Almanac Rugby: Super Rugby Trans Tasman Round 4

Brian ruminates on the weekend’s round of Trans-Tasman rugby

Almanac Super Rugby Pacific: In the doldrums

The discourse around rugby is gloomy, and Brian the Ruminator senses the roubles. “But,” he writes, “it’s the sense of helplessness that many of us in the rugby fraternity feel. It’s hard to see a circuit breaker.” Here are his thoughts after the first round.

Almanac Rugby Union – 2023 Rugby World Cup: 28 years later, All Blacks out to square ledger

Brian the Ruminator puts the 2023 Rugby World Cup in perspective as he looks forward to next weekend’s final between the All Blacks and the Boks.

Almanac Rugby Union – 2023 Rugby World Cup: Pool Stage Wrap and Finals Preview

‘If you truly love the game played in heaven you have to revel in the spirit of the game, where the game comes first and the travails of your team a distant second.’ So says Brian the Ruminator as he reviews the 2023 Rugby World Cup pool stage before offering his thoughts on the upcoming finals.

Almanac Rugby: A tale of two World Cups, or even three

In the run-up to France 2023, Tim Burke reflects on Australian rugby’s ‘status anxiety’, its preoccupation with World Cups, and the relationship between rugby and rugby league.

Almanac Rugby Union: 2023 Rugby World Cup preview

Brian the Ruminator returns to The Footy Almanac to provide a preview of the upcoming 2023 Rugby World Cup. Who are his top fancies to claim ‘Bill’?

Almanac (Sporting) Life: Lyndon ‘Beefy’ Andrews – A Lifetime Watching

Lyndon ‘Beefy’ Andrews and his wife Marilyn have attended an abundance of sporting events across Australia and around the world from toad Races to World Cup Finals.

” ‘Buggsy’ and the Lalor clan…a true sporting dynasty…” by KB Hill

Sporting clans don’t come much more prodigiously than the Lalors from Benalla. And who better to chronicle their achievements than KB Hill?

Almanac Rugby: The November Tests

Brian the Ruminator runs a rule over the recent Rugby test series between some of the heavy hitters and also rans. With next year a World Cup year, the favourites are taking shape.

Almanac Rugby: NZ Wins The Rugby Championship

Brian Lynch reports on the conclusion to The Rugby Championship 2022 where the status quo of world rugby was maintained – unfortunately for the Wallabies!

Almanac Rugby: Most Controversial Bledisloe Test I’ve Seen

The Ruminator is gutted by the unprecedented ending to Thursday night’s Bledisloe Cup match. It leaves him empathising with Magpies supporters.

Almanac Rugby Union: Week 4 of The Rugby Championship

The Ruminator reports on Week 4 of the Rugby Championship where the trend of bounce-back wins continued.

Almanac Rugby: Week 3 of The Rugby Championship

History was made in Aotearoa (the wrong type if you’re a fan of the All Blacks) when the Argentinians won for the first time and consigned their opponents to defeat for the third time in a row at home. Brian the Ruminator has the wrap up of that match and a heartening win for the Wallabies over the World Cup holders.

Almanac Rugby: Week 2 of the Rugby Championship

Never count out the All Blacks…or Los Pumas for that matter! Brian the Ruminator gives us his insights into the second week of the Rugby Championship.

Almanac Rugby: Week 1 of the Rugby Championship

What’s happening at the All Blacks? Worrying signs for the eternal powerhouse of rugby…meanwhile the Webb Ellis holders are on the up and up and Argentina showed signs of their recent good form against Australia but the Wallabies came back to win their clash somewhat comfortably. All the details from Brian the Ruminator inside.

Almanac Rugby Union: Wallabies, All Blacks lose their series, Samoa wins Pacific Nations Cup

The All Blacks have lost a series at home for the first time in 36 years! Brian Lynch provides coverage of the weekend’s international rugby union. It should be one hell of a World Cup in 2023!

Almanac Rugby Union: Week 2 of Tier 1 North v South Tests plus Pacific Nations Cup

Brian the Ruminator rediscovered his blarney as he took in Week 2 of international rugby union clashes. The results set up a fascinating conclusion to the various series this weekend.

Almanac Rugby Union: Week 1 of Tier 1 North v South Tests plus Pacific Nations Cup

July is a big month for international rugby union as the Southern Hemisphere powerhouses host the top four ‘Home Nations’ while the Pacific nations play each other for local supremacy. The Almanac’s rugby expert Brian Lynch reviews the first weekend of competition.

Almanac Rugby: Super Rugby Pacific Final

Brian Lynch reports of the Super Rugby Pacific final before ruminating on the machinations within Rugby Australia regarding the future of the competition.

Super Rugby Pacific: Semi Finals

Brian The Ruminator reports on a couple of epic clashes in the semi-finals of the Super Rugby Pacific 2022 season.

Almanac Rugby: Super Rugby Pacific Quarter Finals

Help me Brumbies, you’re my only hope! Brian the Ruminator wraps up the Super Rugby Pacific quarter finals which saw the home teams all on the winners list and one Australian side left to face the Kiwis.