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Live in Johannesburg about 20min from Ellis Park. Work in Pretoria about 10min walk from Loftus Versveld but support The Sharks in Durban. Also a passionate Proteas cricket supporter.

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Rennie can coach.. We know that.. But is he a magic bullet?.. I wud be a little careful of creating big expectations.

What does Dave Rennie bring to the Wallabies?

I would suggest Corne that South Africa may argue that they have their own internal development challenges without investing in other counties.

When will Japan join the Rugby Championship?

Congrats Dave Rennie. One of his 1st big challenges is to get all the Superugby coaches and management behind him. Will from time to time need to ask them to rest a few players or to try someone out of position. This is not always of course in their own best interests. It’s also one of the reasons NZ Rugby has been so dominant for so long. All roads lead to the All Blacks.

Dave Rennie inks deal to become next Wallabies coach

SANZAARS call RT or individual calls by its collective members?

When will Japan join the Rugby Championship?

Thanks Nick. That’s amazing inside info. I fully appreciate.

The Dave Rennie casebook: Can a Kiwi coach the Wallabies again?

That was a very interesting analysis Nick. The question constantly comes up whether a foreign coach of any side really fully understands local dynamics. Gatland will surely disagree with that. I personally am all for cross pollination of ideas. John Mitchell and Jones for England, Cotter Scotland, Schmidt Ireland, Gatland Wales, Jones Japan ( who can forget that stint), the list continues…. Is winning a World Cup the only benchmark of success? Of course not.. Still 4 years of rugby to be had in between. Who knows, in South Africa’s complex environment maybe a Plumtree?…. Maybe, hopefully watch this space!

The Dave Rennie casebook: Can a Kiwi coach the Wallabies again?

Most teams in World Rugby live in countries where we we take freedom of speech as a given. But with that comes responsibility… Yes I can say almost what I like about anyone but it’s always tempered by certain guidelines…. Am I being slanderous, am I being unnecessarily hurtful, am I being insulting or just plainly malicious. We all have to take this into account…. Years ago I exercised my freedom of speech here and called NZ supporters arrogant. I had a few beers under the belt and following day so regretted it. Copped some flak too, deservedly so. I had not exercised respect or restraint…A bit of circumspection would have served Issy well.

Israel Folau and the inexplicable public interest in sportspeople's opinions

Cannot agree more.

Israel Folau and the inexplicable public interest in sportspeople's opinions

Very little doubt he will be in hot water.

Israel Folau and the inexplicable public interest in sportspeople's opinions

Japan just don’t have the player depth to stay competitive in a home and away tournament against 4 quality countries. Throw in the travel…. Us in SA know what that can do, playing in SA at altitude then the long hop to possibly Salsa and hostile crowds and it would surprise me indeed if they didn’t get a few very big scores against them. Just takes a few injuries and things fall apart….. And I have not even mentioned playing the All Blacks in NZ.. We all know just how tough that is.

When will Japan join the Rugby Championship?

How do you ditch the Argies. They won’t vote for their own exclusion and South Africa will never support that. Will be 2 against 2..stalemate.

When will Japan join the Rugby Championship?

???? Roid boys??? Travel time??? Some envy there Sandbox??? For every hotel room booked, flight, bus or taxi, meal eaten be it in NZ, Aus or Japan SA Rugby pay relatively speaking 8 to 13 times more than their counterparts thanks to skewed exchange rates. If we join the 6 Nations we become net receivers of foreign currency not as in the RC net contributers. . Will also make a massive difference retaining players. Wanna ditch us for Japan… No worries.. Good luck with your future comp.

When will Japan join the Rugby Championship?

Lee lots and lots of rugby players in Aus and Globally are openly religious. You are wrong he is not being called out for being religious. He is being held to account for fanaticism.

Israel Folau and the inexplicable public interest in sportspeople's opinions

Ragnar something else is sitting on my shoulder.. A little birdie whispering Global Championship.

When will Japan join the Rugby Championship?

