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Why Michael Cheika may have to choose between David Pocock and Michael Hooper in 2018

Why Michael Cheika may have to choose between David Pocock and Michael Hooper in 2018

10 Jan 2018

They say the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. Here’s another, rather more contemporary rugby truth: David Pocock will be welcomed back to Australia with open arms in 2018.

Is rugby really better in the professional era?

Is rugby really better in the professional era?

3 Jan 2018

Back in the seventies I used to take the steelworkers bus to school in Wales. I was the only kid on it, but they would always welcome me – and if it was full, someone always made sure I had a seat.

Why the return of Israel Folau will be a blessing for Michael Cheika

Why the return of Israel Folau will be a blessing for Michael Cheika

27 Dec 2017

It was a special night. Even though I am not an Australian, I could sense an intangible, special feeling in the air from the moment the Wallabies ran on to the field in their beautifully-designed Indigenous jerseys, and Shannon Ruska began the most heart-felt Welcome to Country speech to date.

Who will feel the Force in Super Rugby 2018?

Who will feel the Force in Super Rugby 2018?

20 Dec 2017

Where is the Force in Australian rugby? That is not intended as either a rhetorical or an abstract question. It is a question about how much of the Force’s quality manpower the other four Super Rugby franchises have managed to sign up.

Why Bernard Foley has nowhere to hide

Why Bernard Foley has nowhere to hide

13 Dec 2017

It is an axiom of behaviour in the animal kingdom: whatever shows fear and takes flight becomes the hunted. Flight paints a target on your back like nothing else and it is no different in the dog-eat-dog world of elite professional sport.

Is the North trending ahead of the South?

Is the North trending ahead of the South?

6 Dec 2017

Let’s forget the French for the moment – and for that matter, Italy too. The current resurgence enjoyed by the Northern Hemisphere is very clearly concentrated in the Home Unions of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.