Scotty Donaldson

Scotty Donaldson is an All Blacks, Highlanders and long suffering Southland Stags rugby supporter who enjoys providing astute analysis through research and experience in sports writing. Super Rugby Tips provides him with the opportunity to provide valuable insight for punters with both fantasy and virtual rugby type competitions in mind. My highlights are the mighty Southland Stags winning the Ranfurly Shield first the first time in over 50 years in 2009 and being at Eden Park to watch the All Blacks win the 2011 Rugby World Cup final.

10 Things We Learnt From Round 1 Of The Rugby Championship

The Rugby Championship Round 1 saw two entertaining matches between the Southern Hemisphere’s best teams.  Here are ten things we learnt from the weekend; 1)  Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer promised a fitter Springboks team, but they fell apart in the final 20 minutes against the Wallabies, losing by 24-20 and seemingly unable to get either territory or possession in the final …

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Which Super Rugby Format Is Best?

Super Rugby will expand in 2016 to be Super 18, but here are some different options, which format should Super Rugby have? 1) Original format Many people believe that the best Super Rugby format was in the glory days of the 1990s when Super Rugby started.  There were 12 teams, five from New Zealand, four from South Africa and three from …

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Should We Care Who Wins The Rugby Championship in Rugby World Cup Year?

I started researching for this article thinking that the condensed Rugby Championship in 2015 is nothing more than going through the motions of training runs before the Rugby World Cup, to give teams the final opportunity to put the finishing touches on their squad before England 2015.  The draw is lopsided with each team playing each other once and because there are four …

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All Blacks Rugby World Cup Squad – Midfield

The All Blacks Rugby World Cup squad appears to have plenty of depth in the midfield, with established pair Ma’a Nonu and Conrad Smith putting their hands up for another campaign before leaving for overseas clubs, but with only a like 14 backs in the All Blacks squad, it is likely that there will only be two other midfield backs when the …

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The All Blacks Rugby World Cup Squad – Outside Backs

The countdown until the naming of the All Blacks Rugby World Cup squad continues with Part 2 of the series which will hopefully provide some insights into what the squad looks like when named. The All Blacks have graced Rugby World Cups with some amazing outside backs including John Kirwan, John Gallagher, Jonah Lomu, Christian Cullen, Jeff Wilson, Joe Rokocoko, Ben Smith, …

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10 All Blacks Bolters for 2015

With the Rugby World Cup 2015 fast approaching, the All Blacks selectors will choose 41 players to prepare for their 2015 internationals, including a test in Samoa and a condensed Rugby Championship, with such a large squad and the clash with the Super Rugby final and the All Blacks first ever test in Samoa, there will be an opportunity for selectors to …

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Overseas Based All Blacks vs All Blacks – Who Would Win?

The recent spate of announcements of All Blacks going overseas in 2016, now means that there will be an entire team of overseas based All Blacks who could beat most international teams.  Imagine if the New Zealand based All Blacks play against the overseas based All Blacks in a match.  The overseas based All Blacks have the experience, but could …

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The All Blacks Post Rugby World Cup Player Exodus Conundrum

The All Blacks are the best team in world rugby, but after the Rugby World Cup 2015, they face a massive challenge as several players look set to leave New Zealand rugby.  After previous Rugby World Cup tournaments there has always been the threat of a player exodus, but it has never eventuated.  This time the problem is worse than any other …

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