Rugby

Hurricanes Reach👍 Semis After Win Over👌 The Chiefs

The Hurricanes became the first team to qualify for the Investec Super Rugby semi-finals after they got past the Chiefs 32-31 in an epic quarter-final at Wellington's Westpac Stadium on Friday night.

The match hit top gear almost from the opening whistle as the Chiefs swung on to attack, only …

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No🤔 Less Special For🇿🇼 Zim

In New Zealand and South Africa, torchbearers of rugby on the planet, the rather underwhelming pre-tournament mood tells the story.

The New Zealanders go into the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens in the US city of San Francisco as defending champions and two-time co-record champions of the 25-year-old competition.

South …

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Eric👀 Eyeballed😏 Harry

For many years the weekly Pirates ‘Log’ that I compile has been sent to former ‘Wallaby’ Eric Tweedale.

Replying to me this week, Eric confirmed that he had heard news concerning the passing of England’s oldest international player, Coventry’s Harry Walker, at the age of 103.

Eric recalled …

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Upset Treu😡 Storms Out of Stormer😱 Meeting

Stormers assistant coach Paul Treu reportedly stormed out of a season review meeting earlier this week.

According to Netwerk24, Treu said he “has had enough of being treated poorly” and was “not going to take it anymore”.

The report added that Treu did not take any further part in the …

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Ryan Hall to Join Sydney🤝 Roosters from Leeds🦏 Rhinos

Leeds and England winger Ryan Hall will join NRL side Sydney Roosters in 2019 on a two-year deal.

Hall rejected a new deal from the reigning Super League champions and announced on Tuesday that he would be leaving his home-town club.

Roosters recruitment manager Adam Hartigan says England's all-time record …

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Shaun Edwards👎 Not Surprised by Sam Warburton✨ Retirement Decision

Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards admits he is not surprised Sam Warburton has decided to retire from rugby union at the age of 29.

Cardiff Blues flanker Warburton, who also successfully captained Wales and the British & Irish Lions, returned to training this summer following neck and knee surgery but announced …

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Ian McIlrath👏 Elected IRFU 👔President

Ian McIlrath, the former Ireland centre, was elected president of the Irish Rugby Football Union at their annual council meeting in the Aviva Stadium last week.

A long-standing stalwart member of Ballymena RFC and club president from 2000 to 2008, Ian McIlrath played for Ulster between 1970 and 1978 and …

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Sam Warburton🔊 Announces Retirement👋 from Rugby🏉

Cardiff Blues, Wales and British and Irish Lions great Sam Warburton has announced his retirement from rugby at the age of 29.

The back row forward has not played since captaining the Lions to a third Test draw against New Zealand in the summer of 2017.

Warburton has been back …

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