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Daniel Gallan

Daniel Gallan is a journalist and university lecturer specialising in the politics and history of sport at St Mary's University and the University of East London. From Johannesburg and now based in London, he has contributed to The Guardian, CNN, ESPN, The Telegraph and various sports titles around the world.

Opinion

The streets won't forget Jaque Fourie

Which is why I had to double-take at a tweet last month that started with the line, “The streets won’t forget Jaque Fourie”.

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
11 May 2023, 9:04
FEATURE
Analysis

Reality bites Sharks after a season of underachievement

An underwhelming season in Durban has seen a new coach recruited and promises that brighter days lie ahead

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
10 May 2023, 1:54
FEATURE
Interview

Jean de Villiers: 'I’d say there’s even a bit of hate when they get together'

The North v South rivalry taken on in a sporting sense by the Bulls and the Stormers dates back to the 18th century

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
05 May 2023, 9:08
Opinion

Losing Siya Kolisi is a dire blow for Boks

“Remember you cannot look at the sun or death for very long.” Surrounded by dazzling colours and shape shifting images, Dav…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
27 Apr 2023, 2:07
Opinion

Stick should be the next Springboks coach

Opinion polls aren’t necessarily accurate predictors of the future. If they were, the UK would have voted to remain in the Europ…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
20 Apr 2023, 10:32

Change is needed if SA teams are to compete in Champs cup

In the wake of a chastening weekend for South African rugby, a plethora of excuses were bandied about on social media to help expl…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
14 Apr 2023, 3:18
FEATURE
Interview

Claudia MacDonald: I know now this doesn't last forever so you have to enjoy every moment'

The scrum-half turned wing has had to cope with the loss of her mother and a spinal injury that threatened her career but is still…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
25 Mar 2023, 3:45
Interview

Babalwa Latsha: 'I know that every time I step on the field I have eyes on me.'

When Babalwa Latsha signed with Harlequins, the 28-year-old prop became the 44th player from her country representing a top flight…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
24 Mar 2023, 6:11
Opinion

Which World Cup winning team overcame the toughest challenge?

Every World Cup winning team deserves its place in rugby’s pantheon. These nine squads, captained by eight men, representing jus…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
23 Mar 2023, 13:15
FEATURE
Analysis

How fitness guru Aled Walters can boost flagging England

England have been off-the-pace in the last 12 months but the addition of the respected S&C coach will lick them into shape for the…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
17 Mar 2023, 12:49
Opinion

Scotland must wean itself off imported talent

A home game to end the Six Nations against the bottom-ranked team. Win that and they’ll end third on the league table, their fir…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
17 Mar 2023, 6:49
Opinion

I like the lopsided nature of this Rugby World Cup

It’s not often those with their hands on the levers of power pay heed to the baying rabble and their noisy quibbles. Especially …

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
10 Mar 2023, 4:47
Opinion

Change is scary but Welsh rugby not changing is even more frightening

Change can be scary. Besides, if it’s not broken, why try to fix things? Except things are broken, very broken, in Welsh rugby a…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
07 Mar 2023, 8:43
Opinion

The end of the road for Manu Tuilagi

Maybe Manu Tuilagi is just never going to be the man England rugby needs him to be.

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
20 Feb 2023, 12:22
FEATURE
Analysis

Why do Scotland struggle to breed homegrown props?

Every Test team likes to talk about its depth chart but Scotland have been forced into importing top class props to stay competiti…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
10 Feb 2023, 4:27
Opinion

England player ratings vs Italy | 2023 Guinness Six Nations

This is not a game that will live long in the memory, and considering the fireworks in Dublin and Edinburgh yesterday, this one-si…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
12 Feb 2023, 11:11
Opinion

SA Rugby had no choice but to expel Israeli club

SA Rugby really had no other choice. Sure, they got themselves in this mess by shortsightedness in the first place...

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
09 Feb 2023, 12:19
Opinion

A South African's view of the Guinness Six Nations

I’d have bet the farm on the All Blacks, Wallabies and Springboks lifting the Six Nations trophy if given the chance.

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
02 Feb 2023, 13:03
Interview

Ross Tucker: 'The public have made their mind up without looking at the evidence'

But how much change is too much? For Ross Tucker, a respected sports scientist and consultant for World Rugby, there is no obvious…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
27 Jan 2023, 9:19
Interview

Ross Tucker: 'Doing nothing wasn't an option'

Ross Tucker, the respected sports scientist and research consultant for World Rugby, begins our conversation with a clear message.

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
26 Jan 2023, 10:53
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