Player Welfare

There have been a number of player welfare issues come up over the last week or so concerning concussion and extra or unnecessary travel. In my sixth Patreon exclusive show I talk about player welfare both from a concussion and travel point of view. You can help support me produce more rugby content for you... Continue Reading →


Lions Tours & Argentina

RC who has been a Pareon since June 2017 asked: Hi Paul - at some stage let's discuss Argentina getting at LEAST one game on the Lions '21 SA Tour and somehow getting on the Tour Cycle! Cheers mate and keep up the great work! So in my fifth Patreon exclusive show I talk about past... Continue Reading →


Doping is an issue that I have accused the mainstream media from avoiding in the past. Last week it was reported that New Zealand Rugby had banned it's 4th player this year of steroid offences. In my third Patreon exclusive show I talk about doping in rugby not only in New Zealand but also the... Continue Reading →

Rugby World Cup 2023 – Reaction

France have been announced as the host of the 2023 Rugby World Cup. This is despite the Rugby World Cup Board recommending South Africa be selected. The third country hoping to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023 was Ireland who received the fewest votes. Here is my reaction to France being selected as hosts,... Continue Reading →

Is the Rugby World Cup 2019 Draw Fair?

The Rugby World Cup 2015 draw was a handicap for Tier 2 nations what ever World Rugby said about it being fairer. You could argue that Japan could have reached the quarter-finals if they had been given a fair crack. So have World Rugby done a better job this time around? The World Rugby Chief Executive... Continue Reading →

Let’s Talk – Equal Pay For Black Ferns?

Steve Tew was interviewed about the Black Ferns and their renumeration. The head line was Black Ferns payment not sustainable. There was the normal poor New Zealand reporting, as the article suggests equal pay to the All Blacks but if you listen to the interview nothing of the sort was mentioned. Here are my thoughts on... Continue Reading →

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