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The 2019 Rugby Championships – Final Round Review.

The Rugby Championships. Round Three The Final Round of 2019. The Rugby Championship 2019 is done and dusted. South Africa...

Rest In Peace Sir Brian Lochore

Rest In Peace Sir Brian Lochore Back in 1970 I was privileged to watch Sir Brian Lochore lead the All Blacks out onto Cape Town’s Newlands stadium for...

Departure Lounge Du Preez

Du Preez Departures Much like political refugees fleeing some banana republic after a failed coupe d’état, the Du Preez family are hurriedly fleeing Kwa-Zulu Natal. The first to go was...

Rest In Peace James Small.

Rest In Peace James Small. James Small has passed away at the age of just 50 years. Small passed away on Wednesday morning, 10 July...

Time to Pick The Boks

Time For The Pick-A-Bok Show To all intents and purposes, Super Rugby 2019 is done and dusted. Two South African teams soldiered on into the quarterfinal playoffs, while the other two had a...

The Great Farming Scandal

The Great Farming Scandal On a recent road-trip we stopped off in one of the towns that I had once called home earlier in my life.  As is usual when...

World Rugby alters high tackle, shoulder charge guidelines

World Rugby alters high tackle, shoulder charge guidelines World Rugby have issued a law application guideline and some supporting educational materials designed to assist with the on-field decision-making process for high tackle and...

Super Stats Time

Super Stats Time There are many who ridicule the use of statistical data in the world of rugby, suggesting that the numbers do not reflect accurately what happens or happened on the rugby...

Russian Roulette WP-Style

Shooting Youself In The Foot - WP-Style Rassie Erasmus left the employment of the Western Province Rugby Union citing the constant interference of amateur administrators in the professional...

Folau’s Follies, Part 3.

Izzy’s Follies – Part Three A week back, Israel Folau set a new try scoring record for Super Rugby. His try against the Blues saw him hit the...

Rugby Championships 2019 Fixtures

Rugby Championships 2019 Sanzaar have confirmed the shortened six-match schedule for this year’s Rugby Championship. The Springboks play just one match at home. As it is a...

Thank You, Israel Dagg!

Thanks Israel! Israel Dagg Retires. Israel Dagg One of the most exciting rugby players of the modern era has announced that he has retired from...
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Akker Gets A 3-Week Wrist Slap….

Another Sanzaar Wrist Slapping! Akker van der Merwe and Schalk Brits were involved in an scrap that resulted in both players being shown the red card in the...

Burning Some Bridges Again Eddie?

Burning Some Bridges Again Eddie? Way back in 1970 there was a movie called Kelly’s Heroes.  The cast included some pretty stellar names, Clint Eastwood,...

Why We Play This Game

Why We Play This Game By Rupert McCall When the battle scars have fadedAnd the truth becomes a lieAnd the weekend smell of linimentCould almost make you cry.

Good Bye the Foreign Legion?

Good Bye the Foreign Legion? Those that have read my scribblings over the last three years will know that I have been and am totally opposed to the...
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Quo Vadis? Part Two – World Rugby’s Explanation………

After the furore of the last few days, World Rugby has moved quickly in an attempt to clarify their thinking about the proposed new World Rugby League. They have released a statement...

Quo Vadis World Rugby?

Whither Goest Thou World Rugby? The World Rugby League You may recall in September last year, when we spoke of a possible new World...

Lambie’s Headaches

Pat Lambie Hid His Concussions! Pat Lambie “It’s like waking up with a hangover but you haven’t had any fun the night before.” Pat Lambie has...
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Get Me To the Game On Time!

The 6 Nations does provide some excitement! The Irish Rugby team reached the stadium in record time, but their pre-match mental preparations were just a little disrupted by their police escort..........

Those Marvellous Jerseys

Those Marvellous Jerseys I can imagine the presentation to the blazers who run rugby while feeding off rugby’s communal trough, set up as post-match buffet tables in the...

Adapt, or Die!

Rugby's Dilemma: Adapt, or Die! Two weeks ago I watched England and Ireland battering away at each other in the 2019 Six Nations. The record books show that...

Legendary Springbok Carel Du Plessis undergoes brain surgery.

Carel du Plessis Former Springbok and Western Province wing Carel du Plessis underwent a brain operation in Cape Town on Tuesday morning. WP Rugby's director of rugby Gert...

Peter Grant Retires

Peter Grant Retires   Just days after Springbok flyhalf Pat Lambie was forced out of the game after having suffered too many concussive injuries in his short career, another Springbok...

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...

Kiwis Announce Their 2019 Super Squads

Kiwis Announce Their 2019 Super Squads Thirty-three new players feature among the 190 professional players contracted by New Zealand’s five Super Rugby franchises for the 2019 season. The five New Zealand based Super Rugby franchises, the Blues, Chiefs, Wellington, Crusaders and...

How Deep Is The Talent Pool?

How Deep Is The Talent Pool? The 2018 Rugby Championships is done and dusted. Rassie Erasmus’s first seven months in charge of the Springboks produced so much more than many had expected. Starting from a below-zero base, he hauled the...

New Law – More Confusion?

