smith’s try against South Africa was the 1900th scored by the All Blacks in Test matches.  That’s an average of 3.5 tries per Test throughout the team’s history.

The Investec Rugby Championship – All Blacks Tests

1. Australia 8 v 42 All Blacks , Saturday 20 August, ANZ Stadium, SYDNEY
2. All Blacks 29 v 9 Australia , Saturday 27 August, Westpac Stadium, WELLINGTON
3. All Blacks 57 v 22 Argentina , Sat 10 September, FMG Stadium Waikato, HAMILTON
4. All Blacks 41 v 13 South Africa , Sat 17 September, AMI Stadium, CHRISTCHURCH
5. vs. ARGENTINA. Sat 1 October, 7.10PM, Estadio Jose Amalfitani, BUENOS AIRES
6. vs. SOUTH AFRICA. Sat 8 October, 5.05PM, Growthpoint Kings Park, DURBAN


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Cyprus celebrates 10 years of European Rugby

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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
Cyprus celebrates 10 years of European rugby on the island at the start of this season. The Mouflons have been promoted 4 times in this period and now play in European Conference Division 1 South.

NEW SPONSOR

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We are delighted to be able to announce that the National XV’s team of Cyprus, the Mouflons, has a new sponsor, Twenty4Seven System Limited, a Paphos based company who install home alarm and security systems for both domestic and commercial premises. Their head office is in Peyia with a new shop opening very soon in Polis. We are very excited about working with Matt Storey, Andy Vick and their whole team during the coming season and thank them for the enormous support they are giving to Cyprus Rugby.

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This season also brings us a new Head Coach. Andrew Binikos (Bini) is a former Cyprus player who excelled as fly half for the National Team before hanging up his boots last year. Bini hails from South Africa and played at Natal Sharks before moving to Scotland some years ago. There he played for Currie in the Scottish BT Premiership and now he coaches Musselburgh.

NEW LEAGUE
Rugby Europe has changed the league structure with what was ENC Division 2 and has now become Conference Leagues 1 & 2 further sub divided into north and south. Cyprus will play in Conference League 1 South. The opposition will be Malta, Israel, Croatia and Andorra. A further change is that it will be a 1 year league with promotion/relegation at the end of this season. The first home game of the season will be against Israel on Saturday 12 November at Paphiakos Stadium, Paphos, kick off 14.30. Come along and support the Mouflons, the cost for entry is €10 which includes a match programme, children under 16 free.


NEW PLAYERS

Interested in playing for Cyprus in the future? All of the local clubs are looking for players of all ages. Beginners welcome, we’ll provide training.

For details of your local mail secretary@cyprus-rugby.com or contact us through our website.

Rugby Europe Championship  >  Conference 1 South 2016-17

2016-17

  • 29/10/2016
    Malta
    0  – 0
    Cyprus
  • 12/11/2016
    Cyprus
    0  – 0
    Israel
  • 11/02/2017
    Andorra
    0  – 0
    Cyprus
  • 06/05/2017
    Cyprus
    0  – 0
    Croatia

Ranking “Conference 1 South 2016-17”

Matchs Score Tries Conv. Pen. Drops Cards
Rank Teams W D L Pts Bonus Total f. a. diff. f. a. f. a. f. a. f. a. Y. R.
1 Croatia
2 Malta
3 Israel
4 Andorra
5 Cyprus

 


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EIGHT HOME MATCHES FOR CANES IN 2017

The Hurricanes will have eight home matches in 2017 as they look to defend their Investec Super Rugby title. PHOTO: Dave Lintott Photography

The Hurricanes will have eight home matches in 2017 as they look to defend their Investec Super Rugby title. PHOTO: Dave Lintott Photography

Hurricanes fans can look forward to eight Investec Super Rugby home matches in 2017 as well as an historic fixture against the British & Irish Lions at Westpac Stadium.

