GETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT
THE GAME OF RUGBY IS RAPIDLY EXPANDING WORLD WIDE. THIS WEB SITE'S MAIN FUNCTION IS THE RESEARCHING, COLLECTING, COLLATING, RECORDING AND UPDATING OF INTERNATIONAL RUGBY RESULTS AND RECORDS.
IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION THAT WOULD UPDATE ANY DATA SHOWN PLEASE CONTACT
Updated 31.07.2004 (3rd edition)
Australia 30, South Africa 26 in Perth (Tri-Nations)
Kenya 18, Uganda 8 in Nairobi (Friendly) Thanks to Nick Cavell
New Zealand 23, South Africa 21 at Christchurch (Tri-Nations)
Zimbabwe 24, Kenya 15 in Bulawayo (Friendly) Thanks to 'Klitch'.
New Zealand 16, Australia 7 in Wellington (Bledisloe Cup & Tri-Nations)
South Africa 38, Pacific Islands 24 at Gosford, Australia
France 47, Canada 13 in Toronto
New Zealand 41, Pacific Islands 26 in Albany
New Zealand v Australia in Sydney (Bledisloe Cup & Tri-Nations)
ZIMBABWE v KENYA DETAILS (31.07)
Played 24.07.2004. Scroll down
AFRICAN NATIONAL RUGBY COACHES (31.07)
Added to the list in links. There are now 65 National coaches listed
PORTUGAL'S RUGBY FUTURE (31.07)
Article here at IRB http://www.irb.com/InTouch/News/portugal+morais.htm
Australia 30, South Africa 26 at Subiaco Oval, in Perth (Tri-Nations)
Australia won by 4 points. I predicted South Africa by 5 points.
'100 NOT OUT'
This was George Gregan's 100th test match. A remarkable achievement in the modern game of test rugby. Only Jason Leonard (114),Phillppe Sella (111), David Campese (101) are above him on the list of rugby internationals played. Jeremy Paul played his 50th test for Australia.
Australia came out on top against South Africa after trailing for most of the match. A try by former South African age-group player Clive Rathbone with ten minutes to go sealed the game for Australia. They won the forward battle and the game in the final quarter. Steven Larkham produced a fine performance in this quarter, his best of the season to date. Gregan produced a good service to his backs whilst Smith was the player of the match. It was a performance up a level on what Australia had previously produced this season and has left South Africa scratching their heads-again. What must they do to win a Tri-Nations match?
Tries: Tuqiri, Larkham, Latham, Rathbone
Conversions: Giteau, Burke
Penalty goals: Giteau (2)
Tries: Van der Westhuyzen, de Villiers, Du Toit
Penalty goals: Montgomery (3)
Chris Latham, 14 Clyde Rathbone, 13 Stirling Mortlock, 12 Matt Giteau [21
Matthew Burke], 11 Lote Tuqiri, 10 Stephen Larkham, 9 George Gregan
(captain), 8 David Lyons, 7 Phil Waugh, 6 George Smith [19 John Roe], 5
Nathan Sharpe, 4 Justin Harrison [18 Daniel Vickerman], 3 Al Baxter, 2
Jeremy Paul, 1 Bill Young [17 Matt Dunning].
Replacements not used: 16 Adam Freier, 20 Chris Whitaker, 22 Wendell Sailor.
South Africa: 15
Percy Montgomery, 14 Breyton Paulse,13 Marius Joubert, 12 De Wet Barry, 11 Jean
de Villiers [21 Gaffie du Toit], 10 Jaco van der Westhuyzen, 9 Fourie
du Preez, 8 Jacques Cronjé, 7 AJ Venter, 6 Schalk Burger [19 Joe
van Niekerk, temp.], 5 Gerrie Britz, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Eddie Andrews
[17 CJ van der Linde],
2 John Smit (captain), 1 Os du
Replacements not used: 16 Hanyani Shimange, 18 Albert van den Berg, 20 Bolla Conradie, 22 Brent Russell.
Referee: Chris White (England)
LAST FIVE ENCOUNTERS
02.08.2003 Australia 29-9 in Brisbane (Tri-Nations)
12.07.2003 South Africa 26-22 in Capetown (Tri-Nations)
17.08.2002 South Africa 33-31 in Johannesbourg (Tri-Nations)
27.07.2002 Australia 38-27 in Brisbane (Tri-Nations)
18.08.2001 Drawn 14-14 in Perth (Tri-Nations)
GWC RANKINGS: World Table-Australia 3rd, South Africa 4th - CHANGE
Data thanks to www.planet-rugby.com
PLAYERS CLOSING IN ON 100 TESTS (31.07)
George Gregan (Australia) 99
Fabian Pelous (France) 93
Gareth Llewellyn (Wales) 90
Joe Roff (Australia) 86
Alessandro Troncon (Italy) 85
Thanks to www.planet-rugby.com
ZIMBABWE RUGBY LOOKS AHEAD (31.07)
Article here http://allafrica.com/stories/200407300134.html
Kenya 18, Uganda 8 at the RFUEA Grounds, in Nairobi (Friendly)
Kenya won by 10 points. I predicted Kenya by 15
This match was a warm up for both teams about to begin their CAR Division 1 campaign. Kenya is in the same group as Namibia and Zambia, taking on Zambia on 28 August in Nairobi, then will travel to Windhoek to play Namibia on 11 September. Kenya will later be in the same 2007 Rugby World Cup qualifier group as Madagascar and Uganda.
Uganda's CAR programme begins on 14 August against Madagascar, and then against Zimbabwe on 11 September.
This was Uganda's first outing of the season whilst Kenya had the warm-up against Zimbabwe last weekend. Kenya came away with a loss but fielded a weakened team whilst Zimbabwe fielded a near full-strength side.
