Survive the hit

Rugby is the greatest sport in the world for two key reasons. Contest and continuity. There is no other sport in which the ball is contestable at every phase of play. There is no other sport in which you could theoretically play forever. But the best element of our sport is by far the tackleContinue reading “Survive the hit”

The World in Union?

Once again the Rugby World Cup is upon us. With great rugby comes an amazing soundtrack. The World in Union was first recorded for the 1991 Rugby World Cup by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. This Song is represents everything that is good about our beloved sport; unity, diversity, collaboration, shared vision and purpose. The beautyContinue reading “The World in Union?”

The problem with Israel

Unquestionably Israel Folau has a passion for both the God of the bible and Rugby Union. These two passions we share, however where we differ is nuance and methods of evangelism. Izzy has come under intense scrutiny with his Instagram post which can be found here.

Checklist for failure

A game of rugby can be an absolute thing of beauty, but it can also be a real dogs breakfast. The sheer complexity of the laws when combined with an over exuberant referee and a group of players with little to no law knowledge is like a slow motion car crash, you don’t want toContinue reading “Checklist for failure”

Your Opinion does not Dictate Reality

Dangerous tackles deserve tough sanctions in my opinion (discussed here) but the discussion surrounding the red carding of Sio Tomkinson of the Highlanders (the video can be found here) is mind boggling. From keyboard warriors to “respected” news outlets all crying foul of what is a reasonable open and shut case.

Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

Being a Waratah’s fan is hard work. We have more than a few fair weather supporters, but we don’t have a lot of fair weather to report. In a game which had high error rates, a penalty count of 26 and multiple disallowed tries there was an air of inevitability of a Waratahs defeat. WeContinue reading “Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory”

The Commentators Curse – Lack of Law Knowledge

The opening match of the Super Rugby season was a great hit out between the Highlanders and Chiefs. Apart from establishing the All Blacks as World Cup contenders, we saw a great match with plenty of tries, a red card and a game decided in the last 5 minutes (by the players). It took onlyContinue reading “The Commentators Curse – Lack of Law Knowledge”

Pre-season Paining

With rugby season just around the corner, pre season paining training (for us referees) has just begun. Judging by my general lack of fitness, I should have started months ago. Yet with 10 weeks to go until Round 1, not all hope is lost for moderate levels of fitness come season proper. Fitness training, asContinue reading “Pre-season Paining”