Articles by Craig Ray

Rugby wasn’t the winner in USA

CRAIG RAY is perplexed after the Springboks scrambled a team to face a second-string Wales outfit for a dour Test that entrenched rugby’s low profile in America. READ MORE

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Bok captaincy: don’t sweat it

CRAIG RAY tempers the raging interest in who will be chosen to lead the Springboks by pointing out that the coach is the kingpin, not the captain. READ MORE

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SA teams precious about possession

CRAIG RAY celebrates the trend of SA Super Rugby teams treating the ball as if it’s made of a precious metal extracted from the bowels of Mordor. READ MORE

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Habana still has much to offer

Bryan Habana’s illustrious career is being celebrated in the wake of his decision to retire, CRAIG RAY says SA Rugby would be foolish to allow his story to end there. READ MORE

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Rugby is bleeding money

The game is facing unsustainable commercial challenges and CRAIG RAY says re-elected SA Rugby president Mark Alexander cannot be expected to solve them all on his own.  READ MORE

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Hey ref, just blow the laws!

With teams spending more time analysing the referee than the opposition, CRAIG RAY says rugby’s greatest challenge is finding a way to stop officials becoming the story.  READ MORE

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Why is Wakefield on tour?

The familiar sight of WP Rugby president Thelo Wakefield shadowing the touring DHL Stormers rankles CRAIG RAY who wonders why professional rugby suffers elected officials. READ MORE

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Sexton adds to drop-goal folklore

Johnny Sexton’s heroic, match-winning drop goal against France got CRAIG RAY thinking about its place in deciding the outcome of legendary Test matches. READ MORE

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Give the Boks a Kiwi coach

With Jake White, SA’s only credible Bok coaching candidate, not welcome in SA Rugby, CRAIG RAY says it’s time to lure a Kiwi to the hotseat. READ MORE

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PRO14 shows SA won’t miss Kiwis

There was a concern that playing in the PRO14, without New Zealand teams, would weaken rugby in South Africa, CRAIG RAY says there’s nothing to worry about. READ MORE

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Is it safe to smile?

If the Lions lift the Super Rugby trophy on Saturday it will cap off a promising South African revival this season, the optimism leaves CRAIG RAY feeling a little uneasy. READ MORE

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SA teams queue for Pro12

CRAIG RAY reveals that fissures in Sanzaar are growing and SA teams are eager to join the Cheetahs and Kings in Europe’s Pro12 competition next season. READ MORE

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