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The Wrap: Super Rugby continues to shoot itself in the foot

The Wrap: Super Rugby continues to shoot itself in the foot

9 Apr 2018

If Super Rugby was a player it would be Tomas Lavanini – talented, gifted and athletic, but guaranteed to destroy all of the good work with moments of inexplicable madness.

The Wrap: It’s official, New Zealand beating Australian franchises is a thing

The Wrap: It’s official, New Zealand beating Australian franchises is a thing

2 Apr 2018

Late in 2017 rugby analyst website ‘Rugby Vision’ released its ranking of 58 major global professional teams. The Hurricanes topped the list (just ahead of the Crusaders), with the Rebels ranked 56th, ahead only of two Russian clubs most local fans will have never heard of, Enesei and Krasny Yar.

Is it right for Australia to own Steve Smith?

Is it right for Australia to own Steve Smith?

29 Mar 2018

The reaction to Steve Smith’s involvement in the ball tampering controversy in South Africa has been a pot pourri of the considered, sharply observed, hysterical, vindictive and misguided.

The Wrap: Vince Aso takes the art of finishing to a new level

The Wrap: Vince Aso takes the art of finishing to a new level

26 Mar 2018

In this age of buzzwords and mangled language it has become trendy to describe bench players as ‘finishers’ – players whose responsibility it is to enter a game in the second half and lift momentum, and carry their team to victory.

The Wrap: Waratahs flick the confidence switch as Australian conference heats up

The Wrap: Waratahs flick the confidence switch as Australian conference heats up

19 Mar 2018

Confidence is a wonderful thing.

The Wrap: What a crazy, beautiful rugby weekend

The Wrap: What a crazy, beautiful rugby weekend

12 Mar 2018

This was the type of weekend where the subject and title of this article changed several times, such was the array of extraordinary matches, upset results and noteworthy performances.