Weekend Rugby Review – 29 June

We had two very good games for the Super Rugby semifinals and another warmup match for the RWC. Here is my review of the weekends action. Super Rugby Hurricanes 29 - 9 Brumbies Waratahs 17 - 35 Highlanders 1 from 2, I went for two home wins and was again made to look a fool.... Continue Reading →

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London Irish are a team to watch out for next season

Sharing Sunday: Pre-season has already started for many teams. It looks like the fans are getting warmed up too. I would caution too much Irish optimism and tell them to look at Gloucester’s season. There are quality additions but they will need time to gel.

A Quick Tap

With the Rugby World Cup looming large on the horizon the start of the 2015/16 Aviva Premiership season has understandably taken a back seat. A flurry of transfer activity has taken place for many teams which has gone under the radar. New recruits from the Southern Hemisphere arriving post World Cup are numerous and for London Irish this includes a new head coach, Tom Coventry, from the Chiefs alongside a number of players. They have also recruited talent from closer to home making their squad the most competitive it has been for a number of seasons.

The London Irish academy has produced numerous excellent players in recent years only for them to be picked off by bigger clubs. The club played an important role in the development of both Delon and Steffon Armitage. More recently Jonathan Joseph, Marland Yarde, Anthony Watson, Tom Homer, Matt Garvey, Jamie Gibson and Alex Corbisiero…

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Melbourne Rebels – The Breakthrough Season

This has been a breakthrough season for the Melbourne Rebels. The young franchise racked up a number of firsts including giving me my first Super Rugby interview. Here are my thoughts after Assistant Coach Zane Hilton very graciously gave up some of his time to have a chat with me. I approached the Rebels for an... Continue Reading →

Weekend Rugby Review – 22 June

What a weekend of rugby both in the Junior Rugby World Championship finals and the Super Rugby playoffs. Here is my review of all that action. Junior Rugby World Championships Argentina 38 - 21 Japan Ireland 17 - 9 Scotland Wales 23 - 28 Australia Italy 20 - 19 Samoa France 18 - 31 South Africa New Zealand 21 -... Continue Reading →

Rowan Stringer’s father urges public school board not to ban rugby

Sharing Sunday: A reminder that we need to make sure rugby continues to be played in schools. It is very sad about Rowan but the family know how much good rugby does.

Ottawa Citizen

Gordon Stringer said he could speak on behalf of his daughter Rowan when he urged Ottawa’s public school board not to pursue a ban on rugby.

“It would not be something she’d want,” said the father of the 17-year-old John McCrae student who died after suffering concussions playing the sport.

Stringer, along with representatives of Rugby Canada, were responding at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Ottawa Carleton District School Board to a June 4 story in the Citizen that reported some trustees had suggested banning the sport from Ottawa’s high schools.

They asked instead that the board consider the 49 recommendations made by a jury from the inquest into Rowan’s death earlier this month, including a number aimed at making rugby safer in schools. The jury did not recommend that rugby be banned.

“If anyone has reason for removing rugby in high schools it would be me and my family. However…

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Junior Rugby World Championship 2015 Finals predictions

It feels like the tournament has only just started and the finals are upon us! Here are my predictions. First here is a link to my review of the semi finals. How did the semi final predictions go? 3 from 6, got the obvious ones and didn't get the upsets basically. Argentina U20 v Japan... Continue Reading →

Junior Rugby World Championship 2015 Semi-Final Review

A fascinating round of games and this tournament is improving as we head to the finals. Here's my review of the semi final action.  3 from 6, some teams really stood up and others just made too many mistakes. Argentina 46 - 5 Italy Australia 31 - 21 Scotland New Zealand 45 - 7 France... Continue Reading →

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