Radio Australia: “Quade Cooper … they won’t know what’s hit them, the Brits”

All eyes will be on Quade Cooper when he faces the Lions tomorrow night in Brisbane. Image: ABC Grandstand

…or so said Breakfast host Phil Kafcaloudes this morning!

Quade Cooper and the Queensland Reds take on the British and Irish Lions tomorrow night in Brisbane, and Phil and I previewed all the possibilities and permutations coming out of this tour match this morning.

We also talked about the Super Rugby round this weekend, and the New Zealand-France Test in Auckland tomorrow evening, and the horrible situation the All Blacks find themselves in, where they’ll still run out a decent side despite missing Dan Carter, Richie McCaw and a swag of others.

With thanks to the ABC, you hear the clip here:

Very little worth remembering in Paris rout

Les Bleus winger Wesley Fofana is tryline-bound at Stade de France on Saturday night. Image: ABC Grandstand

Oh dear.  Perhaps the only positive to take out of the France-Australia game on Sunday morning was that the 9pm kickoff in Paris meant we got to see the game at the very gentlemanly time of 7am AEDT.

Otherwise, it was another disappointing display from the Wallabies, only two weeks after the same side had more than held their own against the All Blacks.  They simply had no answer for the dominant French, and the 33-6 scoreline certainly reflects that.

Over on The Roar today, I provide yet another post mortem for a game best forgotten: http://www.theroar.com.au/2012/11/13/very-little-worth-remembering-in-paris-rout/

Clean jerseys don’t pay the bills

New ZealandIn a move that acknowledges commercial realities over that of tradition and emotion, the NZRU announced today that from the third Bledisloe Test in Brisbane next Saturday through until 2018, the All Blacks jersey will feature a sponsor’s logo front and centre.

US insurance giant, AIG, have kicked in a massive amount of money for the privilege, and their logo will also adorn the jerseys of NZ’s Sevens, Womens, and U20s teams.

New Zealand and France were the only remaining top tier nations in world rugby to maintain a clean jersey, which while it might appease the masses, it clearly doesn’t pay the bills.  One of the great features of the Black Jersey in all this time has been the fact that it has remained clean (if you’ll ignore the small detail of the prominent adidas logo, which they also pay a hefty amount to display) in an age where the game has embraced professionalism in all manner of ways (official vitamins, anyone?).

It’s a sad, but economically correct decision, and one that will no doubt underpin the game over the ditch.

But whoever would have thought France would be the last to give in to the corporates…

February Six Nations wrap – PLAY Canberra

In all good (and probably some bad) Canberra cafes now..

Well, here at is, my debut rugby article for PLAY Canberra magazine, which went out to somehwere in the order of 600+ cafes, eateries and shops around town on Thursday.

From this current edition (no.9, I believe), I’ll be covering International and eventually Super Rugby.  My first wrap of the Six Nations tourament is in this month’s issue.

Which means, somewhere in Canberra this month, a Frenchman will spray his coffee after reading my description of Les Bleus playing with “a spectacular kind of flawed brilliance that only the most erratic of teams are capable of.”

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