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Israel’s Follies

  Israel’s Follies I wonder how Israel Folau will respond when Nigel Owens is appointed to referee a Test featuring Izzy in the colours of the Wallabies? I wonder what Michael Cheika will say if Owens is forced by on-field circumstance...
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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Err, Just a couple of questions, Rassie…

Err, Just a couple of questions, Rassie… An open letter to Rassie Erasmus. Hi Rassie, Congratulations! There are many of us that are very pleased with your appointment as Director of Rugby at SA Rugby, and as successor to Allister Coetzee as...

The Not-So-Secret Secret is Out!

The Not-So-Secret Secret is Out! Rassie Erasmus is the new Bok coach. Johan (Rassie) Erasmus was born in the town of Despatch, an industrial town neighbouring Port Elizabeth, some 45 years ago. He is one of many sporting greats to...
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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...

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...
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The Assistant Referee Syndrome!

The Assistant Referee Syndrome! As the years have passed an ugly thing has crept into the game of rugby. I shall call it the “Assistant Referee Syndrome?” This ARS is a disease that infects many players, although scrumhalves and hookers appear...

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...

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...

French Fried Rugby

  French Fried Rugby I was looking at some very interesting statistics the other day. England have played 974 international games since 1872, they have won 553 of those games drawn 236, and lost 183. Oh, by the way, these are the stats...

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