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September 28, 2010
Posted by Ruaidhri O'Connor on 09/28/2010
North against South
Looking enviously at golf's Ryder Cup, The Guardian's Robert Kitson wonders if rugby could ever put a viable north v south match together.
"The Ryder Cup will soon be with us in all its pastel-slacked, absurdly partisan, you're-the-man glory. Not so long ago it was but a relatively low-key event in the golfing calendar; now there are pretty much dedicated 'WAG lanes' on the M4 to ferry the players' partners to and from Celtic Manor. Rugby union, always looking for ways to boost its global profile, can only gaze longingly at golf's sexiest format.
November 24, 2009
Posted by Huw Baines on 11/24/2009
No case for the defence
Rugby has some answers to deliver on the entertainment debate, writes Owen Slot in The Times.
"Rugby union as entertainment? Traditionalists hold a deep-seated mistrust of their game crossing the line between sport and entertainment. Though, unfortunately for them, the professionalising of the game, by definition, requires rugby to be a public entertainment. There is no getting away from it.
December 7, 2008
Posted by Graham Jenkins on 12/07/2008
Daylight separates sparkling south and gloomy north
Former Wallabies boss John Connolly offers his thoughts on the impact of overseas starts in the European game. Like All Blacks coach Graham Henry he believes it is having a detrimental effect. Read his thoughts in the Sydney Morning Herald.
"New Zealand coach Graham Henry made a very good point when he was critical of the northern hemisphere for allowing a huge number of southern hemisphere recruits to play in their competition.