Posts Tagged "rugby"
A year or so before rugby became an officially professional code, sometime in late 1994, I guess, I chatted with the chairman of the NZRU Rob Fisher about the implications of the change.
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There has been quite a deal of comment about American Industry Group (AIG) becoming the sponsored logo on the All Blacks jersey.
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While Saturday night’s game against the All Blacks left me with a sour-taste in my mouth, knowing that Australia had blown what could have been one of our most famous victories, it was undoubtedly a fantastic performance given the circumstances.
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Rugby needs to deepen and expand its cultural impact in Australia. For too long the Wallabies have been out in front while the rest of rugby labours in support.
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I had a dream last night involving a large lottery win, Brisbane Rugby and the grail. Like most nights I gave The Roar a look over before tucking myself in.
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Crowded House once penned the anthem “Don’t dream it’s over”. It’s a sweet ballad that gave hope to all believers with the pinnacle line that reads, “Don’t let them win.”
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Recent events have crystallised a particular thought in my mind: rugby union culture doesn’t fully understand how to guide, promote and maintain superstars.
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Let’s not forget that the 2012 Wallabies, with some help from their 2011 teammates, are the second-best rugby team in the world. And this is likely to continue for the foreseeable future.
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There’s been so much talk of late about the stunning difference between the states of rugby on either side of the ditch.
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A recurring theme among Roarers and the rugby community at large is a need to reconnect with grassroots rugby.
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Recovering alcoholics undergo 12 steps towards redemption and an alcohol free lifestyle.
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Something isn’t working. That we can all agree on. For a long time the backs have been the Wallabies strength while the forwards have been lacking the required ‘oomph’ and ‘mongrel’ to take on the bigger packs in the world (which are more numerous than we’d like).
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No satisfaction in the predictable result of Bledisloe II at Eden Park. Did anyone really expect anything different?
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There are occasionally rugby ‘code war’ outbreaks. Maybe we can put a end to it with a reasoned argument. The two versions of rugby are now so dissimilar that they operate in different environments.
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The Wallabies lack a world-class fly half, despite there being many pretenders.
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The Kiwis are calling the $1.10 from the bookies (if they were quick) an investment ‘better than bank interest’, and indeed, my forum question yesterday whether they had even considered the prospect of the Eden Park fortress falling drew few responses.
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Wallabies, you owe me big. Do you have any idea what you did to a poor soul down here in Adelaide last Saturday night, let alone what you inflicted on a naive crowd of adoring suckers in Sydney?
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Author John C. Maxwell once wrote, “People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.” In rugby terms, you would be talking about the number 10.
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Hard to believe but this weekend marks five years to the day since the inaugural and ultimate – as it turned out – Australian Rugby Championship kicked off back in 2007.
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Benn Robinson fronted the media this week, the day after the worst kept secret in Super Rugby circles was confirmed as Michael Foley left his head coaching position and moved to the Western Force franchise.
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