RUGBY UNION - The final matchday of the 2013 Six Nations Championship will take place on Saturday 16 March. Action kicks off in Rome, where Italy host Ireland. Then it is off to Cardiff for the championship decider between Wales and England and to close matters out Scotland travel to France on Saturday night. Key facts and figures below.
RUGBY UNION - Week 4 of the 2013 Six Nations Championship brings us Scotland - Wales from Murrayfield on Saturday, followed by Ireland hosting France at the Aviva Stadium. On Sunday, table leaders and Grand Slam hopefuls England host Italy at Twickenham.
RUGBY UNION - The 2013 Six Nations Championship returns this weekend as Scotland host Italy in Edinburgh. Later on Saturday, Wales travel to France. On Sunday, Ireland host England. We have assembled some key facts and figures on these three matches.
RUGBY UNION - On Saturday, 9 February, Italy’s Andrea Lo Cicero will become the 24th player in Rugby Union history, and the second from his country, to have featured in at least 100 international Test matches. In the Six Nations era, no player has made so many starts in his position, loosehead prop. Check out our Infographic for positional leaders.
RUGBY UNION - The 2013 Six Nations Championship kicks off this weekend as defending champions and 2012 Grand Slam winners Wales host Ireland in Cardiff. Later on Saturday, Scotland travel to England. On Sunday, Italy host France. We have assembled some key facts and figures on these three matches.
RUGBY UNION - New Zealand’s national rugby team will take on Australia in Brisbane this Saturday, looking for their 17th successive Test victory. That would equal the record for a top tier nation held by New Zealand themselves (1965-1969) and South Africa (1997-1988). The world record by any nation is 18 by Lithuania (2006-2010).
RUGBY UNION - New Zealand have already won The Rugby Championship, but there are still players that are looking for individual honours on the final matchday of this southern hemisphere rugby competition. Bryan Habana and Cory Jane each scored a hat-trick of tries last weekend and are hoping to equal a competition record.
RUGBY UNION - Matchday 5 of the 2012 The Rugby Championship is upon us and the All Blacks of New Zealand are looking to secure the trophy as they visit Argentina. Elsewhere in South Africa, two unfamiliar fly-halves will square off. Click Read More for key facts on each match.
RUGBY UNION - The All Blacks will take on South Africa in The Rugby Championship this Saturday and Richie McCaw looks set to lead his team for the 32nd time in the tournament that was previously the Tri Nations. Click Read More to find out the leading players in terms of captaincy
RUGBY UNION - Argentina’s arrival has turned the former Tri Nations into The Rugby Championship and the Pumas have needed only three matches to provide three of the five oldest starting lineups in the history of the competition, including the oldest two. This Saturday, they will improve their own record when they take on the All Blacks in Wellington.
RUGBY UNION - Neil Jenkins is 41 years old today. Jenkins, a former Wales international Rugby Union player amassed 87 caps for Wales and scored 1,049 points. He was the first player to score 1,000 points in Test matches. Since then, he has been overtaken only by New Zealand’s Dan Carter and England’s Jonny Wilkinson. Jenkins retired in 2004 but stayed on with the team as a part of the coaching staff.
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RUGBY UNION - Bryan Habana is 29 years old today. In 2007, he helped South Africa win the Rugby World Cup and he was one of their stars. Habana, capable of running the 100m in 10.4 seconds, is his country’s all-time leading try scorer. He is among the fastest rugby players ever. In 2007 he was named International Rugby Board Player of the Year.
Shares birthday with: Anne Frank, Pat Jennings, Kenny Wayne Shepherd
RUGBY UNION - Jonny Wilkinson is 33 years old today. He is an English rugby union player and former member of the England national team. He was the talisman that won England the 2003 Rugby World Cup. The 22nd of November 2003 was to become his day. The score in the World Cup final knotted at 17-17 and with 26 seconds to go Wilkinson kicked a drop kick that ended Australia’s hopes and earned ‘Wilko’ a place in history.
Shares birthday with: Ian McKellen, Frank Oz, Paul Weller
RUGBY UNION - Jonah Lomu is 37 years old today. He is quite possibly one of the most intimidating figures ever to set foot on a rugby pitch. A freakish combination of speed and power, Lomu needed not run around or even hurdle his opponents. He simply plowed through them. The 1995 World Cup was his championship, even though his All Blacks lost the final against South Africa.
Shares birthday with: Burt Bacharach, Ving Rhames, Emilio Estevez