Sep 112014

Watch Rugby Championship Live Streaming New Zealand All Blacks vs South Africa 2014 Online Live Broadcast every New Zealand All Blacks vs South Africa match will be broadcast From Westpac Stadium, Wellington, Rugby Championship New Zealand All Blacks vs South Africa game start Saturday 13 September 2014 Time 19:35 NZST.

Out of the last four Rugby Championship matches between New Zealand’s All Blacks and South Africa’s Springboks the New Zealanders have won four and lost one.

Going further back out of the last ten matches between the two nations the All Blacks have won 8 and the Springboks two.

In 2009 South Africa beat the All Blacks three times but since then they have only beaten the New Zealanders once and when they did it was in 2011 and the All Blacks fielded a second string team as preparation for the World Cup in Port Elizabeth.

Overall New Zealand have played South Africa 87 times and the All Blacks have won 50 matches and lost 34 matches. There have been three draws between the nations.

That gives the All Blacks a record of winning 58% of their matches against the Springboks. The average score when the All Blacks play the Springboks is : New Zealand 19 South Africa 16.

This weekend the match between the teams will be played in Wellington New Zealand. The All Blacks have played the Springboks 40 times in New Zealand and they have won 29 matches, lost 9 matches and drawn twice.

That gives the All Blacks a record of winning 73% of their matches against the Springboks on New Zealand soil. The All Blacks have played South Africa five times in Wellington and all five matches have been won by the home side.

The average score when New Zealand play South Africa in Wellington is New Zealand 33 South Africa 14 with a record of winning 100% of the matches.

South Africa have not won in New Zealand since 2009. Since that loss New Zealand have won their last 35 matches on home soil.

In terms of form New Zealand are the only team who have yet to lose in the Rugby Championship after South Africa lost to Australia last week. A victory on Saturday will cement the All Blacks place on top of the Rugby Championship standings as they will lead their closest rivals by at least five points.

South Africa did not have strong form in their opening two matches but improved greatly last week. However despite having a hugely experienced team they were unable to hold off Australia’s late charge and lost by one point.

New Zealand recovered from their opening draw with a big win over Australia. Last week they beat Argentina with a bonus point and are the only team so far to have won bonus points for scoring four tries.

In terms of selection South Africa have made the surprise selection of naming young rookie Handre Pollard to start the match with Morne Steyn dropping out of the match squad altogether.

New Zealand have also made a change at 10 by bringing in Aaron Cruden who is the second choice 10 behind Dan Carter who is injured.

Sam Whitelock and Liam Messam have been replaced by Jeremy Thrush and Steven Luatua as the only other All Black changes.

Last five results
05 Oct 2013 NZL v SAF 38-27 Ellis Park, Johannesburg
14 Sep 2013 NZL v SAF 29-15 Eden Park, Auckland
06 Oct 2012 NZL v SAF 32-16 Soweto, Johannesburg
15 Sep 2012 NZL v SAF 21-11 Otago Stadium, Dunedin
20 Aug 2011 NZL v SAF 5-18 N. Mandela Bay, Pt Elizabeth

Players List:

New Zealand All Blacks: 1. Wyatt Crockett , 2. Dane Coles , 3. Owen Franks , 4. Brodie Retallick , 5. Jeremy Thrush , 6. Steven Luatua , 7. Richie McCaw (c) , 8. Kieran Read , 9. Aaron Smith , 10. Aaron Cruden , 11. Julian Savea , 12. Ma’a Nonu , 13. Conrad Smith , 14. Ben Smith , 15. Israel Dagg

Replacements : 16. Keven Mealamu , 17. Joe Moody , 18. Ben Franks , 19. Patrick Tuipulotu , 20. Sam Cane , 21. TJ Perenara , 22. Beauden Barrett , 23. Cory Jane

South Africa: Willie le Roux, Cornal Hendricks, Jan Serfontein, Jean de Villiers (capt), Bryan Habana, Handre Pollard, Ruan Pienaar, Duane Vermeulen, Marcell Coetzee, Francois Louw, Victor Matfield, Eben Etzebeth, Jannie du Plessis, Adriaan Strauss, Tendai Mtawarira.

