1. Southern Kings Lodge Their Super 15 Bid

    When SANZAR announced that the new team to enter Super rugby would be based in Australia, within the same countries “new conference” it was naturally assumed that the new side would obviously be an Australian team...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about 5 years ago 69 reads 0 comments

  2. Dan Carter and Richie McCaw Must Be Expendable

    The two celebrated Canterbury stars are essential foundations to the All Black team, but it is now a proven fact that without them, New Zealand is a far different proposition. It is a situation that is an anomalous cocktail for the All Blacks to have..

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about over 5 years ago 453 reads 4 comments

  3. Managing the All Blacks' Embarrassment of Riches

    As the countdown begins to 2011, how will Graham Henry manage the startling return to form from key players, the performance of the new blood, the declining status of veterans and ...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about over 5 years ago 136 reads 8 comments

  4. All Black Fundamentals Exist, Just Need Polishing

    There is no way in glossing up the ignominious fact that this New Zealand team is potentially one loss away from recording one of the worst test years on record...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about over 5 years ago 58 reads 4 comments

  5. All Blacks: Is the Number 12 the New Unlucky 13?

    In the modern era, some believe that centre has been a problem position for New Zealand. But with the All Blacks' style of play shifting, it seems that second five eighth may be their new quandary...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about over 5 years ago 334 reads 4 comments

  6. Springboks Tri Nations Review

    A menacing shadow has cast itself over the world of rugby, with the Springboks unchallenged as the premier test rugby nation on the planet, although the greatest test may come from within...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about over 5 years ago 277 reads 2 comments

  7. All Blacks Register the Dreaded Century

    New Zealand’s test defeat at the hands of South Africa in Waikato Stadium, their first international loss in Hamilton, is also the official 100th test defeat suffered by the All Blacks...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about over 5 years ago 135 reads 3 comments

  8. Midfield Battle Could Decide Tri Nations

    The All Blacks will field their fourth midfield combination of the year against the Springboks in Hamilton this weekend, and will be tested by one of the best centre pairings in the game...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about over 5 years ago 127 reads 9 comments

  9. Players Rally behind Beleaguered Captain John Smit

    The Springboks front row famously caused havoc for the British and Irish Lions in the first Lions test. It has been under growing scrutiny after firm examinations from not only the Lions as the ...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about over 5 years ago 160 reads 26 comments

  10. Preview: Wallabies V Springboks in Brisbane

    South Africa has one hand on the Tri Nations title, just two competition points from clean sweeping all major test trophies available to them...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about over 5 years ago 224 reads 4 comments

  11. Why Do Some People Still Doubt the Springboks?

    Despite the increasing evidence that this South African team could quite possibly go down in history as not only one of the great sides from the republic, but also in rugby lore, they still have an unusual high number of detractors...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about over 5 years ago 210 reads 2 comments

  12. Wallaby Rugby Needs Drastic Inquisition

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  13. Wallabies-Springboks Preview

    Two very different sides come into Perth, the Springboks making a deserved amount of noise, the Wallabies sneaking in trying to avoid any attention whatsoever. Luckily for the home team, other events have taken some attention away from this clash...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about over 5 years ago 149 reads 5 comments

  14. Tri Nations Analysis So Far: New Zealand

    The last word that comes to mind when describing the 2009 All Blacks is vintage, but they possess a fighting quality that has ensured they may still defend their Tri Nations title...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about over 5 years ago 166 reads 9 comments

  15. Tri Nations Analysis So Far: Australia

    The loss in Sydney not only was the second time that the Wallabies under Robbie Deans have lost three straight, but it appears that every loss is only raising more questions of a team that only two months ago was really beginning to look the goods...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about over 5 years ago 102 reads 1 comments

  16. Tri Nations Analysis So Far: South Africa

    The Springboks have made a mockery of one of the doctrines of rugby that you cannot win without the ball. Their pressure inducing strategy is winning them matches, and while not unconquerable, ...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about over 5 years ago 54 reads 1 comments

  17. Preview: Wallabies V All Blacks, Bledisloe Two

    As the two somewhat dazed sides come into Bledisloe two, in the long run they may actually benefit from their recent losses in the build up to the 2011 World Cup...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about over 5 years ago 77 reads 1 comments

  18. All Blacks Play First Pure Playing Axis in Nearly Two Years

    The return of Luke McAlister to the All Blacks starting number 12 position sees a change that will be closely monitored...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about over 5 years ago 100 reads 0 comments

  19. All Blacks' New Cycle Could Lead to 2011 Success

    Graham Henry took control of an All Black team after the 2003 World Cup that had lost to the Wallabies despite both John Mitchell and Robbie Deans implementing what had been quite ...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about over 5 years ago 229 reads 11 comments

  20. Do the Springboks Deserve the Vestige of Greatness?

    This is a very good South African team, for one could not defeat the All Blacks and Wallabies on consecutive weeks and not have a certain essence of quality...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about over 5 years ago 75 reads 10 comments

  21. Preview: England-Australia, Fourth Ashes Test 2009

    For the tourists it is simple. Win this test match at Headingley and reclaim the Ashes. They will also restore the pride of the home team in this time honoured contest, after being thumped 5-0 in the 2006-07 series...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about over 5 years ago 203 reads 2 comments

  22. Rugby Preview: South Africa vs. Australia

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  23. What's the Difference Between the All Blacks of 2005 and 2009?

    On the 27th November 2004, Graham Henry would take his first year All Blacks team to the Stade de France in Paris, and would begin a remarkable period of dominance with a 45-6 win over Les Bleus...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about over 5 years ago 389 reads 3 comments

  24. Springbok Worshippers Need to Put It in Perspective

    In a few months, South Africa could hold all of the significant notches in world rugby, but back-to-back victories over an All Black team in 2009 may have created a mirage for the side now ranked as the No...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about over 5 years ago 99 reads 5 comments

  25. French Rugby Champions Lose to Touring Brumbies

    After an uninspiring opening to their French tour (losing their first two matches) the Brumbies, with some Wallabies back on deck, defeated the current Top 14 champions, USA Perpignan...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about over 5 years ago 117 reads 0 comments