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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Lions Tour 2021: Updates On Dates and Fixtures

Lions Tour 2021 Team

One of the most historic rugby tours is around the corner, as The Lions Tour 2021 in South Africa is scheduled to go ahead. There has been plenty of debate as to where the fixtures will be played, however, the tours dates are confirmed and the World Champions host the first Lions encounter on 24th July 2021 at FNB Stadium. There have been plenty of talking points around the Lions Tour 2021, and here are a few highlighted topics as …

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Heineken Champions Cup Quarter Finals 2020/21

Heineken Champions Cup

The most elite sides in the Northern Hemisphere contest for the title of being crowned Heineken Champions Cup Champions this weekend. Also known as The European Rugby Champions Cup, the prestigious tournament dates back to 1995, where French club Toulouse became the inaugural winners. Today, twenty-five tournaments later, the best sides from England, France, Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Italy compete for Northern Hemisphere Rugby supremacy! Heineken Champions Cup Quarter Finals Fixtures: Saturday 10 April La Rochelle v Sale Sharks, Stade …

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Heineken Champions Cup

The British And Irish Lions Tour 2021: Can The Springboks Beat Britain’s Best?

Coach Watten Gatland Preparing The British And Irish Lions Tour

This past week has seen plenty of excitement in the rugby world, with The Six Nations 2021 Tournament conclusion. All eyes turn to South Africa, as The British And Irish Lions 2021 Tour has been confirmed, and will go ahead according to the original schedule in South Africa in June. While an array of options were discussed by the respective Rugby Unions surrounding the global Covid pandemic, they’ve decided to go with their original plan as much as possible. Alternative …

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Coach Watten Gatland preparing The British And Irish Lions Tour

Six Nations 2021 Tournament Conclusion: Wales Crowned Champions

Six Nations 2021 Tournament Winners Wales

Wales became the kings of Northern Hemisphere rugby on Friday night, as Scotland shockingly beat France in Paris, enabling Wales to become the Six Nations 2021 Tournament Champions. As the conclusion of this season’s Six Nations 2021 tournament was held in Stade de France in Paris, it had many rugby supporters a the edge of their seats as Scotland recorded a historic victory over their French rivals. Six Nations 2021 Tournament Final Fixture Preview: With the postponed round 3 fixture …

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Six Nations 2021 Tournament Winners Wales

Six Nations 2021 Decider: France v Scotland

Six Nations 2021 Decider France V Scotland

International Northern Hemisphere rugby reaches its climax this Friday when France host Scotland in the Six Nations 2021 decider at Stade de France, Paris! This particular fixture between France and Scotland was meant to be contested in week three on 28 February 2021. However, due to the high numbers of infected players in the French squad, this contest will not only be the last game of the tournament, but also the Six Nations 2021 decider! Six Nations 2021 Decider Title …

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Six Nations 2021 Decider France v Scotland

Six Nations 2021 Fixtures: Final Round

Liam Williams Scoring A Try

The Northern Hemisphere is set to witness who will be crowned Six Nations Champions, as the Six Nations final round concludes this weekend. All eyes draw to Saturday’s Six Nations final fixture as Wales travel to Stade de France, seeking not only a victory to crown them Six Nations Champions, yet the converted Grand Slam title! This will be another Wales triumph for rugby nation, as they were also successful in a flawless Grand Slam in the 2019 Six Nations …

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Liam Williams Scoring a try

The Greatest Fly-Half Of Modern Rugby

Who Is The 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 ever fly-half? Rugby World Cup 2023 Draw: England’s Hero – Jonny Wilkinson: As …

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Who is the greatest fly-half

Richie McCaw: World Rugby Union Player Of The Decade 2020

Richie Mccaw

In what has been the least exciting year of rugby for most of us during this 2020 season, Richie McCaw created some positivity when he was elected World Rugby Union’s Player Of The Decade 2020. 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, …

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Richie McCaw

Six Nations 2021 Round 4: Team News And Predictions

Six Nations 2021 Team

A full weekend of anticipated northern hemisphere rugby awaits as the Six Nations 2021 resumes its tournament this weekend. Unlike the last round of fixtures where one game was cancelled due to active Covid cases, all six teams will be in action this weekend! The weekend of rugby action kicks off at Stadio Olimpico, where Wales play hosts Italy as another grand slam triumph is just two games away for Coach Wayne Pivac’s Welsh side. Six Nations 2021 Round 4 …

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Six Nations 2021 Team

Is Eddie Jones’ Time Up As England Head Coach?

Eddie Jones

Rugby has always been a sport where major unions tend to dominate the smaller unions, however, has there been a psychological change in Eddie Jones’ tactics so far this season? World Rugby has released its latest ranking in late February, in what came as no surprise that Coach Eddie Jones’ England slumped to fourth place. With that being said, it’s hard to believe that this is the same England team who entered the Rugby World Cup Final 2019 as favourites …

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Eddie Jones
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