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 […]

The Call of the Wallaby (Episode 1)

The Call of the Wallaby (Episode 1)

For all the fans out there who don’t subscribe to Fox Sports (for whatever reason), the first episode of ‘The Call of the Wallaby’ is now available for your viewing pleasure below.  The series follows Fox Sports’ Sean Maloney and Andrew Swain as they discover what it means to be a Wallabies supporter.   Great work on […]

I’m no hypocrite

Greater Sydney Rams tweet_Tom Hill

Last night I got accused of being a hypocrite. What caused this libellous accusation? A picture I re-tweeted. Now I ask you, what is wrong with this picture? Nothing, I say. A young bloke presenting the kit for one of the new National Rugby Championship (NRC) teams, The Greater Sydney Rams. Is it my fault […]

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 […]

All Blacks v England series wrap up

Smith Smith McCaw

The All Blacks have recently wound up their series against England, coming away with a 3-0 winning streak.  As one would predict, as one would hope.  But it wasn’t all smooth sailing, far from it actually… Test 1 and test 2 were both down to the wire and in reality, the All Blacks were lucky […]

Australian Rugby’s Anti-Doping Code

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It is over a year after ‘blackest day in Australian sport’ (08 February 2013) and the fallout has yet to finish with the Essendon players still waiting to know their fate. With the Cronulla Sharks also having some issues and a report that a South African Rugby Union player recently tested positive to steroids, I […]

The TMO isn’t that bad

TMO - Technical Match Official

There continues to be much controversy surrounding the use of the TMO in professional rugby – in all hemispheres. The Premiership Final was only decided after several agonising minutes and replays as both sides (and their supporters) waited for the decision. In Australia, Wallaby James Horwill said that “the Reds were robbed’ – this seemed […]