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Like father like son – test rugby players

17 Oct, 2020 beet 6

The Bledisloe Cup 2020 produced internationals debuts for All Blacks Blues players Caleb Clarke and Hoskins Sotutu. Both are sons of former test players. Here is a list of current players who’s fathers also played at the very top level.…

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Bulls u21 B-team would do compo justice

11 Oct, 2020 beet 0

An obvious talking point after two rounds of u21 competition is how good the Bulls are. Lots can be said of their preparation, particularly up front but also their player depth.…

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Two Saffas feature in Eddie Jones 2020 plans

5 Oct, 2020 Beet 1

Two South African born players David Ribbans (Somerset College) and Simon Kerrod (Pretoria Boys’ High School) have progressed from fairly humble beginnings as professionals in their home country to now be included amongst 12 uncapped players in England head coach Eddie Jones’ initial 28-man training squad ahead of a busy international window.…

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Does anyone else hate the cross-kick?

5 Oct, 2020 Beet 3

I cannot stand the cross-kick. I thought an overkill of rolling maul tries would be top of my list of plays that do not impress me but now I’m convinced it’s the cross-kick.…

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Italy, a land of unrealised rugby opportunity

1 Oct, 2020 Beet 1

The Federazione Italiana Rugby (F.I.R.) enjoyed one of their best results in what has been a pretty miserable test rugby history when they beat the Springboks 20-18 in Florence in 2016. A rare outstanding achievement put into perspective by the overall test losing record of played 15 lost 14 at an average losing score of 12-47 against South Africa.…