Bye, bye Africa, hello New Zealand.
It never fails to amaze me how one flight of a few hours so radically changes an environment.
The demise of the Springboks under a new head coach highlights the achievements of previous Boks coach Heyneke Meyer, under a similar quota requirement. Remember they were only a penalty away from beating the AB’s in the RWC semi-final.
On arrival at Oliver Tambo Airport in Johannesburg, one starts to feel hot, raw and stimulated. You know you are in Africa.
IRANZ Managing Director and former All Black Murray Mexted writes this week's IRANZ Insight from the Investec International Rugby Academy of South Africa.
Let's reflect on the rugby year – something every player and coach should do at the close of the season. If the aim is to perform, then reassessing what went well, what didn’t, and how it can get better is a fundamental requirement.
The International Rugby scene has become even more interesting after RWC 15 & the Olympic 7’s.
He never made it to the 'Big Dance' of International Rugby, nor did he ever play rugby at Super Rugby level.
However what IRANZ Graduate Robbie Malneek did achieve was a decorated ITM Cup career, where he featured for the Tasman Makos over 100 times. Now he's watching NBA on his days off as he plays the last games of his career for Mystic River in Boston, USA.
The country which gave the world Champagne and sultry women are about to go through a rugby renaissance. Guy Novès, the new French coach is ‘old school’ – but not in the general sense…