Category: Rugby

Waratahs refuse to sink under controversy

The NSW Waratahs found another way to win against the Queensland Reds and now must keep fighting to keep their dramatic Super Rugby season alive. The NSW Waratahs can approach the last throes of the Super Rugby finals scramble with fresh confidence after another scandal failed to sink their title chances. Tolu Latu’s World Cup […]

Stormers draw with Crusaders in thriller

The Stormers have snatched a 19-19 Super Rugby draw with the Canterbury Crusaders on the last kick of the game to cap a thrilling fightback. Jean-Luc du Plessis has slotted a penalty for the struggling Stormers with the last kick of the game to ensure a thrilling 19-19 draw against Super Rugby log leaders the […]

‘Tahs secure tight win over brave Reds

The New South Wales Waratahs have hung on to record a gritty 40-32 win over the Queensland Reds in an entertaining Aussie derby. The Reds were coming off a six-point loss to the Rebels last week and were looking to bounce back against their traditional rivals. The Waratahs had just finished their two-game tour of […]

A tale of two disasters

The careers of two footballers were derailed yesterday. Israel Folau’s $4 million contract was torn up and Jack de Belin failed in his attempt to overturn the NRL stand-down ban. The legal fees in both cases were crippling and have to be paid by the players. My original opinions that both actions were misconceived were […]

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, […]

Michael Cheika must go, but who should replace him?

Few followers of Australian rugby would say that the current coaching staff had succeeded in improving the players since Super Rugby. In 2018 the Super Rugby results were significantly improved on 2017, yet the team has spiralled only further downwards – indeed I would go so far as to say that players have deskilled since […]