Replacements: Bismarck du Plessis, Trevor Nyakane, Marcel van der Merwe, Lood de Jager, Warren Whiteley, Francois Hougaard, Pat Lambie, Damian de Allende

Sep 112014

Watch Rugby Championship Live Streaming Australia Wallabies vs Argentina 2014 Online Live Broadcast every Australia Wallabies vs Argentina match will be broadcast From Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast, Rugby Championship Australia Wallabies vs Argentina game start Saturday 13 September 2014 Time 20:05 AEST.

Out of the last five Rugby Championship matches between Australia’s Wallabies and Argentina’s Pumas Australia have won all five.

Going further back, Australia have won the last eight matches between the teams as the Pumas last beat the Wallabies in 1997 – nine matches ago.

Overall Australia have played Argentina 21 times since 1979 and the Wallabies have won 16 matches, lost four times and drawn once.

That gives the Wallabies a record of winning 76% of their matches against the Pumas. The average score when the Wallabies play the Pumas is : Australia 27 Argentina 15.

This weekend the match between the teams will be played in Australia where the teams have met 11 times since 1983.

In those 11 matches Australia have won 10 times and lost once. There have been no draws.

The one Argentina victory in the 11 matches was their first on Australian soil and was in 1983. Since that loss Australia have won 10 consecutive matches.

That record gives Australia a record of winning 91% of their home matches against Argentina. The average score when Australia play Argentina in Australia is : Australia 30 Argentina 13.

Australia and Argentina have played each other only once before at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast which is the venue for Saturday’s match and that match was won 23-19 by Australia in 2012.

In terms of selections Argentina have made three changes with lock Tomas Lavanini being replaced due to suspension by Matias Alemanno and wingers Horacio Agulla and Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino have both been dropped and replaced by Juan Imhoff and Manuel Montero.

Australia have also made three changes and hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau comes in to win his 50th cap. Western Force No.8 Ben McCalman and NSW Waratahs winger Peter Betham take the place of experienced and injured Wallabies duo Wycliff Palu (concussion) and Adam Ashley-Cooper (neck).

Australia have had some varying form in the Rugby Championship this year. They enjoyed good form against New Zealand in their opening match but were then thumped by the All Blacks in the second Test.

Last week Australia allowed South Africa to race into the lead and they needed their opponents to be reduced by a man in the sin bin to get ahead of the South Africans on the scoreboard.

Argentina lost 9-28 to New Zealand last weekend but in their first two Rugby Championship matches they put South Africa under real pressure. In the second Test they faded after 60 minutes which allowed South Africa to take the lead. While they have improved greatly this year they will need an 80 minute performance to get their first Rugby Championship match.

Last five results:
05 Oct 2013 Australia v Argentina 54-17 Rosario
14 Sep 2013 Australia v Argentina 14-13 Subiaco Oval, Perth Aus
06 Oct 2012 Australia v Argentina 25-19 Rosario
15 Sep 2012 Australia v Argentina 23-19 Skilled Park, Gold Coast
10 Oct 2003 (RWC Pool) Australia v Argentina 24-8 Stadium Australia, Sydney

Players List:

Australia Wallabies: 1. James Slipper,2. Tatafu Polota-Nau,3. Sekope Kepu ,4. Sam Carter,5. Rob Simmons ,6. Scott Fardy,7. Michael Hooper (c)8. Ben McCalman ,9. Nick Phipps ,10. Bernard Foley ,11. Rob Horne ,12. Matt Toomua ,13. Tevita Kuridrani,14. Peter Betham ,15. Israel Folau ,

Replacements : 16. James Hanson ,17. Pek Cowan ,18. Ben Alexander ,19. James Horwill ,20. Scott Higginbotham ,21. Matt Hodgson ,22. Nic White ,23. Kurtley Beale

Argentina: Joaquin Tuculet; Juan Imhoff, Marcelo Bosch, Juan Martin Hernandez, Manuel Montero; Nicolas Sanchez, Martin Landajo; Leonardo Senatore, Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe; Matias Alemanno; Mariano Galarza; Ramiro Herrera, Agustin Creevy (capt), Marcos Ayerza

Replacements: Matias Cortese, Bruno Postiglioni, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Benjamin Macome, Rodrigo Baez, Tomas Cubelli, Jeronimo De la Fuente, Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino.

