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

Got any to add?

Hot:

Tri Nations…The tournament’s tempo and intensity, McCaw becoming the all-time most winning All Black, his team’s kick-chase and restarts. Dagg’s Wellington try, Pocock’s work rate and O’Connor’s footwork.

RFU Council… For appointing the first RFUW representative.

London Irish…Not chasing the money by moving venues for the Heineken Cup but instead turning the Madjeski into a hostile home environment.

Banning the Vuvuzela…Thankyou…from everyone!

Italy…For taking their November matches around the country to increase the game’s exposure and hopefully the nation’s future player base.

ITV…Keeping the 2011 and 2015 World Cups on free-to-air television.

Not:

Tri Nations… Ill-discipline, yellow cards, head butts and dangerous tackles. The Wallabies under the high ball and South Africa’s poor performances. The Wellington wind, Melbourne’s turf troubles and photographed Kiwi tactics.

Injury Forced Retirements…There’s nothing worse than seeing players retire due to injury. Best wishes to Thom Evans and Harry Ellis.

WRWC Final Venue…Twickenham is ‘the Home of English Rugby’ not ‘the Home of English men’s Rugby.’ So why can’t the Women play their World Cup Final at the iconic stadium?

Aviva Premiership Broadcasting… The northern clubs (Sale, Newcastle and Leeds) have only 5 games televised between them, in 7 rounds!

  • M Petersen

    It is tiresome that every time NZ starts winning they are accused of cheating by people who have limited knowledge of the game or are simply trying to influence officials to their own advantage. McCaw is one of the great open sides who has a very good handle on the rules their interpretation and how the ref on the day is interpreting them. This makes him very effective. The chorus of whinging comming from South Africa in particular and Bob Dwyer is self serving and trying to cover the inadequacy of their teams performances this year.

  • Mike Grivers

    Boo to ITV keeping the rights, their coverage has been absolutely shocking! how the heck you can say that is hot is beyond me. Would rather Sky have got it and I pay for it than ITV. Bad news for rugby coverage.

  • fallsy

    I agree. No ref ever seems ‘big enough’ to want to penalise or card McCaw. He does get away with a lot more illegal things than most other players.

  • j griffiths

    when will the cheating of the tri-nations forwards stop.just lying on the wrong side of the ruck but they do with arms out bring back rucking see how good McCaw is then