The defending Super Rugby champions will kick off their season against the Sunwolves in Tokyo on February 25 before returning to New Zealand to play the Rebels in the first of eight regular season matches on home turf.

Though the Hurricanes home venues have not been confirmed, the club will host three New Zealand derby matches – against the Highlanders (March 18), Chiefs (June 9) and Crusaders (July 15) and five inter-conference games.

Other home games will include the Rebels (March 4), Waratahs (April 7), and the 2016 Australian Conference winning Brumbies (April 21) followed by the South African Conference winning Stormers (May 5) and the Cheetahs (May 20).

The Hurricanes away games feature three New Zealand derbies, against the Chiefs (March 10), Blues (April 15), and Crusaders (May 13), as well as visits to the Reds, in Brisbane (April 1), Bulls, in Pretoria (May 28), and Force, in Perth (June 3).

As in 2016 each team will play six matches within its own conference, nine against other conference teams, and two byes. The Hurricanes two bye rounds fall in rounds five and 10.

In addition to the a feast of Super Rugby, Wellington’s Westpac Stadium will also play host to the Hurricanes first match against an international opponent when the club plays the British & Irish Lions during the DHL New Zealand Lions Series on Tuesday, June 27.

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said the squad was looking forward to playing in front of their home fans on a regular basis throughout 2017.

“In previous years we have been on the road early in the season, so to have the chance to sleep in our own beds and to get play within our region twice in the opening month is a real positive.

“What we know about Super Rugby is that whatever the draw it’s a tough competition, but there is no doubt the support we receive within the Hurricanes region gives the team a lift.”

Boyd said the chance to host the British & Irish Lions would be a particularly special occasion for the club.

“There is a lot of history there and for the Hurricanes to have the opportunity to be a part of that is something we won’t take for granted. It’s an additional challenge that I’m sure the players and fans are all looking forward to.”

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2017 Super Rugby match schedule

Features of the 2017 Super Rugby match schedule include:

·         Rebels v Blues to get season underway

·         Defending champion Hurricanes start defence away in Tokyo

·         Three full rounds to start the season

·         136 regular season matches and eight-team, seven match finals series

·         Draw schedule accounts for British & Irish Lions tour in June

·         Finals series commences July 21 with Final set for August 5

SANZAAR CEO, Andy Marinos, stated, “The new season is set to be another enthralling, action-packed one as we enter the second year of the 18-team conference-style tournament.”

“The tournament saw some fantastic rugby last year and we look forward in particular to the continued development of the new franchises that added exciting new territories and colour to the tournament.”

“The schedule will see seven Sunwolves matches played in Asia while eight matches will be hosted by the Jaguares in Buenos Aires. Both these teams made their Super Rugby debuts in 2016, with the Kings from South Africa returning after their brief spell in 2013.

“It is anticipated that all 3 teams will be better for the experience of 2016 as we look forward to seeing their continued improvement. Super Rugby continues to be the toughest rugby tournament in the world given the high level, week-to-week competition and the travelling that is undertaken.

“We enjoyed a global audience of just over 50 million viewers for the 20th edition of Super Rugby with just over two million fans attending the matches. I would like to say a big thank you to all the fans and supporters for their support through 2016 and look forward to having our competition entertain and entice you through 2017,” added Marinos.

Hurricanes 2017 Investec Super Rugby draw (Home matches in bold)

v Sunwolves, Tokyo, Saturday, February 25

v Rebels, Saturday, March 4, 5.15pm

v Chiefs, Friday, March 10, 7:35pm

v Highlanders, Saturday, March 18, 7:35pm

v Reds, Brisbane, Saturday, April 1, 9:45pm

v Waratahs, Friday, April 7, 7:35pm

v Blues, Saturday, April 15, 7:35pm

v Brumbies, Friday, April 21, 7:35pm

v Stormers, Friday, May 5, 7:35pm

v Crusaders, Christchurch, Saturday, May 13, 7:35pm

v Cheetahs, Saturday, May 20, 7:35pm

v Bulls, Pretoria, Sunday, May 28, 1:05am

v Force, Perth, Saturday, June 3, 11:55pm

v Chiefs, Friday, June 9, 7:35pm

v Crusaders, Saturday, July 15, 7:35pm

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RR World Rankings – 19th September 2016

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RUGBYREDEFINED.COM will bring you every result via our website , facebook and twitter feed .

