A Different Planet

Wallabies v Pumas

I never actually planned to write anything much today except for my blog but having watched the two Rugby Championship games I felt compelled to give a perspective from the Northern Hemisphere. Not that I imagine there will be much interest down there about what a Pom thinks. Incidentally I don’t understand why it’s us […]

Bledisloe Cup game 2 highlights

Richie McCaw leads the haka

Unlike in the lead up to the first Bledisloe Cup match, last week I was rather confident that the All Blacks would be able to do enough to retain the Bledisloe Cup for the 11th year in a row.  Any All Blacks game is a special game, but this game was more so for me […]

Bledisloe Cup game 1 highlights

Richie McCaw Bledisloe

I am more than willing to raise my hand and say that I expected the All Blacks to lose on Saturday night.  I can’t pin point WHY I felt this way, but after Dan Carter and Liam Messam were deemed unfit I was 100% certain we would lose.  No team can win ALL the time […]

Favourite Bledisloe moment: Part 2

John Eales kicks to win the 2000 Bledisloe Cup in Wellington.

Following on from my ‘Favourite Bledisloe Moment’ post yesterday, it’s time to reveal my second favourite moment. In 2000, the Bledisloe Cup was retained after John Eales kicked a penalty with the last kick of the game in an awesome 24-23 win over the All Blacks in the decider in Wellington. I’m not going to […]

Favourite Bledisloe moment: Part 1

Toutai Kefu celebrating his 2001 Bledisloe try

With the first match in the 2013 Bledisloe Cup set to kick off on Saturday night in Sydney, I started thinking about what I would consider my favourite Bledisloe moment.  Unfortunately as a Wallabies supporter these moments have been few and far between recently and it meant I had to rewind to more than 10 […]

Kiwi Focus – TJ Perenara

TJ Perenara

Out with the old, in with the new.  That’s certainly the case when it comes to the much contested All Blacks halfback jersey.  In what was a bit of a surprise-but-really-not-a-surprise call, Steve Hansen and co. opted to leave Piri Weepu out of the All Blacks squad for the Rugby Championship, choosing instead to blood […]

2013 June Internationals preview: Wk 1

Amateur rugby scrum

For the devoted rugby player, summer can be the cruellest of seasons. Rugby boots left to languish mournfully in a corner, mouthguard missing in action and all that rugby kit looking desolate at the bottom of the wardrobe. But fear not – this Saturday brings you a multitude of international fixtures to console yourself with […]

All Blacks squad to take on France

2013 All Blacks squad

The All Blacks squad for the upcoming series against France has been named and on paper, the team appears to be a good one, with a nice balance of experience v new blood.  It is hard to not notice however, that Super XV form seems to only have been taken into consideration in SOME circumstances.  […]

Australia in RWC pool of death

Rugby World Cup 2015 draw

Australia have been drawn alongside England and Wales in what is being called the ‘Pool of Death’ for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The draw, conducted last night at London’s Tate Modern, means that one of the traditional rugby powers will be knocked out before the quarter-finals. Let’s not kid ourselves when it comes to […]

Dan Carter

Dan Carter shirtless wearing only a kilt

Daniel Carter, a true superstar of rugby, is regarded as the best flyhalf in the world and his achievements in rugby are amazing. Seriously if you don’t know who he is then where have you been?? He posted this pic on Twitter just a few days ago and I felt it deserved some recognition, this […]