Planet Rugby’s Quiz of 2014

Date published: December 24 2014

We at Planet Rugby put our heads together and came up with 50 rugby-related questions from 2014 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!

We’ll start off with a look at the premier international competitions in the northern and southern hemisphere, so here are five questions each on the Six Nations and the Rugby Championship to get you started

1. Who finished the 2014 Six Nations as both the top points scorer and the joint top try-scorer?
2. Who was voted Six Nations Player of the Tournament after beating 25 defenders and making 540 metres with ball in hand?
3. Scotland failed to score a point in a Calcutta Cup game for the first time since which year with their 20-0 loss at Murrayfield?
4. Which two Italians became the country’s most-capped players during a 21-20 defeat to Scotland?
5. Which Frenchman emulated his father by scoring on his Test debut during les Bleus’ win over Italy?
6. Name the two All Blacks who were sin-binned as New Zealand’s 17-match winning record came to an end against Australia in Sydney.
7. Who scored the only try of the opening round of the Rugby Championship, one minute into South Africa’s win over Argentina?
8. Whose try three minutes from time in Perth helped Australia edge to a 24-23 win over South Africa?
9. Who kicked the winning penalty as South Africa handed New Zealand their only defeat of 2014?
10. Argentina ended their wait for a first Rugby Championship win with a 21-17 win over Australia, who scored their tries?

Right, with everybody warmed up, here are a further 25 questions on rugby around the globe in 2014.

11. Brian O’Driscoll called time on his international career in March, but who ended up being his final centre partner in the closing stages of the Six Nations win over France in Paris?
12. Which Fijian finished as the top try-scorer in the 2013/14 Sevens World Series, scoring an incredible 52 tries?
13. Richie McCaw was sin-binned for only the second time in his Test career in a win over Australia, against which other Test team has he been yellow-carded?
14. England women won the Women’s World Cup for the second time in their history, who scored 16 points in the final for them against Canada?
15. Who played in the final of the Junior World Championship in New Zealand a week before making his Test debut against Scotland?
16. After a home defeat to which team did Bernard Laporte call referee Laurent Cardona ‘hopeless’ and ‘completely incompetent’ in January?
17. Whose penalty in the final minutes of the Super Rugby final handed the Waratahs their maiden title?
18. In the revamped Currie Cup, the Eastern Province Kings won just one match all season, who did they beat?
19. Which team finished the ITM Cup season holding the Ranfurly Shield?
20. Whose extra-time try proved to be the matchwinner as Northampton won the Aviva Premiership for the very first time?
21. Leinster became the first team to retain the Celtic League title, which former Springbok scored two tries in their final win over Glasgow?
22. Which team ended Japan’s 11-Test win streak in November?
23. Uruguay beat Russia to become the final qualifiers for next year’s World Cup, which team will they face in their opening game?
24. The European Champions Cup replaced the Heineken Cup for the 2014/15 season, who scored the first try in the new competition?
25. And who scored the last try in the Heineken Cup during Toulon’s final win over Saracens?
26. The two top try-scorers in this year’s Super XV finished with 12 tries. Name them.
27. Which team won the inaugural National Rugby Championship in Australia?
28. Canterbury’s six-year reign as ITM Cup champions came to an end after they were beaten in the semi-finals by which team?
29. Which All Black became the first second row to be voted World Player of the Year?
30. Who scored the only try in the Top 14 final as Toulon completed the double with an 18-12 win over Castres?
31. Who did Fiji beat 108-6 to book their place at next year’s World Cup?
32. Which scrum-half won the World Rugby Try of the Year for his effort against New Zealand during the Rugby Championship?
33. Which two former Heineken Cup finalists were relegated from the Top 14 at the end of the 2013/14 season?
34. Sam Burgess joined Bath to much fanfare after moving from rugby league. With which Australian team did he win the NRL Grand Final?
35. Who was the only Welshman to take up a central contract with the WRU before the new deal with the regions and the introduction of dual contracts?

And to finish off, we’ve got 15 questions taken from down the years of rugby history.

36. Who finished as the all-time top try-scorer in the Heineken Cup?
37. The Waratahs became the fourth team to beat the Crusaders in a Super Rugby final, name the other three.
38. Which former Scotland lock was famously described as a ‘mad giraffe’ by Bill McLaren for his running style?
39. Whose last-minute try helped New Zealand to a 39-35 win an epic Bledisloe Cup encounter in Sydney in 2000?
40. Which Fijian holds the record for the most tries in a single Sevens World Series season with 83 back in 1999/2000?
41. Who started the move that led to the Barbarians’ famous try against New Zealand in 1973?
42. Argentina famously beat France in the opening game of the 2007 World Cup, who scored their only try at the Stade de France?
43. Who was the last Scot to be named tour captain for the British and Irish Lions?
44. Which scrum-half finished as the top try-scorer in the inaugural Tri-Nations back in 1996?
45. Six players have won the Rugby World Cup on more than one occasion. Name them.
46. Jonny Wilkinson called time on his playing career this year, in which position did he make his Test debut off the bench against Ireland back in 1998?
47. Who scored a full house when France famously beat New Zealand in the 1999 World Cup semi-final at Twickenham?
48. What was unique about the 1973 Five Nations?
49. Which three Welshmen won three Grand Slams during the 1970s?
50. Whose try against England in 1991 was voted the try of the centenary as the greatest-ever scored at Twickenham?

The Answers:

1 Jonny Sexton, 2 Mike Brown, 3 1978 when they lost 15-0 at Murrayfield, 4 Sergio Parisse and Martin Castrogiovanni (Marco Bortolami has since overtaken them), 5 Hugo Bonneval (his father Eric scored against New Zealand in 1984, 6 Wyatt Crockett, Beauden Barrett, 7 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Rob Horne, 9 Pat Lambie, 10 Leonardo Senatore and Juan Imhoff

11 Fergus McFadden, 12 Samisoni Viriviri, 13 Wales in 2006, 14 Emily Scarratt, 15 Handr