Author Archive for Jamie Loyd

Jamie Loyd hails from London but has traveled the globe playing, watching and covering rugby - especially Rugby League. He's quick-witted, smart and has exceptional elbows.

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We’ll Miss Jerry Collins. An Englishman’s Tribute


MONTPELLIER, FRANCE – On Saturday, May 31st, 2008, Jerry Collins retired from New Zealand rugby. Today, we are redistributing the beautifully worded retirement piece that I had in a scrapbook from a NZ paper I was reading during a trip there. I can’t remember which one, so forgive the lack of a proper credit. It applies […]

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Pocock Stands Up to Inequality and Homophobia


CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – There was plenty of rugby on last weekend with the Six Nations, Super 15 and the LV Cup all televised. However, one rugby related moment was lost by many in the general rugby community. David Pocock, former Wallabies captain and renowned activist, stood up for one of his own deeply-held […]

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South Sydney Rabbitohs Maul St Helens in World Club Challenge


MERSEYSIDE, ENGLAND – They said there would be withdrawal symptoms after Slammin’ Sam Burgess. They said the conditions would restrict them. They said the weather would cause them problems. What do they know?! The South Sydney Rabbitohs never got the naysayers memo, as they marched into St Helens for the World Club Challenge and carried […]

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Wales Win Ugly, Beat Boring Boks


CARDIFF, WALES – This was one for the purists; in truth, a game only a mother could love. But Wales finally learnt to win ugly and stay defensively sound for 80 minutes. And what of the Springboks? Oh, the Boks. They played their same old route one, straight ahead rugby that they are renown for. […]

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Four Nations: New Zealand Power over Australian Pedigree


WELLINGTON, NZ – It was an historic Four Nations final, one year after a beating in the Rugby League World Cup Final and having already beaten Australia in their opening clash, the Kiwis were hoping to beat the Australians back-to-back for the first time since 1955. An Australian team that had been devastated by injuries in […]

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Schoolboys of World Rugby Educated by “Australian” All Blacks


CAPE TOWN, S.A. – There is a story about Moses and Jesus playing golf. Moses hits a nice tee-shot into the middle of the fairway and turns around satisfied with his effort. Jesus steps up and smashes his ball into the bushes Moses starts laughing. Jesus closes his eyes and the ball rolls down out […]

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