We at Planet Rugby put our heads together and came up with 50 rugby-related questions from 2013 and beyond. Let’s see how you do!
There a total of 71 marks available; answers are at the bottom. Good luck, and no cheating!
With the first successful British and Irish Lions tour in 16 years panning out in June and July this year, it’s only right that we include some Lions teasers. Here are ten to get you started:
1. Who scored the Lions’ first try on this year’s tour?
2. Brothers Tom and Ben Youngs toured with the Lions this year. Who were the last sets of brothers to achieve this feat?
3. Who is the first player to represent his country on two separate Lions tours?
4. Who has scored the most Lions tries in Test matches?
5. The last time the Lions toured Australia in 2001, they lost the deciding Test 29-23 in Sydney. Which Wallaby famously stole a crucial last-minute line-out from Martin Johnson?
6. And which Australian bagged a brace of tries that day?
7. Which referee did this year’s Lions coach, Warren Gatland, accuse of “crucifying” his side at the breakdown?
8. The Lions have only won one Test series against New Zealand, in 1971. Which player scored a renowned charge-down try in the first Test in Carisbrook on that tour?
9. Which 2013 tourist scored his first try on his international debut in 2013?
10. Which 2013 tourist made an astonishing recovery from a hand injury to play in the second and third Tests?
Now, get your teeth stuck into some more 2013 problems to solve from across the hemispheres:
11. To which player was Ronan O’Gara referring when he said of their relationship: “Not even the Pope would have mended things at that stage”?
12. Who was sacked by their club in 2013 for allegedly showing up drunk to a team meeting?
13. Which Irishman made the highlight reel when he flicked a dipping pass up off his heel to gather and score during this year’s Six Nations?
14. Who provided the assist for Alex Cuthbert’s second try in the Six Nations Championship decider against England in Cardiff?
15. Name the Azzurri try-scorers in Italy’s sensational 23-18 victory over France.
16. Who jibed his team-mates for not passing to him in a series of quirky post-match interviews?
17. Which referee notoriously sent off Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis during the 2013 Rugby Championship?
18. Test rugby’s most capped referee retired in 2013. Name him.
19. How many tries did Argentina score in this year’s Rugby Championship?
20. Which player beat more defenders than any other in this year’s Rugby Championship?
21. Which Argentinian was suspended for nine weeks after being found guilty of biting Eben Etzebeth?
22. What did Italy’s Luca Morisi have to have removed after his side’s November victory over Fiji?
23. And how many yellow cards were dished out to the Islanders during that game?
24. Who finished 2013 as the second-highest Test point-scorer behind Leigh Halfpenny?
25. Who scored dramatic late tries for Munster and Leicester Tigers in their respective Heineken Cup fixtures in France?
26. Who topped the points-scoring charts in this year’s Super 15?
27. Name the three teams who suffered defeat to the Kings in this year’s Super Rugby tournament.
28. Who returned from international exile to win the Man of the Match award for his side against Wales in November?
29. Which two players landed themselves in hot water after gesturing at opponents while scoring tries?
30. Which PRO12 head coach stepped down from his post at the end of 2013?
To round off, see if you can answer our trivia questions from the annals of rugby history:
31. Name the five players who have completed a “slam” of Five Nations tries, ie crossed the line in every fixture of a championship.
32. Who holds the record for most points scored in a Heineken Cup season?
33. Who has been the PRO12 top try-scorer for the past three seasons?
34. Scotland triumphed over Ireland at Murrayfield in this year’s Six Nations. Prior to that win, when was the last time the Scots overcame Ireland in the same tournament at this venue?
35. Where and between whom was the inaugural international rugby match played in 1871?
36. Who scored the “try from the end of the world”?
37. Who scored a try in all four of Australia’s Tests on their grand slam tour of 1984?
38. In the 1995 World Cup, Jonah Lomu scored four tries against England in a 45-29 victory. Who else crossed the line for the All Blacks?
39. And in the same tournament, who were the starting Springboks centres in their famous final triumph?
40. Which player touched down for the first try of the 1987 World Cup, and against which country did he score?
41. NRL convert Israel Folau made waves in 2013 after switching codes to play for the Warratahs and Wallabies. Name the three backs in Australia’s 2003 World Cup squad who also converted from league to union.
42. Who threw a suspiciously forward-looking pass that led to a try for France in their 2007 World Cup quarter-final victory over New Zealand?
43. Which Ireland winger did Bill McLaren famously describe as a “mad octopus”?
44. Who kicked five drop-goals against England in the 1999 World Cup?
45. Which Welshman kicked a late touchline conversion at Murrayfield to beat Scotland in the 1971 Five Nations?
46. Who was the first player to score 1000 Test points?
47. Who made up the famous Pontypool front row of the 1970s?
48. Identify the French internationals better known by these nicknames:
a. Le TGV
b. The Bayonne Express
c. Le Bus
49. Which player holds the record for the most tries in a single Super Rugby season?
50. Who scored the fastest ever Super Rugby try?
1 Paul O’Connell v Barbarians, 2 Hastings (Gavin and Scott in 1993 and 1989) and Underwoods (Rory and Tony in 1993), 3 George Smith (2001 and 2013), 4 Tony O’Reilly, 5 Justin Harrison, 6 Daniel Herbert, 7 Chris Pollock, 8 Ian McLauchlan, 9 Sean Maitland, 10 Tommy Bowe
11 Jonny Sexton, 12 Mike Phillips, 13 Simon Zebo, 14 Justin Tipuric, 15 Martin Castrogiovanni and Sergio Parrise, 16 Nick Cummins, 17 Romain Poite, 18 Jonathan Kaplan, 19 Seven, 20 Jean de Villiers (20), 21 Leonardo Senatore, 22 His spleen, 23 Five, 24 Florin Vlaicu, 25 JJ Hanrahan and Niki Goneva, 26 Morne Steyn, 27 Force, Rebels, Highlanders, Lions, 28 Quade Cooper, 29 Delon Armitage, George North, 30 Franco Smith
31 Johnnie Wallace (Scotland), Carston Catcheside (England), Patrick Esteve and Philippe Sella (both France), Gregor Townsend (Scotland), 32 Diego Dominguez with 188 for Stade Fran