Sep 042014

Watch Rugby Championship Live Streaming Australia Wallabies vs South Africa 2014 Online Broadcast every Australia Wallabies vs South Africa match will be broadcast From Patersons Stadium, Perth, Rugby Championship Australia Wallabies vs South Africa game start Saturday 06 September 2014 Time 20:05 AEST.

The Wallabies were on the wrong end of a 51-20 hiding at the hands of the All Blacks at Eden Park. They are running last on the Rugby Championship ladder after a 12-all draw in Bledisloe I in Sydney.

The Springboks survived a massive scare in Argentina to overcome the Pumas 33-31. Heyneke Meyer’s men only just scraped home in the first encounter in South Africa. Despite being below their best the ‘Boks are leading the Rugby Championship on eight points after two rounds.

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has made four changes to his starting side including a new halves pairing. Kurtley Beale and Nic White have both been dumped to the bench for Bernard Foley and Nick Phipps. Reds hooker James Hanson is the other new face in the run-on side, replacing Nathan Charles who will miss the season with a torn pectoral. Adam Ashley-Cooper shifts to the wing for Pat McCabe who was forced to retire with a neck injury suffered in Auckland, giving Tevita Kuridrani a start at outside-centre.

The Springboks have made six changes. Outside-centre Jan Serfontein and flyhalf Morne Steyn start in the backline. Up front Marcell Coetzee, Victor Matfield, Adriaan Strauss and Tendai Mtawarira bolster the pack. Star hooker Bismarck du Plessis is among the players dropped to the bench.

The Springboks must nullify the Wallabies pack and Michael Hooper in particular if they hope to win in Perth this Saturday, writes JON CARDINELLI.

The pressure is on the Wallabies to deliver. They are yet to beat the All Blacks or the Springboks since Ewen McKenzie took over the coaching reins in the 2013 Rugby Championship.

They may have consolidated their position at No 3 in the IRB rankings with a successful tour of Europe in November, and a 3-0 series win against France in June. But in this, the world’s toughest annual international tournament, they still have plenty to prove.

Overall: Played 81, Australia 33, South Africa 47, Draw 1.
In Perth: Played 7, Australia 3, South Africa 3, Draw 1.

Players List:

Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Sam Carter, 3 James Slipper, 2 James Hanson, 1 Sekope Kepu.

Subs: 16 Saia Fainga’a, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Ben Alexander, 19 James Horwill, 20 Scott Higginbotham, 21 Matt Hodgson, 22 Nic White, 23 Kurtley Beale.

South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Jean de Villiers (c), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.

Subs: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Warren Whiteley, 21 Francois Hougaard, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Damian de Allende.

Sep 042014

Watch Rugby Championship Live Streaming New Zealand All Blacks vs Argentina 2014 Online Broadcast every New Zealand All Blacks vs Argentina match will be broadcast From McLean Park, Napier, New Zealand, Rugby Championship New Zealand All Blacks vs Argentina game start Saturday 06 September 2014 Time 19:35 NZST.


New Zealand blasted Australia off Eden Park as they scored six tries in the 51-20 thumping which saw them retain the Bledisloe Cup. Argentina suffered late heart-break as Springboks first-five Morne Steyn kicked a 76th minute penalty to see his side snatch a 33-31 victory in Salta.

Ma’a Nonu has recovered from his shoulder injury and returns at second-five but the big changes to the All Blacks XV see Beauden Barrett start at No.10 and Israel Dagg return at fullback. Barrett gets his long-awaited chance because the All Blacks coaches are taking a cautious approach with Aaron Cruden who pulled a chest muscle in the Bledisloe II win. Dagg is being given an opportunity to re-stake his claim for the No.15 jersey after Ben Smith’s recent successes there. Smith will start on the right wing meaning Cory Jane misses out. The booming boot of Dagg at fullback will also be handy if the predicted wet weather hits Napier. In the reserves Colin Slade is in as Barrett’s back-up. Charlie Faumuina’s poor fitness and scrummaging have seen him miss out to Joe Moody and Jeremy Thrush gets the nod ahead of Steven Luatua because the All Blacks want specialist lock cover on the bench given Argentina are expected to really test the All Blacks set-piece.

