ABC Grandstand: talking rugby

Lions captains Alun-Wyn Jones (L) and Sam Warburton (in suit) lift the Tom Richards Cup in Sydney on Saturday night. Image: ABC Grandstand

Lions captains Alun-Wyn Jones (L) and Sam Warburton (in suit) lift the Tom Richards Cup in July. Could we see national quotas in future Lions squads? Image: ABC Grandstand

ABC Grandstand: There’s a bit going on in the rugby world, still, and I was on the Grandstand Breakfast show this morning to talk about it all, including:

  • Lions’ coach Warren Gatland’s suggestion of the need for minimum numbers from each of the four Home Nations;
  • The ARU’s pet project for 2014, the National Rugby Championship, and
  • Reasons for optimism for the Wallabies in 2014.


PLAY Canberra: my night in the coaching box with Jake White

Back a few weeks ago, I had the absolute honour and privilege of shadowing Brumbies coach Jake White as the team hosted, played, and DEFEATED (!) the British & Irish Lions in Canberra.

It’s worth mentioning that this is a world exclusive. In his entire coaching career, White has never let a journalist or writer into the coaches box with him. And he told me that after he said ‘yes’ to my pitch without hesitation.

Enjoy the read. I certainly enjoyed bringing it all together..  (click each page to enlarge) Continue reading

Cheap Seats Episode 10: It didn’t start well…

The Wallabies, Blues, and our cricketers feature in the milestone Episode 10..

Ryan and O’Connell and I are in a celebratory mood for the milestone Episode 10 of The Cheap Seats podcast.

In this episode, me and Ryan contemplate what – if any – highlights could’ve been used if this was a clip show, while Ryan is unsure what my view from a media box on the opposite side of ANZ Stadium to where he was would’ve been like.

Episode 10 talking points: The Lions series decider post-mortem, and the end of the Robbie Deans reign; SOO3, and why things don’t look flash for NSW; the latest from the Ashes Tour, and this week’s Splash & Dash on British sporting success and Mark Webber.

Wallabies: five things learned from Sydney

One final fumble: Robbie Deans before the Third Lions Test in Sydney. Image: ABC Grandstand

Well, that was a bit of a letdown. There can be no question that the better team won, and there can be even less question that the final result adequately illustrates the difference in class between the two sides over the three Tests.

When it came to the ultimate moments in the series, the British and Irish Lions were better equipped to deal with the situation at hand.

Worthy series winners. Clinical. Unrelenting. Deserving. Well played, Lions.

It also means that with everything that’s been said and done about the Wallaby performance on Saturday night, the five points today are all about the immediate and long-term future of the game.

You can read the five points over on The Roar now…