New Law – More Confusion? I have often wondered whether it is a deliberate tactic of the various functionaries that sit on the plethora of committees and councils at World Rugby headquarters to make constant changes to the laws and...

A League of Nations?

A League of Nations? It seems that World Rugby are looking for a complete change to the current international calendar. This despite World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper being quoted as saying: “We’re looking at a number of different, potential models...

Rugby At The Crossroads.

Rugby At The Crossroads. Back in 1986 Columbia Pictures released a movie, Crossroads, that was to become an iconic film of the age, celebrating blues music, while telling the tale of a legendary musician, Robert Johnson, who had sold his...

The Case for Central Contracting Grows.

The Case for Central Contracting Grows. The news that six Springbok squad members have signed contract extensions with the Lions has been widely welcomed by fans of South Africa’s top performing franchise. On Tuesday, the Lions confirmed that No 8 Warren Whiteley,...

Going Down The Drain

Going Down The Drain Sanzaar Slowly Strangling Southern Hemisphere Rugby To Death.   Super Rugby is dying! Anybody watching the Super Rugby Quarterfinals must have noticed the empty seats in all four stadiums hosting the games. A paltry 8500 spectators pitched up to watch...

TMO’s To Be Put Back In Their Boxes!

TMO’s To Be Put Back In Their Boxes! In a move that will be welcomed by every single rugby fan on the planet, Television Match Officials may be stripped of their rights to interject (read: Interfere) during rugby matches. This...

SANZAAR To Review The TMO!!!

  SANZAAR To Review The TMO!!! I very much doubt whether any of SANZAAR’s suits have read any of my frequent complaints about their officials and match officiating faux pas and match-influencing blunders. They are far too busy and important to...

Eating at Sanzaar’s

  Eating at Sanzaar’s There is a story doing the rounds. It is about Chef, who owned and ran a restaurant in a big city. It was a good restaurant, an upper-class fine-dining place, focussed on classic French cooking. A restaurant that...

Make Your Own Biltong!

Make Your Own Biltong!  Rugby without biltong is not much fun, especially if you are a South African ex-pat living somewhere far away where nobody has heard of the stuff of your dreams. In fact: Life without biltong is simply wrong! If...

Seattle Seawolves Major League Rugby Champions

Seattle Seawolves Major League Rugby Champions The US professional competition staged its very first final in San Diego on Saturday, and the Seattle Seawolves won the game, and the title, beating the Glendale Raptors 23 – 19. Seattle, which lost...

What is Wrong in Australia?

What is Wrong in Australia? A series loss to England in 2016, followed by losses to Ireland and England again at the end of that year. Losing to Scotland twice and England once again in 2017. A series loss to...

Conrad does a Ronan. Conrad Smith Starts Coaching Job.

Conrad does a Ronan. Conrad Smith takes a coaching job. I am always interested in retired players that decide to put something back into the game. They stay in the world of rugby by continuing their involvement as coaches, managers, referees and...

England’s South African Woes

England’s South African Woes As we head into the third Test between the Springboks and the visiting England team, we already know that the series has been won by South Africa, which gives the home side an opportunity to relax...

It is still broken!

It is still broken! An Article by Mark Reason in New Zealand’s Stuff makes interesting reading. Those that read my article titled “It’s Broken” posted on the 30th May, in which I commented about the dysfunctionality of the Sanzaar Judicial system,...

Springboks vs England – Series Preview

Springboks vs England Series Preview   The sideshows are over; Super Rugby has hit the pause button; the utter waste of time in Washington DC is consigned to history in a file marked “Why?” and the real work of the month of...

It’s Broken!!

It's Broken!! Sanzaar’s Judicial Review System Is Broken!   Sanzaar’s Judicial Review system comes under the spotlight again. Their most recent forays into dispensing “justice” has again raised the hackles of rugby enthusiasts across the world. Wildly disparate sentences, strange decisions regarding a...

It’s Broken! Fix It!

It’s Broken! Fix It! When you see a storm brewing outside, when those heavy bellied purple clouds are stacking up, and the lightning is flashing continuously as the thunder gets louder and louder, closer and closer, you would be a...

Eddie’s Squad

Eddie’s Squad Eddie Jones has ignored the advices of the likes of Clive Woodward and Martin Johnson and gone ahead with the inclusion of Brad Shields in his 34-man squad to tour South Africa in June. Jones has included seven uncapped...

Eddie’s Conundrum, the World Aghast!

Eddie’s Conundrum, the World Aghast! Or: The Eddie & Brad Show!   Eddie Jones was hired to coach England to World Cup glory. Period. Anything else Eddie achieves is bye-the-bye – collateral success or collateral damage. It really does not matter, as long...

Quo Vadis, Stormers?

Quo Vadis, Stormers? Coaching Blues…. As the middle of the Super Rugby season passes us, and the final stretches of the competition loom, another season kicks off. It is the season of speculation. Speculation about coaches and their coaching futures. When results are poor,...

The Pick-a-Boks Show!

The Pick-a-Boks Show! It is that time of the year again! Winter is upon us, sneaking in through the wide open windows and doors of summer, tickling the base of your spine with tendrils of iciness that we all hoped would...