Argentina have made just two changes to the starting XV that got so close to a maiden win two weeks ago. Pablo Matera is out with a dislocated shoulder and is a big loss. He has been replaced by Leonardo Senatore in the loose forwards, while big winger Manuel Montero misses out to the more experienced Horacio Agulla. Lucas Noguera Paz, Rodrigo Baez, Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias and Juan Imhoff all come into the reserves.

This Test may not quite have the edge of a Bledisloe clash so the main focus is on whether the All Blacks can hit the heights they did at Eden Park. Argentina will push the All Blacks all the way in the set-piece but have also shown much more variety on attack and a willingness to give the ball some width in the opening two rounds. The weather will play its part so the All Blacks need to show they’ve learned the lessons from Sydney’s drab draw.

The biggest challenge for the All Blacks this week is not letting their standards drop and making sure they adapt better to the expected wet conditions than they did in Sydney. They know their set-piece will come under the blow torch after the Pumas gave the South Africans a touch up so there has been plenty of focus on the scrum, lineouts and mauls in the build-up. But Argentina are also starting to pose more of a threat out wide too with livewire fullback Joaquin Tuculet complemented well by wingers Lucas Gonzalez and Horacio Agulla. First-five Nicolas Sanchez and second-five Juan Martin Hernandez have been directing things well. Argentina have not won a match in the Rugby Championship yet, but are inching ever closer to one. It would be an upset of epic proportions if it came at McLean Park this weekend though. All Blacks by 15.

Players List:

All blacks: Wyatt Crockett (29),Dane Coles (20),Owen Franks (59),Brodie Retallick (29),Samuel Whitelock (56),Liam Messam (33),Richie McCaw (c) (129),Kieran Read (64),Aaron Smith (31),Beauden Barrett (21),Julian Savea (24),Ma’a Nonu (92),Conrad Smith (78),Ben Smith (31),Israel Dagg (39)

Replacements: Keven Mealamu (115),Ben Franks (33),Joe Moody (1),Jeremy Thrush (5),Sam Cane (16),TJ Perenara (5),Colin Slade (11),Malakai Fekitoa

Argentina : 15-Joaquin Tuculet, 14-Horacio Agulla, 13-Marcelo Bosch, 12-Juan Martin Hernandez, 11- Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, 10-Nicolas Sanchez, 9-Martin Landajo, 8-Leonardo Senatore, 7-Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6-Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 5-Tomas Lavanini, 4-Mariano Galarza, 3-Ramiro Herrera, 2-Agustin Creevy (captain), 1-Marcos Ayerza.

Replacements: 16-Matias Cortese, 17-Lucas Noguera Paz, 18-Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 19-Matias Alemanno, 20-Rodrigo Baez, 21- Tomas Cubelli, 22-Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23-Juan Imhoff.

Sep 042014

New+Zealand+All+Blacks+TeamsNew Zealand All Blacks Teams For Argentina Pumas

Starting XV:
1. Wyatt Crockett (29)
2. Dane Coles (20)
3. Owen Franks (59)
4. Brodie Retallick (29)
5. Samuel Whitelock (56)
6. Liam Messam (33)
7. Richie McCaw (c) (129)
8. Kieran Read (64)
9. Aaron Smith (31)
10. Beauden Barrett (21)
11. Julian Savea (24)
12. Ma’a Nonu (92)
13. Conrad Smith (78)
14. Ben Smith (31)
15. Israel Dagg (39)

16. Keven Mealamu (115)
17. Ben Franks (33)
18. Joe Moody (1)
19. Jeremy Thrush (5)
20. Sam Cane (16)
21. TJ Perenara (5)
22. Colin Slade (11)
23. Malakai Fekitoa (4)

Sep 042014

Australia+Wallabies+Teams+NamesThe Qantas Wallabies have announced their side for Saturday night’s Mandela Plate and Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship clash against South Africa at Patersons Stadium.

