All Black dream fading

April 22, 2014 1
"The Pacific Islands - The All Blacks have sucked them dry for years, giving virtually nothing back." NZ Herald - Chris Rattue Steve Hansen sounded like a tired old man whistling in the dark as he berated young rugby men for failing in their moral and patriotic duty to turn down life's marvellous opportunities for the…

Rugby in North America

November 10, 2013 1
The All Blacks - not the Springboks - are marketing the game in Japan and North America Apart from the match between the Maori All Blacks and Canada, the All Blacks are busy putting a plan together to take their brand of rugby to the USA. This piece by COLIN McCANN, The Roar. You’d be…

Locals in Japan

November 6, 2013 10
Twitterite and RW commentator Sackey has been following our local stars in Japan and gives us a lowdown on what is happening to our boys there.             Hi, dear South African rugby lovers, I’m a big Bok fan from the Far East As you ALREADY know these days so many…

A Munster Limerick

October 9, 2013 31
[caption id="attachment_40958" align="aligncenter" width="390"] was he lured only for the euro - or are other factors involved?[/caption] We have been discussing on this site some problems and solutions around the marketing of rugby in South Africa. Today I want to introduce you to what is one of the biggest and most successful clubs in Europe-…

Five All Black myths exposed

October 3, 2013 17
The All Blacks are the No 1 team in the world, and rightly so. Their consistent play has given them a World Cup and they are deservedly at the top of the rankings at the moment. Brenden Nell, SuperSport But their general dominance has resulted in something of an aura around them, and they have…

Poms get Kiwi overdose

October 3, 2013 0
England will have four tests vs the All Blacks next year: three in June and one in November, when they also face the Boks. Sport24 Many people questioned the wisdom of England playing in New Zealand and Australia in June 2003 but landmark victories there convinced coach Clive Woodward and his players that they had…

Rathbone preplexed by Jake

September 27, 2013 5
Brumbies wing Clyde Rathbone says he struggled to understand why Jake White decided to resign as head coach. In his column on The Roar website, Rathbone shared his views when he heard of White's decision to leave the Brumbies, despite having two years left on his contract. Rathbone first talks about his relationship with White,…

‘Pumas need to be in Super Rugby’

August 22, 2013 2
If Super Rugby doesn't happen, there's no sense in having Argentina in the Rugby Championship." - Agustin Pichot. Sport24 Legendary scrumhalf Agustín Pichot says Argentina must get a Super Rugby team if they want to become better in the Rugby Championship. The Pumas were thrashed 73-13 by the Springboks last weekend in the first game…

‘Feed the backs, end the slugfest’

August 5, 2013 6
Veteran Brumbies winger Clyde Rathbone says it was ''poetic justice'' the Chiefs became Super Rugby champions with an attacking style, urging officials to tinker with laws to ensure the sport avoids becoming boring. Chris Dutton, RugbyHeaven The former Wallaby is adamant the Brumbies can use their devastating 27-22 loss to the Chiefs to spur them…

SA Students squad for Russia

July 8, 2013 0
The SA Students Sevens rugby squad departed on Monday for Kazan in Russia to participate in the World University Games. SA Rugby The 12-man squad, will be captained by NMMU fullback Jarryd Buys and include former Springbok Sevens international Ryan Nell, Bradley Moolman who represented the SA Under-20 team in 2011 and Tiger Bax who…

New coach for the OZmob

July 8, 2013 15
Ewen McKenzie will coach the Wallabies to the 2015 Rugby World Cup after the Australian Rugby Union released Robbie Deans from his two-year contract six months early. Georgina Robinson, RugbyHeaven B&I Lions coach Warren Gatland rallied behind embattled Australian counterpart Robbie Deans, highlighting the achievements of his fellow Kiwi, to no avail for the embattled…

Blues halves out for Cheetahs clash

July 1, 2013 0
Good news for Cheetahs as two key Blues men out. Second hammerblow for the Blues... well third if you take account of the Sharks loss. Scrumhalf Piri Weepu and flyhalf Chris Noakes are flying back to NZ... Marty MacKenzie and Wayne Ngaluafe are flying out to join team mates for the crucial clash this weekend.…

Argentina squad for TWC named

July 1, 2013 8
Nice settled look. Hopefully few injuries this season. Argentina coach Santiago Phelan has named a thirty man squad that will contest the Rugby Championship that includes Felipe Contepomi and Gonzalo Tiesi. Contepomi captained Argentina in their two test series loss against England earlier this month. Coach Phelan has added seven players from the June squad…

All Blacks 30 v France 0

June 15, 2013 5
France have selected a much stronger side, but the All Blacks are still the bookies favourite to take the series. Recent Results: 2013: New Zealand won 23-13, Auckland 2011: New Zealand won 8-7, Auckland 2011: New Zealand won 37-17, Auckland 2009: New Zealand won 39-12, Marseille 2009: New Zealand won 14-10, Wellington 2009: France won…

Japan 23 v Wales 8

June 15, 2013 3
Japan got desperately close a week ago - can they finally get one over a tier 1 country? Recent results: 2013: Wales won 22-18, Osaka 2007: Wales won 72-18, Cardiff (World Cup pool match) 2004: Wales won 98-0, Cardiff 2001: Wales won 53-30, Tokyo 2001: Wales won 64-10, Osaka 1999: Wales won 64-15, Cardiff (World…
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