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 […]

The ARU made the right decision about Israel Folau

Israel Folau named in Wallabies camp

The ARU had every right to make the decision to rule Israel Folau out of Saturday night’s clash against the Force. Yes that’s right, I said they had every right to make the decision.  Whether you like it or not, the ARU have bankrolled Folau’s switch to Australian Rugby and they have every right to […]

Almost a Grand Slam!

Wallabies - 4 in a row

I was simply going to put the following statistics here – Wales 0 – 9 Australia Wales 0 – 18 Southern Hemisphere But the noises coming out of the Valleys makes it important to underline that the above record for Wales in successive games against the ‘Big 3’ can’t all be down to referees having […]

The Lions Share? Wallabies v Wales preview

Wales v Wallabies

The last international of the year sees the rejuvenated Wallabies travel to Cardiff to take on the equally resurgent Welsh team. If the seeding for the 2015 World Cup had been this December instead of 12 months ago these sides might have avoided each other as well as England in what has become known as […]

Always look on the bright side of life!

All Blacks meme

There were other matches at the weekend but let’s start with the final one. The ABs duly enter the record books as the first top international side to go through a calendar year with a 100% record – it would have simply read unbeaten if Aaron Cruden hadn’t got a second shot at the last […]

They’re just very naughty boys….

Wallabies Dublin 6

Well, what can I say? When news broke on Monday night that six of the boys were being suspended because of a night out in Dublin I was headed to bed. I will freely admit that I got angry and mighty pissed off with what appeared to be, on the face of it, a bloody […]

Southern Hemisphere 3 – Northern Hemisphere 1

England defeated by All Blacks

As I suspected in my preview last week it was not a great weekend for the Northern Hemisphere – but there was one ray of light that seemed to be poking through from the end of the tunnel – as I’ll explain later in this report. It started quite well with Wales finally getting a […]

The Big Guns – Weekend Internationals preview

Wallabies v Ireland

This weekend sees the home nations taking on the Southern Hemisphere – Ireland host the Wallabies, Scotland wait nervously for the arrival of the Springboks, Wales face Argentina and at Twickenham England take the field against the all -conquering All Blacks. Wales will want a strong showing and a decent score against the Pumas to […]

Autumn Fare (to middling)

All Blacks Haka v France

The second week of internationals for England and the first for the other home nations brought a mixed bag of performances. Scotland and Ireland duly put away their opposition as expected and both will face much harder tasks over the next few weeks when they take on the Southern Hemisphere giants. Scotland will be the […]

We Woz Robbed!

Super Rugby Referee

Last Saturday at Twickenham Australia were on the wrong end of one bad call, possibly two, from the officials. If you were to look at any of the social networking or rugby sites you could read a litany from annoyed (some apoplectic) Aussie fans demanding IRB action and claiming unfair bias against them. The fact […]