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Season Preview: The Blues

Super Squads Analysis The Blues If 2017 was a tough year for the Blues and their fans, 2018 was an absolute nightmare!

RIP Lourens Oberholzer

Lourens Oberholzer We bid farewell to Lourens Oberholzer, former SA Schools (1982), Western Transvaal, and Transvaal player who passed away at the age of 54, in Dubai.

Super Rugby 2019 Preview

Super Rugby 2019 Preview Super Rugby 2018 was many different things to many different people. Boring-fascinating, enthralling-sleep inducing, too much-too little-enough. Predictable-unpredictable. A mess? The final result – another Crusaders victory...

Super Rugby 2019: The Exodus

Super Rugby 2019 The Exodus: The year 2019 is upon us, and the world of rugby has forgotten about the festive season and the celebratory excesses of...

Bill’s Rugby Awards 2018

Bill’s Rugby Awards 2018 It is that time of the year again. The southern hemisphere shuts down for the summer. Those who can, head for the beaches, rivers, and swimming holes to beat the heat. Up north they are battening...

Light at The End of The Tunnel?

Light at The End of The Tunnel? Super Rugby might, just might, survive SANZAAR’s suicidal attempts to suffocate the competition to death, taking all of the southern hemisphere’s domestic rugby into the grave with it. I will not bore you with...

November 2018 Test Match Review – England 37 vs Australia 18 – Saturday, November...

  November 2018 Test Match Review England 37 vs Australia 18  Saturday, November 24 Venue: Twickenham, London Kick-off: 15:00 GMT, 17:00 SA Time Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa) Assistant Referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Alexandre Ruiz (France) TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa) As I watched the England-Australia Test at Twickenham, I had a...

November 2018 Test Match Review – Wales 20 vs South Africa 11 – Saturday,...

November 2018 Test Match Review Wales 20 vs South Africa 11 Saturday, November 24 Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff Referee: Luke Pearce (England) Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England), Karl Dickson (England) TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland) In my less-than-humble opinion, Pieter-Steph du Toit has been South Africa’s outstanding rugby player of 2018....

Rugby World Cup – Canada Qualify

Rugby World Cup - Canada Qualify   Canada are the 20th and final qualifier for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan after beating Hong Kong 27-10 in the final game of the repechage tournament in Marseille on Friday. They take their place in Pool...

November 2018 Test Matches – England vs Australia – Saturday, November 24

November 2018 Test Matches England vs Australia Saturday, November 24 Venue: Twickenham, London Kick-off: 15:00 GMT, 17:00 SA Time Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa) Assistant Referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Alexandre Ruiz (France) TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa) The Tale of Two Coaches. Two Australians face off against each other this weekend. Not...

November 2018 Test Matches – Wales vs South Africa – Saturday, November 24

November 2018 Test Matches Wales vs South Africa Saturday, November 24 Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff Kick-off: 17h20 GMT;  19h20 SA Time Referee: Luke Pearce (England) Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England), Karl Dickson (England) TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland) Rassie Erasmus is saying that Wales will represent South Africa's "most difficult opponent" of the...

November 2018 Test Matches – Italy vs New Zealand – Saturday, November 24

  November 2018 Test Matches Italy vs New Zealand Saturday, November 24 Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome Kick-off: 15:00 local (14:00 GMT) Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland) Assistant referees: Pascal Gaüzère (France), Sean Gallagher (Ireland) TMO: Andrew McMenemy (Scotland) Italy face off against New Zealand on the back of a feisty performance against Australia where...

Bulls’ Shortlist Three

Bulls' Shortlist Three The whole process has seemed as slow as the ox-wagons that brought some of the Voortrekker settlers to the patch of veld that is now known as Pretoria or Tshwane, in the Gauteng Province, of South Africa....

November 2018 Test Match Review – Italy 7 vs Australia 26 – Saturday, November...

November 2018 Test Match Review Italy 7 vs Australia 26 Saturday, November 17th Venue: Stadio Euganeo, Padua Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France) Assistant referees: Andrew Brace (Ireland), Mike Adamson (Scotland) TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland) I really do not understand Australian rugby at this time. Yes, a win is a win, and the...

November 2018 Test Match Review – Ireland 16 vs New Zealand 9 – Saturday,...

November 2018 Test Match Review Ireland 16 vs New Zealand 9 Saturday, November 17 Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin Kick-off: 19:00 GMT Referee: Wayne Barnes (England) Assistant referees: Mathieu Raynal (France), Marius Mitrea (Italy) TMO: Rowan Kitt (England Ah, the British press! Almost as jingoistic as some of Australia’s best television commentators, and...

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