Has rugby lost its soul?

2014-07-24 08:54

After spending an evening with a few amateur rugby legends, Tank Lanning ponders whether rugby might have lost a bit of its soul.

Rugby needs black or white

2014-07-10 07:41

Advantage is a great part of rugby, says Tank Lanning, but it allows for lots of personal interpretation, hence Victor Matfield’s tirade.

Meyer hung out to dry?

2014-06-26 10:02

Tank Lanning believes the Boks will face Scotland with the best balanced side of the year, but is saddened by the quota debate.

Steyn-gate highlights issues

2014-06-12 09:50

If handing out Test debuts too easily cheapens the jersey, what does turning it down because of money do, asks Tank Lanning.

Vulgar IPL to rescue rugby?

2014-05-29 08:59

Tank Lanning suggests an IPL-type tournament to future proof the gentleman’s game after taking in the Heineken Cup final.

There is life after Jannie!

2014-05-15 11:21

Pondering life after Jannie du Plessis used to be a heartburn-inducing task, but the picture is far brighter today, says Tank Lanning.

Convoluted, but not too bad

2014-05-01 19:50

How do you fit the Kings in, reduce the number of games and travel and please 3 countries? Tank Lanning says SANZAR has done OK.

VC fight – A time to learn

2014-04-17 11:30

Tank Lanning suggests using the post Varsity Cup final fight as an opportunity for young players to learn.

Smal shake-up - 5 good things

2014-04-03 08:40

Tank Lanning sees FIVE good things coming with the appointment of Gert Smal as WP Director of Rugby.

Easy on the Jannie bashing

2014-03-20 09:57

You'd think Jannie du Plessis had eye-gouged the ball boy given the hammering he's taken from Sport24 readers, says Tank Lanning.

Does SA need to sell rugby?

2014-03-06 10:19

One of the reasons the NZ play more attacking rugby is because they believe it sells the game to youngsters, says Tank Lanning.

It’s the John and Jake show!

2014-02-20 11:26

It may still be in its honeymoon phase, but Tank Lanning sees the John Smit and Jake White marriage bearing real fruit for the Sharks.

Payback time for Coenie

2013-11-21 09:33

Tank Lanning isn't convinced Coenie Oosthuizen is the man for the job, but says it's only fair he be given the opportunity.

Don’t mess with a good thing

2013-11-07 10:15

The sad thing about Coenie Oosthuizen “Project tighthead”? He could be among the best looseheads, says Tank Lanning.

WP at a canter!

2013-10-24 09:17

WP are a settled side who are playing for each other, says Tank Lanning - who backs the men from the Cape in the Currie Cup final.

Brilliant to have Boks back

2013-10-10 09:48

Tank Lanning says use the end of year tour to look at the next tier of players while managing overworked stars, not the Currie Cup.

'Yes 9' makes scrum unfair

2013-09-26 09:53

Telling the scrumhalf when to feed the scrum is like telling the hooker when to throw the ball into the lineout, says Tank Lanning.

Time to go global

2013-09-12 09:46

The time has come to don a set of new glasses and take a look at the global rugby scene through new eyes, says Tank Lanning.

Money the real puppeteer

2013-08-29 11:52

To see SARU pandering to absurd overseas club requests is belittling, both to the national side and to the country, says Tank Lanning.

Beware the return of Bajada

2013-08-15 09:13

It is into the unknown for both the Boks and Pumas on Saturday as they come to terms with the new scrum call, says Tank Lanning.

Super Rugby needs changing!

2013-08-01 12:23

Super Rugby needs an urgent change, but make the decisions based on merit and fact, says Tank Lanning.

Coach Tank's team talk

2013-07-18 11:42

Tank Lanning breaks into coach mode, offering the team talk he hopes Naka Drotske will be making this week.

We can't lose the Kings

2013-07-04 10:30

The business end of Super Rugby has become interesting, but even more spicy are the promotion-relegation matches, says Tank Lanning.

Meyer is missing a trick

2013-06-20 09:36

Players being given until the day before a Test against Samoa to prove their fitness? Tank Lanning is no fan...

Let them play!

2013-06-06 07:45

Just three little question marks around the first Bok side says Tank Lanning, but otherwise a side that must be given freedom to play.


