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Super Rugby Power Rankings - Week 13. Sunwolves

Super Rugby Power Rankings – Week 13

The Hurricanes and Crusaders continued their fight for pole position, the Highlanders and Chiefs picked up crucial wins, the Sharks and Bulls continued to hunt down the Lions, and the Sunwolves produced their best performance of the year. These...
Major League Rugby water breaks

Thoughts of a rugby elder. USA’s Major League Rugby crosses the line.

Some pundits are crediting the USA’s new Major League Rugby competition with the potential to revolutionise rugby not only in the USA but around the world. This time the sleeping giant WILL awaken. But if what unfolded on opening weekend...
Crusaders vs Waratahs

Super Rugby – Game of the Week: Crusaders vs Waratahs

The New Zealand conference-leading Crusaders take on the Australian conference-leading Waratahs in Week 13s match of the round. The Ominous Crusade: Things are looking rosey down in Christchurch as the Crusaders look to ramp up their charge for another Super Rugby...

Southern Hemisphere rugby digest

Welcome to your Super Rugby digest, covering two weeks this time, as my life was taken over by a different project last week. This edition: Los Jaguares have well and truly come of age Three kiwi teams lose to foreign opposition… none...

3 weeks in May – all on the line for Leinster

Leinster have looked like the most complete team in Europe this season, now is the time to prove it. Last season was a disappointing one for Leinster. Emerging from a few turbulent seasons they reached the semi-finals in both the...
Super Rugby Power Rankings - Week 12. Ben Lam

Super Rugby Power Rankings – Week 12

The Hurricanes and Crusaders showed exactly why they are favourites for 2018, the Chiefs and Highlanders cracked under pressure, while the Jaguares and Sharks kept pace. These are your Super Rugby Power Rankings - Week 12 1. Hurricanes The Canes hold...

Super Rugby – Game of the Week: Hurricanes vs Lions

The match of the round this week comes out of Wellington where the inform Hurricanes battle the Lions in a repeat of the 2016 final. The Hurricanes have won 7 on the trot and will be looking to enhance their...

Super Rugby Power Rankings – Week 11

The Hurricanes, Crusaders and Highlanders continued on their merry way, the Lions slipped up in Brisbane and the Jaguares made it three on the trot. These are your week 11 Super Rugby Power Rankings. 1. Hurricanes The Canes remain on top after...

Southern Hemisphere rugby digest. Week 11.

A sad weekend for Australia Welcome to our weekly down under digest. My apologies that there won’t be one next week as I have other commitments. This week we have tributes to two retiring legends, reveal which overseas-based Springboks are on...
Super Rugby - Round 14.

Super Rugby – Game of the Week: Bulls vs Highlanders

In another enticing round of Super Rugby action, this week's much-anticipated match comes out of Loftus, as the Highlanders go running with the Bulls. Both clubs have shown a defiance to play ball this year and will no doubt...
The International Pro14

The International Pro14

A look at the international aspect of the Pro14 With the League Stage of the Pro14 coming to an end I thought I'd take a look at the relative performances not of individual teams but of the nations involved. To do...

PRO14 Final Round

The last round of the regular season. The day which can sometimes decide if a team's year is a success or a failure. Saturday 28th April is also a Derby day where teams will only play other teams in their...
Super Rugby Power Rankings - Week 10

Super Rugby Power Rankings – Week 10

The Highlanders, Lions, Crusaders and Chiefs kept pace with the Hurricanes. The Bulls and Jaguares made their move and the rest of the pack continued a brutal push for playoff positions. These are your week 10 Super Rugby Power Rankings. 1....
Pro14 Shakeup

Champions Cup – Munster and Leinster chasing the white whale

The white whale For the third time in the history of European club rugby's premiere competition, Munster and Leinster are looking down the barrel of a derby final. Leinster have already had the pleasure against Ulster in 2012, but to...
USA Rugby Revolution

Video: USA Rugby Revolution

The 1014 Rugby predict a USA Rugby Revolution. We examine the new structures put in place. How the Olympics changed rugby forever. And we look at the exciting MLR, Major League Rugby as it starts up. A brief history We touch on...

Southern Hemisphere rugby digest. Week 9.

Another new leader in Super Rugby, another hard-hitting, high-speed kiwi derby, another South African outside back scores a hat trick, and another player gets life-changing help from the rugby community in their hour of need. Another great week in...

Super Rugby – Game of the Week: Waratahs vs Lions

The big dance this week comes out of Sydney, Australia where two conference-leading teams square off in a tussle that will have huge overall ramifications towards the playoff race. The Waratahs host the Lions at Allainz Stadium looking to continue...

Super Rugby Power Rankings – Week 9

The Hurricanes continued their dominance over Kiwi opposition, the Highlanders kept their perfect home record intact, the Waratahs won the battle at the SCG, the Blues scored their second win of the season, the Rebels blew another one in...

Southern Hemisphere rugby digest. Week 8.