Latest RESULTS
WED JUN 29 2016 Africa Cup, Div1B COTE d’IVORIE 20 v 13 BOTSWANA
SAT JUL 2 2016 Africa Cup, Div1A UGANDA 31 v 40 NAMIBIA
SAT JUL 2 2016 Rugby Americas Nth Champs. MEXICO 34 v 24 CAYMAN ISLANDS
SUN JUL 3 2016 Africa Cup, Div1B TUNISIA 50 v 05 IVORY COAST
SAT JUL 9 2016 Africa Cup, Div1A ZIMBABWE 15 v 61 KENYA
SUN JUL 10 2016 Africa Cup, Div1C MAURITIUS 03 v 68 MOROCCO
WED JUL 13 2016 Africa Cup, Div1C NIGERIA 31 v 21 MAURITIUS
SAT JUL 16 2016 Africa Cup, Div1A NAMIBIA 56 v 21 KENYA
SAT JUL 16 2016 Africa Cup, Div1C MOROCCO 53 v 10 NIGERIA
SAT JUL 23 2016 Africa Cup, Div1A ZIMBABWE 27 v 34 UGANDA
SAT JUL 30 2016 Africa Cup, Div1A KENYA 45 v 24 UGANDA
SAT AUG 6 2016 Africa Cup, Div1A NAMIBIA 60 v 22 ZIMBABWE
SAT AUG 20 2016 The Rugby Championship Australia 08 v 42 New Zealand
SAT AUG 20 2016 The Rugby Championship South Africa 30 v 23 Argentina
SUN AUG 21 2016 Men’s Internationals Germany 36 v 00 Switzerland
TUE AUG 23 2016  Men’s Internationals Kenya A 24 v 18 Hong Kong
SAT AUG 27 2016 The Rugby Championship New Zealand 29 v 09 Australia
SAT AUG 27 2016 Men’s Internationals Kenya 34 v 10 Hong Kong
SAT AUG 27 2016 The Rugby Championship Argentina 26 v 24 South Africa
SAT.AUG.27.2016 SthAme.B/C Prom/Rgn POff ECUADOR 26 v 25 GUATEMALA
SAT AUG 27 2016 Africa Cup Malawi 11 v 31 Lesotho
SAT SEP 3 2016 RWC2019 Q, Europe Round 1 Sweden 14 v 56 Czech Republic
SUN SEP 4 2016 Africa Cup Ghana 10 v 05 Togo
SAT SEP 10 2016 The Rugby Championship New Zealand 57 v 22 Argentina
SAT SEP 10 2016 The Rugby Championship Australia 23 v 17 South Africa
SAT SEP 17 2016 The Rugby Championship New Zealand 41 v 13 South Africa
SAT SEP 17 2016 The Rugby Championship Australia 36 v 20 Argentina
POS Movers Up Change Last Pos RR Rank
3 AUSTRALIA +1 4 85.12
7 ARGENTINA +1 8 80.69
23 KENYA +4 27 58.63
32 CZECH REPUBLIC +3 35 52.33
35 NETHERLANDS +1 36 51.57
36 MOROCCO +1 37 51.18
37 POLAND +1 38 49.91
38 TUNISIA +1 39 49.77
39 PARAGUAY +1 40 48.88
43 UGANDA +7 50 48.05
50 MEXICO +3 53 46.71
61 ANDORRA +1 62 43.34
62 CYPRUS +1 63 42.92
63 LUXEMBOURG +1 64 42.86
64 SINGAPORE +1 65 42.70
78 NIGERIA +1 79 38.66
106 ECUADOR +4 110 30.82
113 HAITI +1 114 30.08
115 MARTINIQUE +1 116 30.06
116 NICARAGUA +1 117 30.05
117 PANAMA +1 118 30.04
118 St.KITTS & NEVIS +1 119 30.03
119 St LUCIA +1 120 30.02
120 SURINAME +1 121 30.01
121 BULGARIA +1 122 29.47
138 LESOTHO +2 140 20.10
163 WALLIS & FUTUNA +1 164 9.70
