Young Wales wing George North has enjoyed a sensational first year of international rugby since scoring a brace of tries on his debut against South Africa 10 months ago.
The Rugby World Cup kicks off on September 8 and with the anticipation building Rugby Rugby presents Mark Freemon's blog, A Day in the Life of the Rugby World Cup. A native of North Carolina, Mark now lives in New Zealand with his wife and since 1999 has come to learn the importance of the game in the 'land of the long white cloud.'
Cadillac Ranch is a public art installation and sculpture in Amarillo, Texas, and is sporting a rugby tribute.
Earlier this week the team coaches had a bit of a get together in Auckland with RWC Referee Manager Paddy O'Brien to make sure they are all on side with his approach to this years event. In France 2007, there was a crack down on high tackles (Paul Emerick can tell you all about that) this year its about cracking down on offsides and tactics to slow the game down at the breakdown.
Athletic competition evokes words like "heroic" and "tragic." But the true meanings of these labels are quickly clarified when real tragedy strikes and true heroes emerge.
With the Rugby World Cup starting this week, the tweets are heating up and you can follow what players and teams are saying with Rugby Rugby.
New Zealand media reports that police have seized tens of thousands of dollars worth of Rugby World Cup tickets they say were fraudulently obtained, and have deported at least one person.
England enforcer Courtney Lawes is ready to lead a red rose assault on Argentina - and he declared there will only be one outcome.
Delon Armitage will complete a rocky journey from the dog-house to the 'greenhouse' when he starts for England on Saturday.
Bakkies Botha has lost his battle to be fit for South Africa's opening World Cup game against Wales on Sunday.
It is only Round Two of the 2011/12 Premiership season, but there will be plenty of drama as last season's front-runners look to bounce back from their poor starts.
Top rugby school in the Western Cape. Ranked second in the FNB Top 20. Winners of Die Burger Big School's competition. It probably is fair to say that Paarl Boys High had an excellent season.
The Springboks named the most experienced team in their history for their opening match of Rugby World Cup 2011 against Wales in Wellington on Sunday.
Rugby football, via television, have brought an aggressive form of South Pacific dancing, not the beautiful girls in hula skirts with leis around their necks to welcome American sailors in search of rest and recreation, as Technicolor movies told the world was how dancing was done in the islands. The four Pacific Island groups at the Rugby World Cup will show off their dances to the world, the best moments of prematch drama. The 2011 World Cup will start with two before New Zealand play Tonga, each with his own dance, Tonga going first.
The Rugby World Cup starts on Friday and during the next seven weeks we will hear 20 national anthems sung more than once each. Let's hope that they will be properly sung.