Matt Rowley

  • Rugby
    Scotland vs South Africa – Result, score & review

    Scotland 3 South Africa 27 Today the Springboks showed both their pedigree and the amount of preparation...

  • Wallabies
    Growden get’s it wrong…..again

    I go on holiday for two days and look what happens. In the space of 48 hours,...

  • Rugby
    The Goose Steps in it Again, and this Time he might be spot on – by Coatsie

    Without having another great big pull over hanging out with him and doing more namedropping, when I...

  • Tales of two very different Wallabies

    There are two very different stories in the press at the moment about two Wallabies. One – David Lyons – is quite literally putting his life on the line for his country. The other – Lote Tuqiri – seems to be spinning headlong into the endgame of his union career. The Lyons...

  • Wallabies
    We gonna pop a cap in yo’ ass

    There was an interesting article over at The Australian on the weekend reviewing the number of caps...

  • Beer

    With a Rugby World Cup only weeks away, the topic of beer becomes more critical than ever.With regards to getting a decent lager here in the UK, there has been nothing short of a CATASTROPHE in recent weeks. Majestic Wines – the chain of stores that usually stocks VB (the cornerstone of...

  • France vs England – Jauzion try video highlight

    Here’s the one try of the night. Note to Knuckles: in the replay, watch how Jauzion gets on Farrell’s inside shoulder. I’d love to see Beavis Mortlock doing the same thing in the quarters.

  • Great rugby grounds of the world

    Yet again Nursedude has provided the inspiration for a bit of a ramble: “Of the rugby stadiums that you have been to in OZ and Europe, which ones do you think are the best in terms of sight-lines, and ambiance?” Bloody good question. Here’s my personal ranking – let me know what...

  • France vs England – Result, score, review

    France 22England 9 A few too many vinos tonight for a detailed analysis, but at the end of the day, France cantered to this win. Too much class for England’s 10 man game. You’ll see lots of talk about how Farrell was great. Ignore it, they’re dreaming. He was actually pretty ordinary.What...

  • Wales vs Argentina – score, result & mini review

    Wales 27Argentina 20 What started off as a lackluster friendly, turned into a hard fought nailbiter at the Millenium Stadium today. At half time, it looked like Wales were running away with it up 27-10. The visitors seemed to be losing all shape and discipline under pressure, almost like we were back...

  • Rugby
    France vs England Preview & Teams

    Time for the real deal After a season full of B teams and selection trials, tomorrow’s clash...

  • ARC – we like it, we need it, stuff the journos

    Leading up to the new comp starting, it was an ARC slate-o-rama-fest from all journos concerned against this ‘ill-conceived money pit’ that would be the ‘death of Aussie grass-roots rugby’. One round into the ARC, it’s fascinating to watch what’s been happening online (which is all I’ve got up here in the...

  • Rugby
    Coatsie’s board game guide to the football codes

    By Coatsie In a pub-bound philosophical discussion recently (read piss-up with mates) I made the following formulation as a comparison guide of the football codes. It’s extremely scientific, founded on many years of extensive research as a footyheaded armchair psychologist pouring over reams of literature, and pouring plenty of cold beer down...

  • How to tell the football codes apart – by Coatsie

    Dear Matt and readers, In response to a recent post, I took the liberty of replying to the question “what do I think of Rugby League..?” I’m afraid I’m the same as Matt; I’m Rugby through and through. Consequently I see Rugby League as little more than touch-footy with tackles. I know,...

  • England World Cup 2007 Squad Announced

    Today the poms – under coach Brian Ashton – announced their 30 man squad to go to France. As these guys could well be more than just a big banana skin in the Wallabies’ path at quarter-final time, it’s worth having a squiz at who we could be up against. The forwards...

  • England vs France result and highlight

    Above – big Phil Vickery gets bitch-slapped by Dimitri Szarzewski England 15 – France 21 This was a fascinating clash at Twickenham on Saturday, the key question being whether the English forward centered game plan would be enough to subdue class opposition. The answer, especially pleasing from an Australian viewpoint, is that...

  • Kirk talks crap

    Just in case you wondered how scarred a few Kiwi psyches are, check this one out. David Kirk, (the only) World Cup winning All Black captain and most one-eyed rugby commentator that I have ever heard, had this really bold statement to make about New Zealand’s chance of winning the rugby world...

  • Wallabies
    Chief idiot strikes again

    When you’ve had a week at boot camp swimming across lakes in temperatures of 1 degree and route marching through the bush through the night, I think you can be expected to let off a bit of steam. Hey – maybe even until 5.30 in the morning, I mean there’s no test...