164 AFGHANISTAN +1 165 9.60
POS Movers Down Change Last Pos RR Rank
4 SOUTH AFRICA -1 3 83.61
8 FRANCE -1 7 80.58
24 GERMANY -1 23 58.28
25 BELGIUM -1 24 57.90
27 HONG KONG -2 25 55.77
33 SWITZERLAND -1 32 52.18
40 ZIMBABWE -7 33 48.85
44 SRI LANKA -1 43 47.98
45 GUYANA -1 44 47.51
46 SENEGAL -1 45 47.25
47 COOK ISLANDS -1 46 47.11
48 TRINIDAD & TOBAGO -1 47 46.95
49 ARMENIA -1 48 46.85
51 COLOMBIA -2 49 46.51
53 CAYMAN ISLANDS -2 51 45.59
65 SWEDEN -4 61 42.63
79 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES -1 78 38.56
107 BELIZE -1 106 30.21
108 BOLIVIA -1 107 30.20
109 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS -1 108 30.19
110 CUBA -1 109 30.13
122 GUATEMALA -9 113 29.39
139 AZERBAIJAN -1 138 20.09
140 BAHRAIN -1 139 20.00
165 MALAWI -2 163 9.49
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RWC 2019-South America B Champion v Americas Rugby North Champion: Americas Qualifying Round 1
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SAT OCT 1 2016 Rugby Champs South Africa 0-0 Australia
SAT OCT 1 2016 Rugby Americas North Final: Mexico 0-0 Guyana
SAT OCT 1 2016 Rugby Champs Argentina 0-0 New Zealand
SAT OCT 1 2016 Euro Champs.>Conf2 Nth 16-17 Estonia 0-0 Hungary
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SAT OCT 8 2016 Sth Amer.B.Champs. Colombia 0-0 Peru
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SAT OCT 8 2016 Rugby Champs/Freedom Cup South Africa 0-0 New Zealand
SAT OCT 8 2016 Rugby Champs Argentina 0-0 Australia
SAT OCT 8 2016 Euro Champs.>Conf2 Nth 16-17 Norway 0-0 Finland
SAT OCT 8 2016 Euro Champs.>Conf2 Nth 16-17 Hungary 0-0 Denmark
SAT OCT 8 2016 Euro Champs.>Conf2 Sth 16-17 Austria 0-0 Bosnia & Herzegovina
SAT OCT 22 2016 Bledisloe Cup New Zealand 0-0 Australia
SAT OCT 22 2016 Euro Champs.>Conf1 Nth 16-17 Latvia 0-0 Luxembourg
SAT OCT 22 2016 Euro Champs.>Conf1 Sth 16-17 Andorra 0-0 Malta
SAT OCT 22 2016 Euro Champs.>Conf2 Nth 16-17 Finland 0-0 Estonia
SAT OCT 22 2016 Euro Champs.>Conf2 Nth 16-17 Denmark 0-0 Norway
SAT OCT 29 2016 Euro Champs.>Conf1 Sth 16-17 Malta 0-0 Cyprus
SAT OCT 29 2016 Euro Champs.>Conf1 Sth 16-17 Croatia 0-0 Andorra
SAT OCT 29 2016 Euro Champs.>Conf2 Sth 16-17 Slovenia 0-0 Serbia
NOVEMBER
NOV 3 2016 ARGENTINA 0-0 JAPAN
NOV 4 2016 UNITED STATES 0-0 NZ MAORI
NOV 5 2016 WALES 0-0 AUSTRALIA
NOV 5 2016 BARBARIANS (UK) 0-0 SOUTH AFRICA
NOV 5 2016 IRELAND 0-0 NEW ZEALAND
NOV 5 2016 Euro Champs.>Trophy UKRAINE 0-0 NETHERLANDS
