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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

RFU's tackle law opens new front in rugby's culture war

Columnist Daniel Gallan attempts a waistline tackle on the RFU's controversial new tackling laws that have angered so many rugby f…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
20 Jan 2023, 6:59

Schalk Brits: 'We love proving people wrong. I know that the guys will want to show that they belong'

South African franchises have finally joined the Champions Cup but their influence on the competition is already pronounced

Owain Jones
Owain Jones
10 Dec 2022, 3:41
Opinion

Joe Marler remarks won't earn him any new fans in South Africa

Joe Marler had a twinkle in his eye. With a medal round his chest for his player of the match display in Harlequins’ 19-13 win i…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
08 Dec 2022, 9:48

Rassie has once again masterfully manipulated the storyline

It lasted only 20 minutes and 34 seconds, but the brief monologue from Rassie Erasmus on Wednesday evening contained multiple plot…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
01 Dec 2022, 9:20

Ditch the stereotype: This Springboks team can play

On Saturday, shortly after his team had trampled over England, Jacques Nienaber attended a press conference with a satisfied look …

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
28 Nov 2022, 6:04

Springboks player ratings vs England | Autumn Nation Series

Jacques Nienaber and his captain Siya Kolisi spent all week answering questions about social media conduct...

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
26 Nov 2022, 13:53
Opinion

Jacques Nienaber needs a hug

After the base requirements of physiological and safety concerns, the need for love and a sense of belonging are most important to…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
24 Nov 2022, 13:57
Opinion

Manie Libbok gives Boks reason to dream

Something strange took place in Genoa on Saturday. It started just before 15:00 local time and lasted around 34 minutes.

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
21 Nov 2022, 6:22

Springboks player ratings vs Italy | Autumn Nations Series

Springboks player ratings: It is six years to the day that Italy beat South Africa in Florence, but there was to be no repeat of t…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
19 Nov 2022, 10:02
Opinion

Ireland player ratings vs Australia | Autumn Nations Series

The second half opened up with Ireland ultimately winning the arm wrestle. The fans won’t mind. By claiming a clean sweep of the…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
19 Nov 2022, 16:55

The truth is the Springboks just want it more

No other side with realistic ambitions at next year’s World Cup has struggled as much against their rivals as South Africa.

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
17 Nov 2022, 9:17
FEATURE
Exclusive

Monty Ioane: 'I came close to quitting. I thought it was the end'

After a roller-coaster year with Italy and a move back to Melbourne, the jet-heeled wing is in a reflective mood

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
11 Nov 2022, 10:13

Springboks heroism shone through the chaos of Marseille

It washed over us like a gathering storm. A cacophony of sound that rattled glass and steel and bones. Down below an electric ligh…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
13 Nov 2022, 9:52
Opinion

Springboks player ratings vs France | Autumn Nation Series

Some of you will balk at the numbers posted below. A few may even assume that the Springboks came out on top of a thrilling encoun…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
12 Nov 2022, 18:19

'Barring a gargantuan upset, the Red Roses will comfortably beat the Black Ferns'

An England World Cup win would send a message to their competitors. “If you want to match us on the field, you have to match us …

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
02 Nov 2022, 17:53
Opinion

Rassie's narrative arc is turning us off

Twitter is a hellscape as far as public discourse is concerned. But it has also been a thermometer for gauging public sentiment.

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
10 Nov 2022, 7:39

Springboks player ratings vs Ireland | Autumn Nation Series

Springboks player ratings: If the Springboks are going to defend their World Cup title next year, they’ll have to find an extra …

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
05 Nov 2022, 15:13
FEATURE
Exclusive

Adam Beard: 'We've shown we can compete with the best in the world.'

The Ospreys lock has become a tower of strength with Wales and he has the size and ability to keep ruling the skies in the Test ar…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
05 Nov 2022, 3:44

In defence of the maul

That their driving maul from the base of a perfectly drilled line-out was somehow turning people off the sport even though it was…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
03 Nov 2022, 10:45
Opinion

Would Scotland have won if Finn Russell was playing?

For 79 minutes no one missed their exes. Ollie Smith was tearing up the Murrayfield turf from fullback. Blair Kinghorn was running…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
30 Oct 2022, 7:26
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