What has happened to the Australian Hard Man?

From the age of five, I was already a sports fanatic, particularly crazy about cricket, so when we were forced to leave central Africa at independence and my father began talking about Australia as a possible destination, I was his

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Super Rugby Round-up – Week 9

Blues vs Brumbies The first four matches of the weekend all ended with defeat for the favourites. The Blues finally scored their first victory of the year when they held on to beat the Brumbies. Beginning with greater patience and

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Super Rugby – Week 8 Round-up

Hurricanes vs Stormers In the first half the Hurricanes enjoyed a golden period of less than twenty minutes, which eventually won the game for them but for most of the rest of the match, in particular the second half, they

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Super Rugby Round-up – Week 7

Hurricanes vs Rebels In the first game of the weekend, the only unbeaten team in super rugby managed to remain that way by beating the Rebels 36-12, despite resting Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett and being without Dane Coles. It was

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2015 World Cup Cricket Final – the Martin Crowe Factor

At 5.30am tomorrow, South African time, Australia and New Zealand meet in the final of the Cricket World Cup, for the first time. It is a dream final for the organizers, as these are the host countries. As always though,

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Super Rugby Round-up – Week Six

Highlanders vs Hurricanes The beginning of this game set the tone for much of the weekend and was in stark contrast to what was on offer in a magnificent afternoon of rugby in the Six Nations the following day. For

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World Cup Cricket – The Perfect Semi-Final?

As predicted in the World Cup Preview, the semi finalists are Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa and on Tuesday the first semi-final of the 2015 cricket world cup will be played between New Zealand and South Africa. What

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Super Rugby Round – up Week 5

Week five of Super Rugby 2015 proved a much better week for NZ teams and a disappointing one for the rest. The standard of rugby was better than last week, with one game in particular providing sparkling entertainment. The goalkicking,

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Super Rugby Round-up – Week Four

Week four of Super Rugby 2015 was not a great advertisement for rugby in the southern hemisphere and for New Zealand rugby teams, it was perhaps the worst showing since super rugby began in 1996. In addition, an inordinate amount

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Cricket World Cup Update

At the halfway stage of the cricket world cup, although there have been one or two upsets, the likely semi-finalists remain as predicted in the preview. India and New Zealand are unbeaten, while South Africa and Australia are on course

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