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It Is Not All Wine & Roses In The Premiership!

It Is Not All Wine & Roses In The Premiership! There are those that constantly bemoan the precarious financial position of the rugby teams and unions in the...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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