The news today (apart from the Lote Tuqiri usual) is about how the IRB will be taking action against the Springboks protest (in the form of Armbands/headbands saying “Justice 4 all”) at Bakkies Botha’s 2 week ban.  Ill post a link to what got Botha banned, its a textbook cleanout in my book, but here it is for you to decide:

It is a sad day in my book when an international team needs to take matters like this into their own hands instead of just concentrating on the game.  You could tell it was distracting them, and it showed towards the end of the test where the niggles and fighting (which Jake White worked so hard to eradicate) began to rear their head.  The ban itself was ridiculous in my book, gone are the days when Botha was a dirty player.  He plays hard, but to ban someone for an absolute bone crunching (and incidentally shoulder-dislocating) hit is ridiculous.

Part of the blame has to rest on SARU.  It is their job to fight things like this off the field (their appeal to the ban was denied).  The Bok team is beginning to look more and more like a case of the senior players in the squad having to make a lot of the decisions and shoulder more and more pressure, pressure which the Coach and Administration should be handling.

Ill post a preview of the Tri-Nations as soon as the South African squad gets announced (Nz and Aus have been announced).


Spent the past 2 days gorging myself stupid, and tonight Im topping it off with home made pizza before I embark on my final 8 weeks of cutting (Ive been on a 2 week “refeed”/mental break, put on about 1.5kg’s which is what I wanted).  Im aiming for at least a “4 pack” (hahaa) before my Offseason training starts for rugby in earnest around mid-September.

Im following a low volume, high intensity, Max-OT esque workout regime for these next 8 weeks.  (Yes, Im using a 4 day split to lose weight, flame away).  Diet is simple and based on the T-Dawq 2.0 diet which can still be found floating around somewhere on the internet.  100g carbs on workout days, 70g’s on non-workout days.  All carbs come in at breakfast and post-workout shake.  Will be sitting at approximately 2350-2300 cals for the next 4 weeks, then drop it accordingley week by week after that.  1 cheat meal a week.

Will post a bi-weekly update with how Im going, and if anyone is interested I can throw up a basic outline of the early stages of my Offseason plans in a few days.   Also do a quick review on the Tri-Nations squads (when SA release theirs) in the week.

Websites I like

July 5, 2009

Just thought I would post this up, a few websites I frequent and ones that are worth taking a look at it.

For rugby news/headlines/opinions:

Great South African based website, most of the news dealing with SA rugby but still a good smattering of International topics.  Some great debate on the comments under each topic as well.

Online branch of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Rugby news section.  I find it fairly biased and often quite innacurate when dealing with overseas issues, but its great for keeping up with Aus/Nz news.

For training/weights/etc:

Official Rugby Training Thread.  A lot of the stuff on the forums is junk, but the Sports forum has a solid, knowledgeable community and thats a great thread for anyone looking to take their Rugby to the next level or just get in general shape for a friendly game with friends.

More of a glitzy version of (and a far superior one, according to its readers) but still good.  I read it more for entertainment than actual training information, as everything written is accompanied by an undercurrent of “we are just so much better” (especially its forums).

Awesome site, Joe De Franco is an inspiration.  Not only does the site possess possibly the greatest free Sports program you will find (Westside for Skinny Bastards 3) but has a great Q&A section and you can both ask him a question or trawl through a few years of archived questions.

Awesome resource, especially for athletes and powerlifters.  The least you should do is subscribe to their once-a-week round up newsletter which gets emailed to you.  Another place with a great Q&A section and years worth of articles to trawl through.

I thought I would start this off with a quick introductory.  I’m a young rugby player in Australia with a keen interest in all things Rugby Union (most notably the Springboks), Strength and Conditioning and Powerlifting.   I thought I would simply start this blog as a way to jot down my thoughts on certain matters, and possibly excite some debate.  My plan is to undertake my Level 1 S&C at some stage this year.

Anything I say is just my opinion, so if I ever incense you so much with my musings on Rugby or Strength related topics – there is no need to point out my (current) lack of Certification – I am well aware.

Hope you enjoy.