Expert Opinion

Will Smal steady the ship?

April 4, 2014
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Will Smal steady the ship?

Brendan Venter wrote on Supersport website on the Gert Smal appointment at WP Rugby this week. I believe the appointment of Gert Smal as Western Province’s new director of rugby could well prove an ingenious plan. On the back of four consecutive defeats in Australasia, the power players at Western Province could easily have...
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Bulls guilty of hoarding

March 19, 2014
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The Bulls are guilty of hoarding players to detriment of the players and the franchise, writes BRENDAN VENTER.
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Matfield’s high praise is premature

February 4, 2014
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Matfield’s high praise is premature

Victor Matfield made a bolt statement over the weekend when he proclaim his ambition to play for the Springboks again in next years World Cup, by saying this current team is the best Springbok group ever.  JON CARDINELLI look into this statement that many believe is a bit unfair to previous Springbok teams. Victor Matfield has...
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Teichmann: Bulldoze Wales!

November 7, 2013
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Teichmann: Bulldoze Wales!

Former Springbok captain Gary Teichmann has given the Springboks advice on how to beat Wales in their Test in Cardiff on Saturday. By: Sport24 The Springboks were praised for showing a lot of attacking intent in the recently completed Rugby Championship when they finished second behind the All Blacks. Their last match at Ellis...
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Border Rugby Part 2 – a visit and the future

October 30, 2013
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Border Rugby Part 2 – a visit and the future

Benedict Chanakira visits the East London sides and gives his views.
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Border Rugby – its future and past Part 1

October 29, 2013
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Border Rugby – its future and past Part 1

Our new columnist Benedict Chanakira takes a look at Border’s past with a view to the future.    
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Posted in Columnists, Domestic Rugby, Expert Opinion, Opinion, Original Contributions, Rugby Administration, RuggaWorld Exclusives | 29 Comments »

Preview the semi finals

October 16, 2013
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Preview the semi finals

Rats join me in welcoming a new columnist, Benedict Chanakira to our roster of experts. Today he previews the semis for us.
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The Scrumming Monsters

September 23, 2013
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The Scrumming Monsters

Finally an article that describes the scrum set-piece in a way that gets even a former backline player excited about it. And best of all, its author has agreed to join Ruggaworld on Wednesday night to discuss in depth the new laws and the players that stands to benefit from it: First published:Fri, Sep...
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Refs must take note of AB trends

September 21, 2013
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Refs must take note of AB trends

Brenden Nel in his SuperSport column highlights an obvious trend by the All Blacks first raised by Australian coach, Ewen McKenzie, and something referees must now start taking note of. Brenden Nel – SuperSport Springbok teams have often been accused of their over-the-top tactics, using brute force to try and bludgeon out a victory...
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DuP debacle a miscarriage of justice

September 16, 2013
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“What we saw, in the 15th minute, was the finest of test match tackles and what resulted was a sporting miscarriage of justice.” Chris Rattue – NZ Herald The Springboks were robbed all right, no doubt about it, and rugby needs to get a few heads together to sort out the mess which enveloped...
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AB’s v Boks – The rivalry to end all rivalries

September 13, 2013
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Came across this awesome piece by Kiwi commentator and good friend of RW, Sumo Stevenson.
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RW Exclusive: Greg Peters Answers

August 21, 2013
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RW Exclusive: Greg Peters Answers

SANZAR CEO last week agreed to asnwer Ruggaworld readers’ questions. Here are his responses: 1) St PetersburgBok asks: “Why this great concern over providing a format for the Aussie to have more derbies? NZ and SA have their own domestic competition which provides viewers this?” GP: Local derbies were part of the competition design...
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The REAL log is back

July 1, 2013
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The REAL log is back

After a break for test matches our resident genius has set out the REAL log…
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Coaching: The poisoned chalice

June 12, 2013
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Reds coach, Ewen McKenzie, shares some great insights into rugby coaching and just how tough it is.
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Bok rugby round-up

November 19, 2012
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The general feeling amongst Bok supporters this morning is one of frustration after the Boks managed to choke out a win against the Scots.
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One more analysis: Bright Young Things.

October 4, 2012
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One more analysis: Bright Young Things.

Guest writer Mike Bersiks completes our final analysis of the Bok v Aus test match.
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The Aussie view

September 10, 2012
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Greg Growden from the Sydney Morning Herald gives us the Aussie view from this weekend’s test.
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White expresses concern over Meyer’s ‘style’

August 30, 2012
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White expresses concern over Meyer’s ‘style’

There’s a problem with Heyneke Meyer’s Springbok coaching style, says former Bok mentor, Jake White.
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Way forward for Lions

May 14, 2012
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Way forward for Lions

Resident blogger and Lions supporter, Kat, suggests the way forward for the Lions union.
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The dark truth of schoolboy rugby

April 16, 2012
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The dark truth of schoolboy rugby

Over the last few weeks, the Sunday Tribune has looked at the pressures associated with schoolboy rugby. We have also looked at how a worryingly increasing number of pupils are turning to supplements and drugs to get an edge.
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Rugby will become a global mega-sport

March 29, 2012
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Ten days in the Philippines and Hong Kong has reinforced my opinion that Sevens becoming an Olympic sport will transform the game of rugby into a mega-sport. Murray Mexted, The Roar Sevens and Tens are really an entertainment product akin to Twenty/20 and one-day Cricket. I spent the day at the Basin Reserve the...
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‘SA Rugby, you made the mess, you fix it’

March 17, 2012
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‘SA Rugby, you made the mess, you fix it’

The message is loud and clear to SA Rugby as they plan to lobby their cause to include the Kings in next year’s SupeRugby competition with their SANZAR partners.
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RATHBONE: Picking the right coach is a science, not an art

March 15, 2012
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RATHBONE: Picking the right coach is a science, not an art

When I was younger, I wanted to be a Special Forces soldier. I then went through a stage where becoming a professional game ranger greatly appealed to me. The thing that terrified me most was the idea of a desk job. By Clyde Rathbone, 15 Mar 2012 + enlarge image Ewen McKenzie. AP Photo/Francois Mori...
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MEXTED: Some referees care about rugby, some don’t

March 15, 2012
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MEXTED: Some referees care about rugby, some don’t

Over the years, I’ve observed and listened to many referees, firstly as a player, and for the last 20 years as a commentator. Referees are wired, and commentators hear everything they say, including their justification for decisions made in real time. By Murray Mexted, 15 Mar 2012 + enlarge image Referee Bryce Lawrence gestures for...
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Ref got Cheetahs scrum calls wrong

March 13, 2012
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Ref got Cheetahs scrum calls wrong

Brenden Nel writing for SuperSport.com reports that SANZAR referee’s boss, Lyndon Bray, admitted that there was a ‘big imbalance’ in the way the scrums were handled between the Cheetahs and Brumbies over the weekend.
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Posted in Expert Opinion, Referees, Rugby Administration | 11 Comments »

Are our coaches not up to scratch?

March 8, 2012
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Are our coaches not up to scratch?

JJ Harmse ask the question in his latest column whether SA coaches are in fact below par compared to those around the world?
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SA wants to wreck a ‘great’ competition

March 2, 2012
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SA wants to wreck a ‘great’ competition

Our old favourite, Spiro Zavos believes the Super Rugby conference system is a winning recipe, and that everything must be done in order to stop the South Africans wrecking it.
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‘Rugby’s arrogance knows no bounds’

February 29, 2012
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‘Rugby’s arrogance knows no bounds’

New Zealand Herald reporter, Chris Rattue, paints a disturbing picture of the state of affairs within New Zealand Rugby.
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