Planet Rugby

Planet Rugby's Quiz of 2013

19th December 2013 18:01



Victorious: 2013 Lions

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?

The Answers:

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 Français in 2000-01, 33 Tim Visser, 34 2001, 35 Scotland v England at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh, 36 Jean-Luc Sadourny (France v New Zealand), 37 Mark Ella, 38 Josh Kronfeld, Graeme Bachop, 39 Hennie le Roux, Japie Mulder, 40 Michael Jones New Zealand v Italy, 41 Wendell Sailor, Lote Tuqiri, Mat Rogers, 42 Frederic Michalak, 43 Simon Geoghegan, 44 Jannie de Beer, 45 John Taylor, 46 Neil Jenkins, 47 Charlie Faulkner, Bobby Windsor, Graham Price, 48 a. Patrick Esteve, b. Patrice Lagisquet, c. Nicolas Mas, 49 Joe Roff, 50 Bryan Habana

Compiled by Jamie Lyall


Forthcoming Fixtures
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 21
Harlequins vs Sale SharksHarlequins vs Sale Sharks Preview
Newcastle Falcons vs GloucesterNewcastle Falcons vs Gloucester Preview
Saturday , November 22
Exeter vs WaspsExeter vs Wasps Preview
London Irish vs BathLondon Irish vs Bath Preview
Sunday , November 23
Saracens vs NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Preview
London Welsh vs Leicester TigersLondon Welsh vs Leicester Tigers Preview
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
International Match
Saturday , November 22
Italy vs South AfricaItaly vs South Africa Preview
Scotland vs TongaScotland vs Tonga Preview
Ireland vs AustraliaIreland vs Australia Preview
Wales vs New ZealandWales vs New Zealand Preview
England vs SamoaEngland vs Samoa Preview
France vs ArgentinaFrance vs Argentina Preview
More International Match fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , November 21
Dragons vs MunsterDragons vs Munster Preview
Scarlets vs Glasgow WarriorsScarlets vs Glasgow Warriors Preview
Connacht vs ZebreConnacht vs Zebre Preview
Ulster vs OspreysUlster vs Ospreys Preview
Sunday , November 23
Treviso vs LeinsterTreviso vs Leinster Preview
Edinburgh vs Cardiff BluesEdinburgh vs Cardiff Blues Preview
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Recent Results
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , November 16
Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 SaracensLeicester Tigers vs Saracens Report
Wasps 71 - 7 London WelshWasps vs London Welsh Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Ireland 49 - 7 GeorgiaIreland vs Georgia Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 15
Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London IrishSale Sharks vs London Irish Report
Bath 23 - 14 Newcastle FalconsBath vs Newcastle Falcons Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Romania 13 - 18 JapanRomania vs Japan Report
France 29 - 26 AustraliaFrance vs Australia Report
Scotland 16 - 24 New ZealandScotland vs New Zealand Report
England 28 - 31 South AfricaEngland vs South Africa Report
Tonga 40 - 12 USATonga vs USA Report
Wales 17 - 13 FijiWales vs Fiji Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 14
Gloucester 15 - 22 HarlequinsGloucester vs Harlequins Report
Northampton 18 - 24 ExeterNorthampton vs Exeter Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Italy 18 - 20 ArgentinaItaly vs Argentina Report
Canada 13 - 23 SamoaCanada vs Samoa Report
More International Match results
LV= Cup
Cardiff Blues 19 - 13 Scarlets
Ospreys 35 - 51 DragonsOspreys vs Dragons Report
Sunday , November 9
Wasps 43 - 22 London Irish
London Welsh 9 - 18 Gloucester
Leicester 29 - 13 Sale SharksLeicester vs Sale Sharks Report
More LV= Cup results
International Match
Saturday , November 8
Italy 24 - 13 SamoaItaly vs Samoa Report
Wales 28 - 33 AustraliaWales vs Australia Report
England 21 - 24 New ZealandEngland vs New Zealand Report
Georgia 9 - 23 TongaGeorgia vs Tonga Report
Ireland 29 - 15 South AfricaIreland vs South Africa Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership Table