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The Weekly Armchair

An Armchair Rugby Critic

Rugby Championship Preview: New Zealand.

Rugby Championship Preview: New Zealand. Steve Hansen might be suggesting that the Wallabies are the favourites to win the Bledisloe and Rugby Championship trophies, but that simply is not true. The All Blacks remain the Number 1 team in world rugby,...

World Rugby Hall Of Fame

World Rugby Hall Of Fame World Rugby has announced that five legends of the game in Liza Burgess (Wales), Stephen Larkham (Australia), Ronan O’Gara (Ireland), Pierre Villepreux (France) and Bryan Williams (New Zealand) will be inducted into the World Rugby...

SANZAAR To Review The TMO!!!

  SANZAAR To Review The TMO!!! I very much doubt whether any of SANZAAR’s suits have read any of my frequent complaints about their officials and match officiating faux pas and match-influencing blunders. They are far too busy and important to...

What is Wrong in Australia?

What is Wrong in Australia? A series loss to England in 2016, followed by losses to Ireland and England again at the end of that year. Losing to Scotland twice and England once again in 2017. A series loss to...

Test Match Review – 9th June, 2018 – New Zealand 52 – France 11

Test Match Review New Zealand vs France 9th June, 2018 Final Score: New Zealand 52 – France 11   Referee: Luke Pearce (England) Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), John Lacey (Ireland) Television match official: George Ayoub (Australia)  Oy Vey! A Test Match between New Zealand and France, and what happens? Somewhat predictably,...

Rassie’s Picks

Rassie’s Picks Andries Coetzee, Ruan Combrinck, Dillyn Leyds, Lionel Mapoe, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Jan Serfontein, Raymond Rhule, Pat Lambie, Ross Cronje, Cobus Reinach, Jano Vermaak, Warren Whiteley, JP Pietersen, Vincent Koch, Coenie Oosthuizen, Eben Etzebeth, Malcolm Marx, Rudy Paige,...

It’s Broken! Fix It!

It’s Broken! Fix It! When you see a storm brewing outside, when those heavy bellied purple clouds are stacking up, and the lightning is flashing continuously as the thunder gets louder and louder, closer and closer, you would be a...

Eddie’s Conundrum, the World Aghast!

Eddie’s Conundrum, the World Aghast! Or: The Eddie & Brad Show!   Eddie Jones was hired to coach England to World Cup glory. Period. Anything else Eddie achieves is bye-the-bye – collateral success or collateral damage. It really does not matter, as long...

The Pick-a-Boks Show!

The Pick-a-Boks Show! It is that time of the year again! Winter is upon us, sneaking in through the wide open windows and doors of summer, tickling the base of your spine with tendrils of iciness that we all hoped would...

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...

Super Rugby Match Review Stormers 25 vs Reds 19

Super Rugby 2018 Post-Match Review Stormers vs Reds Final Score: Stormers 25 – Reds 19   Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa) Assistant referees: Egon Seconds (South Africa), Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa) TMO: Christie du Preez (South Africa) Those that read my match reviews with any regularity will know...

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...

Super Rugby Match Review: Sharks 50 – Sunwolves 22

Super Rugby 2018 Post-Match Review Sharks vs Sunwolves Final Score: Sharks 50 – Sunwolves 22     Referee: Federico Anselmi (Argentina) Assistant referees: Egon Seconds (South Africa), Archie Sehlako (South Africa) Television match official: Marius Jonker (South Africa) I sat listening to those nodding heads in the studio busy with their...

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...

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...