NOV 5 2016 Euro Champs.>Conf1 Nth 16-17 LITHUANIA 0-0 LATVIA
NOV 5 2016 Euro Champs.>Conf1 Nth 16-17 LUXEMBOURG 0-0 SWEDEN
NOV 5 2016 Euro Champs.>Conf1 Sth 16-17 ISRAEL 0-0 CROATIA
NOV 5 2016 Euro Champs.>Conf2 Sth 16-17 SERBIA 0-0 TURKEY
NOV 6-9 2016 Asia Rugby Champs,Div.3 East; Venue-Bangkok: Teams-China, China Taipei, Indonesia
NOV 6-9 2016 Asia Rugby Champs, Div.3 South-east: Venue-Bangkok. Teams-Laos and Brunei
NOV 12 2016 TOUR WALES 0-0 ARGENTINA
NOV 12 2016 TOUR ENGLAND 0-0 SOUTH AFRICA
NOV 12 2016 TOUR IRELAND 0-0 CANADA
NOV 12 2016 TOUR ITALY 0-0 NEW ZEALAND
NOV 12 2016 TOUR SCOTLAND 0-0 AUSTRALIA
NOV 12 2016 TOUR GEORGIA 0-0 JAPAN
NOV 12 2016 TOUR FRANCE 0-0 SAMOA
NOV 12 2016 TOUR TONGA 0-0 URUGUAY
NOV 12 2016 TOUR ROMANIA 0-0 UNITED STATES
NOV 12 2016 TOUR PORTUGAL 0-0 BELGIUM
NOV 12 2016 TOUR GERMANY 0-0 BRAZIL
NOV 12 2016 Euro Champs.> Trophy MOLDOVA 0-0 UKRAINE
NOV 12 2016 Euro Champs.>Conf1 Nth 16-17 CZECH REPUBLIC 0-0 LITHUANIA
NOV 12 2016 Euro Champs.>Conf1 Sth 16-17 CYPRUS 0-0 ISRAEL
NOV 12 2016 Euro Champs.>Conf2 Sth 16-17 TURKEY 0-0 AUSTRIA
NOV 18 2016 TOUR GEORGIA 0-0 SAMOA
NOV 19 2016 TOUR WALES 0-0 JAPAN
NOV 19 2016 TOUR ENGLAND 0-0 FIJI
NOV 19 2016 TOUR FRANCE 0-0 AUSTRALIA
NOV 19 2016 TOUR IRELAND 0-0 NEW ZEALAND
NOV 19 2016 TOUR ITALY 0-0 SOUTH AFRICA
NOV 19 2016 TOUR SCOTLAND 0-0 ARGENTINA
NOV 19 2016 TOUR ROMANIA 0-0 CANADA
NOV 19 2016 TOUR SPAIN 0-0 URUGUAY
NOV 19 2016 TOUR GERMANY 0-0 BRAZIL
NOV 19 2016 Euro Champs.> Trophy NETHERLANDS 0-0 MOLDOVA
NOV 19 2016 TOUR SWITZERLAND 0-0 PORTUGAL
NOV 26 2016 TOUR WALES 0-0 SOUTH AFRICA
NOV 26 2016 TOUR ENGLAND 0-0 ARGENTINA
NOV 26 2016 TOUR FRANCE 0-0 NEW ZEALAND
NOV 26 2016 TOUR IRELAND 0-0 AUSTRALIA
NOV 26 2016 TOUR SCOTLAND 0-0 GEORGIA
NOV 26 2016 TOUR ITALY 0-0 TONGA
NOV 26 2016 Africa Cup 1B, Final SENEGAL 0-0 TUNISIA
NOV 26 2016 TOUR FIJI 0-0 JAPAN
NOV 26 2016 TOUR ROMANIA 0-0 URUGUAY
NOV 26 2016 TOUR GERMANY 0-0 BRAZIL
NOV 26 2016 Euro Champs.> Trophy SWITZERLAND 0-0 MOLDOVA
NOV 26 2016 Euro Champs.>Conf2 Sth 16-17 TURKEY 0-0 SLOVENIA
DECEMBER
DEC 3 2016 ENGLAND 0-0 AUSTRALIA
South American C Championship: Venue TBD. Teams-Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama, Guatemala
TBD ARC Div.3, East: Venue-Thailand. Teams-Thailand, China, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia
TBD: ARC Div.3, South East: Venue-Thailand. Teams-Laos, Cambodia, Brunei

