17 January 2014

Canal+ deal dramatically distorts the rugby market

While the Heineken Cup is reaching the final round of the pool stages most people have averted their interest from the chaos surrounding the future of the competition. At this point it seems as if everybody has reached the point of fatigue on the subject. The weekly developments have become akin to a bad soap opera, the complete opposite to what is happening on the field of play.

At the same time, and almost below the radar, the Ligue Nationale de …..

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30 October 2013

Looking north for the autumn

We are about the entertain the annual arrival of the “Big 3” to this part of the world for the Autumn International Series. The arrival of New Zealand, Australia and South Africa is greatly anticipated by the 6 Nations Unions as it is of huge importance to rugby in Europe.

Apart from the financial benefits of having three or four tests against world-class opposition, the autumn internationals are hugely beneficial from a rugby perspective.

Firstly, it allows the 6 Nations to benchmark …..

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02 October 2013

Bajada is back

Next weekend is the final round of The Rugby Championship and all eyes will be on Johannesburg where South Africa face New Zealand. Later that evening in Rosario, Argentina host Australia. That fixture will hardly be the epicentre of the rugby universe next Saturday. But it will be interesting to see how Australia cope with the Argentinian scrum which looks like it has returned to it’s roots with “Bajada”.

Bajada scrummaging was developed in Argentina many years ago and was the …..

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20 September 2013

What’s with the Wallaby lads?

News emerged this week that at Perth Airport last Sunday morning Wallaby player, James O’Connor, was forced off a flight by Australian Federal Police. He was reported to be in an intoxicated state.

Sympathisers may say that he had a tough game the previous evening against Argentina and as he had a few days of holidays coming up, probably pulled an all-nighter. All that may be true but still, even under the circumstances, it is wholly unacceptable.

It’s not the first time …..

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