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The Super 15 Rugby Semi Finals Being among the few sports that are played across a very diverse time zone, it is no wonder that the super rugby 15 attracts a lot of attention. This is more so the case when the league is nearing a close since it is when things get really heated up. With that said, it is that time again and the semi finalists have been confirmed but not without some major disappointments and let downs along the way just as you would expect with any other sports.
The Chiefs started off the campaign with the hopes of landing a third consecutive trophy but they fell to the Brumbies 32-30 they could seal a semi final spot hence their devastating end to the end of the season. Now it is up to the Waratahs, the crusaders, Sharks and fourth placed Brumbies to battle it out and find out who makes it to the final two and get a shot a chasing the title down. As usual, the procedure will remain unchanged with the Super Rugby semifinal A/B criteria remaining as it has usually been.
In the semifinal A, the Crusaders will play against the Sharks at the Christchurch AMI stadium of the 26th of July at 19:35 local time in a match up that will see both team bring out their best foot given the seriousness of the situation.
On the Semi final B, the Waratahs will be playing against the hard pushing Brumbies in Sydney still on the same date as the first semi final with the kick of time slated to be a 19:30 local time. The confidence of the free scoring Coleman for the Brumbies might be a great influence given his performance against the chiefs. He will be the one player that might be the deciding factor in a game that is otherwise thought to be very tight.
Nevertheless considering the current form of the Waratahs, this might not be a great issue as such but again at this level you can’t overlook even the smallest advantage as it might end up being the determinant. We will just wait and see who survives the blood bath.
Rugby is a sport full of energy, passion and enthusiasm. In some circles it is also known as a gentle mans game due to the high level of talent required for the game. The game has a wide fan base around the world and there are quite a number of leagues and tournaments involving teams from different countries. The dashing across the field and the high energy tackles must be the most attractive things in the sport. There are different rugby players who have made a name for themselves in the sport. Most people keep asking who’s 2014’s top rugby player? But the list is never stable based on the new talent that is always coming up from different parts of the world.
Rugby has different positions involved and there are players who have done exceptionally well for the first part of the year in these positions. Some of the things that can be used in compiling a list of the top 10 players of 2014 include but not limited to things such as the current international rank of the team, the performances during big games and the consistency of the player across the year. There are obviously other factors that are considered in the compilation such as the personal efforts that lead to wins or keep the team at certain ranks and exceptional techniques used during a game.
Since the year has not yet reached the first quarter, the best players in rugby 2014 will have some of the players that were placed in the same list in the previous year. This is based on the few games that have been played in the beginning part of the year. Since the list compilation looks at the consistency of the players to showcase a high performance trend, there is need to include quite a number of games in the listing.
Below are some players that are worthy being in the world’s 10 best rugby players list Rugby world rankings :
Conrad Smith – All Blacks
Wesley Fofana – France
Richie MacCaw –All Blacks
Sergio Parisse – Italy
Ben Smith- All Blacks
Israel Folau – Australia
George North – The Lions
Leigh Halfpenny – the Lions
Eben Etzebeth – Spring Boks
Kieran Read – All blacks
These players are just part of the top best players in 2014 because as the sport continues, there are always emerging talents and it has become a trend that the new younger players do better than their predecessors. We can now watch as the titans clash and new best players are born through their performance in the matches played in leagues and tournaments.
Whether you want to follow the latest rugby news and look at the performance of your team, or you want to show your rugby prowess by answering questions, there are hundreds of applications for Android and Apple devices. There are also rugby applications that allow users to stream live rugby games. These applications come in handy especially when the user is on the go or in a place without a TV or any other mean to watch a live rugby match. Below are a few of the top rugby applications:
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Mobile Sports TV
This is another one of top Rugby TV apps where you can watch live Rugby streaming on an iPad, iPhone and a range of other mobile devices. The good thing is that you can keep track of your favorite tournament and focus on your best team and players while on the go. The app is compatible with a range of devices including Apple, Android and Symbian. This means that no one is left out provided they have a Smartphone or related
Freebets Rugby Logo Quiz
This is a free to play quiz that provides a great way to increase and test your knowledge on rugby matters. It is among the first of its kind and includes teams from all over the world from South Africa to New Zealand. It is one of the best applications that you can use to share the knowledge and the fun with friends or just keep yourself busy during coffee break.
