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Born in a cauldron of romance and turbulence, the first professional season of Super Rugby was a venture into a new and delicate world, one that might never have happened had events turned out differently.
Scotland and England have provided some memorable fixtures over the years, but both teams contested the first rugby football international in 1871, shortly after the founding of the Rugby Football Union earlier in the year. Join us as we take a look at the game, and the impact it had on the growing sport.
“Truly amazing, what people can get used to, as long as there are a few compensations.” This is not an unguarded soundbite from any of the interviews conducted this week by a variety of men in ties talking about why a group of those same men made a decision about the future of women, but a quote from Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”.
The closing minutes of the 2004-05 Premiership season found Harlequins in a precarious position; one kick would decide and define their future. Join us as we explore the journey from that moment to its ecstatic climax.
At times it looked like the Lions had confounded their progress in this fixture with ill discipline, but they stayed strong to the last, securing an incredible victory that brings the test series level.
The Hurricanes and the Lions played out an often frantic, but ultimately exciting game of end-to-end rugby in Wellington that kept fans on the edge of their seat right through to the final whistle. Join us as we take a look at the key areas of the game.
The first round of the three test series falls in New Zealand’s favour after a dominant performance from the All Blacks pack allows them to control the game and finish comfortable winners. Join us as we analyse the key areas of a game that portrayed rugby at its finest.
Off the back of a defeat against the Blues, and against a side who have been scoring tries for fun this year, the Lions put in an incredible defensive display to come through and beat the Crusaders by twelve points to three.
After a laboured opening victory, the Lions would be hoping to set their mark on this second game of their tour with an improved performance. Having had time on the ground, and the opportunity to work alongside each other in earnest, fans could certainly expect a good game of rugby, with the hope of another Lions victory.
Having finished the regular season tied on points at the top of the table, Wasps and Exeter delivered one of the most exhilarating finals that the tournament has ever seen. Join us as we take a look at the highs and lows of the game and its climatic finish.
The 1973 incarnation of the then Five Nations competition is different. Something happened that is very unlikely, indeed virtually impossible, to ever happen again. Join us as we take a look at how the tournament unfolded and it's unexpected climax.