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Judicial Jokers

Judicial Jokers I have previously been strongly critical of Sanzaar’s judicial processes and the leniency of sanctions applied to those who transgress the rules and laws of the game of rugby. I have written about the issue on numerous occasions...

How Low Can You Go?

How Low Can You Go? Last Saturday I watched rugby ethics sink to a new low. France’s replacement scrumhalf, Antoine Dupont, went down with what appeared to be a knee injury. He, without any assistance from anyone, started pointing at his...

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.

Cheating to Win

  Cheating to Win   The recent furore surrounding the Australian cricket team and their somewhat clumsy, amateurish even, attempts to cheat on the field pf play has occupied my mind during recent days. The rancour that has greeted the downfall of Australian...

Are The All Blacks Treated Differently?

Are The All Blacks Treated Differently? Feeling the heat? When the All Black coaching team feel the need to comment about allegations of double standards and refereeing leniency towards their team, you know that a nerve has been touched. Both Steve...

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.

So SANZAAR…. At last…… It is all clear…. As mud!

So SANZAAR…. At last…… It is all clear…. As mud! Finally, SANZAAR have confirmed what has been something of an open secret for some weeks. South Africa will lose two Super Franchises, and Australia will lose one. A nice team...

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...

SANZAAR Restructuring

Finally, SANZAAR have confirmed what has been something of an open secret for some weeks. South Africa will lose two Super Franchises, and Australia will lose one.

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...

Quo Vadis World Rugby?

Whither Goest Thou World Rugby? The World Rugby League You may recall in September last year, when we spoke of a possible new World...

Conrad does a Ronan. Conrad Smith Starts Coaching Job.

Conrad does a Ronan. Conrad Smith takes a coaching job. I am always interested in retired players that decide to put something back into the game. They stay in the world of rugby by continuing their involvement as coaches, managers, referees and...

Those Marvellous Jerseys

Those Marvellous Jerseys I can imagine the presentation to the blazers who run rugby while feeding off rugby’s communal trough, set up as post-match buffet tables in the...
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P Divvy Is at It Again!

    P Divvy Is at It Again! I am getting a bit tired of ex-Springbok coach, Peter de Villiers, “Snorre” as some know him, I usually refer to him as PDivvy. He has become somewhat predictable............ Whilst I am given to understand...

Reds Dump Quade Cooper

Reds Dump Quade Cooper Quade Cooper’s sometimes controversial career is at yet another crossroads after he was told last week by new Reds coach Brad Thorn he wasn’t in his plans for 2018 despite having two years to run on...

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