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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.

Karmichael Hunt in Trouble, Again…

Karmichael Hunt’s future in Australian rugby looks bleak if he is found guilty of drug possession in court later this month. Hunt is facing a second drug conviction if the charges are proven

Poachers Strike at New Zealand Preparations.

Lima Sopoaga's departure to English club Wasps after the 2018 Super Rugby season has caused some wobbles in the New Zealand camp. Sopoaga has been carefully groomed to be the back-up flyhalf to Beauden Barrett, and has never let the All Blacks down when called on as a substitute for the established star of their team.

Gary Gold Coaches US Eagles

Gary Gold has replaced John Mitchell as Head Coach of the United States men’s national team. Worcester Warriors announced the release of Gary Gold from his role as Director of Rugby at the club, freeing him to move to the USA.

Duane Vermeulen Heading Home?

We read that Duane Vermeulen is heading back to South Africa which, if true, will certainly solve a number of problems at Springbok level. Both the problematic leadership issue and the lack of quality and experienced No 8’s would be addressed by his return to African shores.

Post Mortem – 2017 International Rugby Season

The 2017 International season is over. It ended in Cardiff as the Springboks yet again surrendered supremacy to a team they should have beaten easily. Strangely, I am not really disappointed. But I am really really saddened.

The Madness Continues – Wales vs South Africa Preview

Somewhere, somehow, World Rugby has to stop the madness! The madness of a rugby season that drags on for close to 11 months of a year. The madness of players jumping from one country to another in their desperate attempts to earn an international cap. The madness of fixture lists, both at international level and lower down the order, that are overcrowded and packed with far too many meaningless games. The madness of clubs being put ahead of country when selection for Test matches are made. The madness of players who have just completed a long, tough season in one country or region being allowed to jump to another region of country, hemisphere even, to earn some extra off-season pocket money. We are in a place where several tails are trying to wag the same dog.

International Rugby 2017 Post Mortem Round 3

I guess I am harping on a bit, but this rugby season seems to be never-ending. Back in January the Southern Hemispherean Super Rugby franchises started playing their “warm-up” games, with the season itself kicking off in February.

Test Match Time! 2017 Rugby International Week 3

Yesterday I read an article by News24 journalist Lloyd Burnard. He was writing about the future of Allister Coetzee as Springbok coach. He believes Allister Coetzee is about to get sacked after two seasons of disappointing Springbok results.

Silly Season Tour – Post Mortem Time – Round Two

The second weekend of the Silly Season Rugby Test matches is a thing of the past. And it was another weekend that reinforced my thinking that these end-of-year tours are a burden on the teams and players from the Southern Hemisphere.

Test Match Time! The Silly Season Tours of 2017 – Week 2

Week Two of the Silly Season looms, and another eight Test matches are lined up for our viewing pleasure (or displeasure, depending on which team you support.) I have been taken to task for calling these November tours and Test matches the “Silly Season Tours”...

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