Official Rugby Football Union App
This is an app that brings the rugby game to life in your phone. You get to access the latest news and all the breaking headlines about the team as well as the players. There are detailed commentary text and score updates to keep you informed about the recent, current and future games. The games available are international with an inclusion of grassroots tournaments. It is an easy to navigate app which is battery friendly. Open iTunes to buy and download apps. iTunes Link
Super XV – Super Rugby Live
This is a watch rugby live stream iPhone app that enables users to access their favorite game on their devices. The app has been reloaded with more live content, features and an overall increase in the interaction experience. The app also allows social media integration to ensure users share the news they grab from the headlines and news. This is one of the top rugby TV apps you can have on your device.
England will face the Azzurri at Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy on 15 March in their final match of the RBS Six Nations 2014. England fans will get the perfect opportunity to travel one of the great cities of the world and experience some thrilling rugby against the Italians by the Stuart Lancaster’s coaching team. England cannot afford any slip ups in the final weekend of the 2014 Six Nations tournament.
Azzurri Vs England 2014 Preview DATE, KICK OFF, VENUE
Date: Satuarday 15 March 2014
Kick-off: 13:30 CET (UTC+1)
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Players to watch:
For England Ruby Team:
It will be fascinating to observe whether England Ruby team this year hold considerable title aspirations, though they don’t have excellent players like Manu Tuilagi, Marland Yarde and Tom Croft due to injuries. Yet Bath fly-half George Ford, Gloucester back Jonny May, Exeter wing Jack Nowell and Bath talent are some name of young and enthusiastic hope for head coach Stuart Lancaster.
For Italy Ruby Team:
There is no doubt Italy are improving as a rugby force but Italy’s Six Nations record does not breed confidence. This year Italian fans expect much more from the team as they have Captain marvel Sergio Parisse, who reached a century of caps during this season’s autumn series. He will be again the good-luck piece of The Azzurri.
2012: Italy lost by 15-19
2011: England won by 59-13
2010: Italy lost by 12-17
2009: England won by 36-11
2008: Italy lost by 19-23
2007: England won by 20-7
2006: Italy lost by 16-31
2005: England 39-7 Italy
2004: Italy 9-50 England more information wiki
Italy Elite Player Squad:
Forwards: Martin Castrogiovanni (Toulon), Lorenzo Cittadini (Treviso), Alberto De Machi (Treviso), Michele Rizzo (Treviso), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Treviso), David Giazzon (Zebre), Marco Bortolami (Zebre), Marco Fuser (Treviso), Quintin Geldenhuys (Zebre), Antonio Pavanello (Trevizo), Robert Barbieri (Treviso), Mauro Bergamasco (Zebre), Paul Derbyshire (Treviso), Joshua Furno (Biarritz), Sergio Parisse (Captain; Stade Francais), Alessando Zanni (Treviso).
Backs: Tobias Botes (Treviso), Edoardo Gori (Treviso), Tomasso Allan (Perpignan), Luciano Orquera (Zebre), Tommaso Benvenuti (Perpignan), Michele Campagnaro (Treviso), Gonzalo Garcia (Zebre), Alberto Sgarbi (Treviso), Mirco Bergamasco (Rovigo), Angelo Esposito (Treviso), Tommaso Iannone (Zebre), Luke McLean (Treviso), Guglielmo Palazzani (Zebre), Leonardo Sarto (Zebre).
England Elite Player Squad:
Backs: M Benjamin (Leicester), F Burns (Gloucester), E Daly (Wasps), S Hill (Exeter), J Joseph (Bath), D Lewis (Exeter), J Simpson (Wasps), H Slade (Exeter), S Rokoduguni (Bath), M Tait (Leicester), T Varndell (Wasps).
Forwards: N Catt (Bath), C Clark (Northampton), W Collier (Harlequins), S Dickinson (Northampton), D Ewers (Exeter), J George (Saracens), J Gibson (Leicester), G Kitchener (Leicester), G Kruis (Saracens) , C Matthews (Harlequins), L Wallace (Harlequins), A Waller (Northampton), D Ward (Harlequins), S Wilson (Newcastle).
The third round of the RBS Six Nations Championship sees Wales fight against France at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. France will be looking for revenge after Rob Howley’s men secured a win at Stade de France last season. France edged out the Welsh in the World Cup a couple of years ago but Wales did exact swift revenge with a 16-9 Six Nations win at the Millennium Stadium in 2011 before winning at Stade de France last year. Wales will create rugby history if they win for the third season in a row as the head coach Warren Gatland is back at the helm. Gatland said, “We have got the three games at home and two tough away games but when we won the Grand Slam in 2008 and 2012 we had these fixtures so we know it can be done.” His team will round off their campaign in March away to England and then against Scotland in Cardiff after 21 February’s Friday night match.
