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The Punt #98

Adrian and Matt both won last week. Matt retained his spot in second, while Adrian jumped to third. Where’s the money headed this week? Let’s take a look…

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Tonga & Samoa squads announced

The following players have been announced to represent Mate Ma’a Tonga and Toa Samoa who play in this weekend’s Pacific Test at Centrebet Stadium. Read more…

David does RWC – Days 9, 10 and 11

September 23, 2011 Leave a comment

The 2011 Rugby World Cup is well under way in New Zealand, and we’ve sent our Chief Rugby Analyst David Shipton along to cover the entire tournament for us (well… not really. He lives there.)

RWC Days 9, 10 and 11

The RWC has marched on through the week, only taking a break on Monday. The minnow nations that are taking part are beginning to tire a bit and I don’t really blame them. This is one area that I think the IRB needs to take a look at. The minnow’s (basically everyone bar those in the Six Nations and Tri Nations plus Argentina) have had such quick turnarounds that they are getting fatigued in the last 20 minutes of the game and letting the bigger sides romp all over them. How is it fair that they regularly have to play 2 games in a week (including at least one against the top dogs) yet none of the top teams have to play more than once a week? It would help even the playing field so much if they did this. Teams like Fiji and Samoa have enough talent to be competitive and win games against the top 10 but will stand no chance if they have had to back up a couple of days later and play a strong and well rested side? Anyway that’s my rant over, now onto the games. Read more…

David does RWC – Days 4 + 5 + 6

September 17, 2011 1 comment

The 2011 Rugby World Cup is well under way in New Zealand, and we’ve sent our Chief Rugby Analyst David Shipton along to cover the entire tournament for us (well… not really. He lives there.)

RWC Days 4 + 5 + 6

We have had a fair bit to be excited about over here in NZ. The rugby action has been good for the most part, with games being well attended and played in good spirits. There have been a couple of good ones to boot and plenty of well worked tries as well. We move more into the second round, with some of the bigger teams playing over the weekend.  Firstly though, here is a look at what has happened with days 4, 5 and 6. Read more…

David does RWC – Days 1 + 2

September 11, 2011 2 comments

The 2011 Rugby World Cup is under way in New Zealand, and we’ve sent our Chief Rugby Analyst David Shipton along to cover the entire tournament for us (well… not really. He lives there.)

Wow what a start to the Rugby World Cup. I can tell you that the whole of New Zealand (I know it’s not a lot really) are fully behind this tournament. The excitement levels have been hitting fever pitch, and expectations will be high for all the teams in the tournament. Let’s start right at the beginning. Read more…

The Drawing Board – Rugby World Cup 2011 Preview (7/9/11)

September 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Welcome to the Drawing Board, Who’s Playing Who?’s one stop rugby shop. The World Cup starts this Friday, with excitement reaching fever pitch. I’ll be doing a bit of a different Drawing Board this week and during the world cup. No News this week, but I will still do a brief ITM/Currie Cup wrap here. During the World Cup however, I will be doing a blog post almost every day to provide up to date and awesome analysis. Canterbury and Hawke’s Bay won the ITM Premiership and Championship finals respectively. This is Canterbury’s fourth consecutive title, whilst for Hawke’s Bay they earn promotion to the Premiership.  The Lions, Sharks, Cheetahs and Western Provence all enjoyed victories in the Currie Cup. Read more…

Podcast- Series 3 Episode 9

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This week on the podcast, the crew take a look at the Wallabies’ loss at the hands of Samoa, and what it means for the rest of the year for Robbie Deans’ men. We also discuss Le Tour de France, and whether Cadel Evans can finally take out the race. There’s all the usual NRL and AFL previews, as well as the return of a much loved segment, plus we discover why Tomo has become essentially the most popular man in Christchurch. All that and more on this week’s episode… get listening!

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The Drawing Board (20/7/11)

Welcome to another instalment of The Drawing Board, Who’s Playing Who’s one stop rugby shop. It’s been a bit of a quite week in terms of the rugby being played, but the domestic competitions of both South Africa (Currie Cup) and New Zealand (ITM Cup) have both started up. The Wallabies have also played a test against Samoa in preparation for the Tri Nations, which I’ll be doing a short review on later. I’ll also briefly preview the Tri Nations Firstly though, here is the news. Read more…

Wallabies Squad to play Samoa

The following Wallabies side has been selected to play Samoa at ANZ Stadium this Sunday at 2pm. Read more…

Wallabies Test Squad- 2011

The following players have been selected as part of a 40-man Wallabies squad for the upcoming test match against Samoa and the Tri Nations tournament. Read more…

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