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Is rugby becoming another soccer?

In the amateur era, rugby was known as a tough game where justice was frequently administered by the players on the field.

All Blacks v Ireland

Without Dan Carter and five other changes to the starting lineup, have the All Blacks given Ireland a sniff of a historic first win in the final test of the series?

Australia v Wales

JG thinks that the afternoon test match in Sydney presents Wales with an opportunity to beat Australia in what will be their fifth encounter in nine months

South Africa v England

Heyneke Meyer has outsmarted Stuart Lancaster in the first two tests between the Springboks and England.

A Great Weekend of Rugby

While much attention will return to New Zealand, Australia and South Africa this weekend, there are other games which should not be ignored.

Let the Battles Commence

A feast of international rugby awaits this weekend. JG makes his predictions.

Lions Watch

There appears to be an abundance of riches in some positions but a dearth of talent in others.


On rugby pitches around the world the IRB recommendation is regularly ignored.

Will they never learn?

The abiding memory of the week leading up to last year’s world cup final was the almost unanimous belief in NZ that the All Blacks would win at a canter. It was a foregone conclusion. Game over before it started.

Thorn in Ulster’s side

Can there be a professional rugby player who has achieved as much as Brad Thorn? Representing Australia 8 times in rugby league and then winning 59 All Black caps is a unique achievement in itself. Despite his achievements the 37 year old still has a voracious appetite for the game. While some team mates from the successful All Blacks team of last year went off the boil, recuperated from injury or just wallowed in the glory of the victory, the oldest man in the side was soon back at work within days, playing in Japan.