Tag Archive | "IRB"

Survival of the smartest – England personifies the rugby stereotype and validates harsh refereeing

Sunday, March 1, 2009


If England are being more closely watched by the referees (and the fact that the Welsh were not penalized as severely as the English supports this notion) I think this is completely appropriate. The onus is then on the team to keep a good ‘reputation’ by respecting the laws.

New promotional video endorsing sevens rugby for the 2016 Olympics

Thursday, August 28, 2008


Despite recent set backs and on the heels of the Beijing games, the International Rugby Board (IRB) continues its push for the inclusion of sevens rugby in the Olympics with a new promotional video (see below). Stressing the common ideals of fair play and friendship, the video is the latest move by the IRB after failing in 2005 to secure a spot in the 2012 London Olympics.

O’Sullivan accepts Pacific Rim expansion job

Tuesday, April 1, 2008


“I am now in a position to affect rugby in a much larger capacity than I ever could as a national team coach. Expanding the Pacific Nations Cup and raising the level of rugby in the so-called ‘2nd Tier’ nations is critical to the future of rugby, and I expect the locals to be grateful, very very grateful.”

How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Rugby and Love the Stellenbosch Experimental Laws

Monday, October 29, 2007


The ELVs remain controversial as they amount to a revolution in the way rugby is played. Aimed to render rugby faster, more exciting, and simpler for both fans and officials, it is clear that the IRB is attempting to create a more ‘viewer friendly’ sport. What is not apparent is the dirty little secret exposed by the proposed law changes:

Paddy O’Brien explains the Stellenbosch experimental law variations, Part 1

Sunday, October 7, 2007


International Rugby Board Referee Manager Paddy O’Brien explains the Stellenbosch experimental law variations and their status with the IRB. This is part 1 of the 20 minute video.

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