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Five stars nominated for IRB World Rugby Player of the Year 2014

For me it's between Vermeulen and Retallick. Both of them have been huge (literally and figuratively) this year. I feel that they have contributed more to their teams' successes than any backline players have. Obviously I'd like a South African to win, but if Retallick gets it, I'd be cool with that.

5 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Ireland upset South Africa with impressive physicality in Dublin

Kudos to the Irish - they simply outplayed us in every aspect of the game. Particularly impressive was their centre pairing - looked dangerous every time they touched the ball.

For us, Francois Hougaard had a game he'd want to forget. His fumbles ruined our most potent attacks. But he wasn't the only culprit.

Hope some hard lessons were learnt, and that we regroup for the English.

5 Months, 3 Weeks ago

A tribute to Western Province legend and MND victim, Tinus Linee

Sad news about a real legend of SA Rugby, who played at a time when everything started to change for us. This was a golden era for Bok midfielders - Hennie le Roux, Japie Mulder, Pieter Muller, Helgard Muller, Brendan Venter. To get to tour as a centre with the Boks along with these names is some achievement. RIP Tinus.

5 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Barbarians run riot in entertaining midweek clash against Leicester Tigers

Looks like the kind of game you really want to see live. And what a great way for Jacques Botes to end a brilliant rugby career. He never got the Bok call-up that so many feel he deserved, but the people in Durban know exactly how much he means to a team.

I'm really sorry Juan de Jongh was not included in this end-of-year touring squad. I think he's the most creative midfield attacker in SA rugby, and he's had a very impressive domestic season.

5 Months, 3 Weeks ago

The Steven Luatua Quarterback Lineout throw against Australia

Thanks. I see it now has its own thread.

5 Months, 3 Weeks ago

The Steven Luatua Quarterback Lineout throw against Australia

Anyone know whether the Leicester / Barbarians game was broadcast, and whether there's a highlights package anywhere?

5 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Friday Funnies - Nigel Owens is straighter than this lineout throw

Well played, Nige.

6 Months, 1 Week ago

All Blacks snatch victory at the death in thrilling Brisbane Test

This was a great game to watch. Test match rugby is alive and kicking.

6 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Rugby's first ever OWN TRY awarded in NRC clash in Sydney

That'll teach them for playing in those Amazing Technicolour Jumpers. If the poor visiting side has to play in an away kit that doesn't match any of their colours, they'd have to run out in beige.

I do hope the try gets added to the bloke's season stats though.

6 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Midweek Madness - Lee Jones prevents Fijian try after casual effort to score

Ah, shades of the old Deon Kayser vs Robbie Fleck reality check.

6 Months, 2 Weeks ago