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allblacks1FULL RANKINGS

0 = no Positional change , (#) = Positional change last week

New Zealand still lead the way for the 154 consecutive weeks.

RR # Test Nations Change Last Pos Rank
1 NEW ZEALAND 0 1 95.96
2 ENGLAND 0 2 89.16
3 AUSTRALIA 1 4 85.12
4 SOUTH AFRICA -1 3 83.61
5 WALES 0 5 82.18
6 IRELAND 0 6 80.87
7 ARGENTINA 1 8 80.69
8 FRANCE -1 7 80.58
9 SCOTLAND 0 9 79.41
NZ Maori     79.35
British & Irish Lions     76.00
10 FIJI 0 10 74.48
11 JAPAN 0 11 73.39
12 GEORGIA 0 12 72.95
13 ITALY 0 13 71.99
14 SAMOA 0 14 69.38
15 ROMANIA 0 15 67.94
Argentina XV     67.46
  World XV     66.00
16 TONGA 0 16 65.64
17 USA 0 17 65.49
Barbarians (UK)     64.95
  Emerging Ireland     64.31
18 CANADA 0 18 64.29
19 NAMIBIA 0 19 62.44
20 URUGUAY 0 20 62.15
21 RUSSIA 0 21 61.45
Emerging Italy     60.69
22 SPAIN 0 22 58.58
23 KENYA 4 27 58.63
24 GERMANY -1 23 58.28
25 BELGIUM -1 24 57.90
26 UKRAINE 0 26 56.82
27 HONG KONG -2 25 55.77
28 CHILE 0 28 55.57
29 KOREA 0 29 54.39
30 PORTUGAL 0 30 54.12
31 MOLDOVA 0 31 52.40
32 CZECH REPUBLIC 3 35 52.33
33 SWITZERLAND -1 32 52.18
34 BRAZIL 0 34 51.91
35 NETHERLANDS 1 36 51.57
36 MOROCCO 1 37 51.18
37 POLAND 1 38 49.91
38 TUNISIA 1 39 49.77
39 PARAGUAY 1 40 48.88
40 ZIMBABWE -7 33 48.85
41 LITHUANIA 0 41 48.64
42 LATVIA 0 42 48.44
43 UGANDA 7 50 48.05
44 SRI LANKA -1 43 47.98
45 GUYANA -1 44 47.51
46 SENEGAL -1 45 47.25
47 COOK ISLANDS -1 46 47.11
48 TRINIDAD & TOBAGO -1 47 46.95
49 ARMENIA -1 48 46.85
50 MEXICO 3 53 46.71
51 COLOMBIA -2 49 46.51
52 MALTA 0 52 46.06
53 CAYMAN ISLANDS -2 51 45.59
54 MALAYSIA 0 54 45.52
55 PAPUA NEW GUINEA 0 55 45.27
56 CROATIA 0 56 45.10
57 MADAGASCAR 0 57 44.96
58 KAZAKHSTAN 0 58 44.81
59 COTE d’IVORIE 0 59 44.54
USA South     44.44
60 PHILIPPINES 0 60 44.08
61 ANDORRA 1 62 43.34
62 CYPRUS 1 63 42.92
63 LUXEMBOURG 1 64 42.86
64 SINGAPORE 1 65 42.70
65 SWEDEN -4 61 42.63
66 ISRAEL 0 66 40.85
67 CHINA 0 67 40.80
68 BOTSWANA 0 68 40.46
69 NIUE ISLANDS 0 69 40.45
70 CHINESE TAIPEI 0 70 40.43
71 SLOVENIA 0 71 40.13
72 VENEZUELA 0 72 39.77
73 PERU 0 73 39.51
74 BERMUDA 0 74 39.48
75 BARBADOS 0 75 39.17
76 INDIA 0 76 38.81
77 BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA 0 77 38.72
78 NIGERIA 1 79 38.66