LAST FIVE ENCOUNTERS
14.06.2003 Kenya 22-21 in Kampala (Friendly)
05.10.2002 Uganda 31-22 in Nairobi (CAR Division 1, North 2)
29.09.2001 Kenya 44-17 in Nairobi (Friendly)
21.07.2001 Kenya 12-8 in Kampala (Friendly)
1997 Kenya 65-8 in Nairobi (Friendly)
GWC RANKINGS: Africa table-Kenya 9th, Uganda 11th
PREDICTION: Kenya by 15 points.
Leslie Mango (KCB), Oscar Osir
(Impala), Patrick Onyango (Quins), John Onyango (Mwamba), Victor Sudi (Impala),
Charles Ngovi, Moses Kola (Impala), Franklin Amiani (KCB), Joseph Mutisya
(Impala), Derrick Wamalwa (KCB), Richard Nyakwaka (Impala), Geoffrey Amuhaya
(Quins), Benjamin Ayimba (Nondies), Ken Nyagetuba (Mean Machine) and Paul
Reserves: John Allan Namu (Nondies), Tito Oduk, Joel Ng'ang'a (Quins), Paul Oimbo (Impala), Peter Mutai (KCB), Frank Oyalo (Nondies) and Eric Situma (Nazarene University).
Officials: Thomas Odundo, Musembi Mumo (coaches), Wangila Simiyu (team manager) and Christopher Makachia (physiotherapist).
Brian Tabaruka (MTN Heathens), John
Musoke (Mango Kobs), Mark Olweny (MTN Heathens), Simon Wakabi (Mango Kobs), Tony
Lugya (Rhinos), Ronnie Lutakome (Mango Kobs), Roger Sebina (Black Pirates),
Brian Makalama (Black Pirates), Deogratius Tumuhairwe (Black Pirates), Fred
Mudoola (Mango Kobs), Victor Wadia, Andrew Owor (Rhinos), Ronny Mwisaka (Mango
Kobs), Robert Seguya, Peter Magona (MTN
Reserves: Gideon Kamya (MTN Heathens), Kenneth Mutabaruka (Mango Kobs), Deogratius Mukasa (Rhinos), Moses Soita (Rhinos), Bobby Bibagamba (Mango Kobs), Bobby Tumusiime, O’Brien Tindimwebwa (MTN Heathens), Emmanuel Ochaya (Black Pirates), Timothy Mudoola (Mango Kobs), Geoffrey Okello (Hima Impis), Anthony Kinene (MTN Heathens), Allan Mukasa, Gamma Faisal (Mango Kobs).
Officials: Yayiro Kasasa (coach), Paul Ojambo (assistant coach), Edmond Owor (team manager), Henry Musoke (assistant team manager), Albert Majwara (doctor) and Fred Mayanja (physiotherapist).
Team data from www.nationmedia.com
Original info.from http://allafrica.com/stories/200407280298.html and 'Klitch'.
Try also Kenya RFU web site, which has been upgraded since I was last in there. http://www.kenyarfu.com/
UGANDA RUGBY UNION PRESS RELEASE (28.07)
The Uganda National rugby team plays the Kenya National team on 31st July in an international friendly test at the Rugby Football Union of East Africa (RFUEA) grounds, Ngong road, Nairobi. This is the annual fixture between the two countries.
Yayiro Kasasa coaches the Uganda team and this will be Uganda’s first test match for the 2004 season. This match will be used by the Uganda team management as a build up before hosting Madagascar on 14th August at the Kampala Rugby Union Football Club (KRUFC) in the opener of the Confederation of Africa Rugby (CAR) top nations cup-southern zone. Later in September the team will travel to Harare, Zimbabwe for their second CAR match. All games are a must win, if Uganda will better last year’s semi-final finishing. Last year Uganda bowed out to Namibia in Windhoek. This year the Union’s target is to bring a semi-final match at Kampala. Finals are slated for 9th October 2004.
The traveling team will be announced on Wednesday 28th July at the Kyadondo rugby club. Attached is the 27-man squad, that will be trimmed to 22 on Wednesday evening. Early indications show that several players will earn their first cap in Nairobi. Competition for places has been tough and the best is expected out of the team that will likely have a fair balance between experience and youth.
The last time the two sides met in a XV’s game, Kenya escaped as 22-21 victors at Kyadondo rugby club in 2003. This test match will mark the first time the two teams play at RFUEA grounds since 2002, when Uganda eliminated Kenya in the CAR cup in 2002.
Uganda’s team will travel to Nairobi on Thursday and will be expected back on Sunday.
Bell lager Uganda’s Premium lager generously sponsor the Rugby Cranes and are one of Ugandan Rugby main sponsor.
UG vs. Kenya test July 31st 2004
1. Brian Makalama
2. Fred Mudoola
3. Gideon Kamya
4. Kenneth Mutabaruka
5. Deogratius Tumuhairwe
6. Deogratius Mukasa
7. Victor Wadia
8. Andrew Owor
9. Soita Moses
11. Robert Seguya
12. Peter Magona
13. Bobby Bibagamba
14. Roger Sebina
15. Bobby Tumusiime
16. Ronnie Lutakome
17. O’Brien Tindimwebwa
18. John Musoke
19. Tony Lugya
20. Mark Olweny
21. Simon Wakabi
22. Emmanuel Ochaya
23. Timothy Mudoola
24. Geoffrey Okello
25. Brian Tabaruka
26. Anthony Kinene
27. Gamma Faisal
Coach: Yayiro Kasasa
Asst Coach: Ojambo Paul
Team Manager: Edmond Owor
Asst Team Manager: Henry Musoke
Team Doctor: Dr. Albert Majwara
COUNTRY RUGBY MANAGER
UGANDA RUGBY UNION
NEWS ARCHIVES (25.07)
This section has been a tricky beast on this site. I now have pages loaded for July 2003, August 2003 & September 2003. Due to a PC crash only part of October 2003 is available. November & December 2003 are unavailable (yes I lost all my 2003 Rugby World Cup data!). January 2004 is also unavailable.
