Rugby Championship

Time-wasting Wallabies Bledisloe Cup hopes dashed (yet) again

With fingers pointing at Bernard Foley and match referee Mathieu Raynal, it was a harsh end to such a sensational game – unfortunately, a match where any Wallabies Bledisloe Cup ambitions were dashed by a freekick penalty that stalled a fast-finishing Australian team in Melbourne. The game had fans on the edges of their seats. […]

How far are recent All Blacks coaching staff changes going to go?

After announcements on Sunday, July 24, the question has arisen of how far are recent All Blacks coaching staff changes going to go? That comes after a series loss to Ireland this year, on top of losses across 2021. In news that came days after a press conference securing the role of the head coach […]

NZR sign Joe Schmidt to join All Blacks as Independent Selector

Reports that circulated the web have been confirmed, as NZR sign Joe Schmidt to join the All Blacks as an Independent Selector from July 2022. It is a coup for the New Zealand union, who have felt extreme examination after a contentious Northern Tour that only produced more questions than answers. With the ability to […]

Re-signed Ardie Savea commits to NZ Rugby/All Blacks/Hurricanes til 2025

Re-signed Ardie Savea has penned a four-year deal with New Zealand Rugby (NZ Rugby) which will keep him in Aotearoa through to the end of the 2025 season. His contract terms will not be made public, so the questions many would be thinking could be; How much is he being paid directly from NZ Rugby? […]

Springboks Rugby Championship

The Springboks Rugby Championship campaign was disappointing. They finished third in the four-nation competition, which was won by the All Blacks. The highlight of the Springboks Rugby Championship 2021 was proving their many detractors wrong by staging a fightback from a 9 point deficit to defeat the All Blacks 31-29 in the Gold Coast. Boxing […]

Aaron Smith provides Dichotomy on professional sport with All Blacks unavailability

100-test All Black Aaron Smith has provided a unique Dichotomy of this professional rugby player today with his All Blacks unavailability choice, by choosing family ahead of a three-month odyssey overseas. Unique, as is his choice to not only stay home for the birth of his second child that was put ahead of his contractual […]

All Blacks squad less prepared for 'long haul' of Test schedule

With a fresh All Blacks squad named on Thursday to travel to Perth – albeit missing their Captain and in-form key duo – this side is less prepared for the upcoming ‘long haul’ Test schedule than stakeholders will have wished for. Hurriedly assembled that is. If not under a degree of pressure before departing as […]

SANZAAR Rugby confusion allayed with new 2021 TRC schedule

The match schedule for the premier SANZAAR Rugby tournament has only just allayed the confusion and conjecture that was surrounding the 2021 Rugby Championship (TRC) fixtures list. With major changes made to these TRC fixtures timeline that is now based entirely in Queensland, it has become a singular-Continental tournament – and one that may or […]

Rugby Championship 2021 revealed

For the first time in two seasons, the full complement of competing nations will be represented when The Rugby Championship 2021 was revealed last week. Including South Africa – who could not travel in 2020, due to Coronavirus restrictions – the current World Champions will again face their famous foes from the Southern Hemisphere. New […]

Springbok rugby for sale

There has been a lot of conjecture and questions recently. Is Springbok rugby for sale? This is no different from what is happening in New Zealand, with New Zealand in consultation with possible equity partner Silver Lake. The history Both countries have a rich history in the game. Their national rugby teams are revered and […]

All Blacks invincibility

Long before the Coronavirus outbreak, long before the last Rugby World Cup, in fact, there was a time of infallibility. When a team like the All Blacks invincibility. Not as much unbeatable [yet], a side that had one of the highest ever winning percentages. Both figuratively and, in actuality. In the years after the 2011 […]

Six Nations competition now more entertaining than Rugby Championship
Robert Mitchell - Feb 25, 2021

This weekend, many rugby watchers will focus on the 2021 Six Nations competition. It is holding their attention for more reasons than simply a ‘lockdown fix’. In realizing its popularity more so now than ever, why is that? By comparison, The Rugby Championship is often held up as a gold standard of free-running rugby. Watching […]

Ian Foster's All Blacks gain a Pass Mark (Pumas loss notwithstanding)

