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Uncontested Scrums: The Law Clarified

  Uncontested Scrums: The Law Clarified The 2018 version of the Rugby Law Book might have been edited and simplified but. In truth, those simplifications are merely cosmetic and/or grammatical. The Laws might be easier to read, but that does not...

Rugby in the Age of Technology.

Rugby in the Tech Age.   Once upon a time, in a land far far away, there was a game. A sport, and they called it rugby. Rugby was a simple game, played on green fields and open spaces, hard baked...

Rugby At The Crossroads.

Rugby At The Crossroads. Back in 1986 Columbia Pictures released a movie, Crossroads, that was to become an iconic film of the age, celebrating blues music, while telling the tale of a legendary musician, Robert Johnson, who had sold his...

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...

The Box-Kick Examined

The Box-Kick Examined The much-maligned box-kick is causing something of a stir amongst rugby fans around the world. That “stir” is especially evident amongst South African fans who...

Rugby and the Theory of Evolution

Rugby and the Theory of Evolution I received an e-mail from Australia a couple of days ago. Sent by Charlotte Hunter on behalf of Weight Watchers Australia, or WW Australia as the are now known. She offered me...

Karmichael Hunt in Trouble, Again…

Karmichael Hunt’s future in Australian rugby looks bleak if he is found guilty of drug possession in court later this month. Hunt is facing a second drug conviction if the charges are proven

Allister Coetzee vs SARU

  Allister Coetzee vs SARU To say that Allister Coetzee is a bit miffed at the moment, would be understating things, just a little. Somewhat like suggesting that some Japanese bombers and torpedo planes arriving over Pearl Harbour in 1941 was...

Time to Pick The Boks

Time For The Pick-A-Bok Show To all intents and purposes, Super Rugby 2019 is done and dusted. Two South African teams soldiered on into the quarterfinal playoffs, while the other two had a...

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...

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....

SANZAAR Structural Trouble March 2017

SANZAAR’s suit wearing bigwigs will be meeting in London on Friday, and it could be the most significant meeting in the history of the multinational competition. At the end of the 2016 season SANZAAR finally seemed to realise that their 18 team 4 conference Super Rugby competition was in serious trouble, even fatally flawed.

Eating at Sanzaar’s

  Eating at Sanzaar’s There is a story doing the rounds. It is about Chef, who owned and ran a restaurant in a big city. It was a good restaurant, an upper-class fine-dining place, focussed on classic French cooking. A restaurant that...

Why We Play This Game

Why We Play This Game By Rupert McCall When the battle scars have fadedAnd the truth becomes a lieAnd the weekend smell of linimentCould almost make you cry.

A League of Nations?

A League of Nations? It seems that World Rugby are looking for a complete change to the current international calendar. This despite World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper being quoted as saying: “We’re looking at a number of different, potential models...

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