Weekend Rugby Review – 8 August

Maybe not a big weekend in terms of volumes of rugby but it was in stature as we had the Super Rugby final and the Women's 7s kicked off in Rio. Also the Currie Cup started their season with some action in the courts as well as on the pitch. Here's my round-up of it... Continue Reading →

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Rugby Thoughts – Respect the Ref

One of the cornerstones of rugby culture is the respect for the referee. There's been an erosion of this respect over the last few years that saw unpleasant comments in and from the press towards Joubert. Last weekend at the New Zealand stop of the HSBC 7s World Series in Wellington, there were calls during the... Continue Reading →

Weekend Rugby Review – 1 February

Another weekend of exciting rugby with a fair few upsets sprinkled in there to keep things interesting. Here is my review of all the action. Aviva Premiership Northampton Saints 11 - 24 Wasps Sale Sharks 38 - 10 London Irish Gloucester Rugby 18 - 19 Leicester Tigers Saracens 19 - 13 Bath Newcastle Falcons 26 - 19 Harlequins Worcester... Continue Reading →

Tonga 7s an interview with Andrew Katoa

The Tonga 7s side were over in Auckland for the  Oceania 7s Olympic Qualifier tournament, so I jumped at the opportunity to interview Andrew Katoa their coach. We talked about the goals and challenges for the Islanders. When I mentioned to friends that I was interviewing the Tonga 7s coach the response was that they are... Continue Reading →

7s Explained an Interview With William Los’e

With the 7s introduction to the 2016 Olympics it has grabbed a greater profile. This has led to speculation from various rugby pundits about which players from the 15s world might cross over for the opportunity to win a gold medal. I have heard comments from several 7s experts questioning what these pundits know. So I... Continue Reading →

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