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#RugbyChat EP59 – Mock Rugby World Cup 2019

Ryan who is a Patreon asked me to do a mock Rugby World Cup 2019 and so who was I to say no? Ashwin and I give our predictions for all the games deciding who will make the knockout stages. We then run through the knockout stages to decide who wins the whole thing. Listen to... Continue Reading →

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Hurricanes v Sunwolves Post Match Reaction

The Hurricanes stacked on the points in the last 10 minutes to register a 43-15 win over the Sunwolves in Super Rugby 2018. Have a listen as Shane and I give you our post match reaction to Hurricanes v Sunwolves. Listen to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud or your favourite podcasting app: https://soundcloud.com/drivingmaul/hurricanes-v-sunwolves-post-match-reaction If you would like... 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 →

November Internationals 2017 Pre-Round Predictions

This weekend is a little like a pre-season to the main November Internationals as the World Rugby window has not opened but some sides are playing. There are only 3 games this weekend all involving SANZAAR nations. Here is my video with my November Internationals 2017 Pre-Round Predictions: https://youtu.be/itck3Ta7nwQ In brief here are my Spring... Continue Reading →

Let’s Talk Rugby World Cup Qualification

With the Rugby World Cup 2019 draw taking place soon it's a great time to revisit how teams quality for it. It's not nice and simple like it has been in the past. Here are my thoughts on the relative strength of the Super Rugby countries from my Live Stream on Periscope earlier. https://youtu.be/BIgvZV7PIek Here is a link... Continue Reading →

Let’s Talk Player Welfare in Japan

Richard Freeman forwarded me an article he'd written about the use of the HIA in the All-Japan Championship final. Player welfare is something that I feel passionately about and so I took to Periscope to help spread the word. Here are my thoughts on the lack of the HAI protocols in the All-Japan Championship final that I first... Continue Reading →

Rugby Thoughts – The repercussions of that win by Japan

Japan's win over South Africa is already being called the biggest upset in Rugby World Cup history. Argentina's upset win over France in the opening game of the 2007 Rugby World Cup led to them coming 3rd overall and getting a place in The Rugby Championship. What could this lead to? First I want to... Continue Reading →

November Internationals 2014 Round 1 Review

The warm ups are over, so how are the teams looking? Here is my review of the opening weekend of November Internationals. So how did the predictions go? 3 from 3 but at least one of them was closer than expected. The long-awaited perfect weekend of predictions but let's be honest it wasn't difficult this... Continue Reading →

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