SANZAR’s Rolling Boardroom Maul

Rugby in the Southern Hemisphere, especially in the SANZAR countries is principally driven by the capital infusion from Newscorp who buy the broadcast rights from SANZAR for the Super Rugby Super 14 series, Tri Nations and British & Irish Lions Tours. These rights are then syndicated out to countries around the world so Newscorp recoups…

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IRB, SA Rugby on a collision course…again

It’s uncanny how South Africans can be so narcissistic, arrogant, stubborn and petulant to the extent that they become blind. It’s time for a little introspection and a massive overhaul of the way we conduct ourselves. Time and again we fail our people by being discourteous and rude with the most phenomenal gaffes on the…

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Thugby brings rugby into disrepute!

On Saturday a brawl involving about 100 students from two top rugby schools in New Zealand broke in front of the national rugby coach, Graham Henry. The fight, between players and supporters, lasted five minutes and led to at least one schoolboy being knocked out. The fight, trumpeted in the NZ Herald with the headline…

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Super 15 bids: SA Rugby last to submit!

Since June 8 2005 SA Rugby has carried the Eastern Cape Super Rugby franchise around its neck as a self-imposed albatross after declaring that SA had six Super Rugby franchises and this past week has seen a glaring display of dereliction of duty by SA Rugby’s Sanzar representatives. The 15th team, in an expanded Super…

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The Super 15 riddle: Is less more?

While SA Rugby deals with charges from the IRB about bringing the game into disrepute and receives a sanctioning or fine regarding the senseless “masking-tape protest” there are distractions like the roll-out of the Currie Cup around the country, Craven Week in East London, Tri-Nations on July 25 in Bloemfontein against the All Blacks, Rugby…

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170 000 unsold Lions tickets!

There has been a little bit of a dust-up and finger pointing between SA Rugby and the Lions over the question of some unsold tickets and why? The number of unsold British & Irish Lions Tour tickets after 9 matches is a staggering 170 000. Take the average round value cost for provincial and mid-week games…

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Top 20 rugby quotes of the week

1. “They are banged up enough without me giving them a ‘snorter’ on the scrum machine.” Graham Rowntree — British & Irish Lions scrumming coach 2. “The Beast was pretty impressive. There was one scrum after nine minutes when we got lifted off the floor and if I was their scrum coach I would have…

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British and Irish Lions: How the walking wounded become prey

We have witnessed five very interesting games, in which the British & Irish Lions have played and beaten: 1. The Royal XV — 25-37 2. The Lions — 10-74 3. The Cheetahs — 24-26 4. The Sharks — 3-39 5. Western Province — 23-26 Next up on the Lions menu are the Southern Kings on…

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Rugby verbatim: They said it!

“I met a couple of South Africans in the hotel lobby the other day and they asked me how I was involved with the Lions. When I told them I was the defence coach they just said, ‘best of luck mate’.” Shaun Edwards, British & Irish Lions defence coach “I have invited Australia and New…

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Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium: The good news and the very bad news

The good news is that the South African government and Eastern Cape government, along with the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality, have collectively spent R2 billion in developing a magnificent and spectacular multipurpose sports facility in the Eastern Cape for soccer and rugby. This excludes the billions going into support infrastructures to ensure the stadium becomes an…

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