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One Force fades away, another force begins to re-awaken

One Force fades away, another force begins to re-awaken

12 Apr 2017

Question: what do the Glasgow Warriors in Scotland, Leinster in Ireland, and the Hurricanes and Chiefs in New Zealand all have in common?

TJ’s adventures in the Reds’ back garden

TJ's adventures in the Reds' back garden

5 Apr 2017

Ask most rugby folk who is the best scrum-half in the world is, and the reply that comes out of their mouths with metronomic regularity is Highlanders and All Blacks No.9 Aaron Smith. But that may be changing, if TJ Perenara’s performance in the Reds vs Hurricanes match is a reliable measure.

Rugby’s crisis of ownership is a global problem

Rugby's crisis of ownership is a global problem

29 Mar 2017

On Monday, March 13, two of the wealthiest owners in the French club rugby game, Jacky Lorenzetti of Racing 92 and Thomas Savare of Stade Francais, announced that the two Parisian giants were to merge.

Why ‘versatility’ is no longer a dirty word in rugby

Why ‘versatility’ is no longer a dirty word in rugby

22 Mar 2017

Austin Healey might not agree with the title of this article. Back in 2003, he lost his place in the England World Cup squad precisely because of his versatility.

Trial and tribulation in the south, triumph up north

Trial and tribulation in the south, triumph up north

15 Mar 2017

It has been a significant week in rugby across both hemispheres. While the members of SANZAAR sat down to ponder the future of Super Rugby in the south, England finally climbed off their plateau and began the ascent from ‘base camp two’ towards the top of the mountain in the north.

Winning is a habit: Australia needs to learn the New Zealand way

Winning is a habit: Australia needs to learn the New Zealand way

8 Mar 2017

“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all of the time. Winning is a habit,” so said legendary NFL coach Vince Lombardi.