18 teams in maybe 5 countries across 4 conferences: 3 rugby partners create 1 big mess…

SKY Sport – The Magazine (NZ): For the June issue of the best sports mag over the ditch, I tried to make some sense of the whole debacle that is the expansion plans for Super Rugby. I’m not sure if I made it easier or harder to understand.

June 2014 columnOh, what a mess. Seriously. If there’s a more convoluted, confusing, overly-complicated way of expanding a professional rugby competition, I’d love to see it. Because I’m not sure what’s been put forward by the SANZAR partners can be topped. Until the next time they have a crack at it, I suppose. Honestly, it feels as well thought through as a Konrad Horrell selfie.

Click on the page to the right to read the full column.

The proposal clearly still has a long way to run yet. It might get over the line, and it might deliver the broadcast riches, or we could all be heading back to the drawing board.

Oval-shaped balls take centre stage

"Where friendly over-the-fence chats about the quality of Mitchell Johnson’s mo or David Warner’s slog-sweep descend into “your team is rubbish” sniping, and which generally end in someone mowing their neighbour’s front lawn wearing women’s sleepwear, Homer Simpson-style."

“Where friendly over-the-fence chats about the quality of Mitchell Johnson’s mo or David Warner’s slog-sweep descend into “your team is rubbish” sniping, and which generally end in someone mowing their neighbour’s front lawn wearing women’s sleepwear, Homer Simpson-style.”

Sky Sport – The Magazine: Footy season is well and truly underway, and my New Zealand friends, I gave a bit of an overview on just how quickly loyalties can be divided in Australia, and how much pleasure we take from it.

“More cases of beer are consumed in Australia by people other than the purchaser during footy season than at any other time. If there’s one thing better than going over to a mate’s place for a few beers in front of the footy, it’s heading home with a well-won case of his favourite drop under your arm.”

Check out my three-paragraph rundown on all four codes, for the April issue of The Magazine

Big Three to pick who, where, and when

"Axis of Evil": my column for the March issue of Sky Sport - The Magazine. Click to read in full..

“Axis of Evil”: my column for the March issue of Sky Sport – The Magazine. Click to read in full..

Sky Sport – The Magazine: One last cricket column for the summer, for my friends over the ditch, but sadly, no editorial cheap shot from Scotty Stevenson, who was in Sochi fronting Sky Sport’s Winter Olympics coverage.

Cricket’s Big Three – the BCCI, ECB, and Cricket Australia – have had their way with world cricket, and if you think those scraps of paper that promise future tours against the minnows, like New Zealand especially, are more than, well, scraps of paper, you’re not living in this universe…

If India doesn’t want to go to the Caribbean, or South Africa, you won’t be able to make them. And the way the Black Caps had their measure for so much of last month’s tour, you guys in New Zealand perhaps shouldn’t bank on a return any time soon, either.

New Zealand’s Ashes win

Yes, you read the headline right - click to read my NZ column in full..

Yes, you read the headline right – click to read my NZ column in full..

Sky Sport – The Magazine: I’ve mentioned before how I love getting my monthly mail package from New Zealand, just to see what manner of special mention – or outright cheap shot – my fair editor, and Sky Sport rugby commentator, Scotty Stevenson, has left for me. And he hasn’t let me down in the February issue.

As he was hurriedly preparing to head to Russia to head Sky’s coverage of the Winter Olympics, ‘Sumo’ was clearly troubled by his decision to employ me:

Australia … was ranked 13th at the Vancouver Olympics – quite an achievement for a nation that is pretty much parched and by and large snowless, but don’t get me started on Australians. Ever since that Brett McKay joined The Magazine they’ve started to win everything again. I don’t know whether to take credit, or aspirin.

Ah….. love it. Anyway, in the column for my friends over the ditch, I explained how Australian couldn’t have won The Ashes without their Black Caps. And I thanked them profusely, of course…