Is the dam on the brink of bursting? Is international rugby ready to sell its soul? The haste with which a proposed new 12-team World League is being introduced smacks of panic. There is even talk of the tournament running in 2020. Surely not?
Wed, 06 Mar, 2019
Killing the opposition with kindness is the oldest trick in the sports PR book but Allister Coetzee’s respect for Ireland seems genuine given the Springbok head coach has labelled Joe Schmidt’s side as the northern hemisphere’s All Blacks.
Tue, 07 Nov, 2017
After the sobering sight of four World Cup semi-finalists coming from the southern hemisphere, last weekend offered a glimmer of hope for European rugby. The question now is, was it an aberration or a line in the sand?
Wed, 15 Jun, 2016
There are few more stunning backdrops to an international rugby stadium than the one that greets you on your arrival at Newlands Stadium. Nestled to the rear of the imposing, rugged features that define Table Mountain, it sets the scene perfectly for what lies ahead. This is South Africa, this is Springbok rugby.
Mon, 13 Jun, 2016
Joe Schmidt may have made it a mission to expand Ireland’s strength in depth at Test level but it still takes little to reveal just how thin on the ground are those players who are eligible, ready and able to wear the green jersey.
Wed, 03 Feb, 2016
Sat, 31 Oct, 2015
In a parallel universe somewhere, Ireland won that Test match on Saturday night and Mike McCarthy’s brutal hit on Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth just after half-time is being played on the loop on a triumphal highlights reel.
Mon, 12 Nov, 2012
As he leans casually in a doorway at the South African team hotel in the Dublin suburbs, his near six feet and eight inches topped with a boyish mop of hair, the quiet presence of Eben Etzebeth appears at odds with his burgeoning reputation as the Springboks’ newest hard man.
Thu, 08 Nov, 2012