Dunno Corne…. So why the procrastinating on an obvious decision. I am clutching at straws I realize that, or could Sanzaars members be holding out for a preferential financial agreement.? Always the risk that Japan will join the 6 Nations but the SH fit just makes so much more sense.. Let’s see.

When will Japan join the Rugby Championship?

Republican I agree about the unhealthy obsession with sport and all things tabloid but it’s not just an Aussie thing. Pretty much applies to a substantial amount of countries on earth and if Mars is eventually colonized will probably apply there too.

Israel Folau and the inexplicable public interest in sportspeople's opinions

SANZAAR are not an independent sports body. They are a collective of independent sports bodies. By pontificating on Japan’s inclusion it can only mean one thing….. 1 or more of its 4 members are stalling. My theory and it’s just that is that it’s South Africa. One possible reason it’s payback time for Japan voting against SAs World Cup bid and supporting France. Official reason SA gave pushing for The Sunwolves exclusion was the travel factor. Unofficial reason….. Do the math. SA financially still the biggest contributor to SH Rugby competitions and have weighted leverage.

When will Japan join the Rugby Championship?

Didn’t say they are wrong but many reject the science as if it a belief system. From Presidents… Think Brazil and USA right down to rugby players turned preacher. Think I gave the wrong impression that I am against the scientific data. I’m not But I do confess to having limited personal knowledge of the science. It doesn’t change the fact that alternative environmentally friendly energy sources must be pursued urgently by all nations.

Israel Folau links bushfire crisis and drought to same-sex marriage and abortion

Rescue the brand.. Just like Rassie did with the Boks… All flows from there. If Aussie rugby won the World cup it would have strongly positioned them. Sponsors like Qantas would be in no position to dictate policy. Same happened in SA Rugby when Supersport put their foot down demanding Coetzees removal. They have made so much money now out of the World Cup they will polish Bennie Alexander’s shoes if he demanded it.

Jamie Joseph to stay on as Japanese rugby coach until 2023

If they win they will.

Jamie Joseph to stay on as Japanese rugby coach until 2023

But Peter, the reasons for Jake White leaving the Brumbies may well duplicate themselves at National level. But I still think… Actually correction.. Know that he will get results. He is very strong technically and structurally.

Jamie Joseph to stay on as Japanese rugby coach until 2023

Logically yes! But I think Machooka has already settled that one.

Israel Folau links bushfire crisis and drought to same-sex marriage and abortion

Of course it’s lazy Geoff. When A quality rugby Nation misfires it’s usually as a result of a long sequence of events and decisions. You need those people who were involved to hash out solutions. There is no quick fix. Like South Africa it was the pain we all experienced witnessing 50 nil thrashings of The Boks that necessitated honest introspection and decisive implementation of Change. Simply replacing the entire board may terribly backfire. I would support what happened in South Africa in the early 1990s. We locked all our politicians in a room , absolutely everyone who had even the tiniest bit of support and whatever their viewpoints and told em not to leave without coming up with solutions. Superimposing that on Aussie rugby, anyone who has a vested interest in the sport no matter what their philosophies need to have a jaw jaw and come up with answers. I refuse to believe Aus doesn’t have the players.

The Wrap: The art of writing the recurring rugby column

TWAS, yes it was. Biggest challenge selecting overseas players is getting them all together for training camps etc after the World Cup. In South Africas case the Boks are losing in addition to Koch, Kitshoff, Louw, Vermeulen, Faf De Klerk, Willie Le Roux, also the likes of RG Snyman, Etsebeth and De Allende.. Also rumors of Marx going abroad. This makes it impossible to get them all together on a regular basis. It means rebuilding a team from scratch. This is either going to showcase domestic depth or expose it.

The Wrap: The art of writing the recurring rugby column

That is very good news for rugby in Japan. Tony Brown will obviously stay as well. Made that clear on the NZ programme The Breakdown more than a week ago.

Jamie Joseph to stay on as Japanese rugby coach until 2023