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Referee Ramblings May 2015

The Referees   Regular readers of my ramblings will know that the referees and their management of rugby games has been a particular bugbear of mine for some time. I have made regular comment about woeful performances and complete lack of...

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.

Professional Rugby As A Career

Back in the era of amateur rugby academic institutions, the military, the police, and the mining industry were the primary routes for promising young rugby players making their way onto the playing fields of the world.

Jake White’s Chequebook!

Jake White is currently the coach at Montpellier – he has been there since December 2014 when he replaced former French captain Fabien Galthie as coach. Once again he walked out of a contract...

In Search of Clarity

Rugby is a simple game. A team of 15 guys has only one major objective, to get hold of the ball, run with it as far as they can, passing it to and fro amongst team mates, until they have carried the ball over the goal line of their opponents.

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...

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...

Referees on Referees

The SA Rugby Referee's Society held it's annual Pat-Ourselves-On-The-Back Awards ceremony recently. Chairman of the SA Rugby Referees' Society, Steve Meintjes, made presentations to members who had achieved exceptionally.

How much is too much?

have often wondered about the current trend or system of referees constantly chatting to the players during a game of rugby. Watching the video of Dylan Hartley being red carded in the Premiership final for verbal abuse of the ref brought it back to the front burner in my somewhat cluttered mind.

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...

The Olympics 2014 Some Afterthoughts

Seventeen consecutive days of Olympic Games have passed, finally, into history. Athletes have returned home to their adoring fans and huge numbers of opportunistic politicians jumping aboard the Olympic Express to gain some reflected glory from the successes of the athletes.

Where to now for Super Rugby?

Where To Now Super Rugby? August 2014   The 2014 season is over, and it is time to take stock of Super Rugby and where this much-hyped competition is going.   I have come to the sad conclusion that the Super Rugby Series...

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