March & April 2004 have now been loaded. I'm working on May (It's too big for the server too cope with!!). June has the same problem.
NATIONAL COACHES LIST (25.07)
This list has now been updated and includes the 2004 Coaches for Cook Islands, Romania, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Venezuela and Sri Lanka. Go to links.
SCOTLAND TRAINING SQUAD FOR POLAND (25.07)
Backs: Graeme Beveridge (Glasgow Rugby), Mike Blair (Edinburgh Rugby), Andy Craig (Glasgow Rugby), Chris Cusiter (The Borders), Simon Danielli (Bath Rugby), Andrew Henderson (Glasgow Rugby), Ben Hinshelwood (Worcester), Robbie Kydd (Saracens), Sean Lamont (Glasgow Rugby), Stuart Moffat (unattached), Graeme Morrison (Glasgow Rugby), Gareth Morton (The Borders), Dan Parks (Glasgow Rugby), Chris Paterson (Edinburgh Rugby), Gordon Ross (Leeds Tykes), Hugo Southwell (Edinburgh Rugby), Nikki Walker (The Borders), Ali Warnock (The Borders), Simon Webster (Edinburgh Rugby).
Forwards: Gordon Bulloch (Glasgow Rugby), Bruce Douglas (The Borders), Ross Ford (The Borders), Iain Fullarton (Sale Sharks), Scott Gray (Bath Rugby), Craig Hamilton (Newcastle Falcons), Nathan Hines (Edinburgh Rugby), Allister Hogg (Edinburgh Rugby), Allan Jacobsen (Edinburgh Rugby), Donnie Macfadyen (Glasgow Rugby), Cammy Mather (Glasgow Rugby), Scott Murray (Edinburgh Rugby), Jon Petrie (Glasgow Rugby), Rob Russell (Saracens), Steve Scott (The Borders), Craig Smith (Edinburgh Rugby), Tom Smith (Northampton Saints), Jason White (Sale Sharks).
Try here for more details http://www.planet-rugby.com/News/story_37382.shtml
TRANSFERS OF INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS (AND OTHERS) IN FRANCE (25.07)
Found here at http://www.planet-rugby.com/News/story_37387.shtml
New Zealand 23, South Africa 21 at Jade Stadium, in Christchurch (Tri-Nations)
New Zealand won by 2 points. I predicted NZ by 7
THE GREAT ESCAPE
New Zealand managed a last second try against South Africa to take this Tri-Nations match and place a hand on the trophy. There was drama in the opening seconds as well as South Africa scored their first try to silence the Christchurch crowd. They scored two more tries and lead 21-12 at halftime. The Kiwis managed to keep in touch by converting penalties into points, penalties that South Africa will reflect upon and deduct that they cost them this match. New Zealand were stunned by South Africa's ability to hold against pressure and, like Australia, convert slim breakouts into quick points. New Zealand rarely were able to break the solid South African defence. When they did they scored the winning points at the crucial moment so for that they deserved to win. The South Africans will be pondering the one that got away!
GWC RANKINGS: World Table-New Zealand 2nd, South Africa 3rd. CHANGE!
Penalty goals: Carter (5), Spencer
Tries: De Villiers, Cronjé, Du Preez
Conversions: Montgomery (3)
Zealand: 15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Doug Howlett, 13 Tana Umaga (captain), 12
Daniel Carter [22 Sam Tuitupou], 11 Joe Rokocoko, 10 Carlos Spencer, 9
Justin Marshall [20 Byron Kelleher], 8 Xavier
Rush, 7 Marty Holah, 6 Jerry Collins, 5 Simon Maling
[18 Ali Williams], 4 Chris Jack, 3 Greg Somerville, 2
Keven Mealamu, 1 Kees Meeuws.
Replacements not used: 16 Andrew Hore, 17 Tony Woodcock, 19 Craig Newby, 21 Nick Evans,
Coach: Graham Henry
New Zealand team thanks to www.allblacks.com
South Africa: 15
Percy Montgomery, 14 Breyton Paulse, 13 Marius Joubert [22 .Brent Russell], 12 De Wet Barry, 11 Jean de
Villiers, 10 Jaco van der Westhuyzen, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Jacques Cronjé, 7 AJ
Venter [20 Joe van Niekerk,], 6 Schalk Burger, 5
Albert van den Berg, 4 Bakkies Botha [19 Quinton
Davids], 3 Eddie Andrews [16
Faan Rautenbach], 2 John Smit (captain), 1 Os du Randt.
Replacements not used: 17 Gaffie du Toit, 18 Bolla Conradie, 21 Danie Coetzee,
South Africa team thanks to www.planet-rugby.com Match data thanks to www.panet-rugby.com
Referee: Andrew Cole (Australia)
Zimbabwe 24, Kenya 15 at Hartsfield Ground, in Bulawayo
A very hastily prepared Kenyan side were outplayed by Zimbabwe.
