Jaco Peyper is not my favourite referee by any stretch of the imagination, but he has me chuckling today.
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 … Continue reading The problem with Israel
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 … Continue reading Checklist for failure
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 … Continue reading Your Opinion does not Dictate Reality
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 … Continue reading Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory
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 … Continue reading The Commentators Curse – Lack of Law Knowledge
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. … Continue reading Pre-season Paining
Concussion is serious business. The Australian Sports commission says; “There is growing concern in Australia and internationally about the incidence of sport-related concussion and potential health ramifications for athletes.” This … Continue reading When Trying to Help Actually Hurts
After a disappointing 2018 season at all levels, we see what many have labelled inevitable. The streamlining of rugby between State and national teams. A similar system to the largely … Continue reading Allegiance; National or Provincial?
As a long suffering Wallabies supporter (who started watching after we won the ’91 and ’99 Rugby World cups) I’ve known nothing but sustained mediocrity. We have won a few … Continue reading The Cup of Eternal Glory
Rumours have been circulating since December that Karmichael Hunt would be pulling on the blue jersey for the Waratah’s in 2019. Today these rumours have been confirmed by rugby.com.au in … Continue reading In the Hunt for redemption
Just over 12 months ago I left the rugby heartland of NSW to move to South Australia. Previously the sport section of the nightly news featured any number of Rugby … Continue reading A small fish in a big pond