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Super Rugby Preview – Special Drawing Board Edition

February 14, 2013 Leave a comment

Hello and welcome to our 2013 Super Rugby preview. Super rugby starts early this year, and will take on a slightly different format as a consequence.  The reason for this is that the Australian teams need to accommodate the British and Irish Lions tour to Australia during the mid-year break.

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The Drawing Board – End of year tour review

December 7, 2012 Leave a comment

A stunning victory by England over world champions New Zealand and seven tries from Ireland against Argentina were two rare high points for the home nations in the November internationals against the visitors from the south. Read more…

The Drawing Board (24/08/2012)

August 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Hello and welcome to Who’s Playing Who?’s weekly rugby blog. This week saw the start of the new Rugby Championship tournament with Argentina making their long awaited debut in a major international competition. This week’s action has taken its toll, with the Wallabies (David Pocock), Springboks (Bismarck du Plessis) and Pumas (Juan Martin Hernandez) suffering long term injuries. It will remain to be seen how much the teams miss their respective stars. Read more…

The Drawing Board (17/08/2012)

August 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Welcome to Who’s Playing Who?’s weekly rugby blog. This week sees the start of something new. This week sees the launch of the Rugby Championship, which replaces the old Tri – Nations. The Pumas (Argentina) will be making their long overdue entry into a top line competition, joining the Springboks, All Blacks and Wallabies to form the toughest competition in the world. There will be a huge travel factor in this competition. Read more…

The Drawing Board – Super Rugby Final Preview

In order to complete their fairy-tale journey to the top of the Super Rugby podium, the Sharks must complete their 30,000 mile course. Whilst they have been racking up the air miles in the past few weeks, they have also collected a couple of big – name scalps along the way in the form of the defending champion Reds and the table topping Stormers.  Both victories have come during a formbook-shredding and Indian Ocean-spanning journey that not many saw coming. One final long haul trip awaits them if they are to cap their rugby odyssey with the southern hemisphere silverware with the Chiefs lying in wait in Hamilton this weekend where a new Super Rugby champion will be crowned. Read more…

The Drawing Board – Semi Final review (02/08/2012)

Welcome to Who’s Playing Who?’s weekly rugby blog.  This week sees the culmination of a season of hard work for two teams. They have survived a brutal season. A season that involved a huge amount of travel, more grudge matches and a first ever break has thrown together two teams that can rightfully say they are the best in the competition. This was one of the least expected scenarios to be predicted at the start of the playoffs. Read more…

The Drawing Board (26/07/2012)

Hello and welcome to Who’s Playing Who’s weekly rugby blog. We are now one week through the playoffs and the best four teams have progressed to the semi-finals.  The Sharks ended the reign of the Reds as Super Rugby champions with a win in Brisbane that takes the South Africans through to the last four, whilst the Crusaders also made it through to the semi-finals after they dominated the Bulls to win. They will now meet the Chiefs in their 11th consecutive last four appearance, while the Sharks’ win has set up an all-South Africa semi-final against the Stormers. Read more…

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