1. The Rugby Cup: Please Don't Forget About the Pacific Islands

    The Autumn Internationals have concluded, and it was the first time that all three Pacific Nations had toured, been involved, and played consistent top level rugby against major nations outside of a World Cup...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about 5 years ago 118 reads 0 comments

  2. England Rugby – 2009 End of Year Review

    Martin Johnson and his men are having all manner of inquisitions delivered against them.  Unfortunately for England, lack of victories is giving their critics endless ammunition, as is the manner of their technique...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about 5 years ago 106 reads 0 comments

  3. O'Brien, Dickenson-gate Brings Rugby's Governance into Question

    In the Roman Empire, the evolution of laws from the early 12 tables through to the Corpus Juris Civilis (the grandfather of basic civil law), was often undertaken for the benefit of abridging them...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about 5 years ago 52 reads 1 comments

  4. Deans and Wallabies Must Ignore Media Scorn

    If we were to believe some quarters, Australian rugby is perched on a ledge, staring into an abyss.  In fact, the denizens of such an unholy place have been hovering around Australian rugby for some time now, and again are now penning its demise...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about 5 years ago 76 reads 4 comments

  5. The Fine Art of a Rugby Number 12

      We know the position by many guises.  Most commonly referred to as an inside centre, kiwis denote the position as a second five eighth.  In Italy the role can be wonderfully referred to as a “Primo e Centro...

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  6. England Needs Simon Shaw and a Fall Back To Old Era

    When looking at Shawsy’s rugby resume, it makes perfect sense to have the London Wasp and Lions lock recalled straight into the English team to face the All Blacks at Twickenham.   The big man has done it all...

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  7. Rugby: All Blacks Look to Extend Welsh Misery

    If one was to only judge the two sides from the talk coming from the respective camps, one would think that it was Wales who were sitting on a 20-match winning streak...

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  8. Rugby: England to Try to Withstand History-Seeking Wallabies

      Martin Johnson’s wounded side waits for what is allegedly a Wallabies team in crisis. But England could truly cause problems if their patched-up misfits derail Australia’s Grand Slam quest before it begins...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about 5 years ago 190 reads 0 comments

  9. Can Australia Really Win a Grand Slam?

    That was the year that many believed was the genesis for the Wallabies elevation to legitimate world powers, when a marvellous Australian team under Coach Alan Jones arrived at Twickenham on Nov...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about 5 years ago 72 reads 4 comments

  10. Can France Finally Achieve Their Potential?

      Of all the European sides, perhaps with the exception of reigning Six Nations champions Ireland, Les Bleus have the most reason to be confident coming into their autumn internationals but ...

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  11. Rugby Players to Watch in the End of Year Tours

    There are always key players, whether it is a World Cup, Tri Nations, Six Nations, or End of Year campaign...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about 5 years ago 111 reads 0 comments

  12. All Blacks vs Wallabies: Bledisloe in Tokyo Preview

    For the second consecutive year, the fabled clash comes to Asia and, as it was last year, the Wallabies arrive under pressure. Although the All Blacks have not had a vintage season, well, if you are only as good as your last game...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about 5 years ago 208 reads 1 comments

  13. Blue Bulls-Cheetahs: Could Free State Win Another?

    120 years of competition, 69 seasons, the history of the Currie Cup speaks for itself.   On Saturday night, the 70th final that bestows South African domestic rugby supremacy will be played ...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about 5 years ago 98 reads 0 comments

  14. Kiwis and Kangaroos Play Arguably The League Game Of The Century

    New Zealand ups the ante and France nearly shocked.   Building on the momentum from an excellent Rugby League World Cup, the results in the first round of the Four Nations showed that test matches are anything but a one horse race...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about 5 years ago 336 reads 0 comments

  15. Rugby: Scotland and Robinson Try to Establish Themselves on World Stage

      For the Scottish rugby team and their loyal supporters, it has been a difficult decade with little success.   They won the last-ever Five Nations in 1999, but since then it has been a hard ...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about 5 years ago 56 reads 0 comments

  16. Wales Look To Make Impact on Autumn Internationals

      The Red Dragons face a period of reckoning, where they will look to re-assert themselves on the world stage after falling behind to their European rivals...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about 5 years ago 93 reads 4 comments

  17. Argentina Rugby: 2009 Northern Tour and URBA Finals

      The Pumas have named their first squad in preparation for their Northern tour, while the omitted players from the squad—from the Buenos Aires championship—prepare to play the finals of ...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about 5 years ago 145 reads 1 comments

  18. All Blacks Adjust Accordingly for Northern Expedition

    With the 33-man All Blacks’ Northern Tour squad named, we can see some adjustment from a challenging season so far, while Coach Graham Henry has implemented some ploys and innuendo to keep both his team and their rivals on edge...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about 5 years ago 94 reads 4 comments

  19. 2009 Rugby League Four Nations Preview

    In what is now the secondary competition to the Rugby League World Cup internationally, we see four teams of mixed strength arrive in Europe to contest the crown that anoints current world supremacy...

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  20. Henry's Selection Decisions Crucial for All Blacks

    By the end of this weekend, Henry and the national selectors will name a 33 man squad for a difficult end of year tour, where the genesis for the All Blacks most crucial next two years begins...

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  21. Wallabies Face Battle of Attrition in Northern Tour

    If it wasn’t enough that an Australian team with a modest recent record is heading to Europe to try and achieve just their second Grand Slam, they will confronted with their most dangerous foe and an arduous travel schedule to kick off proceedings...

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  22. Rugby: Preview of England's Test Season

    We take a detailed look at England's upcoming challenges in their soon to begin Test season.  Just less than a month from a ball being kicked in anger, and the Red Rose of England’s ...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about 5 years ago 87 reads 0 comments

  23. Wallabies Poaching From League Double Edged Sword

      The Australian rugby landscape is in need of an injection, with the game needing the type of front page media attention that brings fans to the games and youth joining the age-grade sides...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about 5 years ago 66 reads 1 comments

  24. Melbourne Storm-Parramatta Eels: 2009 NRL Grand Final Preview

    The Storm, in reaching their fourth straight fourth final, may be looking for redemption, while the late charging Eels are looking to recording their first premiership in 23 years...

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  25. Europe Prepares To Repel Tri Nation's Invaders

    As the European domestic competitions continue to build, the focus is slowly switching to what is essentially the beginning of the northern hemisphere test season. For many coaches, this will constitute the genesis of their 2011 World Cup preparations...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about 5 years ago 64 reads 1 comments