Sat, 23 May, 2020
Fri, 22 May, 2020
The expectation in South Africa is that Felix Jones will continue to work with the Springboks under the new coaching team. As for the man himself, he was tight-lipped on his future yesterday when asked what comes next after his World Cup experience.
Tue, 21 Jan, 2020
Hard to believe four years have elapsed since Ireland’s painful World Cup quarter final exit at the hands of Argentina in Cardiff. As Joe Schmidt enters the twilight of his spectacularly successful reign at the helm of Irish rugby, the next six weeks will shape the epilogue of a brilliant period for Irish rugby.
Fri, 20 Sep, 2019
It’s impossible to get used to -2 degrees in July. Irrespective of how many years a Paddy spends in Christchurch, heading out with a couple of Crusader coaches to a Japanese restaurant dressed like a lagging jacket always seems odd.
Fri, 05 Jul, 2019
It was a bit like the Steve Redgrave moment at the 1996 Olympics Games. Just after the great British oarsman had bagged his fourth gold medal in Athens he told the world they had his permission to “shoot him” if he ever went near a boat again.
Thu, 13 Jun, 2019
With the kids at school on Monday, Jessica and I went walkabout to a spot intriguingly called Taylors Mistake. Apparently, a ship captain with a bottle of rum too many ran aground around Godley’s Head looking for Summer Bay.
Fri, 05 Apr, 2019
For 23 years the name Crusaders was a source of nothing but pride in Christchurch, the uncontroversial identity of a franchise that claims, with some justification, to be the most successful non-national professional rugby team in the world.
Wed, 03 Apr, 2019
Johann van Graan’s bid to get his first full European campaign off to a winning start could not have come in more difficult circumstances, yet the Munster head coach has learned enough in his short time in charge to expect the unexpected on Heineken Champions Cup away days.
Sat, 13 Oct, 2018
Thu, 21 Jun, 2018
Fri, 08 Jun, 2018
The word ‘organic’ has become almost magical, adding a sheen of quality and purity to just about everything. A good winemaker who goes organic should see an improvement in their wine quality but only if they were talented in the first place. Organic vineyards make up less than 3% of the world’s vineyards (Europe has around 8%, Austria can boast 15%) but this figure is growing. Yields will drop by at least 20% (and costs increase proportionally) but grape quality should definitely go up.
Sat, 05 May, 2018