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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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January 2013
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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, […]

The Outsider: Aussies need belief not bravado at Eden Park

The Outsider: Aussies need belief not bravado at Eden Park

22 Aug 2014

Eden Park. There’s nothing in the name to suggest an intimidating fortress. Nothing in the ground itself, or its surrounds, either. The dressing rooms are quite normal, of a similar size to those at our main stadia in Australia. You run out on halfway in Auckland, the same as in Australia too. Even though renovations […]

They’re Wales boyo, but not as you know em’

They're Wales boyo, but not as you know em'

21 Jun 2013

What to make of the British and Irish Lions so far? In one word: Welsh! It was perhaps to be expected given they picked the Welsh coach, and he picked a Welsh captain, and almost all of the front-line Welsh team. But it’s fair to say nothing the Lions have done so far on tour […]

The Insider: The second coming of Berrick Barnes

The Insider: The second coming of Berrick Barnes

27 May 2013

“Giddaaaay Mate!” This might seem a bit enthusiastic, as an introduction, for some – especially if you are meeting someone for the first time – but not for Berrick Barnes. ‘Barnsey’ is so exuberant in his welcome to anyone, friends or strangers, that it has become a feature of the pre-Test Wallaby jersey presentation ritual […]

Time for Wallabies to harness ‘Poly’ power

Time for Wallabies to harness ‘Poly’ power

21 May 2013

Of the 25 names read out last Sunday in the first Wallabies squad for the Test series against the British and Irish Lions, eight players – 32 percent of the squad – are of Polynesian descent. Sekope Kepu, Saia Fainga’a, Sitaleki Timani, Wycliff Palu, Israel Folau, Christian Leali’ifano, Joe Tomane, and Digby Ioane. Throw in […]

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