Oracle Rugby brings you the most interesting news out of the World of Rugby over the last week
OBE for Sam
Sam Warburton receives an OBE, there is not enough space on this forum to go through what it is exactly or how it is awarded by in true internet style Wikipedia explains it, we just say Well Done Sammy!! Go you good thing!!
2017 by the numbers
ESPN Scrum give us some stats that make for interesting reading that we witnessed in 2017, spend a few minutes and read through them, you won’t be sorry especially of you are like me and enjoy numbers!!
Mapimpi one game to go
SARugby Mag remind us that this may be Mapimpi’s last tour with the Cheetahs, the derby with his ex-Kings being his last outing
One Eye Bandit
Argentina’s Clarín writes an interesting story about Irishman Ian McKinley albeit in Spanish, you can translate the page. Ian’s story is compelling and makes you think when it all but looks doomed the ability of today’s medical science is unbelievable!!
Van der Flier’s a record at 34
Planet Rugby claims that van der Flier has a record for the number of tackles in a game, sure it may be a Leinster record or at best a Pro 14 record, it may even have assisted Leinster from a losing the game, however it is DEFINITLY not a record, Thierry Dusautoir got 38, amazingly Thierry accounted for 12 of the starting 15 and got four of the benchers. Richie McCaw got done 8 times, we at Oracle Rugby say well done to you sir!! Quora.com answers the difficult question…’Is 9 tackles in a game bad by a flanker’?
Brunel looks to the ex-players
SuperSport announce that 3 former French Internationals will be assisting the new French Coach, Bonnaire Bruno & Elissalde get the nod, this may actually be a great move, I see a resurgence coming, just in time for the run in t9 the World Cup
Coetzee is safe WTF FUB!!??
Are ESPN joking? It appears not, Rassie Erasmus’s opening gambit was NOT TO REMOVE COETZEE, wow, how long will it take?
CJ Stands….ja well no fine
Independent in Ireland claims that CJ was never going anywhere, apparently it was just a feather ruffle, I always said where there is smoke there is fire, in this case it was rubbish!! CJ reckons he did not even speak to another club.
Nic Stirz it up north
Sporting Life report Mr Stirzaker will be playing at Saracens for 3 months, this is interesting, and will he come back and play for the Rebels? If so is it wise coming back a month after Super Rugby starts?