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Friday, December 11, 2009

The End of Year Tours 2009

November was an extremely busy month on the international rugby calender as the world watched the might of the southern hemisphere take on the best of the north in Tests across Europe.

We brought you highlights from each and every big match over that period, so you hopefully didn't miss out on any of the action in what was an intriguing month of rugby.

There's been mutterings that the standard of play was not of the highest order, and while that may be true to an extent, it was a fascinating few weeks that produced a few surprise results, and gave teams a fairly good indication of where they are in terms of building towards 2011.

While New Zealand have regained their spot at the top of the world rankings with a great set of results on tour, South Africa had a lousy time and will now have a much needed rest. It was a disapointing time for the Wallabies as they didn't achieve their Grand Slam, but they ended the tour on a high with a nice win over Wales, who themselves played some good rugby at times.

England weren't too impressive as they were struck down by injuries once again, Scotland achieved a historic win over Australia, and Ireland showed why they are Six Nations champions, and why they'll be such a threat again when things kick off early next year. France on the other hand, put in a great performance against the Springboks, but fell to pieces against a rampant All Black side.

Moustaches, Rasta singers, and a suspension or two, November had it all, and you can relive the best bits through this excellent video made by a top RD video contributor. Enjoy, and be sure to check out the Heineken Cup action this weekend, as Round 3 kicks off tonight. If you miss it, we'll get the good stuff up here early next week.

Time: 08:11



  • First!

    By Anonymous Luciano, at December 11, 2009 5:47 pm  

  • god i hate you!!!! 2nd!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 11, 2009 5:48 pm  

  • and the first comment thats actually about the rugby:P lmao.
    childish, but if i had first id have done it:D
    Cant wait for tonight!
    I havent got a clue whos playing so just hoping that theres some exciting games:)

    By Anonymous Matt, at December 11, 2009 6:02 pm  

  • Well rugby is definately getting more boring. I had a terrible time watching the November test matches.

    By Blogger Sea-Bass, at December 11, 2009 6:27 pm  

  • mercy bookoo

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 11, 2009 6:31 pm  

  • Awesome vid thanks guetteba


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 11, 2009 6:45 pm  

  • une très belle vidéo !!

    Merci Guetteba

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 11, 2009 6:59 pm  


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 11, 2009 7:01 pm  

  • merci beaucoup guetteba !! xP
    great vid. classic rugby !!

    By Anonymous luxi, at December 11, 2009 7:08 pm  

  • outstanding vid.

    By Anonymous sp, at December 11, 2009 7:21 pm  

  • thanks for that vidio in slow motion shows how skillfull some players are, some great trys and skill in that vidio, rd can we have the guiness preimership round ups back on, and the anonymous tool which said that the tests were boring and music crap BAR HUMBUG if you dont like the tests go play football

    By Anonymous geordie, at December 11, 2009 7:25 pm  

  • that first image of the french after the scrum gives me goose bumps. those props were awesome against SA!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 11, 2009 7:32 pm  

  • this had to be one of the worst vids ive seen this guy make.

    1 clip of a scotland game?????

    and god knows how many stupid english clips of them doing nothing!

    By Anonymous no9, at December 11, 2009 7:34 pm  

  • Ahaha, O'Driscoll the leprechaun in him came out against Australia.

    I enjoyed the Autumn tests if for nothing else, they showed Shane Williams can still do what Shane Williams does best...he had a god-awful Lions tour, but it's nice to see when he gets the ball he can still work those feet. That, and seeing Habana play so well in the Baa Baa's game - that was awesome.

    Does anyone know if Elissalde played for France at all, or is he pretty much out of contention now?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 11, 2009 8:11 pm  

  • Absolutely awesome video!

    Agree with the slow-mo comment: it shows the great skill leven of some players, and obviously it adds to the drama ;)

    By Blogger Sander, at December 11, 2009 8:46 pm  

  • Thanks RD!!! Great vid and awesome music!!

    Does anyone know the title of the songs?

    By Anonymous El gringo, at December 11, 2009 9:11 pm  

  • Well made video, but ridiculously Eurocentric.
    You'd think the 6 nations teams had been the better sides watching that.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 11, 2009 9:34 pm  

  • Elissalde is still playing for Toulouse but Marc Lievremont, the national coach, wants to prepare 2011 and that's why he's building a younger team with new players.

