Mark Reason The voice of reason

About Mark Reason

Mark Reason has been a sports journalist for over 25 years. He currently works for Fairfax Media and will also be part of the Telegraph’s World Cup team and a regular panellist on Radio New Zealand during the World Cup.

He has covered every Rugby World Cup since 1991, the 2000 and 2008 Olympics, over 40 golf major championships, the FA Cup final, the Epsom Derby and a lot of other stuff he can’t remember. Mark emigrated to New Zealand in 2010 having spent over 20 years covering sport for the Telegraph and Sunday Times in Britain.

Mark Reason's latest articles

Winging it

The Hurricanes wing play destroyed the Crusaders in Super Rugby’s round 7. Mark Reason points out the lessons to be learned from Savea et al.

In search of the perfect pass

The Hurricanes delivered a lesson in how to execute the right pass at the right time against the Cheetahs in Super Rugby round 5.

The art of the kick in behind

Jonny Sexton and Ireland tried to exploit England’s rush defence by kicking in behind. Unfortunately for the Irish, Sexton lacked the kind of precision that Aaron Cruden showed against them in November.

Schmidt plots a course through England's defence

Joe Schmidt and Ireland found a way to breach both the All Black’s and the Welsh defences. Can they repeat the trick at Twickenham on Saturday and stay on course for the Grand Slam?

Ah, the rolling maul

Josef Schmidt’s Ireland identified Wales’s weaknesses and were relentless in exposing them writes Mark Reason

England's defence found wanting

Both England and France showed defensive weakness in Paris. Mark Reason writes that England in particular lacked the necessary defensive work rate to prevent the French from scoring.

Does the RFU have a case to answer?

With players leaving the home nations with increasing regularity, Mark Reason questions whether the RFU’s response would stand up in the a European court room.

Kicking Clever

The All Blacks’ have developed kicking skills throughout their backline which allow them to exploit any space or mismatch. Mark Reason discusses how Rugby League’s influence is setting the standard the ABs are following faster than any other union side.


A curious incident at the end of the Ireland v New Zealand match saw Aaron Cruden get two goes at his final kick. Was Nigel Owens’ involvement in this incident a decisive factor in determining the outcome of this match?


The All Blacks trust each other implicitly, while the English showed that they still lack that instinct. Mark Reason writes that this was one of the key factors which determined the outcome on Saturday at Twickenham.