It has to be Japan

2014-07-17 11:32

SA will need to suck up the extra 10 hours travel says Tank Lanning, as the 18th Super Rugby franchise has to go to Japan.

Springbok front row circus!

2014-07-03 11:04

The 23-man squad has seen the death of the utility bench prop says Tank Lanning, and as such, the Bok selectors must select accordingly.

Heyneke loyal to a fault?

2014-06-19 09:59

Tank Lanning wonders if Bok coach Heyneke Meyer might have taken loyalty to the extreme by selecting Wynand Olivier.

So conservative from Meyer

2014-06-05 09:57

Is it really necessary to carry all that experience against a World XV side in a game that offers no Test caps asks Tank Lanning.

Don’t fix what ain't broke

2014-05-22 14:08

This first Springbok squad of the year makes the beer taste sweeter as we debate it around the braai says Tank Lanning..

Stormers err with no fetcher

2014-05-08 09:37

Against a Bulls side sporting 'tall timber' in the loose trio, Tank Lanning says the Stormers have erred in not picking a fetcher.

Rugby is in the ICU

2014-04-24 08:24

With the scrum and breakdown being a lottery, Tank Lanning suggests that modern day rugby is a game better played without the ball.

Ikeys light up Varsity Cup

2014-04-10 09:53

Tank Lanning saw the 2014 Varsity Cup lighting up what has become a pretty dour South African rugby landscape.

Stormers to plaster over cracks

2014-03-27 09:41

The WP Rugby Union's decision to bring in a Director of Rugby and a shrink smacks of papering over the cracks, says Tank Lanning.

Joubert pressure to backfire?

2014-03-13 09:07

Tank Lanning wonders if Jean de Villiers' intention to constantly be in referee Craig Joubert's ear on Friday may backfire?

Time for a little culture

2014-02-27 09:26

The Bulls and Stormers need an overhaul to future proof their structures and instill a culture to be proud of, believes Tank Lanning.

Boks steady rather than stellar

2013-11-28 10:37

Not quite the stellar season for the Springboks that some are making it out to be, says Tank Lanning.

Hoskins' plan has merit

2013-11-14 09:39

Tank Lanning sees some merit in the 17 team Super Rugby structure SARU boss Oregan Hoskins is to propose to SANZAR.

Take a bow John Smit

2013-10-31 10:03

It's still early days, but both John Smit and Brendan Venter deserve credit for bringing a new culture to Durban, says Tank Lanning.

Bulls showing SA the way?

2013-10-17 10:16

Out of the Currie Cup, yet showing SA they way? Tank Lanning takes a look at why he likes the Bulls player contracting strategy.

Easy South Africa

2013-10-03 09:50

The focus seems to be on not IF the Boks will beat the All Blacks, but more on by HOW much. Is that realistic, asks Tank Lanning?

Make reffing a team game

2013-09-19 10:44

One man can no longer officiate a game of rugby. It's become too complex. It's time to make it a team game, says Tank Lanning.

Boks go back to basics

2013-09-05 07:51

The Zane Kirchner selection, says Tank Lanning, rightfully or wrongfully, says a huge amount about the Springboks' intent.

Bok loose trio the key

2013-08-22 09:31

Tank Lanning singles out the player responsible for the biggest difference in the Boks' last two performances.

New scrum and new talent

2013-08-08 09:50

Not only do we get a new scrum engagement call, but also a heap of new talent. Bring on the Currie Cup, says Tank Lanning.

Bulls' tournament to lose...

2013-07-25 10:47

The stars are aligned for the Bulls, but they'll have to buck up come scrum time, and buck the attacking trend, says Tank Lanning.

Let the foot shooting begin

2013-07-11 10:14

The natural order may see it happen, but shouldn't we be looking for ways for the Bulls to top the Super Rugby log, asks Tank Lanning.

Smit's brave new world

2013-06-27 09:08

Much like young players deserve a shot, so do young coaches, but Tank Lanning wonders if there's too much change in Durban?

Stop the Coenie experiment!

2013-06-13 08:52

Tank Lanning believes Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has missed a trick in not having a look at the country’s backup tighthead props.

Over to you, Jan

2013-05-30 08:30

Jean de Villiers to 13 with Jan Serfontein edging Robert Ebersohn for the No 12 jersey says Tank Lanning.

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