<h4Lots of very important stories in Southern Hemisphere rugby this week. A worrying injury toll for the All Blacks, the Rugby Australia response to the Folau controversy, a significant change in selection policy in South Africa, an initiative tackling the...
Hurricanes vs Chiefs

Super Rugby – Game of the week: Hurricanes vs Chiefs

The two form teams of the competition go toe to toe in the capital on Friday night. Both sides come into this match with identical records and similar aspirations. Expect a gruelling battle between two of New Zealand's elite...
Super Rugby Power Rankings - Week 8

Super Rugby Power Rankings – Week 8

The Hurricanes bite late against the Sharks, the Chiefs tip the scales against the Blues, the Lions run rampant at home, the Crusaders get the job done in Argentina, and the Brumbies show some ticker to beat the Reds....
Chiefs vs Blues

Super Rugby – Game of the Week: Chiefs vs Blues

Another Kiwi derby fixture highlights this weeks match of the round. The Battle of the Bombays brings together two sides with contrasting records. The Chiefs have made a habit of getting positive results in unspectacular fashion, a real plus considering...
PRO14 Match of the Season at Park y Scarlets

PRO14 Match of the Season

How much it matters Scarlets vs Glasgow Warriors, defending champions against title favourites. It really doesn't get much bigger than this. The Warriors can confirm a home Semi Final with a win and how nice would it be to have...

Southern Hemisphere rugby digest. Week 7.

Welcome to my weekly Southern Hemisphere digest. This week’ action had a bit of everything. Things you expect from Super Rugby, like brilliant back play, a dominant Fijian wing, four tries from yet another potential All Black superstar and a...
Super Rugby Power Rankings

Super Rugby Power Rankings – Week 7

The Hurricanes made a statement, the Chiefs ground out another win, the Bulls put the Stormers away at home and the Crusaders crawled their way over the line in Jo-Burg. These are the latest Super Rugby power rankings: Hurricanes 42...
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Super Rugby – Game of the Week: Lions vs Crusaders

The 2017 finalists square off at Ellis Park with a similar record so far in 2018. The Lions flew out of the blocks with three emphatic wins to start the season but have been pegged back after losing to the...

Southern Hemisphere rugby digest. Week 6.

Welcome to my weekly Southern Hemisphere rugby digest. It’s intended to be a one-stop shop, with: Links to the big stories in the mainstream media, plus human interest stories that are easy to miss but say something about what rugby is...

Should Leinster fear a Grand Slam hangover?

With Saracens coming to town, do Leinster need to worry about the lingering effects of Ireland's Grand Slam victory? The Six Nations window is a tricky one for all Champions Cup teams. Losing players to the national team requires coaches...
Hurricanes vs Highlanders

Super Rugby – Game of the Week: Hurricanes vs Highlanders

Mouth-watering matchups all over the park will complement this tantalising derby match between the Hurricanes and Highlanders. Jordie Barrett vs Ben Smith, Beauden Barrett vs Lima Sopoaga, TJ Perenara vs Aaron Smith – it rarely gets much better than...

A Change of Scenery: Taking the Plunge and Reaping the Reward

In the last few weeks, Robin Copeland has announced he will be joining Connacht from Munster. In recent months Jordi Murphy has bravely and cleverly left the comfort of the Leinster pack for a struggling Ulster side. By doing...
Naholo could be the key in the Highlanders vs Crusaders match.

Super Rugby – Game of the week: Highlanders vs Crusaders

Walking wounded The Crusaders were left battered and bruised on Saturday against a rousing Hurricanes outfit. It was an examination that would leave most coaches grasping for their team handbook, fortunately for Scott Robertson, the Crusaders are a team renowned...

Super Rugby – Game of the week: Hurricanes vs Crusaders

A blockbusting instalment of this great rivalry will resume on Saturday night as New Zealand’s most recent champions square off in a vital round four match at the Cake Tin. The Crusaders haven’t won in Wellington since 2012 so they...
Pro14 Shakeup

A Guinness Pro14 Shakeup is Badly Needed

At a Pro14 match, I did something I’ve never done before and left the match at halftime. As a one off I could have endured it, but this is the umpteenth non-contest on a cold Friday night. Of course, the...
James Lowe in his days with the Māori All Blacks

The Lowe Conundrum

James Lowe turned in a Man of the Match performance against the Pro14 champion Scarlets last weekend. Yet he may not feature in the playoff games for Leinster. Why? You might not be aware, but only two non-EU players are...
This supporter will know the depth in Leinster's backrow

Leinster’s backrow going from strength to strength

Leinster’s backrow depth is the envy of Europe; a theme so often trotted out it has become a cliché. However, there is more truth than ever to the sentiment. Leinster traditionally use their big guns for the Champions Cup and...
Exeter v Montpellier

Rugby IQ Series: Part 4 (Exeter v Montpellier 13/01/18)

Previous articles in the Rugby IQ series can be found here, here and here. Part 4 of the series will focus on the Champions Cup game between Exeter and Montpellier at Sandy Park. Match highlights can be found here. It is...

Can Chris Boyd create an English version of the Hurricanes?

Hurricanes Director of Rugby Chris Boyd has been appointed to replace interim boss Alan Gaffney at Northampton Saints for the 2018/19 season. After the sacking of Jim Mallinder, I wrote two articles outlining the turmoil at the Saints, and how...

England’s Clubs in Europe: What Went Wrong?

With just three English clubs remaining in European competition, many are questioning what happened. Saracens are the only English club in the European Champions Cup. Newcastle and Gloucester round out the English party in the Challenge Cup. With six clubs in...

The Decline of the French Powerhouses

A quick look at the Top14 table will tell you one very important thing. It tells you that several of the Top14's big boys are outside the top 4. Toulon, Clermont, and Stade Francais are just a few of the...

The Effect of Mass Imports on Talent Development

In this article we will look at the scale of foreign imports in rugby. We will also find out if there are lessons to be learned from the scale and nature of imports found in football. English football - too...

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