Sod off, Dan Carter

If there’s an upside to the Rugby World Cup final, it’s that we’ll finally see the back of Dan Carter. Yes, it’s true New Zealand breeds rugby players like sheep. And there will be others to plug the gap. But Carter’s precision boots won’t be easy to fill. Indeed, we may never see his like…

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Wallabies’ lucky World Cup escape

A couple of minutes short of full-time and I was ready to call an end to our Rugby World Cup campaign. We were two points behind a Scottish outfit that had just intercepted yet another errant Wallabies pass to score what looked like a match-winning try. Time was fast running out. We were all over…

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Flying Dutchman crashes to earth

He scored one of the goals of last year’s FIFA World Cup, a leaping horizontal header that earned him the nickname The Flying Dutchman and many a social media meme. This week, the Netherlands found themselves inexplicably struggling to qualify for next year’s European Championships. Two goals down against the Czech Republic and needing every…

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Wallabies channel their inner Gandalf

I’ve got my annual health check on Wednesday. I could probably cancel it. Because the Wallabies’ game against Wales is as rigorous a heart stress test as you’ll get anywhere. There we were, six points ahead with 20 minutes to go. The Welsh had thrown the kitchen sink at us but hadn’t broken our line….

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