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Dylan Hartley’s Stamping On Vermeulen

My Dad and I had our usual post-test postmortem discussion yesterday evening. He brought up an interesting point...

Going Down The Drain

Going Down The Drain Sanzaar Slowly Strangling Southern Hemisphere Rugby To Death.   Super Rugby is dying! Anybody watching the Super Rugby Quarterfinals must have noticed the empty seats in all four stadiums hosting the games. A paltry 8500 spectators pitched up to watch...

A final thought for 2014

As Langebaan beckons us southwards in a couple of days, with the mountain air of Piketberg to follow, my mind turns away from rugby and on to matters far more mundane - decisions about what to braai this evening...

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.

Where Is Average Joe?

  Where is Average Joe? Thoughts About The Game Where have all the flowers gone? Long time passing Where have all the flowers gone Long time ago Where have all the flowers gone Girls have picked them every one When will they every learn? When will they every learn? Pete...

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.

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.

Duane Vermeulen Heading Home?

We read that Duane Vermeulen is heading back to South Africa which, if true, will certainly solve a number of problems at Springbok level. Both the problematic leadership issue and the lack of quality and experienced No 8’s would be addressed by his return to African shores.

The Case for Central Contracting Grows.

The Case for Central Contracting Grows. The news that six Springbok squad members have signed contract extensions with the Lions has been widely welcomed by fans of South Africa’s top performing franchise. On Tuesday, the Lions confirmed that No 8 Warren Whiteley,...

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.

The Sunwolves. An Exercise in Futility?

The Sunwolves. An Exercise in Futility? What exactly are SANZAAR trying to achieve with the Sunwolves? We were told that SANZAAR wanted to promote and support the development of rugby in Japan. We were told that they wanted to gain a foothold...

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...

Schadenfreude

Schadenfreude   (Schadenfreude: the experience of pleasure, joy, or self-satisfaction that comes from learning of or witnessing the troubles, failures, or humiliation of another.) The sports loving world is indulging in an orgy of Schadenfreude at the moment. The Australian cricket team have...

The Mallett/Botha/Willemse Saga

  The Mallett/Botha/Willemse Saga I have mostly refrained from public comment about the in-studio spat between Ashwin Willemse and his fellow SuperSport presenters, Naas Botha and Nick Mallett. I did not see it happen as I tend to avoid the after-game...

Pollard at 12??

Pollard at 12?? Last weekend we saw Handré Pollard wearing the 12 jersey for the first time. He played inside centre to Marnitz Boshoff at flyhalf for their Bulls outfit. Whilst the Bulls lost their game, the experiment with Pollard at...

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