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RuggaMatrix International 009 – Eleven and a Half Hours of Sevens

The Super 14 is underway and RuggaMatrix gives you the best analysis on the web.

Our special guest star is Nathan Sharpe, captain of the Western Force. Sharpe outlines their plan for Friday’s clash with the Cheetahs in Perth. The Force need to rebound after last week’s narrow loss to the Auckland Blues at home. He says it’s business as usual on the coaching front and the focus is on learning from their opening round hiccup. We also give the force two thumbs up for their pre-season media campaign.

The RuggaMatrix team has now covered all four Australian teams and will continue to span the globe for the highest profile rugby talent.

Our United States correspondent Bruce McLane joins the panel again this week. Not only does he update us on his marathon viewing of the USA Sevens, he gives us incredibly detailed analysis of the Super 14 and Six Nations teams. Eddie O’Sullivan appears certain to take over the American national head coach position and McLane gives his ringing endorsement of the former Ireland mentor.

Speaking of Ireland, Les Kiss checks in from Dublin following two impressive wins in the Six Nations. Now on top of the table, Kiss talks about keeping a lid on expectations ahead of their clash with England.

Ewen McKenzie has his own expectations to deal with this week. McKenzie’s team will face a fired up Toulon boosted by the playing return of Tana Umaga. Both Kiss and McKenzie join the panel for thorough analysis of the England team. A new feature of the third segment, the panel members will take a different team or issue each week and give their expert opinion.

This week we put England under the microscope and come up with some fascinating ideas. The referees have been in the news too after round one of the merit based system in the Super 14.

The change from neutral whistle blowers has not pleased everyone. International referee from Sydney, Stuart Dickinson, faces the questions head on and provides a rare insight into the mysterious world of the officiator. He gives sound reasons for the merit based system and explains what last week’s experience was like refereeing the Waratahs and Hurricanes. In a few weeks Dickinson will need to change law books as he referees at Twickenham in the Six Nations under different ELVs. The full interview will be available for download tomorrow in a shortened version of RuggaMatrix.

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