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Welcome to vaka viti – rugby sevens the Fijian way!

Welcome to vaka viti - rugby sevens the Fijian way!

14 Mar 2018

It is late in the evening of 11th August 2016, on the far side of the rugby world. Englishman Ben Ryan swells with pride as he is hoisted aloft on the shoulders of his Fijian players in the gathering dusk at the Deodoro stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

A foretaste of the All Blacks? How Scotland broke down the England defence at Murrayfield

A foretaste of the All Blacks? How Scotland broke down the England defence at Murrayfield

7 Mar 2018

The eternal war between structure and chaos took another turn in the third round of the Six Nations tournament two weeks ago.

Was Brad Thorn right to dump Quade Cooper and Karmichael Hunt?

Was Brad Thorn right to dump Quade Cooper and Karmichael Hunt?

28 Feb 2018

It was a good opening weekend for the new, four-team Australian Super Rugby structure. Three of the franchises won, and the only one to lose, the Reds, lost to another Aussie side.

No waiting in the wings – the devil takes the hindmost on defence!

No waiting in the wings – the devil takes the hindmost on defence!

21 Feb 2018

What do the numbers four and six have in common?

Do England have what it takes to topple the All Blacks?

Do England have what it takes to topple the All Blacks?

14 Feb 2018

Mark the date in your rugby diary – November 10, 2018. That is the day England take on the All Blacks, in what will be the first match between the two nations for four years and six days.

Warren Gatland has finally learnt to get out of the way – will Michael Cheika take note?

Warren Gatland has finally learnt to get out of the way – will Michael Cheika take note?

7 Feb 2018

When asked about what his greatest personal achievement in coaching was, Sir Graham Henry said it lay in abandoning his autocratic style in favour of something more democratic – what is now termed ‘consensus coaching’ between coaches and players.