DJ Forbes set to break world record for Sevens tournaments appearances with 80th showing

The 34-year-old forward will pass Uale Mai of Samoa when he takes the field in Dubai against Russia tomorrow night. Source: 1 NEWS


Watch: Malakai Fekitoa's acrobatics keeps ball in play to set up superb Top 14 try

Former All Blacks midfielder Malakai Fekitoa put his body on the line for his French Top 14 club this morning to set up a stellar try.

With a 17-3 halftime deficit against Stade Francais looming in Paris, Toulon launched one last attack down the right wing with a grubber from fullback Jonah Roy Placid.

Fekitoa gave chase, sprinting side-by-side with opposition winger Julien Arias but the former Highlander won the foot race.

Realising how close he was to the touchline and no chance of stopping, Fekitoa smacked the ball back towards the field as he threw his body ahead to complete the improvised pass.

While Fekitoa landed at the base of the advertising boards, teammate Josua Tuisova was on hand to grab the ball and score.

Despite his heroics, Fekitoa's efforts went in vain as Stade Francais earned a comfortable 37-10 win.



'I'm sure they can forgive him' - Ireland legend O'Driscoll rushes to defence of Beauden Barrett

Ireland legend Brian O'Driscoll has come to the defence of All Blacks first-five Beauden Barrett, following his abject performance with the boot in last weekend's 36-34 loss to South Africa in Wellington.

Barrett, 27, missed four of his six attempts at goal on Saturday night, ultimately proving crucial as the All Blacks slipped to a first loss at home to the Springboks since 2009.

The All Blacks first-five's missed efforts proved costly during New Zealand's loss in Wellington. Source: 1 NEWS

Taking to Twitter though, former Ireland skipper O'Driscoll highlighted that Barrett's place in a side is about much more than ability to kick goals, with his eye for the tryline seeing him standout above his contemporaries.

"Barrett scored FOUR (4) tries in the last game. They rarely need their conversions," O'Driscoll tweeted.

"I'm sure they can forgive him a poor night off the kicking tee."

Barrett's kicking capabilities were also defended by coach Steve Hansen, saying:

"Beauden has these nights."

Barrett converted only two conversions from six in tonight's 36-34 loss to the Springboks. Source: 1 NEWS

"He's had them before, but then he comes out and kicks 100 per cent the next time.

"That's the nature of goal kicking - sometimes it hurts you.

"You've just got to hope that all the stars don't line up in the one night - last night they did." 

The first-five missed four kicks in New Zealand's shock loss to South Africa. Source: 1 NEWS


'Folau slaughtered that last play' - Australian public turns on Wallabies star after Argentina loss

The Australian rugby public have unleashed on star Israel Folau, after his refusal to set up teammate Bernard Foley for a potential match-winning try against Argentina on Saturday night.

During the final moments of Australia's shock 23-19 loss to Los Pumas on the Gold Coast, Folau decided to run the ball at the Argentinian line, with Foley waiting unmarked to his right.

Instead, Folau was sandwiched by three Argentine defenders, surrendering possession to give the Pumas a famous victory on Australian soil.

Naturally, social media was abuzz with criticism towards Folau, with the defeat seeming to have hinged on the winger's selfishness,

"Israel Folau has absolutely cost Australia that Test match. Sorry, but that's just what happened," wrote AAP's Vince Rugari.

"Israel Folau has just cost the Wallabies the victory. 10m from tryline and Foley on his outside, open, he decided to take on 3 defenders himself," began Supersport's Derek Alberts.

"Knocks on. Criminal."

Former ABC commentator Peter Wilkins had some of the harshest words for Folau, saying:

"Folau slaughtered that last play. 50 times out of 50 it's a simple pass for the win. They'd set it up perfectly."

"Coach killer. You're only as good as your last performance/play."

"Butchery of the highest order from Folau with seconds left on the clock. Cost Australia the game," wrote the Irish Independent's Cian Tracey.

The loss to Argentina means Australia have dropped to an all-time low seventh in World Rugby's rankings.