Archive for September, 2008

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

Need new markets for new incomes streams, but…

Source: Super-sized Super 14 the saviour – Greg Ford Nichol said the game was at a “crossroads” with rugby needing to expand into new markets to generate new income. He said if New Zealand wasn’t at the vanguard of change it risked losing an opportunity to create the premier rugby competition in the world. “That’s […]

Friday, September 26th, 2008

ARU / NZRU – Look we need the MONEY !

       We need the money !!! Source: Bledisloe for Twickenham Australian rugby union officials are reportedly planning to stage a Bledisloe Cup clash in England next year. “We may even play All Blacks and the Wallabies at Twickenham, that’s not out of the question.” A Twickenham Test has the potential windfall for all three parties, […]

Friday, September 26th, 2008

NZRU – Where is Fred Dag when you need him ?

Fred, Please run the NZRU for us, thanks ! Source: NZRU’s disorganised organisation chronicled – JAMIE MACKAY Ummm, let’s have a look at some recent cases of its stupidity. There was the appointment of the clearly ill-qualified John Mitchell in 2001. The youngest coach in All Black history set about getting rid of some of […]

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Players Overseas – Even Scotland cant get its players !

Source: IRB step in to solve Scotland player row Scottish Rugby lodged an official complaint with the IRB after Premier Rugby (PRL), the umbrella organisation representing Guinness Premiership teams, blocked players attending Monday’s first training session of the season at Murrayfield. Premier Rugby insist they were within their rights to impose the blanket ban as […]

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

ELVs – Honk Kong and the World Trials (Aug 1 start)

My Comments: Pulling down the maul and anything goes within lineout numbers are allowed. I hope these two are canned. The ruck and maul laws go back to last years laws, free kick will not be used as it was in the Super 14 2008.  These are the ELVs for the world wide trial starting the […]

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

International Player Series (IRB reads my blog !)

Source: IRB planning rugby World Series – David Long The IRB are desperate to add some meaning to the rugby calendar outside the World Cup and have devised the idea of a biennial World Series which would involve the world’s top 10 nations – New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, Argentina, England, Wales, France, Ireland, Scotland […]

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

All Blacks(28) vs Australia(24) – Slow start, better finish !

  Spring Time in NZ… September in NZ is spring time, and the cold bleak dark weather roles away, the arrival of warm sun shine wakens kiwis to outdoor pursuits like fishing, hunting, snow skiing, long black coffees at the cafe. The ABs had three weeks off and that’s what they were doing, so to come back to […]

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

ELVs – NZ press are turning negative

Source: ELVs just no good so let’s dump them– Evan Pegden Southern hemisphere rugby has been sold a pup and it’s time to come clean and ADMIT IT ! The ELVs or at least the ones aimed at solving the perennial problems at the breakdown and speeding the game up are not working. Yes, the […]

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

ELVs – Aerial Ping Pong – Wayne Smith

        Source: ELVs force both sides into safe approach – Mark – Geenty Smith said it was ironic that the ELVs, designed to promote an attacking game, had evolved it into a form of aerial ping-pong. “The ELVs have created the game where territory’s important where you don’t want to be caught too often […]

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

ELVs – RIP ! (Nearly)

          Source: Sour taste from half-pie ELVs – Greg Ford IRB boss Mike Miller has admitted that, “in hindsight”, the global trial of the ELVs has been flawed. A NZRU spokesman even confirmed no decision had been made on which rules will apply in next year’s Super 14. Miller: “In hindsight we might have bitten […]