Almanac Rugby – Super Rugby AU Round 1: Big wins and a new media landscape

Another season of pandemically domesticated Super Rugby is upon us, with four teams in action while the Melbourne Rebels await their first crack. Brian the Ruminator shares his thoughts.

Almanac Rugby: Viva Los Pumas

Brian the Ruminator regaled us with the rare gold of a Wallabies Bledisloe win last week – this week something even more extraordinary has happened with Argentina having defeated the mighty All Blacks for the first time.

Almanac Rugby: Bledisloe Glory…in 1979

Despite the famous recent victory, the Wallabies rarely take the chocolates over the All Blacks, let alone claim the Bledisloe Cup. Brian the Ruminator takes us back to a rare golden moment some 41 years ago…

Advice to innocents Down South regarding the terminology of footer

John Harms prefers accuracy in the language which describes football codes and offers a basic explanation for those Southerners who are struggling.

Almanac Rugby Union: Rugby Disunion – Worrying Trends

Anne Cahill Lambert has concerns about the position of women in sport. In particular, the scenario surrounding the resignation of Raelene Castle as CEO of Rugby Australia highlights this difficulty she comments.

Super Rugby 2020: Round 1 Ruminations

It’s early into 2020 and we have the first of the football codes’ competitions underway – Super Rugby. Brian the Ruminator is on deck to breakdown the games of each round and attempt to untangle the state of the game of Rugby Union.

Victoria v Springboks, July 3 1971

Glen recounts July 1971, when the Springboks played Victoria, on the verge of their apartheid ban.

When Scotland first claimed Twickenham

In a preview of the upcoming Six Nations, Neil Drysdale reminds us when Scotland first defeated England at Twickenham

Old Code Hopper

What can an Italian rugby player bring to AFL Masters in Maroochydore? Plenty as it turns out in a code affirming piece to start 2016.

New Zealand Wins! Run The Cutter – #RWC2015 Weekend 7

Hamish Neal tells how Dan Carter and 14 other men in black triumphed over a gallant Wallabies side in the Rugby World Cup final.

The man who scored a try against the All Blacks, then won an AFL Flag.

Wayne Ball on the career of retiring Swans player Mike Pyke, from his time representing Canada in Rugby Union to playing for the Swans in the AFL.

The Final Grade for Karmichael Hunt

Callum O’Connor sizes up Karmichael Hunt’s AFL career and finds that the positives outweigh the negatives.

Canberra: The Epicentre of Elite Sport

Ann Cahill Lambert tells us about the latest innovations and collaboration in sports science. The University of Canberra’s new Sports Commons facility gives the ACT Brumbies (Super 14’s finalists this weekend) and the Canberra Capitals a leading edge.

Rebels mark two opt for substance over stardust

Tim Ladhams thinks the Melbourne Rebels rugby union franchise have chosen substance over style this season, and will be all the better for it.

Mandela and Sport

Peter Baulderstone reflects on the life and miracle of Nelson Mandela. Mandela used sport to communicate and inspire. Sport used Mandela to find the ‘better angels’ in its own nature, and in those who play and watch it.

McKenzie’s new game-plan Cummins to fruition

Tim Ladhams reckons the Wallabies have turned the corner, and that Ewen McKenzie’s side is on track to be real contenders for the next World Cup.

McKenzie has Wallabies moving in the right direction

Tim Ladhams has been sweating over a hot plasma screen all weekend, monitoring several sports for the Knackery. To his trained eye the Wallabies cup is becoming half full, after Robbie Deans spilled most of the contents over recent years.

Folau shows the way as Wallabies break the shackles

Tim Ladhams can see a light at the end of the tunnel for the Wallabies. And for once its not an All Blacks winger wearing a miner’s lamp.

Door reopens for Smith but closes on O’Driscoll

George Smith will line up for the Wallabies for the first time in almost four years in the Lions tour decider in Sydney.

Fortune favours the braver Wallabies

Australia’s momentous victory on Saturday night was a triumph of ambition over execution.