Coetzee favours flair over grunt

Allister Coetzee has made a popular call to install Warren Whiteley as his Springbok captain and first-choice No 8. Whether it is the best decision for a team with everything to prove in 2017 is another story, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Brainless Bulls circle the drain

The poorly coached Bulls have come to epitomise everything that is wrong with South African rugby, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Kiwis’ giants show why size matters

Hulking New Zealand outside backs continue to out-muscle and out-leap their smaller South African counterparts, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Stormers meltdown a reality check

The Stormers’ defensive and tactical meltdown in Dunedin should serve as a lesson to every South African team, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Lions must roar in New Zealand

Rugby needs the British & Irish Lions to overcome the odds and challenge the All Blacks in the coming Test series, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Lions remain a cut above

The Lions combined grunt with guile to stall the Stormers and send a powerful message to would-be New Zealand opponents, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Stormers a beacon of light

The Stormers made a physical and mental statement in the decisive fourth quarter against the Chiefs, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Super Rugby cull a must

The decision to reduce the number of Super Rugby teams from 18 to 15 is absolutely necessary for the competition’s survival, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Dire Bulls need intervention

The Bulls’ limp and largely aimless performances of the past 18 months suggest that something is profoundly wrong at the once proud franchise, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Boks face fight for respect in 2017

South African teams need to start beating their New Zealand counterparts on a regular basis for the Springboks to feature in the World Cup-contender conversation, writes JON CARDINELLI.

England show Boks the way

England’s investment in intellect and tradition is at the heart of their record-equalling success, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Suits continue to hamstring Boks

SA Rugby’s decision to retain Allister Coetzee, as well its new overseas-player policy, will limit the Springboks’ progress in 2017, writes JON CARDINELLI.

No beating Kiwis at own game

The South African teams’ attempt to match the Kiwi sides for tempo and intensity may backfire in the long run, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Blueprint too little too late

A national coaching blueprint should have been formulated and enforced last November, not in the week leading up to the 2017 Super Rugby tournament, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Defence the barometer of strength

South African teams will continue to make up the numbers in the Super Rugby tournament unless they invest more time and effort into their defence, writes JON CARDINELLI.

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