Fangio on Gamblor

It's his job to tell it like it is. It's Farrelly's job to regale us with stories of how difficult it is to get back to the team hotel after a night in Fergburger.

The Mole has long been a fan of Brendan ‘Fangio’ Fanning. His work during the World Cup to date has been excellent: there’s been loads of it, and the vast majority of it is incisive, well-constructed and informative. Here’s his take on Gamblor’s post-match interview. You know the one I’m talking about. Continue reading

First Round Thoughts

Fly my pretties, fly. Just don't try to maul it.

Fly my pretties, fly. Just don't try to maul it.

A few things have stood out for the Mole after the first round of matches:

Firstly, the Rugby World Cup is a Good Thing. Yes, it overshadows traditional tournaments, disrupts the season, the politics of who gets the tournament is not transparent and hoteliers gouge fans but the atmosphere, sense of occasion and opportunity to see rugby cultures collide in competitive test matches is great. Continue reading

Paddy Wallace: All The Touring Gear In The World

Same Amount of World Cups as ROG and Paulie, Biy!I’m a Paddy Wallace fan in that I disagree with the amount of abuse he gets. That’s not actually true – I like how Wallace plays, because he’s a smashing footballer and a brave if undersized defender. His recent appearance at outhalf for an Ireland Select XV against Connacht showed that he’s still a great distributor and can run a mean backline. With that said, even those keen Wallackamaniaks [that’s what we’re called] amongst us may have forgotten that this will be Paddy’s third Rugby World Cup. Continue reading

Matt Giteau and Robbie Deans

What sort of team can afford to leave out a 92-times capped 28-year old who has twice been nominated for IRB International Player of the Year [the most recent of these nominations coming a mere 20 months ago in December 2009],  who has scored 624 international points, including a not to be sniffed at 29 tries – of halfbacks, only Joost van der Westhuizen [38] and Dan Carter [equal, on 29] can match or exceed him – and who has started international games at scrum-half, out-half and first centre? You’ve guessed it: Australia. They’re that good, apparently. Continue reading