Articles by Gavin Rich

WP implosion a great thing?

GAVIN RICH believes that the crisis threatening to push Western Province back towards amateurism may turn out to be the best thing to ever happen to rugby in South Africa. READ MORE

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Safe rugby is boring rugby

GAVIN RICH warns World Rugby that the professional game is getting safer at the same rate that it’s losing appeal as a contact sport. READ MORE

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Mitch behind Bulls’ last stand

GAVIN RICH recognised John Mitchell’s handiwork in the rush defence and attacking tempo that carried the Bulls to within a whisker of an epic upset in the Newlands semi-final. READ MORE

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Tone down the Loftus hype

The clash against the All Blacks at Loftus Versfeld is a huge game, but GAVIN RICH rubbishes the notion that the result will define the Boks’ Rugby World Cup prospects. READ MORE

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What if this is Boks’ best team?

The Bok team that wasn’t good enough for COSATU was good enough to beat the All Blacks in New Zealand, GAVIN RICH says quotas shouldn’t be measured weekly. READ MORE

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SA can’t keep foreign coaches

John Mitchell is expected to follow Eddie Jones to England, GAVIN RICH says SA’s bush-league administration is part of the reason foreign coaches wave goodbye. READ MORE

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Rugby blind to what fans want

Shallow marketing campaigns do little to make players relatable to fans, GAVIN RICH says this explains the growing apathy towards rugby. READ MORE

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Can Elton flip the script?

Elton Jantjies has a reputation for disappearing in important games, GAVIN RICH says a long-shot Super Rugby final in Christchurch offers the Lions flyhalf a chance to erase that forever. READ MORE

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No playoffs good for Boks?

There’s a good chance that a South African team won’t feature in the Super Rugby semi-finals, GAVIN RICH highlights the potential silver lining for the Springboks. READ MORE

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Rassie restores order, Eddie in chaos

GAVIN RICH rejoices in Rassie Erasmus bringing calm to Springbok fans while England coach Eddie Jones sweats the pressure of a potential 3-0 whitewash. READ MORE

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Can Rassie beat Twitter?

Getting the rugby right won’t be a problem for Rassie Erasmus, but GAVIN RICH is less assured about the Springbok coach coping with the political minefield that awaits. READ MORE

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Send Bulls to Europe

South African teams must stay in touch with the world-leading All Blacks, but the revenue potential of a move to Europe cannot be ignored… GAVIN RICH thinks he’s found a solution. READ MORE

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