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The Outsider

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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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THE OUTSIDER: The first annual ‘Meats’

THE OUTSIDER: The first annual ‘Meats’

3 Dec 2014

Phew! It’s finally over. All 10 months of it. Now that there’s time to catch our breath, we can start that sordid review process: what was good, what was bad, and what we’d rather not recall at all but kinda have to, from the rugby union season just past. And unlike the politically correct world, […]

THE OUTSIDER: My 10-point plan to save rugby from destruction

THE OUTSIDER: My 10-point plan to save rugby from destruction

28 Nov 2014

“It became necessary to destroy the town to save it!” The memorable quote, from an unnamed major in the US marines, referred to the destruction of the south Vietnamese city of Bến Tre on 7 February 1968. This was done ostensibly to root out the communist insurgents or Vietcong freedom fighters, depending on your point […]

THE OUTSIDER: Five things we didn’t want to know about the Wallabies

THE OUTSIDER: Five things we didn't want to know about the Wallabies

19 Nov 2014

Pioneered by that redoubtable source of analysis Paul Cully, the nomination of five key points to summarise a previous weekend’s activity has become a popular vehicle of late, as a means of all-encompassing analytical summary. I thought I might give it a try myself this week, but with a slightly different spin, focusing on five […]

THE OUTSIDER: The French connection

THE OUTSIDER: The French connection

13 Nov 2014

After an encouraging Test performance first up against Wales, the focus now switches to Paris as the Wallabies look to add to the momentum against an unpredictable and currently under-performing France. As we all know, French rugby is a funny beast. The culture of individualism, and club before country, is strong. Not only does this […]

THE OUTSIDER: Cheika’s not the Messiah

THE OUTSIDER: Cheika's not the Messiah

7 Nov 2014

Anybody who has seen the excellent football film The Damned United will know the story. Brian Clough was the new ‘Messiah’. An accomplished striker in his own right, Clough was an even better manager, and proved it by taking Derby County from the second division to champions of England within four years. The achievement of […]

THE OUTSIDER: Will the Son shine second time around?

THE OUTSIDER: Will the Son shine second time around?

31 Oct 2014

Former All Blacks coach Laurie Mains thinks he’s a mercenary. To most of the Australian news media, he’s a walking headline. In rugby circles, the consensus seems to be that he’s one hell of an athlete, although the jury remains out as to whether he will ever develop the instincts to be a top echelon […]

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