About Stephen Humphreys

Steve is sports tragic and is particularly fanatical about rugby and cricket. A proud Reds member, Steve is also a fan of Wallabies as well as the Welsh team (when they are not playing the Wallabies). When not following rugby, cricket and all other sports, Steve is an account director at an accounting firm. Follow Steve on Twitter!

Super Rugby Predictions: Rd 1

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After a long summer filled with cricket (I am not complaining) finally this weekend hostilities resume in the Southern Hemisphere’s domestic rugby championship.  As with previous years I will be writing a preview of each round’s fixtures.  Here are my thoughts for Round 1. Crusaders v Rebels The season kicks off in Christchurch with the […]

Elite sportsmen in Australia and community standards: will the two ever meet?

Kurtley Beale heading into Tribual

Yesterday evening saw what would appear to be the end of the Kurtley Beale texting and plane argument scandal.  For those who missed it Beale was charged with two serious breaches of the ARU Code of Conduct related to the sending of two offensive whatsapp messages about a female staffer of the Australian Rugby Union […]

Don’t tell me I should support the Waratahs!

Waratahs celebrate a try

After the predicted became reality on Saturday night and it was confirmed that the Waratahs would host the Crusaders in the Super Rugby final for 2014 an interesting, and not unusual, phenomenon started, both in my text messages and social media timeline: a call to arms that I, as an Australian, should support the Waratahs, […]

Super Rugby Predictions: Semi-Finals

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Last week the preliminary finals finished in line with the seedings with the Sharks and Brumbies going through to this week’s semi finals in a pair of close games in which both teams were push right to the final whistle. This week is semi final week in Super Rugby for 2014 and, it would be […]

Memo to Queensland Rugby on the fan experience

Reds celebrate victory to gain top spot

Last week saw the end of the 2014 Super Rugby season for the Queensland Reds. In a season where the membership of the Reds hit 55,000 (obviously this number includes single / three game memberships) it is strange to be writing a post about improving the fan’s experience. However, having attended all but one home […]

Super Rugby Predictions: Rd 19

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It is the final round of the Super Rugby regular season and whilst the “minor premiership” has been decided with the Waratahs having an unassailable lead at the top of the ladder and the Sharks have locked up the top spot in the South African conference, there are still finals slots up for grabs with […]

Super Rugby Predictions: Rd 18

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After missing writing my preview last week due to work pressures, the preview is back strong this week with a bumper crop of games this weekend, some of which could have a large bearing on the final make up of the top six. Chiefs v Hurricanes There is only one game to kick the round […]

McKenzie gets it right again

Ewen McKenzie - Wallabies Coach

Ewen McKenzie has named the Australian team for the first test against France at Lang Park this Saturday night. The team is: Israel Folau, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Tevita Kuridrani, Matt Toomua, Nick Cummins, Bernard Foley, Nic White; Wycliff Palu, Michael Hooper, Scott Fardy, Sam Carter, Rob Simmons, Sekope Kepu, Stephen Moore (c), James Slipper. Res: Tatafu […]

Absolutely the right choice to lead the Wallabies

Stephen Moore - Wallabies Captain

Stephen Moore was announced as the new captain of Wallabies on Monday. Among a poultice of candidates Moore has been selected, based on his own and the coach’s comments, in no small part due to his strong views on player culture and behaviour.  One only needs to run one’s eye over the other candidates to […]

Super Rugby Predictions: Rd 16

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Crusaders v Force, Christchurch Stadium The first match of the round pits the surging Crusaders against the fairytale story Force in Christchurch.  The Crusaders bounced back from a disappointing loss to the Sharks with only 14 men with a hard fought victory against Highlanders aways from home and will come into this fixture with some […]