RuggaMatrix International 008 – The Brumbies of Old

The crystal ball gets a workout this week as the RuggaMatrix panel makes its bold predictions for this year’s Super 14 competition.

Wallaby captain, Stirling Mortlock, joins us from Dunedin as the Brumbies prepare to open the season against the Highlanders this Friday. Mortlock says he feels better than ever after a satisfying break. He speaks about coming back to the Brumbies to play under Stephen Hoiles’ captaincy but at the core of this revealing interview is the renewed belief in the Brumbies programme.

The Brumbies of Old could be just around the corner and many fans will be happy if it comes true. We’ll find out soon enough as the season gets away with the Brumbies and Highlanders on Friday the 13th.

Our guest panel member is Dave Campbell from Rugby News in New Zealand. Campbell is a highly experienced rugby journalist and editorial director at the organisation. He analyses the Kiwi teams and reviews the hugely successful Wellington Sevens.

Well what a start by Ireland to the Six Nations, accounting for France 30-21 in Dublin last weekend. Ireland Defence Coach Les Kiss tells us how they pulled off their famous victory and the tactics used in the match. Kiss and Stade Francais Head Coach Ewen McKenzie run a close eye across the other results with England disappointing McKenzie the most. The whole panel remains stunned by the Italian decision to play flanker Mauro Bergamasco at scrumhalf making life that much easier for the English.

McKenzie gives RuggaMatrix the inside scoop on Eddie Jones and his resignation from Saracens. McKenzie spent several days with Jones observing operations at the club while there’s a short break in the French Top 14 competition.

And the panel discusses an idea by a RuggaMatrix listener … floating the possibility of a state of origin type match if visiting teams continue to send under strength Test squads.

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