2014 Wales vs Les Bleus Preview DATE, KICK OFF, VENUE
Date: Saturday 21st February
Kick-off: 20:00 GMT (UTC+0)
Venue: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)
Players to watch:
For Wales Ruby Team:
After two successive Six Nations titles and a 2011 World Cup semi-final appearance Wales rugby team is currently reknowned as the northern hemisphere’s best team. Sam Warburton continues as captain and Roberts has given Wales a boost. In addition, Jenkins, Richard Hibbard and Adam Jones are three Lions of front-row players in the squad along with Ken Owen, Emyr Phillips, Paul James Rhodri Jones, Samson Lee, and Ryan Bevington. But unfortunately Wales will be without Lions centre Jonathan Davies because of a shoulder injury.
For France Ruby Team:
Maxime Medard, Wesley Fofana, Gael Fickou, Thierry Dusautoir and Louis Picamoles should be good enough to take France Rugby team a very long glorious way in this year’s Six Nations tournament. This team requires a second glance at last season’s final Six Nations table.
Head to Head:
Both team played 91 matches with each other which is not a small number. France’s largest win against Wales was at 51 – 0. 47.25% of those 91 matches won by France team where as wales stood forward with their winning percentage of 49.45%.
9 February 2013: Wales won at Stade de France by 6 – 16
17 March 2012: Wales won at Millennium Stadium by 16 – 9
19 March 2011: France won at Stade de France by 28 – 9
26 February 2010: France won at Millennium Stadium by 20 – 26
27 February 2009: France won at Stade de France by 21 – 16
15 March 2008: Wales won at Millennium Stadium by 29 – 12
24 February 2007: France won at Stade de France by 32 – 21
18 March 2006: France won at Millennium Stadium by 16 – 21
26 February 2005: Wales won at Stade de France by 18 – 24
7 March 2004: France won at Millennium Stadium by 22 – 29
29 March 2003: France won at Stade de France by 33 – 5
16 February 2002: France won at Millennium Stadium by 33 – 37
17 March 2001: Wales won at Stade de France by 35 – 43
5 February 2000: France won at Millennium Stadium by 3 – 36
Wales Elite Player Squad:
Forwards: Paul James (Bath), Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Ryan Bevington (Ospreys), Richard Hibbard (Ospreys), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Emyr Phillips (Scarlets), Adam Jones (Ospreys), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Rhodri Jones (Scarlets), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Luke Charteris (Perpignan), Ian Evans (Ospreys), Andrew Coombs (Dragons), Ryan Jones (Ospreys), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Sam Warburton Capt (Cardiff Blues), Toby Faletau (Dragons), Dan Lydiate (Racing Metro), Aaron Shingler (Scarlets)
Backs: Rhodri Williams (Scarlets), Mike Phillips (Racing Metro), Rhys Webb (Ospreys), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Rhys Priestland (Scarlets), James Hook (Perpignan), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Jamie Roberts (Racing Metro), Scott Williams (Scarlets), Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), George North (Northampton Saints), Leigh Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues), Liam Williams (Scarlets).
France Elite Player Squad:
Forwards: Thomas Domingo (Clermont). Yannick Forestier (Castres), Benjamin Kayser (Clermont), Dimitri Szarzewski (Racing Metro), Nicolas Mas (Montpellier), Rabah Slimani (Stade Francais), Alexandre Flanquart (Stade Francais), Yoann Maestri (Toulouse), Pascal Pape (Stade Francais), Sebasien Vahaamahina (Perpignan), Thierry Dusautoir (Captain; Toulouse), Bernard Le Roux (Racing Metro), Yannick Nyanga (Toulouse), Damien Chouly (Clermont), Louis Picamoles (Toulouse).
Backs: Jean-Marc Doussain (Toulouse), Maxime Machenaud (Racing Metro), Jules Plisson (Stade Francais), Remi Tales (Castres), Methieu Bastareaud (Toulon), Gael Fickou (Toulouse), Wesley Fofana (Clermont), Maxime Mermoz (Toulon), Sofiane Guitone (Perpignan), Yoann Huget (Toulouse), Maxime Medard (Toulouse), Geoffrey Palis (Castres), Hugo Bonneval (Stade Francais), Brice Dulin (Castres).