Hailing from St Edmund’s College, Canberra, and son to a rugby league great, Matt Giteau grew up in an environment that would foster a long and glittering sporting career, albeit in rival code rugby union. Although not over yet, the 33-year-old utility back looks to have played his last international test after a devastating ankle syndesmosis injury in Australia’s 42-8 Bledisloe …

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Matt Giteau – A Tribute to a Legend


After breaking his ankle during the Bledisloe Cup this may signal the end for Giteau’s international career.   We have put together a tribute to a true hero of the game.  We sincerely hope this isn’t the end and there is more of the below to come from this inspirational player.

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A Groundsman’s Tale…Episode 2: Weed Killing made simple

Groundsman Tale 2

A Groundsman’s Tale. Episode 2: Weed Killing made simple. The Junior development programme also extends to the ground staff. Our latest recruit (a mere 62 year old recently retired gent), joined us this year. Like in all working establishments he had to begin at the bottom of the ladder. Our office junior or bin man as we like to call …

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Listening devices and Cold War Spy Thrillers


The recent bugging scandal of the All Blacks in Sydney this week has thrown the integrity of the Game into the foreground with the NSW police investigating the discovery of a sophisticated listening device in the team hotel meeting room where much of the All Blacks game plans had been discussed prior to the Bledisloe Cup. We will go out …

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Why NSW Cup is better than the NRL


Rugby league is a game that’s been loved throughout the ages, by all ages, and so it should be. It’s fast, exciting and can ignite a passion within us that may very well have otherwise been left undiscovered. Over time however Australia’s first grade competition, now the National Rugby League (NRL), has lost some of its character, character that can …

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Ben Ryan – King of Fiji

Ben Ryan

Ben Ryan the Adopted King of Fiji: Ben Ryan, a “Ginger Bloke with Glasses” from Wimbledon is now the centre of attention in Fiji after guiding their sevens team to their first Olympic medal ever. Where did it all start for Ryan? After graduating from Loughborough University with a Sports Science degree Ryan started his coaching career at  St Edward’s School, Oxford …

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Paul Pogba or……


With Mr.Pogba setting a transfer record of £89M we thought we would do a little digging into what governing bodies are investing into grassroots rugby and see what Paul Pogba could get our future stars. In 2015 the RFU released that they would invest £10M into a facility fund to improve club equipment and facilities at more than 500 clubs …

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Japan Stun on the Pitch and in the Pool


Once again Japan stun world rugby, this time by beating the All Blacks in Rio. It seems like yesterday that they were showing South Africa how to play champagne rugby… How do they do it… GB vs Japan tonight just got very interesting. If that wasn’t enough news for your SBW has been ruled out of the rest of Rio …

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Super Rugby Final Highlights


The Lions fall agonisingly short of pulling off a southern hemisphere shock of a similar ilk to Leicester City winning the Premier League. You can make your own mind up after watching the highlights below ( credit to ALl Blacks ) however the Hurricanes seemed worthy winners.      

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A Groundsmans Tales – A view from the other side of the whitewash


A Groundsman’s Tales – A view from the other side of the whitewash Episode 1 The season is nearly with us, new faces joining, old friends leaving, all with hopes for a good new years rugby. But the real team at any grassroots club is that of the volunteer ground staff. An eclectic group of retired (perhaps) gentlemen (loose description), …

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Aviva Premiership’s Most Important Signing this Summer


With the many comings and goings this summer, Aviva Premiership teams have been bolstering their squads for the upcoming season. We take at a look at the best piece of business done by each club, in alphabetical order.   Bath – Taulepe Faletau (from Newport-Gwent Dragons) In our opinion, this was probably the best transfer in by any Premiership club …

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