Posts Tagged "rugby"
South Africa captured their second title of the season on Sunday when they stunned World Series leaders New Zealand 24-19 in the final to win the Tokyo Sevens.
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Modern rugby is often made more complicated than it needs to be. There are coaches and support staff for every little aspect of the game, and almost as if to justify their existence, their input must be taken into account by the head coach.
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“USA rugby is a sleeping giant.” If I had a dollar for every time I have heard something along the lines of that statement I would be a very rich man.
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Since 1950, the Lions have come to Australia five times. Of the twelve Tests played, the Lions have won nine.
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The Sharks will have to wait a little while longer for the return of Bismarck du Plessis, arguably one of the top hookers in world rugby.
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Years ago the Wallaby’s doctor, Dr John Best, like his name one of the best in the business, told me that when he started he asked the players to put all the pills, vitamins, capsules, supplements and so they were taking on a table in front of him.
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Recently we have been bombarded with speculation of expansion options for Super Rugby into Asia and the Americas.
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We often compare playing styles from various countries; some like the All Blacks and Wallabies want to give the ball air, while South Africa and England are more the ball under the armpit type of runners.
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Israel Folau is a great signing for the NSW Waratahs and Australian rugby generally. I believe this because in my view league converts (‘converts’) are very successful in rugby union.
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Klestical has written a series of interesting pieces which have got me thinking about the comparative entertainment value of the three rugby traditions.
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Rupert Murdoch famously quoted that “big business will not beat small anymore, it is the fast beating the slow”.
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The easy position to take on the Wallabies’ performance of two halves in Florence would be that of the negative, and which based on the second half performance especially, is probably not undeserving.
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The Wallabies scrum has come under renewed criticism after the loss to the French on Saturday night.
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It wasn’t quite Armistice Day in Paris when the France-Australia Test kicked off, and while it was by Australian time, there really wasn’t anything worth remembering in Les Bleus’ 33-6 thumping of the Wallabies.
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A lot of Roarers make the point about how much bigger, faster, and stronger the players of today are. And I agree with them. But my concerns lie more around how the basic skills have been neglected in the process.
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Here are the 10 greatest Wallabies of the 2000s and why they were chosen. Some brief thoughts on players who didn’t make my list.
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Former Federal Sports Minister Mark Arbib has delivered his findings on rugby union, so bring on the independent board and no more fiefdoms. All good stuff and necessary.
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If ever you wanted an example of Kiwi tunnel vision in matters rugby there is no need to look further than Steve ‘One Eyes’ (yes, he has double one-eyedness) Hansen and his comments that Australia should ‘stop stealing’ Kiwi rugby players.
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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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