    Actually, Jauzion replaced Maxime Mermoz injuried in the nz match. He's on the way out.

    I believe Lievremont is doing the right thing but there's a lot of work ahead! As you saw for yourself xo(

    Merci guetteba, t'assures!!!

    By Blogger kevdetoulouse, at December 11, 2009 9:50 pm  

  • sweeeet video

    By Blogger Ralph, at December 11, 2009 10:35 pm  

  • adam ashley coopers try was outstanding imo

    By Anonymous jamestheconvict, at December 11, 2009 11:18 pm  

  • rip off

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 11, 2009 11:21 pm  

  • Really enjoyed the Italian try vs SA... skillfull and clever ( and in slo-mo : )

    By Anonymous Url, at December 11, 2009 11:37 pm  

  • first of all, merci beaucoup to Guetteba.
    Really liked the french props celebrating after the scrum @ the beginning of the video, (and Smit has a smile of it too).
    Haskell shouting really brings out my idea of pride and desire of representing and playing for your country.He worked so hard to get back in the squad, he deserved it.
    Loved the slo-mo of the Italy try vs SA, being italian I just loved it.

    keep 'em coming RD, you're th.e best

    By Anonymous italianscrummy, at December 12, 2009 12:03 am  

  • @ URL that was purely scored due to Adi Jacobs.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 12, 2009 12:03 am  

  • Great video RD :) Thoroughly enjoyed!

    Still amazed at how AAC got through that English defence lol

    And is it any real mystery why Scotland featured so little in this clip?

    Scotland 6-9 Argentina (2 pens)
    Scotland 9-8 Australia (2 pens, 1 drop goal)
    Scotland 23-10 Fiji (2 tries, 3 pens, 2 cons)

    By Anonymous Phil, at December 12, 2009 12:07 am  

  • Awesome video RD, unless there's 17 tries scored it seems the rugby is deemed 'boring' these days! I can certainly remember more boring autumn internationals anyway!

    By Anonymous Breaker, at December 12, 2009 12:53 am  

  • That bit of editing done where Jaque Fourie was slow-mo running in the try zone with those HUUUUUGE strides and legs of his...it made me feel so primal, like a lion stalking its prey or something, great video works RD/guettab. Brilliant

    By Anonymous wuddup, at December 12, 2009 1:15 am  

  • Personally I loved the End of year tours. Were a bit boring at the start of the month but definitly ended with a bang because of the ireland/s.a, n.z/france, n.z/baa-baa games. alot of controversy about high tacles e.t.c but that made it more interesting. Also enjoyed the upsets like scotland/aussie, france/s.a.
    BRING ON 2010 !

    By Anonymous te-tank, at December 12, 2009 1:17 am  

  • Very nice vid indeed.
    Thanks for that!

    HCup now!

    By Anonymous Nico, at December 12, 2009 1:21 am  

  • Excellent video! Great music and great editing to match the music.

    @Luciano you are a knob
    @anonymous #1 you are a doorknob.
    Both of you grow up please.

    By Anonymous Stubby, at December 12, 2009 1:25 am  

  • the only good game was Samoa vs wales less kickin n more bashin luv it :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 12, 2009 2:10 am  

  • The All Blacks & France game was the best. Finally brought some excitement back to rugby.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 12, 2009 2:12 am  

  • i thought the vid was meh

    By Anonymous Luciano, at December 12, 2009 2:46 am  

  • Amazing.. True rugby in this video.

    The Rules has to change fast..

    Congrats RD.

    By Blogger Diogo, at December 12, 2009 3:02 am  

  • this is a really good video ! great choice of music and great editing; i like the different shots of the tries and stuff. (Y)
    really good

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 12, 2009 3:53 am  

  • melodramatic, OTT, and a sign of the prominence of image over substance.

    a real 'turn the sound down' type of vid, more in keeping with a Sky Sports clip in between cricket and soccer than RD.

    By Anonymous mise, at December 12, 2009 3:59 am  

  • go listen to some black ass rap, mise, you bad boy.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 12, 2009 4:07 am  

  • really, anonymous above?

    did you give that statement any thought before you typed it up and sounded like a twat?

    By Anonymous anoooonymous, at December 12, 2009 4:41 am  

  • Is it not what you paid for Mise? Oh yeah.. wait..

    By Anonymous Shaft, at December 12, 2009 10:33 am  

  • Wow, you lot know how to complain...