Even with a barely tolerable 50% win ratio, Ian Foster’s All Blacks gain a pass mark in the books of most fair-minded critics. Most, although the so-called ‘brutal fans’ might still struggle with the overall results of 2020. Saturday’s victory over Argentina has pushed the team just into the pass category. Not a strong season, […]

Pablo Matera leads Argentina to famous win over All Blacks

After the final siren blew time, Pablo Matera was standing proudly after leading his 2020 Los Pumas side to a famous, first-ever win over the All Blacks. More than famous. More like heartfelt, and with all the passion and intent which Argentina has shown in 30 attempts previously to defeat New Zealand. Yet at Bankwest […]

South African Rugby

South African rugby has received significant sponsorship boosts during the last week. The Springboks winning the Rugby World Cup in 2019 had a lot to do with this and shows that success breeds success. It has been a busy few weeks for South African rugby. Ryan Jordan considers the impact of the announcements made recently. […]

First time ever; Six Nations and Tri Nations being played simultaneously

The Six Nations and the Tri Nations are being played simultaneously for the first time ever, due to the adaptation to scheduling which rugby has made for Covid-19. Less a coincidence than a rare event that is unlikely to reoccur. With the 2021 Six Nations scheduled for its more regular window of February and March […]

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France's flanker Charles Ollivon celebrates win on November 12, 2022
Connor Dickins - Oct 26, 2020

Are ‘rugby values’ truly superior to those of other sports? Not according to Rugby analyst Robbie Owen (or Squidge Rugby, as preferably known). According to Owen, rugby often pats itself on the back for actions that “other sports can do without needing a round of applause”. Some fans may not like it, but he is […]

England's 'finishers' provide blueprint to beat the Springboks
Charlie Inglefield - Oct 26, 2020

Sir Clive Woodward is not a fan of the expression ‘Finishers’. His understandable argument is that all players should be capable of playing 80 minutes. But with all due respect to Sir Clive, England’s finishers nearly pulled off a remarkable victory over the All Blacks on Saturday. Messrs. Dave Ribbans, Mako Vunipola, Will Stuart, Freddie […]

Suspensions to Antoine DuPont/Pieter-Steph du Toit for red cards

With suspensions announced for star players Antoine DuPont and Pieter-Steph du Toit, it comes at the wrong time for World Rugby. The last fully contested weekend of the Autumn Nations Series was bereft of two superstars that are both former recipients of World Rugby men’s Player of the Year. It is bad timing, especially for […]

Russell and Townsend
Thomas Booth - Oct 26, 2020

Russell and Townsend, “Strange bedfellows?” At the time of writing this, Finn Russell is tearing it up at Murrayfield against Argentina. Admittedly, Los Pumas are depleted in numbers due to ill-discipline. Having said that, the players (Russell included) can only play against what they are presented with on the day. Darcy's at the double šŸ¤© […]

England can beat the All Blacks with a bit of unpredictability
Charlie Inglefield - Oct 26, 2020

England put on a much-improved performance against Japan after their limp display over the Pumas. An error-ridden Japan were poor, allowing England to rediscover their confidence ahead of this Saturday’s huge clash where they intend to beat the All Blacks. New Zealand, by contrast, was taken all the way by a brave Scottish team before […]

France Wins Bronze Medal over Rugby Canada in Auckland, New Zealand

This Saturday on the last day of the World Cup, France wins bronze medal at Eden Park. This was Franceā€™s third-straight bronze medal, and while disappointing not to appear in the Cup final, they completed a confidence-boosting win. Rugby Canada finished in fourth place [for the fourth time] and must look closely at this result. […]

RWC2023 headquarters staff under investigation by French authorities

Staff at the French Rugby RWC2023 headquarters are under investigation by authorities, with news that the France 2023 Ethics Committee was continuing its inquiry into the operation. Reuters stated that ‘Claude Atcher, the chief executive officer of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France [organization], has been sacked after a report by the French Labour […]

USA Eagles/Portugal RWC Playoff qualification match

After two rounds of RWC playoff qualification matches completed, two out of the four sides in this knockout tournament remain; the USA Eagles and Portugal. And one last game is scheduled forĀ  Friday, November 18. Qualification for the 2023 Rugby World Cup (RWC) is limited to 24 sides, and just one place remains in Pool […]