rugby

All Blacks Hit the Gym

Here’s something to make you sigh. At least that’s the effect it had on me.

 

Oh. Wow. Um. Rugby Players

OK, ladies, can you say “Yow”? I can. And I did!

21 rugby players who are, um, a little bit attractive.

Trust me. You want to click this link.

 

Why Does Rugby Matter?

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Because 2015 is a Rugby World Cup year. (Which only happens every four years.) Because New Zealand won it last time, and no team has ever won two in a row. Because the All Blacks are the best team in the world. Because Richie McCaw led them to victory last time on a broken foot, and nothing but guts and determination and his example carried them through that night, with a nation sitting on the team’s shoulders.

Because the haka is awesome, and “God Defend New Zealand” is beautiful in Maori and in English. Because rugby is pure physicality and pure mateship.

Because it does.

All Blacks–A big surprise for a young fan

OK–How great is this? You have to love their sweet smiles. Or maybe that’s just me. :)

All Blacks Sing “Tutira Mai Nga Iwi”

Pretty awesome, you must admit. I love this.

The All Blacks on 60 Minutes Sports!

Want to check out the Haka, what rugby looks like, and what rugby players look like up-close (Hint: good), how big a deal the All Blacks are in New Zealand, and the kind of attitude that is expected in public from an All Black–even a former one? You’ve come to the right place, because this is all kinds of awesome.

A Shirtless Haka–In the Rain–by the All Blacks

It doesn’t get much better than this. This is the All Blacks Sevens team, after their win in Hong Kong, taking off their shirts and telling you what’s what. In the rain. Booyah.

Jockey photo shoot with the All Blacks

If a picture’s worth a thousand words, this little video is worth about five books.

Richie McCaw on Being Richie McCaw

If you really want to know “what it’s like” to be captain of the All Blacks and to play in a World Cup, and to want to do it again, here you go.

WINNING THE RUGBY WORLD CUP–ONE YEAR LATER

The All Blacks, and the New Zealand media, reflect on the incredibly fraught game that was the final of the Rugby World Cup.