15 Victor Zimbawo, 14 Augustine Mberi, 13 D. Hondo, 12 J. Muzawazi, 11 Emmanuel Munyoro, 10 K. Kachambwa, 9 G. Hewitt, 8 Costa Dinha, 7 Jeff Tigere, 6 R, Kumpasa, 5 Z. Tondoro, 4 E. Mukandi, 3 R. Gurumani, 2 D. Macheke, 1 S. Chirimuuta,
Reserves 16 N. Mutiba, 17 A. Sairai, 18 A. Dube, 19 S. Ndlovu, 20 T Chidongo, 21 T. Mapunde, 22 E. Madondo.
Coach: Bright Chivandire
Leslie Mango, Allan Wamanga, Patrick Onyango, John Onyango, Mark Mshila, Judd Thumbi, Moses Kola, John Allan Namu, Frank Ndong', Derrick Wamalwa, Anthony Ogot, Richard Nyakwaka, Steve Obondi, Ken Nyagetuba, Benjamin Ayimba (captain), Daniel Kiptoo, Joseph Mutisya, Geoffrey Amuhaya, Odera Owino, Peter Mutai, Kiran Jethwa, Sidney Obonyo.
Coach: Thoma Odundo
NEW FIXTURES AHEAD
Cook Islands v Niue in Rarotonga (Oceania Cup, Eastern Zone)
Oct 8-16 2004
South America 'B' Championship in Brazil
teams-Brazil, Paraguay, Colombia, Peru
Thanks to 'Klitch' from the forum, www.fira-aer.com
New Zealand 16, Australia 7 in Wellington (Bledisloe Cup & Tri-Nations) HT 3-0
New Zealand won by 9 points. I predicted New Zealand by 7 points.
Australia, and particularly Steven Larkham, missed the pivot play and leadership of George Gregan, as New Zealand managed the slippery conditions better, to registering an important first-up win in the Tri-Nations series. New Zealand also took the Bledisloe Cup.
GWC RANKINGS: World Table-New Zealand 4th, Australia 5th-unchanged
Pacific table-New Zealand 1st, Australia 2nd-Change!
Penalty goals: Carter (3)
New Zealand: 15
Mils Muliaina, 14 Doug Howlett, 13 Tana Umaga (captain), 12 Daniel Carter, 11
Joe Rokocoko, 10 Carlos Spencer, 9 Justin Marshall, 8 Xavier Rush, 7 Richie
McCaw, 6 Jono Gibbes [18 Jerry Collins] [16 Andrew Hore temp.], 5 Keith
Robinson, 4 Chris Jack, 3 Carl Hayman, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Kees Meeuws.
Replacements not used: 17 Greg Somerville, 19 Marty Holah, 20 Byron Kelleher, 21 Nick Evans, 22 Sam Tuitupou.
Coach: Graham Henry
Chris Latham, 14 Clyde Rathbone [22 Wendell
Sailor], 13 Stirling Mortlock, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 Lote Tuqiri, 10 Stephen
Larkham (vice-captain), 9 Chris Whitaker [20 Matt
Henjak], 8 David Lyons [16 Jeremy
Paul,temp.], 7 Phil Waugh (vice-captain), 6 Radike Samo [19 George Smith], 5 Nathan Sharpe (captain), 4 Justin
Harrison [18 Dan Vickerman], 3 Al Baxter, 2 Brendan Cannon,[16 Jeremy Paul] 1 Bill
Young [17 Matt Dunning],
Replacement not used: 21 Matt Burke,
Coach: Eddie Jones
Referee: A Rolland (Ireland)
Replacement details thanks to UK and Ireland Press Association, via irish_stevens forum at www.fira-aer.comSouth Africa 38, Pacific Islands 24 at Gosford, Australia HT 23-0
Even though they were outplayed by the Springbok pack, the Islanders were able to match their opponent's try scoring efforts, scoring four good tries. It was another encouraging display by the Pacific Islands team despite the South African disappontment at their own effort. The South Africans totally dominated the first half. The half time score suggested a walkover but the Islanders returned to play their best rugby of the game.
Tries: Paulse (2), Cronje, De Villiers
Conversions: Montgomery (3)
Penalty goals: Montgomery (4)
Tries: Sivivatu (2), Lauaki, Bobo
Conversions: Rabeni (2)
15 Norman Ligairi [22 Brian Lima], 14 Sereli Bobo,
13 Seilala Mapusua, 12 Seru Rabeni, 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 10 Tanner Vili, 9
Mosese Raulini [20 Steve So'oialo], 8 Sisa
Koyamaibole [19 Tu Tamarua], 7 Alivereti
Doviverata, 6 Sione Lauaki, 5 Ifereimi Rawaqa, 4 Inoke Afeaki (captain) [18 Filipo Levi], 3 Tevita Taumoepeau [17 Taufaao Filise], 2 Aleki Lutui [16 Joeli Lotawa], 1 Soane Tonga'uiha.
Replacement not used: 21 Seremaia Bai,
South Africa: 15
Percy Montgomery, 14 Breyton Paulse, 13 Marius Joubert, 12 De Wet Barry, 11 Jean
de Villiers, 10 Jaco van der Westhuyzen, 9 Bolla Conradie, 8 Jacques Cronjé, 7
AJ Venter, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Gerrie Britz, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Eddie Andrews [17 CJ van der Linde], 2 John Smit, 1 Os du Randt.
Replacements not used: 16 Danie Coetzee, 18 Quinton Davids, 19 Pedrie Wannenberg, 20 Fourie du Preez, 21 Brent Russell, 22 Gaffie du Toit
Referee: Scott Young (Australia)
Tamarua is the first Cook Islander to be selected for the Pacific Island team.