    By Anonymous Peter, at December 12, 2009 11:04 am  

  • great vid... some very good slow mo showin what u donm't c at full pace, the little steps, the wee dummy the look an pass... great stuff

    Agree wi the no 9 tho, scotland had a great nov tests s, an one wee clip... what about that nice backs double dummy against fiji.... or the huuuuge hits in that game... the oz attacks an the constant defence??

    still good tho lol

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 12, 2009 11:05 am  

  • lame

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 12, 2009 11:30 am  

  • Thank RD and thanks Guetteba for this modern tribute to the November show!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 12, 2009 12:14 pm  

  • Great vid, merci beaucoup guetteba tes vidéos sont toujours super.
    Ok we can see Wilko in the vid , but WHERE IS CARTER??? Especially in France-New zealand, where he has demonstrated that he is far the best player in the world.
    And... i'm a frenchman!

    By Anonymous clem, at December 12, 2009 12:21 pm  


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 12, 2009 12:23 pm  

  • Great vid! Just reminds me of how overdue another TSRB is!!! DOOOO ITTTT!!!

    By Anonymous Gar, at December 12, 2009 12:44 pm  

  • Someone can tell me what is this music please !!!
    This video with this music... ti's so baaaaaaaaaaaad ^^

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 12, 2009 1:13 pm  

  • Mise: melodramatic, OTT, and a sign of the prominence of image over substance.

    What a fine pseudo-intellectual, may I touch it?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 12, 2009 1:15 pm  

  • It's a shame Cory Jane's try vs France wasn't included in that one.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 12, 2009 2:36 pm  

  • Can't believe that one of the most dramatic moments, Matt Giteau's missed conversion right at the end against Scotland wasn't included.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 12, 2009 4:12 pm  

  • God, I love rugby!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 12, 2009 5:44 pm  

  • great vid, but you missed Martín Rodríguez's drop goal against Scotland ;)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 12, 2009 10:46 pm  

  • Watching this made me wonder why so many people in the crowd are taking pictures with the flash on...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 13, 2009 12:44 am  

  • Meh

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 13, 2009 2:25 am  

  • Makes me laugh how the only clip of Carter was his contrversial tackle against Wales.

    By Anonymous te-tank, at December 13, 2009 2:54 am  

  • Good vid making a boring set of internationls look good.

    By Anonymous Jack, at December 13, 2009 7:10 am  

  • A highlight clip of all the penalty goals and kicking back and forth should be put together to reflect the modern game.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 13, 2009 7:53 am  

  • This shows what true montages are all about, great music and great filming, I am sick and tired of watching rugby videos with heavy metal or some punk music, it is a classic game and deserves classic music. But I would have liked a bit more commentating/game sounds, but still 9/10 vid.

    By Anonymous Douglas, at December 13, 2009 8:20 am  

  • So... beautiful...

    By Anonymous Francesco, at December 13, 2009 1:50 pm  

  • This montage contains almost every single try scored by a European team, some twice.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 13, 2009 4:56 pm  

  • Someone needs to make a video like this of the whole year including the lions series other june internationals tri nations November internationals and six nations and don't forget the baabaas game

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 13, 2009 10:22 pm  

  • Great vid. Would have been even better with Martin rodriguez´s winning droapgoal. keep the good stuff coming

    By Blogger Phil, at December 13, 2009 10:22 pm  

  • I can't believe that someone hasn't decapitated Shane Williams for the ridiculous showboating he pulls against second division teams. He did some of that mid-week on the Lions Tour in 2005 and got jacked up by Rico gear and Richie McCaw the following Saturday. A penalty for unsportsmanlike behavior would help.

    By Anonymous Ref, at December 13, 2009 11:37 pm  

  • Ref said...
    I can't believe that someone hasn't decapitated Shane Williams for the ridiculous showboating he pulls against second division teams.

    .. and so say all of us!

    By Anonymous worldrugby, at December 14, 2009 11:39 am  

  • were Scotland not playing this Autumn? 1 clip!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 14, 2009 12:21 pm  

  • Stunning. Absolutely stunning...

    By Blogger thedannyclayton, at December 14, 2009 2:37 pm  

  • what is the music, the 1st music that plays in the opening

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 15, 2009 10:27 pm  

  • this is the best site ever no one is going to top this rugby site

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 28, 2010 8:22 pm  

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