Doing The Right Thing

Given South Africa’s apartheid legacy, corporate social investment plays an important role in the lives of communities and corporate business alike. It was therefore heartwarming to be introduced to a program which has been uplifting young rugby players in the Johannesburg area since 2007. The Fury Motor Group in Johannesburg, in partnership with the Gauteng Lions Rugby Union, have been …

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ITM Cup 2013 Preview – Who Will Win?

The ITM Cup 2013 is nearly here. I love the ITM Cup because it gives amateur and semi professional players from the provinces an excellent opportunity to foot it with the big boys.  The ITM Cup is nothing more than a feeder competition to Super Rugby and you don’t see many current All Blacks in it anymore, but I still …

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Rising Stars – Exeter Chiefs

Under the guidance of Director of Rugby Rob Baxter Exeter Chiefs have rapidly risen to prominence in the English game firmly establishing themselves as one of the top teams in the country as proved by their qualification for the Heineken Cup two years in a row. Unlike a number of other teams reliant on buying in talent, the Chiefs have …

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World Club 7s Preview

The Inaugural World Club 7s will be the first competition to bring together some of the best club and provincial sides across the globe. As well as introducing some unknown, emerging 7s talent, the World Club 7s will build towards the growth of the variation of the 15-a-side game in preparation of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Due to return again …

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Summer Reflections and Withdrawal Symptoms

With some 4 weeks to go before the return of the Premiership, my feet are becoming distinctly restless and tele is just not interesting, so my thoughts have been alternating between the lows and highs of following Sale last year, The Lions Tour and what may, or may not, lie ahead in the new season. Looking back at The Lions …

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Rising Stars – Sale Sharks

Amidst one of the most disappointing seasons in the clubs history last year, one of the few positives to be taken from the campaign was the emergence of some exciting young talent from Sale’s academy. The likes of Ross Harrison and Tommy Taylor became main stays of the first team whilst Henry Thomas went on to be recognised internationally on …

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Super Rugby 2013 – Player of the Competition

Who was the best player in Super Rugby 2013? Ben Smith was my Super Rugby Player of 2013.  He was a constant threat with ball in hand and on the counter-attack and was one of the only bright lights for the Highlanders in 2013.  Am I being biased here as a Highlanders fan? Below are some other players who were …

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Talent Watch- Harlequins

Now we take a look at the young talent breaking through the ranks at Harlequins FC. With another set of winning performances to begin the season in the JP Morgan 7s, Quins are well on their way to many more titles with both the England U18s and U20s captain’s amongst their ranks. With a superb array of English players, many of …

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