Phillip Hughes died a Gladiator

2014-11-27 09:45

Modern day sportsman like Phillip Hughes are Gladiators willing to push the envelope to make sport the spectacle it is, says Tank Lanning.

Ireland a mere hiccup for Boks

2014-11-13 07:39

With change comes the odd hiccup, says Tank Lanning, who says the Boks need to keep on trucking with their ball in hand, attacking game.

A Bok opportunity lost?

2014-10-30 09:00

Tank Lanning finds it absurd that Heyneke Meyer can only find space for two tightheads in his 36-man end of year squad.

A shoulder for Meyer to lean on

2014-10-16 09:45

Tank Lanning thinks former Springbok coach Nick Mallett is the perfect guy for Heyneke Meyer to lean on.

Bok train on the right track

2014-09-25 10:01

An incredibly strong and balanced bench has Tank Lanning singing the Springbok praises this weekend.

Oh, for a specialist 13!

2014-09-04 08:56

Yet another 12 playing at 13 as Heyneke Meyer opts out of selecting the best specialist in each position, says Tank Lanning.

SA rugby stuck in the dark ages

2014-08-28 09:09

Amateur representative teams are an example of the dead weight we are carrying in SA rugby, says Tank Lanning.

Heyneke you little beauty!

2014-08-14 08:15

A balanced front row, Pollard at 10, benching Etzebeth and Jean at 12, has Tank Lanning excited about the latest Bok team.

Go easy on Etzebeth

2014-07-31 14:06

Dan Carter, Richie McCaw and even Bismarck du Plessis did it, so why can’t Eben Etzebeth return via club rugby, asks Tank Lanning?

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?


Meyer takes conservative road

2014-11-20 08:23

As England and the All Blacks go experimental, so the Boks make just the single experimental selection, says Tank Lanning.

Heyneke back to mad scientist

2014-11-06 09:42

No specialist tightheads in SA says Heyneke Meyer. Would you stick around if the coach keeps picking retreaded looseheads, asks Tank Lanning.

Bok-free Lions making merry

2014-10-23 10:00

Tank Lanning sees the Lions as a tight-knit Super Rugby side making merry in a watered-down Currie Cup.

Good call to stick with Oupa

2014-10-02 11:25

Selecting Schalk Burger at 7 must've been tempting, but Tank Lanning believes sticking with Oupa Mohoje is a brave call.

Handre Pollard is Bok future

2014-09-11 13:04

The current debate and discussion should be around the Springbok scrumhalf, not flyhalf, says Tank Lanning.

JD tackle deserves further investigation

2014-09-03 15:00

Tank Lanning believes it impossible to argue against further investigation into the tackle that broke JD Schickerling's neck.

Nyakane just chopped liver?

2014-08-21 10:35

Trevor Nyakane must feeling a bit like chopped liver at the moment, or like a window dressing selection, writes Tank Lanning.

What a waste of SARU clout

2014-08-07 09:37

SANZAR boasting about Oz TV numbers a third of the size seen in SA shows our clout, but why waste it on a sixth team, asks Tank Lanning.

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.

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