Geoff Parkes Columnist

Geoff Parkes

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About

Geoff is a Melbourne based sports fanatic and writer, who started contributing to The Roar in 2012, originally under the pen name Allanthus. His first book, A World in Conflict; the Global Battle For Rugby Supremacy was released in Dec 2017 to critical acclaim. For details on the book visit www.geoffparkes.com Meanwhile, his twin goals of achieving a single figure golf handicap and owning a fast racehorse remain tantalisingly out of reach.

Member Since:
 
October 2012
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Melbourne
Favourite Sports:
AFL, Cricket, Cycling, Racing, Rugby,

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Why SANZAAR has got it right – and wrong

Why SANZAAR has got it right – and wrong

3 days ago

Among the many unflattering quotations about committees, one stands out: ‘a committee is a group of people who individually can do nothing, but who, as a group, meet and decide that nothing can be done.’

Why Major League Rugby could finally be the USA’s game changer

Why Major League Rugby could finally be the USA’s game changer

7 May 2018

Any town that is home to musicians as brilliant and genuinely authentic as James McMurtry, Bob Schneider, David Ramirez and others already has a whole lot going for it.

Melbourne rugby’s grass roots might be grey, but they’re healthy and growing

Melbourne rugby’s grass roots might be grey, but they’re healthy and growing

30 Apr 2018

The disconnection that has been allowed to develop in Australia between professional and grassroots rugby is both real and one of a number of reasons why the health of the game remains parlous.

The Wrap: It’s ‘four on the floor’ for out of tune Australian teams

The Wrap: It’s ‘four on the floor’ for out of tune Australian teams

23 Apr 2018

New Zealand rugby fans who have been agitating for over 30 years for the return of former All Blacks captain Buck Shelford finally had their wish granted when a fit looking Shelford delivered an Anzac Day remembrance ode to kick off week ten Super Rugby action.

The Wrap: For the good of rugby, it’s time to muzzle the Parrot

The Wrap: For the good of rugby, it’s time to muzzle the Parrot

16 Apr 2018

Anyone familiar with parrots know that they talk – it’s their ‘USP’ if you like. They also like to repeat the same things over and over, none of which guarantees that what they are saying is worth listening to.

Will grassroots and professional rugby ever embrace each other?

Will grassroots and professional rugby ever embrace each other?

12 Apr 2018

It is a given that national unions strive to improve and maintain the ranking of their Test sides, because they (rightly) assume that fans want World Cup success, and teams that play competitive, attractive rugby in the years in between.