Bernard Lapasset is delighted to intergrate the two Halls of Fames. Photo: Skysports
Rugby’s rich heritage will be celebrated via one definitive Hall of Fame after the International Rugby Board announced it is to integrate inductees from the International Rugby Hall of Fame within its own IRB Hall of Fame property.
Under the deal agreed with the owners of the International Rugby Hall of Fame, 37 greats not already included within the IRB Hall of Fame will be inducted into the property, creating a unique record of those who have excited and inspired fans and shaped a sport that is now played by more than 6.6 million across 121 member unions.
Number One . . . New Zealand All Blacks. Photo: Planet Rugby
New Zealand’s victory over England consolidated their position at the summit of the IRB World Rankings in the latest list released on Monday.
The All Blacks have occupied top spot since 16 November 2009 and for more than 80 per cent of the time since the rankings were introduced in October 2003, and the recent success means they now boast 93.81 ranking points.
This means a slight increase in their cushion over South Africa – pushing it beyond five rating points – after the Springboks ran out 28-0 winners over Scotland on Sunday. This latest win increases South Africa’s advantage over England in third to more than more than three points.
Now that the dust has settled over in the south, we thought it was only right to hand out praise to the stars of Super Rugby, Round 11. Here’s the Planet Rugby XV for week 11 of Super Rugby.
Steyn, Speight made the top picks for week 11 in Super Rugby. Photo: Planet Rugby
15 Israel Folau (Waratahs): Playing his first game in South Africa, anyone in the capital who didn’t know the rugby league convert’s name certainly won’t forget it after this performance. Injected plenty of pace into the Waratahs back-line, looked dangerous every time he touched the ball and scored a superb try as a result.
14 Henry Speight (Brumbies): Undoubtedly the in-form wing in Australia. Speight bagged two tries for his efforts against the Force, as he continues to turn heads every time he touches the ball out wide.
Matawalu . . . shining in his Glasgow. Photo: Planet Rugby
Gavin Hastings has hailed Glasgow’s Niko Matawalu as the signing of the season in British and European rugby.
The Fijian magician has claimed a string of Man-of-the-Match awards since he arrived at Warriors last summer and also bagged seven tries in 15 outings for Gregor Townsend’s team.
The 24-year-old has also been short-listed for Warriors’ Player of the Year award, after touching down another memorable try in the five-try romp against the Ospreys, on Friday night, that secured Glasgow’s play-off place.
And British Lions and Scotland legend Hastings is clearly a massive fan.
Qera has been shortlisted for the premiership award. Photo: Wikipedia
Flying Fijian loose forward Akapusi Qera has been included in the shortlist for the 2011-12 Aviva Premiership Player of the Season Award.
Qera has been playing in the European club competition and has been a very successful loose forward for Gloucester since debuting for the English team in 2007.
Two players hail from the England squad that finished second in the recent Six Nations.
“We have enjoyed another breathtaking season on the pitch with so many matches going down to the wire,” said Phil Winstanley, the Rugby Director at Premiership Rugby.