Data thanks to www.planet-rugby and http://teivovo.com
NIGERIA NATIONAL RUGBY TEAM LIST TO THE SUPER 16 AFRICAN RUGBY LEAGUE NORTHERN ZONAL QUALIFIERS IN TOGO FROM 27 JUNE – 4 JULY (16.07)
1 . PHILLIP GOSHIT - COACH
2. LAZARUS NUHU - ASS. COACH
3 FELIX LAWRENCE - TEAM MEDIC
4 .ADENIYI. BEYIOKU- - SEC.GEN.
5. NTIENSE O. WILLIAMS –TEAM MANAGER / HEAD OF DELEGATION
Thanks to Ntiense O. Williams, Nigeria RFU
WORLD CUP 2007 QUALIFYING PROCESS (14.07)
Follow the process here http://www.irb.com/NR/rdonlyres/EF1744FE-B546-4F51-88CC-B3B43DD94D32/0/040606KMWC7Qualificationschedule_alt.doc
WORLD CUP 2007 QUALIFYING FIXTURES 2004-05 (13.07)
11.09.2004 Andorra v Norway at Andorra-la-Vella (WCQ Europe Round 1,1st Leg)
18.09.2004 Finland v Bulgaria TBA (WCQ Europe Round 1, 1st Leg)
18.09.2004 Norway v Andorra at Bergen (WCQ Europe Round 1, 2nd Leg)
25.09.2004 Bosnia v Austria TBA (WCQ Europe Round 1, 1st Leg)
02.10.2004 Poland v Switzerland TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool D)
16.10.2004 Austria v Bosnia TBA (WCQ Europe Round 1, 2nd Leg)
16.10.2004 Israel v Lithuania TBA (WCQ Europe Round 1, 1st Leg)
16.10.2004 Switzerland v Malta TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool D)
23.10.2004 Croatia v Slovenia TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool A)
23.10.2004 Hungary v Andorra or Norway TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool A)
23.10.2004 Latvia v Sweden TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool C)
23.10.2004 Lithuania v Israel TBA (WCQ Europe Round 1, 2nd Leg)
30.10.2004 Belgium v Latvia TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool C)
30.10.2004 Bulgaria v Finland at Sofia (WCQ Europe Round 1, 2nd Leg)
30.10.2004 Denmark v Moldova TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool B)
30.10.2004 Sweden v Israel or Lithuania TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool C)
06.11.2004 Malta v Poland TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool D)
06.11.2004 Slovenia v Hungary TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool A)
13.11.2004 Luxembourg v Denmark TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool B)
13.11.2004 Moldova v Germany at Chisinau (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool B)
13.11.2004 Serbia & Montenegro v Finland or Bulgaria TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool D)
21.11.2004 Spain v Hungary TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool A)
27.11.2004 Germany v Luxembourg at Hannover (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool B)
12.03.2005 Luxembourg v Bosnia or Austria TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool B)
12.03.2005 Switzerland v Finland or Bulgaria TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool D)
19.03.2005 Bosnia or Austria v Germany TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool B)
19.03.2005 Serbia & Montenegro v Switzerland TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool D)
27.03.2005 Slovenia v Spain TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool A)
02.04.2005 Germany v Denmark at Heidelberg (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool B)
09.04.2005 Israel or Lithuania v Belgium TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool C)
09.04.2005 Malta v Serbia & Montenegro TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool D)
10.04.2005 Spain v Croatia TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool A)
02.04.2005 Moldova v Luxembourg TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool B)
23.04.2005 Belgium v Netherlands TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool C)
23.04.2005 Hungary v Croatia TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool A)
23.04.2005 Netherlands v Sweden TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool C)
30.04.2005 Bosnia or Austria v Moldova TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool B)
30.04.2005 Latvia v Israel or Lithuania TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool C)
30.04.2005 Sweden v Belgium TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool C)
07.05.2005 Netherlands v Latvia TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool C)
07.05.2005 Poland v Serbia & Montenegro TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool D)
14.05.2005 Israel or Lithuania v Netherlands TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool C)
21.05.2005 Finland or Bulgaria v Poland TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool D)
17.10.2004 Norway v Slovenia TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool A)
06.11.2004 Croatia v Norway TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool A)
21.11.2004 Croatia v Andorra TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool A)
13.02.2005 Andorra v Spain at Andorra-la-Vella (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool A)
12.03.2005 Switzerland v Finland TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool D)
19.03.2005 Bosnia or Austria v Germany TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool B)
09.04.2005 Denmark v Austria TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool B)
16.04.2005 Bulgaria v Malta TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool D)
16.04.2005 Denmark v Bosnia TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool B)
23.04.2005 Austria v Germany at Vienna (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool B)
30.04.2005 Andorra v Slovenia at Andorra-la-Vella (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool A)
07.05.2005 Norway v Spain TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool A)
14.05.2005 Finland v Malta TBA (WCQ Europe Round 2 Pool D)
Thanks to http://www.france2007rwc.net/main/modules.php?name=Fixtures
This site will be the premium site when it comes to coverage of the 2007 Rugby World Cup
Thanks to http://www.france2007rwc.net/main/modules.php?name=Fixtures
THIS WEEKEND 10-11 JULY
France 47, Canada 13 at York Stadium, in Toronto
France won by 34 points. I predicted France by 25 points.
France were too good on the day against a relatively inexperienced Canadian side. The Canadians were very disappointed with the result as they felt they had the measure of the French.
