Schalk Burger

Letter from South Africa – December 2015

SUPER RUGBY SHAMBLES The 2016 revamped Super Rugby tournament is only two months away and at the time of writing Japan’s franchise, the Sunwolves, were still in search of a…

Hands up: Sharks chief executive John Smit has apologised after his side's third red card. (pic Action images)

Letter from South Africa – April

Apologies for Shark’s third red card  Sharks chief executive John Smit took to social media to apologise to fans this month after a third franchise player was red-carded and suspended…

Teddy Thomas

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

Saints Teddy Thomas: Remember the name The 21-year-old from Biarritz is the latest player to be anointed the ‘the prochaine grand chose’ in French rugby. It’s not hard to see…

Nick Easter

Self-policing in rugby: Right or wrong?

As the second half of Harlequins’ thrilling win over Bath grew fractured and frantic on Saturday, BT Sport commentator Austin Healey indulged in a bit of a whine. Referee Wayne Barnes had…

As if butter wouldn't melt

This is how to tackle

Schalk Burger, a South African and Stormers loose forward is famed for his tackling, but usually in a bad way and usually because it’s worthy of a sending off. However…