Find out how you did in our quiz on all things rugby, 2016

FOR ALL those who tackled the Quiz of the Year in the January 2017 edition of Rugby World – or who have tested their knowledge online – here are all the answers. To be reminded of the questions, click here.



  1. Matt Scott of Gloucester
  2. He sin-binned Scarlets flanker Aaron Shingler by mistake. Shingler’s brother Steve, Cardiff Blues’ fly-half, had tackled him off the ball
  3. Dan Mugford
  4. They got stuck in a lift
  5. A dance move/try celebration in which you jab your head down on your arm. It came from NFL
  6. Two from: Toulouse (1996), Leicester (2001 & 2002), Wasps (2004) and Toulon (2014) (2)
  7. She became the first woman to officiate (as a fourth official) at a Premiership match (Bristol v Exeter)
  8. Hadleigh Parkes, 1,760 minutes from 22 games
  9. The scrum-half ran a last-minute penalty in front of the posts v Bordeaux when kicking the points would have taken Clermont through to the knockout phase. Exeter progressed instead

Total: 10 points


  1. Jack Bassett
  2. Sean Maitland, Mike Ellery, Richard Wigglesworth
  3. Jamie George
  4. They inflicted a record home defeat on Saracens, winning 64-23
  5. Scotland v Georgia
  6. Newcastle, Cardiff Blues, Glasgow, Worcester

TOTAL: 10 points


It was a dark and stormy (KNIGHT), the (MOON) obscured by driving rain. “I wish I could (SEYMOUR),” said the Scottish (COOK) as he cycled (WEST) along the treacherous (RHODES), just missing a (CARR) and an intrepid (WALKER) in the gloom. “Why don’t they take more (CARE)?!” he shouted, ringing his (BELL).

He arrived at the hotel near (CARLISLE), perched on the (CLIFF) top, and took a (SHORT) cut through the (HALL) to the kitchen. “Great (SCOTT)!” he said, spotting the sparse ingredients, “I (CANNA) work with that.”

“(ARR), (ALO) (BOSS),” said his (YOUNG) assistant, trying to conceal a large glass of (SHERRY). “The (CATT) has eaten the (FISH). Shall we make a (LAMB) (CURRY) instead?”

“No, you must be (BATTY)! It will have to be (BURGER) and chips. (PEEL) some spuds and (FRY) them sharp, and don’t forget the (CHEESEMAN). Cheddar will do.”

“You (BRITS) are all the same,” came the reply. “I’ll do my (BEST) but it would be nice if you were (MOORE) understanding. I have (LOW) self-esteem, (BURNS) on my hand, and (MAY) have a weak (HART). Yet you’re the biggest (PAYNE) of all. (GOODE) (DAY) to you!”

Total: 20 points


  1. Captained Wales (at a World Cup)
  2. Scored five tries in a Test match
  3. Sent off for verbal abuse
  4. 1,000th player to be capped by their country
  5. Kicked a late drop-goal winner at Millennium Stadium
  6. Staged infamous Tests that have acquired the ‘battle of’ moniker
  7. Played for Oxford University (in the Varsity Match)
  8. Played American Football
  9. Employed as an electrician
  10. Youngest try-scorer for their country

TOTAL: 20 points


Spot the porkies in this list of statements…

  1. True
  2. False, Neil Back (2005) and J Hammond (1896) were both older, Back holding the record with his first-Test appearance aged 36 years 160 days
  3. False, it was Richard Hibbard who missed out
  4. False, Monye brought his wedding forward
  5. True
  6. False, but he was a fan of the Aussie band
  7. True
  8. True – Six brothers plus Freddie’s son (Fred junior). Another of Fraddie’s sons, Brian, played for Tigers’ academy and is now part of Saracens’ academy
  9. True
  10. False, it’s a different Alistair Maclean. He’s a legal expert who worked for the FA

TOTAL: 10 points


  1. Eddie Jones
  2. BIL, the Lions mascot
  3. Emily Scarratt
  4. Junior World Championship trophy
  5. Gavin Henson
  6. Rory Hughes
  7. Bryan Habana
  8. Ollie Woodburn
  9. Dan Parks
  10. CJ Stander

TOTAL: 20 points


  1. France, in 1994
  2. Richard Hill and Paul Dean
  3. St Vincent & the Grenadines v Jamaica
  4. Michael Hooper, emulating Israel Folau, George Smith and Nathan Sharpe
  5. Most Tests played without scoring a try (84)
  6. Won his first ten Tests as a head coach
  7. Warren Gatland – the others were nominated for World Rugby awards (in 2016)
  8. They portrayed him as a clown
  9. Ben Ryan

TOTAL: 10 points


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