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Super Rugby 2017 – Thoughts on Week 7

And the bunfight continues….The Force are taking the ARU to court to try and ensure their survival as a Super Rugby franchise. They have enlisted the support of the West Australian government in their bid to remain in the competition.

Super Rugby 2017 – Thoughts on Week 6

It has been a busy week, and I have not had enough time to develop the thought I had reserved for this week. I will hold it over till next week. So, the only topic I will share is the news that Stade Français wing

SANZAAR Structural Trouble March 2017

SANZAAR’s suit wearing bigwigs will be meeting in London on Friday, and it could be the most significant meeting in the history of the multinational competition. At the end of the 2016 season SANZAAR finally seemed to realise that their 18 team 4 conference Super Rugby competition was in serious trouble, even fatally flawed.

Super Rugby 2017 – Thoughts on Week 5

Remember this statement? "I managed to unite more people in this country. I don't want to bring Mandela in here, but I think I was the Mandela of rugby ... I brought hope to people, to motivate them and encourage them to learn."...

Super Rugby 2017 – Thoughts on Week 4

I usually refrain from commenting about rugby tournaments, competitions or games on which I have not done a bit of homework. I tend to think that there are many others with a better knowledge of that particular tournament or game...

Super Rugby 2017 – Thoughts on Week 3

The much-maligned Super Rugby season moves into it’s fourth week, bumbling along with small crowds, reducing numbers of television viewers, and a host of detractors. It is a competition that is in serious trouble, thanks to the constant meddling of power-obsessed administrators...

Super Rugby 2017 – Thoughts on Week 1

No sooner was there speculation about the future of Allister Coetzee’s tenure as Springbok Coach when Jake White (remember him?) stuck his hand up and said that he would love to come back to South Africa and coach the Boks.

Super Rugby 2017 Season Preview Pt.1

As the 2017 Super Rugby season looms ahead of us like some unstoppable tsunami, I sit in the idyllic seaside village of Langebaan, my new home-town, and wonder about the rugby year ahead of us.

The 2016 Law Amendments Trial

The 2016 Law Amendments Trialhttp://billsrugbyblog.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=461&action=edit#edit_timestamp   World Rugby has announced a number of amendments to the current Laws which are to be tested and trialed in 2016 and 2017. These changes and the timing of the changes are in line with...

World Cup 2015 under the Microscope

The news headlines have screamed the good news in the days since the end of the Rugby World Cup of 2015. There can be no doubt that Rugby World Cup 2015 was a huge success both on and off the field.

Springboks v Ireland

As I sat watching Wales front up to the All Blacks in an epic first half of rugby, then England play the Wallabies and finally the Irish challenge the Boks, I had a very real sense of déjà vu. Somewhere, somehow I had seen this all before.

Simply the Best

Simply the best is probably the only way to accurately describe the All Blacks 2015 Rugby World Cup victory. There can be no doubt that they are the best team in the world today. Saturday’s Cup Final confirmed this to one and all.

Oh Captain, My Captain

Jean de Villiers has quit the Springbok Rugby World Cup squad after breaking his jaw in the game against Samoa. He has also announced his immediate retirement from international rugby...

The Springbok Team and the 2015 RWC

The entire rugby world was waiting for Friday afternoon and the announcement of both the South African and English rugby squads for the looming Rugby World Cup event.

Where Have All The Scrumhalves Gone?

South African rugby is in something of a quandary. We have a fullback of real international quality, we have two, three perhaps, flyhalves of true international quality. In fact we have some outstanding players of international quality in all positions in a team, except one...

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