Barry Scharneck

Die-hard South African Rugby supporter, writer, coach and the very occasional, player! Love talking all things sport and beating the odds, as well as running Mzansi's Rugby Academy, my non-profit rugby academy here in South Africa.

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Six Nations 2021: Preview and Predictions

6 Nations

The return of the Six Nations 2021 tournament brings plenty of excitement to World Rugby as the top European teams continue their camaraderie to contest who will be crowned the Six Nations Champions 2021. With the potential of a British & Irish Lions Tour hanging in the balance, players from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales will see the Six Nations 2021 as the ideal opportunity as they contest for a spot in the British & Irish Lions selection.  Following the …

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Currie Cup Semi Finals 2021

Currie Cup

The Currie Cup returns once more, as South Africa’s most elite rugby players battle it out to see who is the best domestic side this season. What has been a prolonged and unpredictable World Rugby season, will see the in-form rugby sides in South Africa compete for the prestigious Currie Cup trophy this weekend. Currie Cup History: The Currie Cup had its inaugural tournament back in 1892 and is the oldest rugby competition in South African Rugby history. The overall …

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South African Captain Siya Kolisi Set For Sharks Move In 2021

Captain Siya Kolisi

Some big news was released this afternoon, and may well come as a shock to many South African Rugby fans; Captain Siya Kolisi is rumoured to be transferred to the Durban-based Sharks by the end of this rugby season. South African Captain, Siya Kolisi is the true inspiration in World Rugby, and his iconic moment of being the first black Springbok captain to lifting the William Webb Ellis Trophy in Japan 2019, only adds to why he is the most …

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1995 Rugby World Cup Final: The Birth Of The Rainbow Nation

1995 Rugby World Cup Final : The Birth Of The Rainbow Nation

The stage was set for a historic encounter, as traditional rivals New Zealand battled South Africa in the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final. In a sold-out capacity of 63,000 rugby fans, the epic encounter could not have had a bigger aura for the first Rugby World Cup to be played on African soil. There was plenty at stake for the climax of what had been the most successful World Cup to date, and the closing of the 1995 Rugby World …

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The Greatest Fly Half Of Modern Rugby

Greatest Fly Half

World Rugby recently unanimously voted for the Men’s 15’s Player of the Decade, yet there seems to be a North vs South debate as to who is the greatest fly half the rugby world has seen during their professional era. Most Northerners favour England’s Rugby World Cup-winning hero, Jonny Wilkinson, whereas the majority of Southerners, will favour All Black-giant, Dan Carter. Who is your pick for the greatest fly half ever? Rugby World Cup 2023 Draw: England’s Hero – Jonny …

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Richie McCaw: World Rugby Union Player Of The Decade

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In what has been the least exciting year of rugby for most of us during this 2020 season, Richie McCaw has created some positivity by being elected World Rugby Union’s Player Of The Decade. Upon reflection of the decade, many pundits believed the triumph of the All Blacks between 2011 and 2015 where New Zealand became the first nation to win consecutive Rugby World Cups was something of an iconic nature. The rugby world unanimously agreed that Captain Courageous, Richie …

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Rugby World Cup 2023 France Draw

Rugby World Cup 2023

In what turned out to be an entertaining afternoon, the World of Rugby was glued to their screens as the official draw for the Rugby World Cup 2023 in France took place. The 10th edition of the Rugby World Cup 2023 will guarantee plenty of excitement for many nations to witness who will be the next Rugby nation to lift the prestigious William Webb Ellis trophy, after the Springboks triumph in 2019. Will we see a new Rugby World Cup …

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The Start of The Currie Cup 2020 Round 2

Currie Cup Weekend

In what was an extraordinary Currie Cup weekend for South African Rugby, many lessons were learnt on and off the field after a great weekend of entertaining fixtures. The Blue Bulls continued to prevail as the superior rugby side in South Africa this season, after claiming a dominant 40-13 victory over the Currie Cup defending champions, Free State Cheetahs on Saturday.  With the blend of experience and youth this season, The Blue Bulls have prevailed as the superior South African …

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The Start of The Currie Cup 2020 Round 1

Currie Cup 2020

The prestigious Currie Cup 2020 hit off with a great brand of rugby every South African rugby fan – and beyond – had anticipated. The Currie Cup is the premium domestic rugby tournament in South Africa, which dates as far back as 1892, and regarded as the most prestigious rugby tournament in South Africa. This past weekend, we witnessed exciting fixtures with numerous Springbok Rugby World Cup legends returning to their domestic franchises, which will guarantee an exciting tournament ahead …

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Tri Nations 2020: Argentina v New Zealand

Tri Nations Argentina V New Zealand

Following the emphatic 15-15 draw between Argentina and Australia at Newcastle’s Tri Nations Leg last week Saturday, the Pumas will need to put up a stronger performance if they are to beat the All Blacks the second time in a row. Last week’s Tri Nations draw was a try-less affair, as both Argentina and Australia were unable to ground the ball past their opponents try line. On the other hand, New Zealand seeks to avenge their recent defeat from Argentina …

