The TMO – Fix it, or get rid of it

May 21, 2013 34
In the beginning of the year I wrote an article expressing my concern on the effect the extended power to the TMO will have in the game in this year’s competition – with some justification it now seems. But it’s always easy to blame the ref isn’t it, especially when your team is at the…

The ‘hit’ is the problem after-all

January 22, 2013 11
A week or so back I (stupidly) decided to give my opinion in an area of the game very few know anything about, the scrum, but it seems by a shot of luck I might not have been far off! My post 'The hit is a miss' dealt with issues at scrum time and suggested…

Video killing the Rugby star?

January 15, 2013 33
Rugby just would not be rugby if we went into a new year without some law changes or amendments, and the boys at the IRB and SANZAR did not disappoint. Yesterday I read about the law changes for the Super Rugby competition of 2013 – nothing earth shattering but there were some interesting changes. For…

The hit is a miss

January 7, 2013 29
This time of year rugby lovers (in the Southern Hemisphere) are forced to sit through the best Europe has to offer if they want their weekly rugby union fix and it has been interesting in some aspects to see what is happening up North. One of the observation I made personally was the difference in…

Are refs just making stuff up?

January 4, 2013 9
It has long been suspected that referees are guessing when it comes to calls at scrum or ruck time, but blatantly making laws up as they go along? Given that I write quite a bit on the game of rugby I make a conscious effort every single year to brush up on the laws of…

IRB introduces new law amendments

May 16, 2012 49
The International Rugby Board and its Member Unions have sanctioned a global trial of five aspects of Law amendments following an extensive process of consultation and evaluation. IRB The trial, approved by the IRB Council at its Annual Meeting in Dublin on Tuesday, will commence at the start of the next season in each hemisphere…

Cooper appeal dismissed

July 28, 2010 6
A SANZAR Appeals Committee has dismissed an appeal by Australian first five-eighth Quade Cooper against his two-week suspension imposed after the Australia v South Africa Tri Nations Test match in Brisbane on Saturday 24 July 2010. Release Cooper had been suspended following a citing for a dangerous tip tackle in the 54th minute of the…

Stormers cheated out of fair contest

May 31, 2010 33
I KNOW northern and southern hemisphere rugby is played to different laws, but I never knew that the northern and southern discrepancy applied to South African rugby. Mark Keohane - Business Day The Bulls are the Super 14 champions for a second successive year. Congratulations, well done and whatever other politically correct thing one says…

A move in the right direction

February 1, 2010 49
The talk prior to the start of the Super 14 is the breakdown, and after all is said and done, from what I have seen I believe we are moving in the right direction. I think I want to start off with the fact that the ‘new’ laws at the breakdown are in fact, not…

Leave the laws alone

December 2, 2009 49
I am getting so sick and tired of rugby experts bitching about the laws of the game in the mainstream press. If it is not victim number 1, Graham Henry then it is his NZ counterpart columnist Mark Hinton or just about every single team who has lost against a team who employs a more…