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Plus ca change, mais c’est la meme chose

Ryan Jones to return as Captain

Will it be the same 15 as started for Wales last Saturday or will the selector(s) stick with the same team? That’s a question that’s been kicked around in many a bar ever since the middle of the first half of the match against Ireland where the performance was pretty woeful.

Here’s my plan for the resurrection of Welsh rugby for Saturday: Continue reading

Scrums are ruining the game of Rugby

A scrum

A scrum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Earlier today I was watching yet another repeat of the timeless 1973 classic match between the Barbarians and New Zealand. It seemed so refreshing to see a game where scrums existed to help restart the game after a breakdown in play.

I reckon that on most occasions it took about 40 seconds from the referee blowing his whistle to award a scrum to the ball coming out the back of the scrum.

Fast forward an hour or so and it’s not half-time in today’s 5th round of the Heineken Cup. I started by watching Toulon v Cardiff. In the first 16 minutes there were 5 or so scrums, 4 resulted in penalties and not one was completed in less than 90 seconds from the time the referee blew the whistle. Some took 90 seconds before the ball went in! Continue reading

Isn’t respect a 2 way street?

New Zealand, or is that The New Zealand All Blacks, or is it just the All Blacks?

I was confused when I heard the announcers refer to them as all of the above, but there is no denying the power of their brand, a brand that not only commands respect but, far too often, demands it too.

It’s not that long ago that NZ (or the AB) refused to perform their traditional Haka in Cardiff as it was to be trumped by some Welsh singing to follow the ritual. As a result the Haka was performed in the changing room and the AB (or is that NZ) lost some respect.

But they made up for it with their play which was in the main, quite magnificent. Continue reading

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