Springboks Team Assembly

Allister Coetzee, the current South African rugby coach, held a team assembly back in May at Cape Town International Airport. What you might expect to be a standard procedure of meeting a new coach and listening to their plan for the squad, Coetzee had other ideas. The Boks were told that instead of making their way to the training camp in the …

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A Super Mess

Super Rugby 2016 is all about the growth and worldwide expansion of the competition. There are new markets in Japan with the hastily organised Sunwolves, Latin American-flavored Los Jaguares, and the much-maligned Southern Kings of South Africa joining the party with the the aim of increasing revenue. However, the more competition grows, the more it becomes a farcical caricature of …

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Pre Season Check List

As pre season is soon to be (if not already) upon us, we thought we would put together a list of the must-have items. Nobody wants to be the guy still wearing stick mitts on day 1 of training (unless your name is Andy Goode, then you do what you want).   Trusox Trusox have been very successful in football …

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Sent to the bin after being KO’d

No remorse was shown by the referee for the Stormers centre Daniel du Plessis during a Super Rugby game this weekend. After chasing a high ball du Plessis miss-timed his challenge and ran into the Force winger Marcel Brache as he jumped in the air. [adsenseyu2] [adsenseyu2] The final score was 22-3 after a dominant performance by the Stormers in terrible playing …

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A Groundsman’s Tales – A view from the other side of the whitewash

  Episode 1 – Introduction The season is nearly with us, new faces joining, old friends leaving, all with hopes for a good new year’s 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), all with more idiosyncrasies that anything the creator of “Last …

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Super Rugby Try of the Season Contender

As always there has been some great rugby played in the Super Rugby championship this season and some ridiculous tries scored. This score however from the Canterbury Crusaders has to be up there for try of the season. [adsenseyu2] At the stroke of half time the Crusaders picked up this amazing try, however it wasn’t enough to seal the victory …

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Richie McCaw – The Movie

We all know Richie McCaw is indisputably one of the best rugby players to have ever lived. Thankfully, someone has decided to make a movie about Richie and his attempt to captain a side to win a Rugby World Cup back to back, which has never been done before. The movie is calle chasing great and is to be released …

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