Proposal for six NZ Super teams and where is SA Rugby?

The latest Super 14 proposal to hit administrators suggests the Blues be split into two franchises, as well as changes made to the Chiefs’ partners. The New Zealand Herald reports that there is a push to have six New Zealand sides involved in the series, perhaps as early as next year but more likely 2010,…

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Wales confront their inferiority complex, but it is not enough

Warren Gatland told the BBC last week that “we had an inferiority complex against the southern-hemisphere sides”, adding: “We spoke about it and thought we’d addressed it but were proved wrong.” Wales last beat the Springboks back in 1999 at the Millennium Stadium, but they have never beaten the Boks in South Africa or anywhere…

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Boks face baptism by fire

14 June: Wales – 21 June: Italy – 5 July: All Blacks – 12 July: All Blacks – 19 July: Australia We all know that the real adversary to the Springboks, are the All Blacks. Games in between serve as preparation for the clash of the two titans of international rugby. Peter de Villiers will…

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Crouch, touch and … engage! Bring on the 5th of July

The line-up for Saturday’s global rugby fixtures are: New Zealand vs England, Australia vs Ireland, and on home turf in Pretoria — at 5 000 feet — it’s South Africa vs Wales. Appetisers of two portions of Wales and one of Italy, before the main course in the home of the All Blacks on the 5th…

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Views from Cardiff on Saturday’s Test match

Warren Gatland has demanded that Wales make a swift recovery from their opening Test “humiliation” by restoring their damaged pride. Gatland and his coaching lieutenants on Sunday began the task of restoring the morale shattered by South Africa’s crushing 43-17 victory at Vodacom Park. The quiet confidence that emanated from the Welsh camp in the…

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SA Rugby: Administration of subterfuge and oppression

Almost three years ago to the day, on June 8 2005, SA Rugby’s presidents’ council put in motion a unanimous council resolution — a transformation charter of sorts that was a groundbreaking plan to fast-track transformation and representativeness in rugby in South Africa. It has been declared that the game of rugby is in peril…

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