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Bob Dwyer

  • Rugby World Cup 2011
    Dwyer’s View: Wallaby World Cup squad takes shape

    Contrary to the popular view, I believe that Australia’s World Cup squad for this year’s championship is looking decidedly healthy. After five rounds of Super Rugby, the Crusaders, the Stormers and the Blues look the teams to beat, with all the Aussie teams dragging the chain somewhat, but I’m sure that Robbie...

  • England
    Dwyer’s View: The Grand Slam for England – Not a Chance

    My dreams of late (or were they nightmares?) have been filled with visions of an England Grand Slam leading into a World Cup. “Not again”, I thought. I need not have worried. I should have asked my old friends Allan Gaffney and Les Kiss. They could have set my mind at rest....

  • Dwyer’s View: Once a coach, always a coach

    Last Friday night, in Melbourne, I made my return to the coach’s  bench with the Sydney team against a Rebels Rising team, selected from the Melbourne Rebels plus their academy. The Sydney team has not played since the birth of professional rugby in 1996, but has a formidable pedigree with victories over...

  • NSW Waratahs
    Dwyer’s View – World Cup Worries

    A few months back, during the autumn internationals in the northern hemisphere, the ex-England hooker and current rugby pundit, Brian Moore, wrote in the Telegraph lamenting the performance of top-level referees. He asserted that “more than ever, the lottery of sanctions for offences influences games materially”.  He continued that he dreaded a...

  • ACT Brumbies
    Dwyer’s View: Super Rugby Kicks Off Down South

    Three days & nights of Super Rugby, in the middle of a southern hemisphere summer! That’s hard work, but that’s what we’ve just seen. The standard varied from match to match; sometimes from half to half. Generally though, all games were marked by huge commitment and physicality. I had thought, throughout the...

  • England
    Dwyer’sView: France on Track, but England Threaten

    France remain on track for a repeat Grand Slam with their hard-fought, close victory over Ireland at a packed Lansdowne Road ground yesterday. Despite Ireland’s three tries to just one by France, one always felt that the visitors had the upper hand and their pressure told as Ireland consistently infringed at the...

  • England
    Dwyer’s View: 6 Nations opens according to plan

    The opening weekend of the 2011 Six-Nations Championship went according to plan, despite ample opportunity for the ‘customary’ upsets. England, with a number of injury-enforced changes, could easily have come unstuck in Cardiff, but prevailed. Ireland, riddled with injuries, made awfully hard work of it, but sneaked a win in the final...

  • Wallabies
    Dwyer’s View: Aussie Character & Characters

    On Saturday night, my wife and I went to the movies. I mention it, not only because...

  • Rugby
    Dwyer’s View: The Thinking Fans Guide to Watching Rugby

    This seems like an appropriate time to have a discussion about the components of my appreciation of...

  • Heineken Cup
    Dwyer’s View: Heineken Cup continues to lead the way

    The Heineken Cup is a great competition. It has great atmosphere, courtesy no doubt of the ‘international’ nature of the matches and the tribal support for the clubs, which is the nature of European rugby. It is exciting to play, or coach, or indeed support these teams in this, the prestige competition...

  • All Blacks
    The Scrum & the Referees are Ruining Rugby (cont’d)

    A little over twelve months ago, Italy hosted New Zealand for an international in Milan. The referee was the experienced Australian, Stuart Dickenson. Italy did very well in the scrums in this match, with the ref frequently penalising the New Zealand pack. Although there were differing views at the time, the consensus...

  • Rugby
    Dwyer’s View: The Scrum & the Referees are Ruining Rugby

    Rugby world-wide is on a high. Huge stadiums are full for international matches and, indeed, for major club and provincial matches. Television audiences – and income from TV rights – are massive and rising. The quality of the play and the entertainment value is consistently right out of the top drawer. The...

  • France
    Dwyer’s View: Wallabies Devastating in Paris

    The Wallabies completed their northern hemisphere tour yesterday in Paris with a humiliation of the current Six-Nations champions, to the tune of seven tries to a penalty try and a final score of 59–16. In the process the visitors scored a mammoth 46 unanswered points in the final 35 minutes of a...

  • Italy
    Dwyer’s View: Wallabies win, but fail to impress

    It’s been a very busy day for me, but throughout the day my mind has wandered to the Italy v. Wallabies match, last night in Florence. “What, in Heaven’s name, am I going to write about the match,” I wondered. Well, here goes. It was an okay match. There was pace and...

  • England
    Dwyer’s view: England first, daylight second

    Yesterday at Twickenham, England produced an inspired performance to dominate the visiting Wallabies to the tune of 35 points to 18 and take their first home victory against a Tri Nations team for four years. Each team scored two tries, with the winning margin coming from a faultless kicking display from fly-half...

  • All Blacks
    Dwyer’s View: Wallabies get the win in Cardiff

    Cardiff in recent years has not always been kind to the Wallabies. They have a success rate of only 50%, and for the #2 team versus the #9 team, in IRB world rankings, that’s not good enough. So it was the win that they wanted on Saturday and it was the win...

  • All Blacks
    Dwyer’s view: Wallabies Kick-Start Their Autumn Tour

    The Wallabies finally broke their All Black hoodoo, which had lasted some ten straight matches, with last night’s victory over the world’s leading team, by 26 points to 24. In a high quality, thrilling match, it was the Wallabies who this time scored the last minute, get-out-of-jail try and the nail-biting conversion...

  • Aviva Premiership
    Dwyer’s view: Back to the Premierships

    The Heineken Cup in recess for a few weeks and the autumn internationals are looming, so it...

  • Heineken Cup
    Dwyer’s view: the Heineken Cup, a great competition.

    Club rugby is invariably tribal and nowhere is this more marked than in the United Kingdom and...

  • Heineken Cup
    Dwyer’s View: Now we see what Europe has to offer!

    Over the last few months we have seen the cream of the world’s international teams fight it...