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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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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