David Pocock could be a ‘Nobody’: In Praise of Pocock’s Principles

BY JEFFERIS Arguably the golden age for Australian Rugby Union was during the 90s. The Wallabies started the decade by winning the Rugby World Cup in 1991 and finished it by again winning the cup in 1999. A third of the Wallabies victories in the Bledisloe Cup 80+ year history was also during this decade. … More David Pocock could be a ‘Nobody’: In Praise of Pocock’s Principles

The Myth of Tradition

BY DAN In his seminal work, the Invention of Tradition, historian Eric Hobsbawn outlines how many of the traditions held dear in the United Kingdom are actually invented. Things that were relatively recent occurrences are portrayed as having existed since before we can remember, often as an obstacle to further development. Invented Tradition is particularly … More The Myth of Tradition

Stats That Show Why New Zealand Will Lose The World Cup Final.

BY BEN So I got given the job at the Sportress of writing a piece for this weekend’s World Cup Final.  Of course New Zealand are favourites.  In the last 36 games between the two teams the Wallabies have only been victorious 6 times (I felt that was actually pretty good for the Wallabies).  And … More Stats That Show Why New Zealand Will Lose The World Cup Final.

The Shaming Narrative and the Return of the NBA

BY DAN The newly starting season of the National Basketball Association carries with it the promise of fulfillment of potential. But unfortunately we tend to focus too strongly on the validation of a career that winning a championship brings. As a community we stake out positions on people in such a binary manner that we … More The Shaming Narrative and the Return of the NBA

Trans-Pacific Partnership: The Hayne Gains

BY ROB The Australian media lost it’s mind when Jarryd Hayne ran the ball 8 yards on Monday morning. An overreaction? Or do they know something you don’t? One of the most closely guarded aspects of the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership is a small subset of clauses relating to trade between Australia and the USA, which was … More Trans-Pacific Partnership: The Hayne Gains