Month: October 2019

Outgoing Schmidt Vows to Spell Rugby for Six Months or More

An Irishman expressing regret is not exactly rare, but in the case of Ireland rugby coach Joe Schmidt, it is newsworthy. Schmidt is headed elsewhere, destination to be determined, but he felt that he might have put the hex on his men by putting pressure on them far ahead of…Read More

Castle Adds Her Voice to the Departure of Cheika

Sorry to be wags, but we saw side-by-side photos of outgoing, make that gone, Wallabies coach Michael Cheika and RA boss Raelene Castle and could not help thinking that it looked as though Cheika had donned a wig and some makeup and was Castle in disguise. It was sort of…Read More

Football Damage to Cricket Pitches Fixed Simply

It might be time to begin referring to the Sydney Cricket Ground as Eagle Farm, although it does not seem that the turf situation at the oval is nearly as severe. Playing football on it just a little while back made the SCG unacceptable for cricket. The Roosters were training…Read More

Two Italians Sent Packing from World Cup for Roughing Springbok

England, South Africa, Australia. Those are the three countries with an outside chance of beating New Zealand at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. So, when it was announced that Italy would be without the services of prop Andrea Lovotti and bench player Nicola Quaglio for Italy’s final Pool B game…Read More

Wallabies Too Little Too Late Results in 29 – 25 Loss to Wales

Japan exudes an aura of prosperity, but it is a façade only, as they nearly had their electric service shut off during the 2019 Rugby World Cup match in Tokyo between Australia and Wales. It was only a partial blackout and match referee Romain Poite rightly concluded that there was…Read More