2015

World Cup 2015 under the Microscope

The news headlines have screamed the good news in the days since the end of the Rugby World Cup of 2015. There can be no doubt that Rugby World Cup 2015 was a huge success both on and off the field.

Simply the Best

Simply the best is probably the only way to accurately describe the All Blacks 2015 Rugby World Cup victory. There can be no doubt that they are the best team in the world today. Saturday’s Cup Final confirmed this to one and all.

Oh Captain, My Captain

Jean de Villiers has quit the Springbok Rugby World Cup squad after breaking his jaw in the game against Samoa. He has also announced his immediate retirement from international rugby...

The Springbok Team and the 2015 RWC

The entire rugby world was waiting for Friday afternoon and the announcement of both the South African and English rugby squads for the looming Rugby World Cup event.

Where Have All The Scrumhalves Gone?

South African rugby is in something of a quandary. We have a fullback of real international quality, we have two, three perhaps, flyhalves of true international quality. In fact we have some outstanding players of international quality in all positions in a team, except one...

How Sustainable Is The Player Drain?

Not a week goes by without reports of South African, Australian and New Zealand rugby players accepting huge offers in Yen, Euros, or Pounds Sterling to head up to the northern hemisphere to play rugby.

Captaincy

I have been thinking about this subject for some time, and started to put my thoughts down on paper about three months ago. Here are those thoughts. Captaincy....

What do you want from rugby anyway?

Let me define “spectators”: They are the people who watch rugby, or any other sport or activity. Various dictionaries will define the meaning in slightly varying terms, but the essence remains the same.

Referee Ramblings May 2015

The Referees   Regular readers of my ramblings will know that the referees and their management of rugby games has been a particular bugbear of mine for some time. I have made regular comment about woeful performances and complete lack of...

Dylan Hartley, Again…

A while ago, on the 17th November last year I wrote about Dylan Hartley, the New Zealand born England hooker and captain of Northampton. This was after he was yellow carded for stamping on Duane Vermeulen’s leg during the Test Match between England and South Africa.

Professional Rugby As A Career

Back in the era of amateur rugby academic institutions, the military, the police, and the mining industry were the primary routes for promising young rugby players making their way onto the playing fields of the world.

Jake White’s Chequebook!

Jake White is currently the coach at Montpellier – he has been there since December 2014 when he replaced former French captain Fabien Galthie as coach. Once again he walked out of a contract...

In Search of Clarity

Rugby is a simple game. A team of 15 guys has only one major objective, to get hold of the ball, run with it as far as they can, passing it to and fro amongst team mates, until they have carried the ball over the goal line of their opponents.

Super Rugby Overkill 2015

Super Rugby Overkill!   The 2015 Super Rugby season is in full swing, three rounds have been played and the excitement of the first couple of weeks is starting to settle down as both spectators and teams start looking at the...

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