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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...

Nomadic Nic The Scrumhalf: Stormer-Saint-Lion.

Nomadic Nic The Scrumhalf: Stormer-Saint-Lion. I am always intrigued by the habit of divorcees to maintain the surname of their ex-spouse in their next marital adventure. Many also like to maintain their maiden name somewhere in their chosen surname. It...

Rest In Peace Keith Murdoch

Keith “Wild Man” Murdoch. Way back in the distant past of my rugby consciousness there was a man. A rugby player, with an aura that enthralled us all. His name was whispered in slightly awestruck admiration, fear perhaps, but certainly with...
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The Greatest Try!

The Greatest Try, From the Greatest Game, Ever. I used to have an old 16mm copy of this entire game. Used it as a coach for those miserable days when the weather was unplayable and the players full of knocks,...
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The Stormers and their Bad Jokes……………

The Stormers and their bad jokes. The object of the game is NOT to laugh...... Click on the picture above to watch!
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Fergie McCormick Seriously Ill.

Fergie McCormick Seriously Ill. It was back in 1970. The 8th of August, 1970, to be precise. Newlands, Cape Town. A muddy, rainy winter’s afternoon. The Springboks were playing the All Blacks. My first ever Springboks All Blacks Test match. I had seen the French, in...

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...

HM goes to Stade Français – It is like a Dad’s Army reunion!

HM goes to Stade Français - It is like a Dad's Army reunion! Heyneke Meyer has been appointed coach of Stade Français in Paris. Unemployed since the end of 2015, Meyer will be looking forward to a reunion with a number...

RUGBY LAW CHANGES: SEASON 2017/8

RUGBY LAW CHANGES: SEASON 2017/8 (With thanks to Sam and his fellow bloggers at RugbyStore.co.uk) Here is a link y'all might like to try: Some friends from up north have gone to an enormous amount of trouble to analyse and explain the...

The Enigma that is the Rhule.

The Enigma that is the Rhule. He is built like the proverbial outhouse, with the chest of a body builder, arms of a boxer, shoulders of a weightlifter, and the legs of an athlete. He is quick too, a very...

Steve’s Turn!

Steve's Turn! Eddie Jones just loves to tease the coaches, the players, and the fans of teams that he and his team will be facing at some time in the future. In much the same way that his compatriots in the...

Naughty Boy Karmichael Gets a Slap on the Wrist!

Naughty Boy Karmichael gets slapped on the wrist! Wallabies and Reds utility back and perennial naughty boy, Karmichael Hunt has been fined AUS$10,000 and received a four-match suspension following his arrest in Brisbane in December. Hunt was the subject of criminal...

Marius Gets A Red Card!

Marius van der Westhuizen Stood Down After Helping At England Training World Rugby have decided to replace Marius van der Westhuizen as Assistant Referee for the England vs Ireland Test in the last round of the 2018 Six Nations. Nigel...

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