Category Archives: Sport – rugby

Is the NRL salary cap an “illegal cartel”?

I can only assume that op-ed pundit/pop historian Peter FitzSimons must have been wrapping his trademark red vanity hijab too tightly around his head and cutting off the blood supply to the brain.  It is the only plausible explanation for … Continue reading

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Responding to the Haka

It was a sign of things to come perhaps. As the All Blacks performed their pre-match war dance with its stamping, grunting, eye-bulging and tongue lolling, the camera cut away to a shot of Australia’s Radike Samo. His face shiny … Continue reading

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The truly national footie code?

I grew up playing rugby union and rugby league in northern beaches Sydney.  But you couldn’t call rugby (union) Australia’s national game, especially after tonight’s depressing tryless loss by the Wallabies to Ireland.  A top class rugby game exhibits all … Continue reading

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Adam Smith on Science, Paul Krugman on intellectual charlatans: Speech to CSIRO science leaders

A few weeks ago, on the 30th of Sept to be precise, I gave a speech to ‘science leaders’ in CSIRO. Science leaders are early mid career scientists from around the world whom CSIRO have recruited. As the speech explains, … Continue reading

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Sonny Bill and the fiendish frogs

What a lot of nonsense has been talked about the defection to French rugby of rugby league star Bobby Sue Billy Jo Sonny Bill Williams!  First, the NRL isn’t going to succeed in getting an injunction to restrain Sonny Bill’s defection, … Continue reading

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Nitpicking Aussie Robbie

Robbie Deans’ tweaked team lineup for the upcoming second rugby test against France seems pretty sound to me.  Neither speedster Lachie Turner for the injured Tuqiri nor Stephen Hoiles for Wycliff Palu will weaken the team, and Turner might even add desirable speed on the … Continue reading

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Search for an intelligent ex-front rower

For rugby fans who’ve been watching with increasingly frustrated bemusement Ewen McKenzie’s bizarre coaching of the NSW Waratahs to play stereotypical 10 man rugby despite boasting one of the most potent backlines in the Super 14 and despite the fact that … Continue reading

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