Coach Ewen McKenzie has made three personnel changes to the starting XV with a new playmaking partnership in scrumhalf Nick Phipps and flyhalf Bernard Foley, along with the promotion of hooker James Hanson.

The inclusion of NSW Waratahs duo Phipps and Foley will see Nic White and Kurtley Beale be used as impact players from the bench, while Hanson replaces injured Western Force hooker Nathan Charles after he was ruled out for the remainder of 2014 with a pectoral tear.

The retirement of Pat McCabe has resulted in a further reshuffle of the backline with vice-captain Adam Ashley Cooper shifting back to the wing and Tevita Kuridrani getting a call-up at outside centre.

McKenzie has opted for a forward-heavy 6-2 split on the bench with lock James Horwill returning to the matchday line-up, and Western Force captain Matt Hodgson and Queensland Reds hooker Saia Fainga’a getting their first opportunities for Australia in 2014.

Should Hodgson take the field, it would be his first Test appearance since 23 July, 2011 when he represented the Qantas Wallabies against South Africa.

McKenzie said the changes reflected the different challenge they would face against South Africa.

“While the size of the challenge isn’t any easier this week, the South Africans do play a unique brand of Rugby which we will need to adjust to,” McKenzie said.

“That’s reflected in our selections somewhat, where we feel the partnership of Nick and Bernard will best suit the style of game we’ll be trying to play.

“They’ve got a proven combination at a Super Rugby level and we look forward to seeing how that translates into the Test environment.

“It’s naturally disappointing for the two guys who missed out on the starting team in Nic and Kurtley, but the reality is we have a lot of good players in those playmaking positions.

“We expect them to respond in a positive manner and to make an impact playing an important role in how we close out the match.”

McKenzie said the bench would be important against the South Africans.

“We’ve been really impressed with the variety South Africa has brought to their game in recent times, but traditionally they are a forward-orientated side which uses their size, power and set-piece to put pressure on the opposition,” he said.

“You have to confront that head-on and match fire with fire.  The addition of an extra forward also offers us greater flexibility in how we approach our substitutions.

“James has been working really hard to push his way back into the matchday squad, and I’ve been really impressed with how he has gone about his work.  He will also bring the added benefit of giving us an additional lineout jumping option when he’s on the field.

“Matt Hodgson also deserves a special mention.  He’s been doing everything he can on and off the field to get an opportunity, and has been the ultimate team man in the process.  We look forward to seeing what he’ll bring to the match.”

The Qantas Wallabies side to play South Africa in the next Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship and Mandela Plate clash at Patersons Stadium on Saturday 6 September is:

Players List:
1. James Slipper (vc – Queensland Reds)

2. James Hanson (Queensland Reds)

3. Sekope Kepu (NSW Waratahs)

4. Sam Carter (ACT Brumbies)

5. Rob Simmons (Queensland Reds)

6. Scott Fardy (ACT Brumbies)

7. Michael Hooper (c – NSW Waratahs)

8. Wycliff Palu (NSW Waratahs)

9. Nick Phipps (NSW Waratahs)

10. Bernard Foley (NSW Waratahs)

11. Rob Horne (NSW Waratahs)

12. Matt Toomua (ACT Brumbies)

13. Tevita Kuridrani (ACT Brumbies)

14. Adam Ashley-Cooper (vc – NSW Waratahs)

15. Israel Folau (NSW Waratahs)


16. Saia Fainga’a (Queensland Reds)

17. Pek Cowan (Western Force)

18. Ben Alexander (ACT Brumbies)

19. James Horwill (Queensland Reds)

20. Scott Higginbotham (Melbourne Rebels)

21. Matt Hodgson (Western Force)

22. Nic White (ACT Brumbies)

23. Kurtley Beale (NSW Waratahs)

24th man – Peter Betham (NSW Waratahs)