Category: Rugby Union

Rugby Australia is turning into Fort Freefall

There’s one burning question from the rugby faithful which I keep answering: “Who is Rugby AU chairman Cameron Clyne?” Clyne was a genuine and highly-respected heavyweight in the banking industry before he retired, but he’s a proven paperweight as a rugby administrator. The axing of the Western Force from Super Rugby and the ongoing farce […]

Rassie Erasmus to stand down as Springboks coach after World Cup

The Springboks are set for a change of coach after the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, with Rassie Erasmus declaring he would step down from the role to focus more on his other roles within the sport. Erasmus, who signed a six-year contract to become the director of rugby in South Africa, became head […]

Why the Wallabies’ Plan A isn’t working

“He’s got a plan, we’re across that plan, we’re comfortable with it,” said Rugby Australia chief executive Raylene Castle on Wallabies coach Michael Cheika in August. Okay, then – what is it? Cheika’s Wallabies generally try to use a 1-3-3-1 pod tactic, quite similar to the All Blacks and the Springboks. The idea, eloquently explained […]

The four we always suspected are through, but who makes the NRC final?

Before the National Rugby Championship kicked off for 2018, and as the squads started trickling through in the weeks before the season began, it looked on paper at least that there were four pretty obvious standout sides. Those four – Fiji, Queensland Country, the Western Force, and Canberra – are now through to the semi-finals […]

The Wallabies forwards need to be accountable and go back to the future for Bledisloe 3

With the third and final Bledisloe Cup encounter for 2018 drawing ever closer, in partnership with Sage, premium partner of the Invictus Games, we look at how a greater sense of accountability in the forwards can help Australia match it with the All Blacks. I can remember the first time I watched the Wallabies live, […]

Why is Michael Cheika playing Russian roulette with his career?

Wallaby coach Michael Cheika is one on the most switched-on blokes in rugby. Nobody can turn his fashion company into a multi-million dollar business, speak fluent French, Italian, and Arabic, be the only rugby coach in history to mentor major tournament victories in both hemispheres – Leinster for the 2009 Heineken Cup, the Waratahs in […]

With pride on the line, the Wallabies must be ‘no frills’ in Salta

When Michael Cheika took over the Wallabies in 2014 he was keen to emphasise that he wanted to give Australia a team to be proud of. As quickly as the Wallabies charged into the World Cup final the following year at Twickenham, Cheika said pride wasn’t enough – and of course, he wanted to knock […]

The language of rugby

Language is not only the most significant tool of communication, but a powerful force when it comes to propaganda and manipulation, and the media are experts. As defined in Forbes, media manipulation “shapes everything you read, hear and watch online”. It’s about exploiting “the difference between perception and reality”. Basically, the industry realises that, if […]

The NRC report card at the halfway point

So then, one month down, five weeks to go. With three more weeks of regular season and two weeks of National Rugby Championship finals to come, we’ve hit the halfway point of the season. NRC seasons have never been marathons by any stretch, but the 2018 season really feels like the sprint it clearly is. […]

How the most basic of game plans helped the Springboks pull off the unthinkable

The defensive effort the Springboks put in against the All Blacks in Wellington was one of the best I have seen in my lifetime. Not so much for the tactical genius behind it but more so for the pure heart displayed. Nevertheless, I decided to have a closer look at Rassie Erasmus’ defensive game plan. […]