79 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES -1 78 38.56
80 CAMEROON 0 80 38.33
81 GUAM 0 81 37.97
82 ZAMBIA 0 82 37.79
83 TAHITI 0 83 37.68
84 SERBIA 0 84 37.15
85 SOLOMON ISLANDS 0 85 36.85
86 JAMAICA 0 86 36.54
87 INDONESIA 0 87 36.52
88 HUNGARY 0 88 36.37
89 PAKISTAN 0 89 35.18
90 MONACO 0 90 35.17
91 ST.VINCENT &  GRENADINES 0 91 34.91
92 THAILAND 0 92 34.90
93 UZBEKISTAN 0 93 34.37
94 BAHAMAS 0 94 33.92
95 AUSTRIA 0 95 33.79
96 COSTA RICA 0 96 33.75
97 DENMARK 0 97 33.54
98 VANUATU 0 98 33.45
99 MAURITIUS 0 99 33.02
100 GIBRALTAR 0 100 33.00
101 NORWAY 0 101 31.76
102 TURKS & CAICOS 0 102 31.34
103 AMERICAN SAMOA 0 103 31.19
104 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 0 104 31.05
105 IRAN 0 105 31.04
106 ECUADOR 4 110 30.82
107 BELIZE -1 106 30.21
108 BOLIVIA -1 107 30.20
109 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS -1 108 30.19
110 CUBA -1 109 30.13
111 EL SALVADOR 0 111 30.11
112 GUADELOUPE 0 112 30.10
113 HAITI 1 114 30.08
114 HONDRUAS 0 115 30.07
115 MARTINIQUE 1 116 30.06
116 NICARAGUA 1 117 30.05
117 PANAMA 1 118 30.04
118 St.KITTS & NEVIS 1 119 30.03
119 St LUCIA 1 120 30.02
120 SURINAME 1 121 30.01
121 BULGARIA 1 122 29.47
122 GUATEMALA -9 113 29.39
123 SWAZILAND 0 123 29.25
124 TURKEY 0 124 29.25
125 GREECE 0 125 28.55
126 FINLAND 0 126 28.49
127 RWANDA 0 127 28.10
128 CURACAO 0 128 27.61
129 QATAR 0 129 27.20
130 LEBANON 0 130 26.93
131 ALGERIA 0 131 26.44
132 JORDAN 0 132 22.60
133 NIGER 0 133 22.40
134 SLOVAKIA 0 134 21.35
135 ESTONIA 0 135 21.33
136 DEMOCRATIC Rep. of CONGO 0 136 21.00
137 MONTENEGRO 0 137 20.30
138 LESOTHO 2 140 20.10
139 AZERBAIJAN -1 138 20.09
140 BAHRAIN -1 139 20.00
141 LAO 0 141 19.10
142 LIBYA 0 142 18.97
143 CAMBODIA 0 143 18.80
144 TANZANIA 0 144 18.50
145 SAUDI ARABIA 0 145 18.40
146 BURUNDI 0 146 18.11
147 EGYPT 0 147 18.07
148 NEPAL 0 148 17.25
149 BRUNEI 0 149 17.00
150 BELARUS 0 150 16.66
151 REUNION 0 151 16.50
152 MONGOLIA 0 152 15.95
153 MALI 0 153 15.46
154 BURKINA FASO 0 154 13.55
155 GHANA 0 155 13.00
156 CHAD 0 156 11.30
157 KYRGYZSTAN 0 157 11.10
158 MACAU 0 158 11.00
159 MAURITANIA 0 159 10.70
160 MAYOTTE 0 160 10.60
161 NEW CALEDONIA 0 161 10.40
162 BENIN 0 162 10.17
163 WALLIS & FUTUNA 1 164 9.70
164 AFGHANISTAN 1 165 9.60
165 MALAWI -2 163 9.49
166 TOGO 0 166 7.33
167 NAURU 0 167 5.14