A Giant Awakening?

A Giant Awakening?   After the Pearl Harbour attack on 7th December 1941, Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is frequently quoted as having said: “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” There...

Cheating to Win

  Cheating to Win   The recent furore surrounding the Australian cricket team and their somewhat clumsy, amateurish even, attempts to cheat on the field pf play has occupied my mind during recent days. The rancour that has greeted the downfall of Australian...

Derby Dangers!

Derby Dangers!   The 18-team Super Rugby format of 2016 and 2017 was doomed from the very first. Too many teams, too many fixtures, too much travel, too many mediocre teams, and simply too much rugby. Spectators, fans, and even idle...

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...

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...

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...

Where Is Average Joe?

  Where is Average Joe? Thoughts About The Game Where have all the flowers gone? Long time passing Where have all the flowers gone Long time ago Where have all the flowers gone Girls have picked them every one When will they every learn? When will they every learn? Pete...

The Sunwolves. An Exercise in Futility?

The Sunwolves. An Exercise in Futility? What exactly are SANZAAR trying to achieve with the Sunwolves? We were told that SANZAAR wanted to promote and support the development of rugby in Japan. We were told that they wanted to gain a foothold...

Err, Just a couple of questions, Rassie…

Err, Just a couple of questions, Rassie… An open letter to Rassie Erasmus. Hi Rassie, Congratulations! There are many of us that are very pleased with your appointment as Director of Rugby at SA Rugby, and as successor to Allister Coetzee as...

The Not-So-Secret Secret is Out!

The Not-So-Secret Secret is Out! Rassie Erasmus is the new Bok coach. Johan (Rassie) Erasmus was born in the town of Despatch, an industrial town neighbouring Port Elizabeth, some 45 years ago. He is one of many sporting greats to...

Uncontested Scrums: The Law Clarified

  Uncontested Scrums: The Law Clarified The 2018 version of the Rugby Law Book might have been edited and simplified but. In truth, those simplifications are merely cosmetic and/or grammatical. The Laws might be easier to read, but that does not...

How Low Can You Go?

How Low Can You Go? Last Saturday I watched rugby ethics sink to a new low. France’s replacement scrumhalf, Antoine Dupont, went down with what appeared to be a knee injury. He, without any assistance from anyone, started pointing at his...

Open Forum 23/1/2018 (UPDATE) – Have your say Here

Hello! Look over to your right under your login options you'll see our newly added forum index (We're calling it 'The Clubhouse') There you find 'The Scrum' where you can open any topics and comment on other's. Subject to...

Who Will Get The Nod?

The Possibles Who will get the nod? Thinking ahead to the announcement of the Springbok squad for the Rugby World Cup, and trying to read Rassie Erasmus’ mind, here...

RWC Warmups Review

RWC Warm-Ups Review Review I will not be doing full reviews of the matches played this weekend.  With the World Cup just 1 month and one day...

2019 Rugby World Cup – The Teams – Russia

Russia Russia qualified for the 2019 tournament after Spain, Belgium and Romania were sanctioned for fielding ineligible players.  This is only the second time that...

2019 Rugby World Cup – The Teams – Argentina

Argentina The Pumas have been regular Rugby World Cup participants since the inception of the tournament in 1987. In both 2007 and 2015 they reached the semi-finals, punching...

2019 Rugby World Cup – The Teams – Scotland

Scotland Scotland, many people’s favourite “other” team amongst the top tier nations, have the reputation of being able to knock over the best of the best on the...

RWC Warm-Ups & Bledisloe 2.

RWC Warm-Ups & Bledisloe 2. Preview I will not be doing full previews on all the matches scheduled for this weekend. With the World Cup just 1 month and four days away,...

2019 Rugby World Cup – The teams – Australia.

2019 Rugby World Cup The third in our series introducing the teams of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Australia Two time...

2019 Rugby World Cup – The Teams. Wales

The Second of our Team Introductions: Wales: Wales had a unique opportunity to go to the 2019 Rugby World Cup as the No.1 ranked team...

2019 Rugby World Cup – The Teams. New Zealand

The 2019 Rugby World Cup is just 1 month and 5 days away. We begin our warm-up for the RWC with a series of articles that will introduce each team in turn. The...

2019 Rugby Championships – Round Three Preview

The Rugby Championships. Round Three The Final Round of 2019. The Rugby Championship 2019 has just one match-day remaining, as the truncated competition prepares the...

2019 Rugby Championships – Round Two Review

2019 Rugby Championships. Round Two Review Are we any the wiser after the second round of the Southern Hemisphere’s showpiece, the Rugby Championships? Did we learn...

2019 Rugby Championships. – Round Two Preview.

2019 Rugby Championships. Round Two The second round of the truncated 2019 Rugby Championship’s kicks-off at Westpac Stadium in Wellington where Australian Nic Berry is the referee as the All...

2019 Rugby Championships Round One REVIEW

2019 Rugby Championships. Round One Review The 2019 Rugby Championship kicked off in Johannesburg at Ellis Park, and then continued over in Buenos Aires on Saturday 20thJuly.

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