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The Outsider was, in a previous life, an Insider with connections to the Australian Rugby Union. Shhh, no names! But we will give you one clue; he once wrote under the pseudonym 'The Insider'. We hope you enjoy the unique insights you'll be reading in this column.

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Perception is everything, and it could be McKenzie’s downfall

Perception is everything, and it could be McKenzie's downfall

15 Oct 2014

For a man who has made a career out of his ability to manipulate public perceptions in order to ensure favourable imagery as to how he is perceived, it was the tiniest of lapses. It’s starting to look like it could be fatal all the same. The Wallaby coach’s decision to skip training in Argentina […]

THE OUTSIDER: The hidden flaw in the sabbaticals scheme

THE OUTSIDER: The hidden flaw in the sabbaticals scheme

10 Oct 2014

However unlikely it might be, the prospect of Australian-born Blair Connor popping up in the French national team highlights a key flaw in the ARU’s new player sabbatical scheme. It might secure the continued commitment of the biggest names – or at least only their short-term absence from Australia – but what will its effect […]

THE OUTSIDER: Why Japan is not so Super

THE OUTSIDER: Why Japan is not so Super

8 Oct 2014

So, where is the Asian Super Rugby team going to go? It’s indicative of the level of indecision that even the timeline on when the decision will be made is confusing. It depends on which reports you read. Given that all three SANZAR heads are in Singapore attending an IRB meeting this week, there’s a fair […]

The Outsider: Welcome to South Africa

The Outsider: Welcome to South Africa

25 Sep 2014

A former high-ranking Australian rugby union official once remarked: ‘that the best thing about South Africa was QF 64′. In other words, the flight home! The comment, which was made within the earshot of several players, drew a laugh at the time; but it also probably served to sum up why the Wallabies haven’t been […]

The Outsider: All Blacks no longer a protected species

The Outsider: All Blacks no longer a protected species

6 Sep 2014

They may be magnificent, but it is official – the All Blacks are no longer a protected species under the laws of the game, as applied by the current crew of Test referees. The four yellow card sanctions imposed on the All Blacks during the two recent Bledisloe Cup Tests seemed a big step for […]

You don’t know what you got (till it’s gone)

You don’t know what you got (till it’s gone)

27 Aug 2014

The physio room is generally one of the best sources of wisdom (and gossip!) within the team environment. Discussions can range from the events of the day, to the people involved in them, and all things in-between! It was from within this environment that arguably the most appropriate tribute to today’s Wallaby retiree Pat McCabe, […]

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