Tries: Poitrenaud, Lieveremont, Liebenberg, Goutta, Rougerie
Conversions: Peclier (5)
Penalty goals: Peclier (3), Julien Peyrelongue
Penalty goals: Barker (2)
Canada: 15 Quentin
Fyffe, 14 Marco Di Girolamo, 13 Ryan Smith [22 Derek
Daypuck], 12 John Cannon [21 Mike Danskin] , 11
Stirling Richmond, 10 Jared Barker, 9 Morgan Williams [20 Ed Fairhurst], 8 Stan McKeen [19 Jim Douglas], 7 Mike
Webb 6, Phil Murphy 5, Colin Yukes 4, Jamie Cudmore [18
Mike Burak], 3, Forrest Gainer [17 Jon Thiel], 2 Aaron Abrams [16 Mark Lawson], 1 Kevin Tkachuk (Capt.).
Coach: Ric Suggett
Canada preview here http://www.rugbycanada.ca/index.php?lang=en&page_id=10&news_id=461
France: 15 Clément Poitrenaud [21 Julien Peyrelongue], 14 Philippe Bidabé, 13 Tony
Marsh, 12 Brian Liebenberg, 11 Aurélien Rougerie, 10 Alexandre Péclier [22 Cedric Heymans], 9 Ludovic Loustau [20 Mathieu Barrau], 8
Thomas Lievremont, 7 Bernard Goutta, 6 Yannick Nyanga [19 Pierre Rabadan], 5 Pascal Papé, 4 Fabien
Pelous (captain) [18 David Couzinet], 3 Pieter de
Villiers, 2 William Servat [16 Dimitri
Szarzewski], 1 Arnaud Martinez [17 Olivier
New Caps : Bidabé & Loustau
Coach: Bernard Laporte
Referee: Andy Turner (South Africa)
Thanks to www.planet-rugby.com
New Zealand 41, Pacific Islands 26 at North Harbour Stadium, in Albany
New Zealand won by 15 points. Exactly what I predicted.
This was an test match that had all the requirements of a great game. The scorers early on see-sawed before New Zealand took control. But the islanders never gave up and repeatedly took the game back to the Kiwis. The match was a great advertisement for the game in the islands. It is hoped that sense and reason will prevail and that in 2005 the Pacific Islands will have a meaningful programme of matches. This site advocates entry into the Tri-Nations or perhaps the Southern Cup, as it could be called.
Tries: Rokocoko (2), Marshall, Gear, Meeuws, Umaga
Conversions: Carter (4)
Penalty goal: Carter
Tries: Sivivatu (2), Rabeni, Lauaki
Conversions: Bai (3)
Zealand: 15 Mils Muliaina [21 Nick
Evans], 14 Rico Gear, 13 Tana Umaga (captain), 12 Daniel
Carter, 11 Joe Rokocoko, 10 Carlos Spencer, 9 Justin Marshall [20 Byron Kelleher], 8 Xavier Rush, 7 Marty Holah, 6
Jono Gibbes, 5 Keith Robinson, 4 Chris Jack [18 Jerry
Collins], 3 Carl Hayman, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Kees Meeuws.
Replacements not used: 16 Andrew Hore, 17 Greg Somerville, 19 Mose Tuiali'i,22 Sam Tuitupou.
Coach: Graham Henry
15 Seru Rabeni, 14 Lome Fa'atau [22 Sireli Bobo]
[21 Tane Tu'ipulotu temp.], 13 Brian Lima
[21 Tane Tu'ipulotu], 12 Seremaia Bai, 11 Sitiveni
Sivivatu, 10 Tanner Vili, 9 Mosese Rauluni, 8 Sisa Koyamaibole, 7 Alivereti
Doviverata [19 Semo Sititi], 6 Sione Lauaki, 5
Ifereimi Rawaqa, 4 Inoke Afeaki (captain), [18
Felipo Levi], 3 Soane Tonga'uiha, 2 Aleki Lutui, 1 Taufa'ao Filise [17 Tevita Taumoepeau].
Replacements not used: 16 Joeli Lotawa, 20 Steve So'oialo,
Coach: John Boe
Pacific Island preview here http://teivovo.com/pacific_rugby/Islanders/2004/0707_lineup_v_abs.html
Pacific Island team profiles here http://teivovo.com/pacific_rugby/Islanders/index_2004.html
Referee: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)
Thanks to www.planet-rugby.com
Good days are here for the game of Rugby Football Union in Nigeria as the Nigerian Union have been offered the hosting of the finals of the Super 16 African Rugby League.
According to the International Rugby Board Coaches Trainer for Nigeria, Mr Ntiense O. Williams, Nigeria has been given the first privilege of hosting the finals of the on-going Super 16 African Rugby League in October this year.
According to Williams, the finals will feature Mali, Nigeria and the Winners of the other 2 Southern groups on the 16th of October
This is the first time that Nigeria will be hosting the finals of a Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) continental program which is co-organised by the International Rugby Board (IRB).
As host, Nigeria stands a very good chance to win and gain promotion to the elite Top 10 African Cup where we will start seeing International Rugby matches featuring countries such as: Morocco, Cote d’voir, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, Madagascar, Cameroun, Tunisia and South Africa on a home away basis.
According to Williams, who is also the Head of Technical for the Nigeria Rugby Union, the promoting of Nigeria from Super 16 to Top 10 African Rugby League is our aim for the 15’s National Team for the 2004 Rugby season. We believe that we can achieve it and the morale is very high right now especially as we have just won the group stage in Togo over the weekend. Our playing in the Top 10 next year will greatly develop the standard of Rugby in Nigeria because we will be playing with the best Rugby nations in Africa. Also the Top 10 has good sponsorship and the players can travel around to see for themselves the standard of the game in other African countries. It will now be a great honour to be called a National Team Player. We will be able to attract sponsorship and our foreign professionals will also come to star for the nation.
The Rugby Union will immediately start the planning and sponsorship drive for this worthy project.
