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So SANZAAR…. At last…… It is all clear…. As mud!

So SANZAAR…. At last…… It is all clear…. As mud! Finally, SANZAAR have confirmed what has been something of an open secret for some weeks. South Africa will lose two Super Franchises, and Australia will lose one. A nice team...

Super Rugby 2017 – Thoughts on Week 9

The British and Irish Lions are heading over to New Zealand the week after the conclusion of their Premiership and Pro12 final. Their first game is the following Saturday against the Provincial Barbarians, a fairly easy warm-up game, one would think.

Super Rugby 2017 – Thoughts on Week 8

The British rugby media report that he is in the process of negotiating for the Cheetahs and the Kings to join the European based Pro12 league if and when they get kicked out of Super Rugby. The Pro12 runs from September to May every year.

Boring Rugby

Those that read my scribbling about the game of rugby will be aware of my ongoing concerns that our game has become increasingly boring as the legislators and referees have sought to sanitize the game, and also effectively neutralize any area of the game they deem dangerous.

More thoughts on Super Rugby March 2017

The SANZAAR have met. They booked into their luxury suites at their five-star hotel in London, had a really good dinner, slept well, had a super breakfast, great coffee, and then they toddled down to the conference rooms and took their places.

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.

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