NEW ZEALAND RUGBY IN SEVENS HEAVEN AND EDDIE’S BACK

Although it is in the middle of summer sports season, rugby union is still very much in the news and today former Marlborough and King Country loose-forward Greg Brimble and myself discuss the great game.

Eddie Jones - Entertaining and informing press conference first up..

Head-lining rugby over the last couple of weeks has been the appointment of sacked England coach Eddie Jones replacing Dave Rennie as Wallabies coach, already the game is getting more attention than would normally be the case in the middle of the cricket season and Eddie has already rattled a few cages.

New Zealand Do The Double At Sydney Sevens.

The All Blacks men’s and women’s sevens teams were brilliant last weekend in taking out the Sydney Sevens round of the world circuit and both sides now lead the over-all standings. They didn’t just win their respective finals, they demolished their opponents, the women hammering France 35-0, the men blitzing the Blitzboks of South Africa 38-0 and so much new young talent shone in that tournament.

The Six Nations championship kicks off this weekend, the feature match being the Calcutta Cup clash between England and Ireland, England under new coach Steve Borthwick for the first time.

Fifteen referees have been appointed for this competition including Kiwi Ben O’Keeffe and with just 12 being selected for the World Cup their performances will come under the microscope along with the players and coaches.

Referees and players both will looking to impress with the Rugby World Cup in mind.

Another very interesting feature of this year’s competition is the introduction of a stop clock to prevent time wasting taking goal-kicks. There will be no pre line out conferences and refs have been instructed to spend less time referring issues to the TMO and for the TMOs to smarten up their act and cut down the time reviewing play.

Listen to Greg Brimble and myself discuss these issues in more depth on the following interview. We welcome your feedback and opinions and please share our stories with your friends.

Interview & Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.

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