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Rugby union is regarded as New Zealand's national sport. Winners of the inaugural Rugby World Cup, New Zealand are the leading points scorers of all time and the only international rugby team with a winning record against every test nation they have ever played. The All Blacks have held the top ranking in the world for longer than all other countries combined and in over 100 years only five of the top twenty ranked test rugby nations have ever beaten New Zealand... The All Blacks have won a record 75% of all rugby matches they have ever played since 1903 and they were named the International Rugby Board (IRB) Team of the Year in 2005, 2006, 2008 and a record fourth time in 2010.

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Yeah but it's Rugby... :(

Why not have a hockey tournament. :eek: Who would still be walking on ice when all is said and done?
 

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We just had a Canadian and American team here playing ice hockey to promote the game, love those hits on the ice.
 

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Here is the world rankings if you are Interested Invader
IRB World Rankings - 05 September 2011 Position (last week) Member Union Rating Point
1(1) NEW ZEALAND 90.55
2(2) AUSTRALIA 88.84
3(3) SOUTH AFRICA 85.69
4(4) FRANCE 83.78
5(5) ENGLAND 82.89
6(6) WALES 80.79
7(7) SCOTLAND 78.83
8(8) IRELAND 78.50
9(9) ARGENTINA 78.40
10(10) SAMOA 74.54
11(11) ITALY 73.88
12(12) TONGA 72.48
13(13) JAPAN 71.95
14(14) CANADA 71.56
15(15) FIJI 70.83
16(16) GEORGIA 70.30
17(17) ROMANIA 65.69
18(18) USA 65.00
19(19) RUSSIA 61.92
20(20) NAMIBIA 61.42
21(21) PORTUGAL 60.67
22(22) URUGUAY 60.00
23(23) CHL 59.52
24(24) SPAIN 59.43
25(25) BELGIUM 56.50
26(26) MOROCCO 56.13
27(27) HONG KONG 54.34
28(28) MOLDOVA 54.09
29(29) BRAZIL 54.04
30(30) CZECH REPUBLIC 53.78
31(31) KAZAKHSTAN 53.62
32(32) KOREA 53.36
33(33) UKRAINE 53.22
34(34) POLAND 52.88
35(35) ZIMBABWE 52.40
36(36) TUNISIA 52.35
37(37) GERMANY 51.81
38(38) LITHUANIA 51.49
39(39) SWEDEN 50.99
40(40) KENYA 49.18
41(41) PARAGUAY 48.84
42(42) NETHERLANDS 47.71
43(43) UGANDA 47.69
44(44) IVORY COAST 47.52
45(45) SRI LANKA 47.03
46(46) PAPUA NEW GUINEA 46.19
47(47) BERMUDA 45.94
48(48) TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 45.85
49(49) SINGAPORE 45.66
50(50) CROATIA 45.56
51(51) VENEZUELA 45.36
52(52) SENEGAL 45.24
53(53) MALTA 45.23
54(54) COOK ISLANDS 44.61
55(55) MADAGASCAR 44.31
56(56) SWITZERLAND 44.22
57(57) CHINESE TAIPEI 43.62
58(58) ANDORRA 42.83
59(59) LATVIA 42.69
60(60) GUYANA 42.54
61(61) CHINA 41.78
62(62) MALAYSIA 41.75
63(63) PERU 41.64
64(64) THAILAND 41.46
65(65) CAYMAN 41.23
66(66) NIUE ISLANDS 41.11
67(67) ISRAEL 41.05
68(68) SERBIA 40.81
69(69) DENMARK 40.60
70(70) SLOVENIA 40.20
71(71) HUNGARY 40.10
72(72) ZAMBIA 39.94
73(73) COLOMBIA 39.59
74(74) ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES 39.30
75(75) INDIA 39.19
76(76) BARBADOS 39.13
77(77) SOLOMON ISLANDS 39.06
78(78) CAMEROON 38.33
79(79) AUSTRIA 37.76
80(80) BULGARIA 37.12
81(81) SWAZILAND 36.68
82(82) BOTSWANA 36.68
83(83) JAMAICA 36.35
84(84) BAHAMAS 36.33
85(85) TAHITI 36.25
86(86) GUAM 36.24
87(87) BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA 36.18
88(88) NIGERIA 35.29
89(89) MONACO 35.17
90(90) NORWAY 35.02
91(91) VANUATU 34.77
92(92) LUXEMBOURG 32.49
93(93) FINLAND 27.70

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From what I can tell, the USA is doing better than Italy.

I feel comforted that we are not at the absolute bottom even though I do not know the slightest thing about rugby.

Then again, my alma mater beat a Big Ten team this last weekend.:confused:

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Very quickly a try is like a touch down in American football worth 5 points, must on or over the line in oppositions end zone then a conversion or kick over the goal posts which is worth another two points, this kick must be taken from a direct line back from where try scored, example try scored on extreme right side could only be kicked from right hand side line but the kicker can take it back as far as he likes to improve the angle.

No forward passes, if you catch a ball and knock it forward opposition gets to feed ball back into a thing called a scrum ( this is where the forwards, bigger guys get to have man love and have a group hug) while the more speedy backs wait for ball to come out of scrum to do there thing and maybe put through fast hands as ball beats man.

I never played rugby union but played rugby league which has similar but you only have 6 tackles before its the opponents turn.

The Americans, Canadians and other minor teams are very popular here as we love supporting the underdog and we support anyone who plays Australia
 
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