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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...

The Poison Chalice

  The Poison Chalice Back in April 2016, in two articles, which you will find in the Archive for 2016, titled “Thoughts 4, Everything’s Broken”, and “Thought 10: The Springbok Coaching Squad”, I had quite a lot to say about the...

Open Forum 23/1/2018 (UPDATE) – Have your say Here

Hello! Look over to your right under your login options you'll see our newly added forum index (We're calling it 'The Clubhouse') There you find 'The Scrum' where you can open any topics and comment on other's. Subject to...

Wallaby Legend in Trouble

Wallaby Legend in Trouble Wallabies legend George Smith has been arrested in Japan for refusing to pay a taxi bill and then allegedly physically assaulting the driver. Smith is currently playing his club rugby for Tokyo-based Suntory Sungoliath who confirmed the...

Stormers and Bulls No-show in LA

  Stormers and Bulls No-show in LA The Super Rugby pre-season game between South African duo the Bulls and Stormers, set to be played in Los Angeles, has been cancelled.  Travel arrangement issues are at the root of the cancellation of a...

PC or Not PC??????

  PC or Not PC????? Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal is facing an investigation by European Professional Club Rugby over some somewhat misguided comments he allegedly made in relation to Mathieu Bastareaud's verbal abuse of a Benetton player. Bastareaud aimed a homophobic slur...

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...

Brumbies Focus on Defence

THE Brumbies have set themselves a goal of conceding under 20 points a game and becoming the best defensive unit in Super Rugby in 2018.

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