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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The History of Rugby - Part 13

It's been a few months since posting an episode of the History of Rugby documentary, so while there's a bit of a quiet period after Super Rugby and before everything else, it's as good a time as any to continue with it.

As you know by now, Super Rugby came to an end this past weekend as the Reds beat the Crusaders in a brilliant final in Brisbane. There's no let up for some of the guys that took part though, as this weekend the Wallabies will be facing the might of Samoa, fresh from their participation in the IRB Pacific Nations Cup.

Elsewhere, the fiercely competitive Currie Cup kicks off in South Africa, while in New Zealand their entertaining domestic competition, the ITM Cup, gets under way tomorrow.

So while many of you up north might feel like the rugby season is over, it's anything but, and we'll continue to cover the best bits here on RD.

For now though, the History of Rugby documentary continues from where it left off, as we get to see the Springboks emerge from the wilderness in in the early nineties. We then get a run-down of England successes through that time period, leading up to the 1994 Five Nations, which Wales won. The following year France scored a brilliant try against England in the Championship, but weren't successful overall.

The 1995 Rugby World Cup was a famous win for the Springboks in their first ever tournament, with Nelson Mandela, Kitch Christie, and Francois Pienaar doing incredible things for the country, both on and off the field.

Professionalism followed the tournament, and by the 1999 Rugby World Cup, rugby was a slightly different game. Jonah Lomu, who was years ahead of the sport, made massive impacts in both 95 and 99, particularly against England.

From this point in the documentary, things do become quite England-centric, so if you're not a fan, you'll need to take it with a pinch of salt as obviously it's England made, so they become the predominant focus. It's still very interesting though, and a good look back at what happened all those years back. Enjoy.

You can catch up on all episodes via the History of Rugby archive page

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  • Awesome, thanks :)

    By Anonymous Laz, at July 13, 2011 1:48 pm  

  • The England commentator about half way through shoundsh jusht like Sean Connery.

    By Anonymous Jordan, at July 13, 2011 2:56 pm  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 13, 2011 2:57 pm  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 13, 2011 3:08 pm  

  • Do you keep these in stock when there's nothing else?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 13, 2011 3:40 pm  

  • Jonaaaah!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 13, 2011 3:49 pm  

  • Yawn

    By Anonymous ElTigre, at July 13, 2011 8:08 pm  

  • Funny how some people don't have the intellectual capacity to sit still for 13 minutes. No names mentioned..

    By Anonymous ElLameo, at July 13, 2011 9:27 pm  

  • Since this is the most boooring video I have ever watch on this site and the thread is no better, may I suggest a debate?
    "Richie McCaw is a cheat..."

    By Anonymous I am a troll, at July 13, 2011 9:38 pm  

  • ^Really, you've been trolling this site for quite a while now...the sad thing is that you must not get out much.

    Try going and playing a bit of rugby; you'd maybe make some friends and move on.

    By Anonymous good grief, at July 13, 2011 9:59 pm  

  • It's hardly a debate.... anyone who doesnt wear a black shirt is aware of McCaws cheating abilities... still those fruits in black still think he is some sort of magician...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 13, 2011 10:00 pm  

  • ^And there you are again.

    I'm pretty sure most troll-like comments and arguments are started, and followed through, by the same sad fellow.

    By Anonymous good grief, at July 14, 2011 12:12 am  

  • Nope i made that comment and im actually a different 'fellow'

    but i'd agree that more than likely there is probably 2 comments per 1 troll.... just not from me....yet...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 14, 2011 1:04 am  

  • brendan venters ugly face at 8.10

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 14, 2011 2:17 am  

  • This should be retitled The History of English Rugby. A less parochial History of Rugby would note that the only useful thing the English ever did for Rugby was invent it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 14, 2011 2:30 am  

  • Well, when you make that mini-series, we'll all be more than happy to watch it and criticize it as well.

    Best of luck. Let us know when it's done.

    By Anonymous what a bunch of whiners on here, at July 14, 2011 3:39 am  

  • LOL @^^^^

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 14, 2011 11:59 am  

  • (un?)fortunatly there is a serie called 'The official history of English rugby'.

    You can see it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alwkZrIZm-A

    By Anonymous Jeroen, at July 14, 2011 1:24 pm  

  • Remember watching the Janie de Ber drop goals in an English pub... Absolutely hilarious... On the other end I thought this was the end of the game of rugby...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 14, 2011 1:59 pm  

  • English at their best, very sickening! Let's see how good you are in a few months time!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 14, 2011 3:05 pm  

  • theres also a history of welsh rugby posted by the same guy which is a good watch

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 15, 2011 3:16 am  

  • 1995 RWC was the biggest scam ever.

    France and All Blacks were screwed.

    By Anonymous 4LC4TR4Z, at July 15, 2011 5:55 pm  

  • HAHA EXACTLY ^^^ it was all a bloody political agenda, hovering on the apartheid so it was a great SA political boost if they could get the SA team to win so they resort to poisoning the All Blacks!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 16, 2011 12:32 am  

  • Yes 1995 was a scandal

    On a another subject, I would like to thank England in bringing in a bit of spice to the 2011 WC.

    Playing in Black, what a great idea!!!!!

    How to make yourself popular....brilliant

    By Anonymous Flipje, at July 16, 2011 3:36 pm  

  • apparently NZ is fine with it ^^^^

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 17, 2011 12:46 am  

  • Come on! This is the start of rod's reign in Australia. Damnit we were unbeatable for like 3 years after this. NEXT EPISODE!!!

    By Blogger Leachie, at July 17, 2011 3:53 am  

  • "I want to see the video...I heard I made a fool of myself... holding up the ball an all"...
    "Yes you did"...

    That's what I loved about rugby, no show just class. Now we have hugging and dance moves after nearly every try...

    By Anonymous Adderdabadder, at July 17, 2011 5:46 am  

  • Lol, its like playing "Jonah Lomu Rugby" all over again...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 18, 2011 11:29 pm  

  • wtf is Samuel Jackson doing shaking Pienaar's hand?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 18, 2011 11:35 pm  

  • oh piss out my ass, its morgan freeman isnt it

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 18, 2011 11:35 pm  

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