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Paul Peerdeman

Paul is a professional writer from the Netherlands, currently living in Scandinavia. He's a rugby player and youth coach, triathlete and keen cyclist as well as being a GAA enthusiast for many years.

How International Rugby Came To The Netherlands


Last week marked Armistice Day. On the 11th hour of the 11th of the 11th month, both sides in the Great War lay down their weapons. The Netherlands was neutral in the war and thus the 11th sees children in the North and the West of the country celebrate St Martin’s Day, the day they carry lanterns and sing traditional songs at …

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Analysis: Can Ireland Beat New Zealand For A Second Time?

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 05: (L-R) Rob Kearney and Jamie Heaslip of Ireland celebrates following his team's 40-29 victory during the international match between Ireland and New Zealand at Soldier Field on November 5, 2016 in Chicago, United States. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Ireland were magnificent in Chicago. They played an outstanding game. But can they go for a repeat in two weeks? Like a couple of years ago, it was tight. In fact the game turned on one moment. It was the Julian Savea mistake of carrying the ball back into his in-goal area and running into touch. Had he kicked quicker …

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Opinion: The Value Of Making Rugby Matches Available For All

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JANUARY 23: General view of the stadium can be seen through a television camera viewfinder before the European Champions Cup Pool 1 round 6 game between Ulster and Oyonnax at Kingspan Stadium on January 23, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

There are countless economic arguments to be made in favour of making rugby games available to the largest possible number of people. Dutch TV station RTL7 having the rights to the autumn tours, for example, is likely to cause another boom of interest in rugby in the Netherlands, where this writer hails from, and will once again get more people playing …

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Opinion: Is The All Blacks’ Domination Down To Their Opponents Overcomplicating The Game?

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: The All Blacks perform the Haka prior to the Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the South Africa Springboks at AMI Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

Graham Henry recently made a bold statement lamenting the low level of the opposition the All Blacks face. But here is perhaps an even bolder statement: the opposition is so poor because they overcomplicate the game. Years ago, Morio Higaonna Sensei, head of Goju Ryu Karate-do, did a demonstration in Antwerp. He kneeled and asked a first dan black belt to …

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Cooper – Foley Decision Is Folly

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 20: Bernard Foley of the Wallabies looks on during the Bledisloe Cup Rugby Championship match between the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks at ANZ Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Yesterday in the Antipodeas, both teams for the second Bledisloe test were announced. And there has been one shocking decision. It was made by Michael Cheika. The shock is not in the inclusion of Quade Cooper, which comes after the injuries to Matt Giteau, Matt Toomua and Rob Horne. This is the big come back for Cooper in the Wallabies team …

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All Blacks Hotel Bugged Before Bledisloe Cup Match

The ARU might be disappointed the news got out, but the New Zealand Herald reported it anyway. On the day of the match, New Zealand Rugby reported finding a sophisticated listening device in the hotel room where the All Blacks were holding their pre-match meeting to the New South Wales Police. The device seems to be of the sort also used …

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