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Autumn Nations Cup: England v Ireland

Autumn Nations Cup

All attention draws to Twickenham this weekend, as England host Ireland in their inaugural Autumn Nations Cup fixture. Both Northern Hemisphere rugby nations are known for their classic encounters, and this Saturday will be no different as both sides seek to get one over their traditional rivals. The Northern Hemisphere rugby rivalry dates back to 1875, and a total of 136 test matches have been played between these two sides. England has been the far superior rugby side winning a …

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Tri-Nations 2020: New Zealand vs Argentina

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There has been plenty of excitement leading into this weekend’s leg of the Tri-Nations 2020 clash between New Zealand and Argentina. The Rugby World awaits to see the Pumas return to international rugby, while New Zealand is looking to bounce back following a shock defeat they experienced last week against Dave Rennie’s, Wallabies. As the vulnerability of The All Blacks was exposed, Mario Ledesma’s, Pumas, will seek their first-ever victory over New Zealand this weekend. Will we witness history being …

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Tri-Nations Round 2: Australia v New Zealand

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In what was a record-breaking defeat the Wallabies suffered at the hands of New Zealand in The Tri-Nations opener, it would appear that the Australian side has hit an all-time low in recent years. Australia has only pride to play for the Bledisloe Cup this weekend, as it remains in New Zealand’s hands for the past 18 consecutive years. Wallaby Coach, Dave Rennie, needs to consider serious tactical changes to his on-field game plan as the newly appointed coach has …

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Six Nations Weekend Finale 2020

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In what will be a historic rugby Saturday, the world patiently waits to witness who will be crowned the kings of the Six Nations this year. Scotland makes a trip to Wales, where Italy is due to host World Cup runners-up, England, and France host the Irish; where four teams stand the chance to be awarded Six Nations Champions. Due to the global Covid pandemic, the Six Nations tournament has been postponed since March 2020.  In last year’s Six Nations, …

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Super Rugby Unlocked 2020: Bulls Vs Sharks

Bulls V Sharks Super Rugby Unlocked

Every South African rugby fan will shift their attention to Loftus Versveld, Pretoria this Saturday at the Super Rugby Unlocked the latest game between the Blue Bulls and The Sharks; both with plenty of pride to play for in this South African rugby derby. Both Bulls and Sharks have a vast blend of youth and experience, as both teams are leading contenders to lift the South African Super Rugby Unlocked trophy this year. Previous Meetings: In many previous encounters, both …

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Maro Itoje: The Future Captain of England Rugby

Maro Itoje Rugby Player

The name Oghenemaro Itoje does not sound too familiar to many rugby enthusiasts, yet, when it’s shortened to Maro Itoje, every England Rugby fan has words of praise for the latest English rugby superstar. The lock forward weighs in at a solid 115 KG, with his height being a whopping 1.95m. The presence of Itoje in The English forward’s has allowed it to find its backbone, where Itoje leads the pack. After a disappointing 2019 Rugby World Cup Final, England …

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The Bledisloe Cup 2020: Round 2

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In what would have been the perfect start to the Bledisloe Cup for Australia under coach Dave Rennie’s campaign, ended in an emphatic draw as both sides played to a 16 a-piece score. Many rugby enthusiasts saw Rennie’s Wallabies give a fighting chance against a fierce-looking New Zealand side, however, Australia surprised the world with a very convincing performance. The unfortunately missed penalty by Wallaby, Reece Hodge, was one of the factors that would have given Australia a memorable Bledisloe …

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Bledisloe Cup 2020 – The Return Of International Rugby

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All eyes draw to Wellington, New Zealand on Sunday where the traditional Bledisloe Cup resumes! New Zealand hosts their cross-Tasmanian rivals Australia in a fixture that first dates back to 1931. History proves The All Blacks have been the far superior side winning the Bledisloe Cup 47 times, with Australia only winning the trophy a total of 12 times. Based on the return of rugby and the history between the two sides, can Australia do the impossible and beat New …

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A Brand New PRO14 Season Begins

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As little as three weeks back, we saw the pride of Ireland’s Leinster, claim their 7th PRO14 title for the 2019/20 season. In what was a one-sided contested final, Leinster overcame fellow Irish rivals Ulster in a well-dominated 27-5 victory. With less than a calendar month to celebrate, this weekend we will see the start of a brand new 2020/21 PRO14 tournament. Zebre and Cardiff will open the new competition this weekend, followed by an array of fixtures from various …

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The Green Light: The Rugby Championship 2020

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In what has been a challenging year for many rugby fans and mainly the players, the Southern Hemisphere’s Rugby Championship 2020 tournament has just been confirmed for the back end of the season. The Rugby Championship tournament – previously known as the Tri-Nations – was inaugurated in 1996 with the three rugby-rich countries; Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, all contesting for the converted trophy. In 2012, the tournament expanded to add the South American rugby giants, Argentina, to the …

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