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HouseKeeping Note: With the advent of the New American Rugby Championship we have renamed the “Argentine Jaguars” to the Argentine XV so for all the matches that the Argentina XV played from now on they will carry their previous names Ranking points. Due to this being a development side they will not have an official ranking like our Invitational Sides (highlighted in GREY) but at least we can see where they rank , as if they were full independent sides. Full Test Teams that play them though will have ranking points adjusted accordingly which may see them rise or fall.

Past RugbyRedefined Rankings

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2013 : 8th / 9th Nov18th Nov25th Nov1st Dec9th Dec22nd Dec

2014 : 3rd Feb10th Feb24th Feb7th Mar 17th Mar13th Apr28th Apr5th May13th May 3rd June9th June16th June22nd June29th June7th July 18th August26th August12th September6th Oct4th Nov10th Nov17th Nov23rd Nov 3oth Nov

2015 : – 9th Feb16th Feb2nd Mar9th Mar16th Mar23rd Mar19th Apr 7th May16th July9th August16th August31st August5th September21th September 30th September5th October12th October19th October26th October16th November 11th Dec

2016 : – 10th Feb23rd Mar– 26th Apr – 27th May10th June13th June20th June – 19th September – 


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All Blacks squad for Argentina and South Africa

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All Blacks squad for Argentina and South Africa

The All Blacks squad to tour Argentina and South Africa for the last two Tests of the Investec Rugby Championship has been finalised.

The All Blacks squad flies out to Argentina on Friday to prepare for the Test against Argentina at Estadio Jose Amalfitani in Buenos Aires on Saturday 1 October.  The team then flies to South Africa for the Test at Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban, on Saturday 8 October.

Loose forward Sam Cane and first five-eighths Aaron Cruden will stay in New Zealand as they recover from injury.

Meanwhile, loose forward Jerome Kaino, who hurt his shoulder in the Test against South Africa on the weekend, will miss the Argentina leg of the trip to continue his rehabilitation in New Zealand, and will join the squad in South Africa.

The travelling squad is as follows:

Hookers: Dane Coles, Liam Coltman and Codie Taylor.
Props: Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Owen Franks, Joe Moody and Ofa Tu’ungafasi.
Locks: Brodie Retallick, Luke Romano, Patrick Tuipulotu and Sam Whitelock.
Loose forwards: Elliot Dixon, Jerome Kaino (South Africa only), Kieran Read, Ardie Savea, Liam Squire and Matt Todd.
Halfbacks:  Tawera Kerr-Barlow, TJ Perenara and Aaron Smith.
First five-eighths: Beauden Barrett, Damian McKenzie and Lima Sopoaga.
Midfielders:  Ryan Crotty, Malakai Fekitoa, Anton Lienert-Brown and George Moala.
Outside backs: Israel Dagg, Waisake Naholo, Julian Savea and Ben Smith.


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