A closer look at South Africa’s Quota System


One doesn’t have to think too far back to a time when South Africa’s rugby team was getting all the wrong kinds of attention for racial issues under the Apartheid regime. The third test against New Zealand in 1981 springs to mind, where protests erupted outside Eden Park and flour bombs were dropped onto the field, to protest the racism …

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Red and Banned… Fair Cop? or Unlucky?


Harlequins back row Mat Luamanu has been banned for three weeks by the Rugby Football Union for “dangerously charging” Sale forward Josh Beaumont. We have seen the video and have to sadly agree, what are your thoughts?

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Week 2 – Aviva Premiership Wrap Up


There we have it ladies and gents another week with a whopping 283 points scored. Not bad for mauling mauling England. There was yet another calculated display of destruction from Saracens, they’re so consistently excellent it’s still baffling how nobody really likes them….WASPS on the other hand are generating a frenzy with their hearty performances and Jimmy Gopperth casually playing …

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Vaea Fifita Incredible Hurdle Over Piers Francis


During a game between Counties Manukau vs. Wellington Lions in the Mitre 10 Cup 2016, Vaea Fifita finds a new way to beat a defender. We have seen this before in American Football, but less frequently in Rugby Union. Check out the tackle hurdle in the video lin below: Does this being into question potential dangerous play for jumping into …

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Warren Gatland – Lions Head Coach for 2017


And there we have it… Warren Gatland is officially Head Coach for the 2017 Lions tour of New Zealand. The ex Waikato player and already two time Lions Coach (2009 Asst Coach) comes into his third Lions cycle with high hopes of turning over his native New Zealanders. He has been widely reported as the highest paid Lions coach of …

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Week 1 Aviva Premiership: Forward Passes, Rib Ticklers and Hookers


Week 1 has passed us by like a flash and every game (apart from Saracens v Worcester ) was a close encounter. There is lots to talk about including multiple forward passes which can be seen in the Quins highlights and Tommy Taylor getting his ribs re-arranged, however we have just picked out a couple points that we want your opinion …

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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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