What’s Hot and What’s Not From September
From Rugby World reader, Larissa Falls

Hot:
Black Ferns…Claiming their fourth consecutive World Champions title.
Top 14…Introducing cross-Channel referees to help ready players for the different interpretations they’ll face in the Heineken Cup.
Upsets…Ulster beat the Ospreys and Edinburgh while Treviso did Leinster and Scarlets. Southland won in Hamilton and Wasps came back to beat Leicester. Agen drew with Perpignan, Bayonne beat Clermont while Montpellier did Toulouse and are now ladder leaders for the first time in history.
Canterbury… For providing free admission to their ‘Earthquake Match.’
Top Try Scorers… Hamilton, Ojo and Varndell averaging 1 try per game while Brits is the only forward to have scored more than 3. Jonathan Davies amassing 6 tries in 3 games, with Visser dotting down in all four Magners League matches.

Not:
Mexican Wave… Here’s to hoping the image of thrown litter and garbage is never seen again in rugby. Our game stands for so much more than this!
WRFU…Using Henson to advertise the new Welsh jersey was a kick in the teeth for the players who are dedicating their time and efforts to the national cause!
AP Attendances…Obviously more tries scored doesn’t mean more people on seats! Could increased televising have something to do with shrinking crowd sizes?
Haka Rules…Hopefully the IRB wakes to its senses and realises they’ve gone one step too far by implementing such farcical rules for opposition teams.
Saracens…Missing the Heineken Cup launch for Oktoberfest is displaying an arrogant attitude.

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