Meanwhile, in the recently concluded week-long Super 16 African Rugby League in Togo, Nigeria stole the show by winning their group with 11 points,followed by host Togo, with 6 points, Benin came 3rd, with 5 points and Ghana with 1 point. Nigeria’s Yusuf
Lateef also won the highest try scorer with 3 trys followed by Simon Joseph and Gbenga Hammed with 2 trys each. Nigeria also won the best attacking team with 10 trys and 60 points difference. Nigeria was also the best defence team with only 3 points against while scored 63 points.
From Ntiense Williams (Nigeria RFU)
NIGERIA QUALIFIES (06.07)
Nigeria drew 0-0 with hosts Togo to take out the CAR Div.2 North Pool B tournament being played in Lome. Nigeria will now join Pool A winner Mali in the finals tournament possibly to be played in Nigeria in October.
Information thanks to Ntiense Williams, Nigeria RFU
2005 BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS TOUR TO NZ (05.07)
June 4 v Bay of Plenty, Rotorua International Stadium
June 8 v Taranaki, Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth
June 11 v NZ Maori, Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
June 15 v Wellington, Westpac Stadium, Wellington
June 18 v Otago, Carisbrook, Dunedin
June 21 v Southland, Rugby Park Stadium, Invercargill
June 25 v New Zealand (First Test), Jade Stadium, Christchurch
June 28 v Manawatu, Arena Manawatu, Palmerston North
July 2 v New Zealand (Second Test), Westpac Stadium, Wellington
July 9 v New Zealand (Third Test), Eden Park, Auckland
Thanks to www.planet-rugby.com
DATA BASE UPDATING (03.07)
Recent results updated to 26.06.2004 for the following nations. Technical difficulties with 'Australia 2001-' and 'Burkino Faso' prevent those lists being updated at present.See alphabetical listings above.
Argentina, Austria, Bosnia, Canada, England, England XV, Fiji, Ireland, Italy, Mali, Mauritania, New Zealand, New Zealand XV, Romania, Samoa, Scotland, Senegal, South Africa, United States, Wales
The following nation's lists of results on the data base have been backdated and altered. Go to 'Recent Updates'
England XV, Fiji, Italy, Mali
THIS WEEKEND 03-04 JULY
France 39, United States 31 at Rentschler Stadium in Hartford HT 17-21
France won by 8 points. I predicted France by 30 points.
The USA made France work hard for its victory. France were dangerous on attack but defense lapses allowed the home side back into the game on numerous occasions. This was a gutsy performance byt the USA but France were very rusty and disjointed.
USA lock Dave Hodges has announced that this will be his last game for the USA.The 35 year-old veteran of 53 tests has been recalled to the team due to injuries.
Tries: Tabacco, Valbon, Barrau, Lievremont, Devilliers
Conversions: Peclier (4)
Penalty goals: Peclier (2)
Tries: Paga, Hercus, Naivalu, Van Zyl, Mo'unga
Conversions: Hercus (3)
Referee: Giulio de
France: 15 Clement
Poitrenaud, 14 Aurelien Rougerie, 13 Tony Marsh, 12 Brian Liebenberg, 11 Cedric
Heymans, 10 Alexandre Peclier, 9 Mathieu Barrau, 8 Thomas Lievremont, 7 Patrick
Tabacco [19 Pierre Rabadan], 6 Yannick Nyanga, 5 David Couzinet, 4 Fabien
Pelous, 3 Pieter De Villiers, 2 William Servat, 1 Olivier Milloud.
Replacements not used: 16 Dimitri Szarzewski, 17 David Attoub, 18 Romain Froment, 20 Ludovic Loustau, 21 Julien Peyrelongue, 22 Philippe Bidabe
United States: 15
Francois Viljoen; 14 Jovesa Naivalu [22 Riaan Van
Zyl], 13 Paul Emerick, 12 Salesi Sika, 11 David Fee; 10 Mike Hercus, 9 Mose
Timoteo [20 David Williams], 8 Shaun Paga [19 Fifita Mo'unga], 7 Kort Schubert, 6 Tony
Petruzzella, 5 Matt Kane, (captain) [18 Brian
Surgener], 4 Dave Hodges, 3 Jacob Waasdorp, 2 Matt Wyatt [16 Mark Griffin], 1 Mike MacDonald [17 Dan Dorsey],
Replacement not used: 21 Kain Cross,
France data, match points scorers thanks to www.planet-rugby.com USA data thanks to http://www.usarugby.org
Australia 29, Pacific Islands 14 at the Adelaide Oval, in Adelaide HT 10-0
Australia won by 15 points, as I predicted.
This was a bruising encounter which left many Australian's injured, the worst being George Gregan, out for 6 weeks. Despite the 5-2 try margin the Australians were made to work for every point by a proud, hard-hitting Island team.
The Pacific Island team has had two impressive warm up games, defeating New South Wales 68-21 and Queensland 48-29. George Gregan played his 99th test match for Australia. Referee Andre Watson was officiating in his last test match.
Tries: Mortlock (2), Giteau (2), Cannon
Conversions: Roff, Burke
Tries: Lauaki, Bobo
Conversions: Bai (2)
15 Joe Roff, 14 Clyde Rathbone, 13 Stirling Mortlock, 12
Matt Giteau, 11 Lote Tuqiri, 10 Stephen Larkham, 9 George Gregan, 8 David Lyons,
7 Phil Waugh, 6 Radike Samo, 5 Nathan Sharpe, 4 Justin Harrison, 3 Alastair
Baxter, 2 Brendan Cannon, 1 Bill Young.
Replacements: 16 Jeremy Paul, 17 Nic Henderson, 18 Daniel Vickerman, 19 George Smith, 20 Chris Whitaker, 21 Matt Burke, 22 Chris Latham.
