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Hendrik Roodt

In this the 3rd instalment of the Lions contenders, we look at the big men who perform in the engine room of the forward pack, the lock forwards.

Providing the grunt in the heart of the scrum, as well as the means to win ball in the line-outs, this group of BIG men are responsible for ensuring a continuous supply of quality first phase ball for the team.

Let’s open with the players who did the hard yards in last years campaign.

The next instalment will look at the ever improving and exciting loose forwards.

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Rugby authorities are doing themselves no favours in dispelling the belief that rugby still is an elitist sport which only caters for the traditional powerhouses of the game.

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RWC 2011 Judicial Process Background Information

The on-field disciplinary process for Rugby World Cup 2011 deals with Illegal and/or Foul Play and Misconduct. It reflects the citing, hearing and sanctioning process which applies across international Rugby as set out in IRB Regulation 17, but under expedited timeframes for the seven week tournament. Rugby World Cup 2011 will benefit from the most experienced Citing Commissioners and Judicial Officers selected on merit from the elite international Game to act in such roles at the Tournament.

The appointment of Citing Commissioners, Judicial Officers and Appeal Committees during the Tournament is based upon neutrality considerations.

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It seems the powers that be in Rugby just can’t let sleeping dogs lie.  New interpretations, definitions, and clarifications on the Rules of the game were recently distributed by IRB via the South African Rugby Referees Association.

Some you may have previously seen or been aware of, some not. The full list is under. Continue reading

With a little over 200 days to go until the IRB Junior World Championship 2011 kicks off in Italy, Pool C opponents South Africa and England are stepping up preparations in their quest to end New Zealand’s dominance of the prestigious Under 20 tournament.

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Someone said earlier this week that some of the best coaches must come together and write a coaching manual. They said there is a need for it. I found this website and would like to share it with you. Rugby-Talk also added a section called LAWS  & REGULATIONS, The links to this site can be found there.

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In light of the abuse Peter de Villiers and SARU got on the Frans Steyn debacle and the fact that Frans Steyn played last night for his Club Racing Metro in the French Top 14 Competition, I looked at the IRB regulations on the availability of players. The problem for me, with no legal background,  is to identify ALL the legal loopholes.

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