rugby

sporting upsets

The Long Suva Hangover: Remembering When Fiji Upset the British and Irish Lions, in 1977

Thanks to a dodgy home referee and an overindulgence of sun, booze and the beach, Fiji managed to pull off one of the greatest international rugby upsets ever.
Ben Stanley
6.1.17
rugby union

In Search of Total Rugby Dominance, All Blacks Coaches Turn To West Point Generals, Ballet Dancers and Cage Fighters

"If you stop looking to learn, then you may as well retire."
Ben Stanley
5.26.17
rugby union

No More Buses, No More Beers: Grizzled Kiwi Veteran Reckons Pro Rugby Is No Fun Anymore

"They’re don’t know the beers after a Thursday night. They don’t know the bus trips to away matches. They know none of that and I do – that’s what I grew up in."
Ben Stanley
5.22.17
On a Wing and a Prayer

Cherry Blossom Footy: An Ex-NRL Star And Other Overseas Pros Reflect on Playing Rugby in Japan

Japan's club rugby scene is a world away from what you'll find in Europe or Oceania, both in terms of culture and structure. We spoke to Craig Wing and Uche Oduoza about their experiences playing in the country.
Mike Henson
5.18.17
NEW ZEALAND

How British Are You, Bro? An Ex-NRL Star Has Been Named in The Lions Squad - And It Sucks

There are only two Scots in the Lions. More players born in New Zealand's North Island are in the squad.
Ben Stanley
4.20.17
rugby union

Blues Collar Hero: Sure, Sonny Bill Williams is Full of Contradictions, But Who Really Cares?

When it comes to professional athletes, we shouldn't let good get in the way of perfect - because it'll never happen.
Ben Stanley
4.13.17
learning how to party

French Rugby Club Owner Blames Dan Carter's Recent Troubles On "Learning How To Party"

Maybe it's just the case of a Kiwi country boy heading to Paris and opening his eyes right the way up.
VICE Sports
3.14.17
cartoons & sport

Nearly an All Black, Forever a Legend: Remembering Murray Ball & Sport in Footrot Flats

"He was a sporting hero, he was a creative hero and then when I met him, he was a hero of a man."
Ben Stanley
3.14.17
rugby union

Welsh Ref Yellow Cards Ball Boy for Throwing Rugby Ball at Him

Despite whatever tomfoolery they pull on the sidelines, ballboys have usually been exempt from on-field penalties.
VICE Sports
3.6.17
rugby

​The National Rugby League Is Back And It's More Terrifying Than Ever

A must see for any combat sports fan. Lap it up while it's still legal.
Jed Smith
3.5.17
prat rugby players

Coked Out in Paris: Ex Rugby Stars Ali Williams & James O'Connor Arrested After Drugs Bust

Ali Williams and James O'Connor were reported to be purchasing two grams of coke outside the Paris nightclub.
VICE Sports
2.26.17
rugby

Kiwi Provincial Rugby Player Pleads Guilty To Assault With Intent to Rape

With a new rugby season about to begin, New Zealand rugby finds itself embroiled in a fresh reputation-destroying debacle.
VICE Sports
2.23.17