15 Norman Ligairi, 14 Lome Fa'atau, 13 Seilala Mapusua,
12 Seremaia Bai, 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 10 Tanner Chan Vili, 9 Mosese Rauluni, 8
Sisa Koyamaibole, 7 Alivereti Doviverata, 6 Sione Lauaki, 5 Ifereimi Rawaqa, 4
Inoke Afeaki (captain), 3 Taufaao Filise, 2 Aleki Lutui, 1 Soane Tonga'uiha.
Replacements: 16 Joeli Lotawa, 17 Tevita Taumoepeau, 18 Leo Lafaialii, 19 Semo Sititi, 20 Steve So'oialo, 21 Seru Rabeni, 22 Sireli Bobo.
Referee: André Watson (South Africa)
Team data thanks to www.planet-rugby.com
Italy 32, Japan 19 at Stadio Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground, in Tokyo HT 15-6
Italy won by 13 points. I predicted Italy by 10.
Tries: Castrogiovanni (3), Canale
Conversions: Wakarua (3)
Penalty goals: Wakarua (2)
Penalty goals: Ikeda (3)
Dropped goal: Morita
Japan: 15 Masatoshi Kendo [22 Keiji
Takei], 14 Takafumi Hirao, 13 Daisuli Ohata, 12 Yukio Motoki, [21 Mukoyama], 11 Hirotoki Onozawa, 10 Kyohei Morita,
9 Wataru Ikeda, 8 Takeomi Ito [19 Koichi
Kubo], 7 Takuro Miuchi (cap), 6 Ferideriki Mau [18 Ruatangi Vatuvei], 5 Takanori Kumagae, 4
Adam Parker, 3 Ryon Yamamura, 2 Yuji Matsubara [16
Mitsugu Yamamoto],1 Yuichi Hisadomi
Replacements not used: 17 Ferideriki Mau, 20 Mamoru Ito
Italy: 15 Gonzalo
Canale [21 Danilo Carpente], 14 Kaine Robertson,
13 Andrea Masi, 12 Natteo
Barbini [22 Nicola Mazzucato], 11 Walter Pozzebon, 10 Rima
Wakarua, 9 Paul Griffen [20 Alessandro
Troncon], 8 David Dal Maso [18 Roberto
Mandelli], 7 Mauro Bergamasco [19 Aaron
Persico], 6 Enrico Pavanello, 5 Marco Bortolami (captain), 4 Carlo Del
Fava, 3 Martín Castrogiovanni, 2 Fabio Ongaro [16
Giorgio Intoppa], 1 Andrea Lo Cicero [17 Mario
Referee: Nigel Whitehouse (Wales)
Details thanks to http://www.federugby.it via
ETHIOPIANS PLAY RUGBY
Little article here about the national team playing in a sevens tournament in Nairobi. Rugby is growing faster in Africa at the national level than in any other continent.
Sri Lanka 35, Thailand 14 at CR and FC grounds, in Colombo(Asian Regional Div.4)
Sri Lanka dominated the strong Thai pack to win this game. Thailand were favourites to win.
Tries: Hettiarachchi (3), Ganapathy, Basnayake
Penalty Goals:T.Silva (2)
Tries: Sophomanc, try
Conversions: Sirach (2)
Match report at http://www.srilankasports.com/Sports/Rugby/fs.asp?ID=280
Nigeria 20, Ghana 0 in Lome (CAR Div.2 North, Pool B)
Tries: Joseph (2), Alhassans, Samuel
The Nigerian Rugby National team got off to a flying start on Tuesday evening as they defeated tournament hopefuls Ghana by 20-0 ( 4 tries to nil).
According to the Technical Director of the Nigeria Rugby Football Union Mr Ntiense .O Williams, the
Nigerian Rugby Team had a beautiful opening match of the tournament. According to Williams the game had two tries in each half, scored by Segun Samuel ,Tata Alhassans & Simon Joseph, who scored two tries.
The game started at 2:30pm at the STADE d ‘ Agouè after the official ceremony. Sunday Bernard opened the scoring in the 24th minute but unfortunately he scored the try outside the badly marked field, thus prompting the Ivory Coast referee to disallow the try. According to Williams, who is also the International Rugby board Coaches trainer for Nigeria and neighbouring English speaking countries, the Nigerian Rugby team constantly applied pressure on the Ghanaians 22 metre line which eventually paid off with a beautifull try by winger
Tata Alhassan in the 27th minute.
The determined Nigerans made it two tries, when in the 36th minute foward Segun Samuel scored leaving the half–time score at 10 nil.
In the second half Simon Joseph became the hero of the match by scoring two tries, in the 14th and 36th minutes,
there by becoming the highest try scorer so far of the tournament .
Nigeria has assumed her rightful position on the table by toping the group with 5 points followed by Benin with 4 points, then Ghana with 1 point and Togo coming last with no point so far.
Nigeria is also toping the try scoring chart with Simon Joseph leading with two tries followed by a Togolese, two Beninois and two other Nigerians with one try each .
Wednesday was rest day and the Nigeria Rugby team took sometime to regroup and strategise for their
second match against the Benin on Thursday at the stade de Agouè.
The Rugby National Team also took sometime to watch & support their own-The Boss Man –Stephen Keshi, the
Togolese National soccer team coach presently preparing to square up against Libaria this weekend in Monrovia for the 2006 Soccer World Cup!
Meanwhile,one of Nigeria's best rugby players, Maalik Ahmed, was rested due to a stomach problem, but will be featured in the second match on Thursday.
Match report from Ntiense O. Williams edited by Gary Carbines