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Winding Up

HAIL PELICUS!   Winding Up   For most in Pelicanland the regular season has come to an end and teams have sorted out their respective places in the world – only Men’s D1 is still playing league matches and they finish up this weekend.   Yes, the playoffs are coming...

Super Rugby

HAIL PELICUS!   Super Rugby   As we boldly forge our way ahead into the Century of the Fruitbat new things appear on the rugby scene as old things fade away. Sometimes the new things resemble old things and give hope that some old things may reemerge, like a...

Spring Fever

HAIL PELICUS!   Spring Fever   “It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! “ -Mark...

The Champion Is Back

HAIL PELICUS!   The Champion Is Back   Last year, in my inaugural season as editor of the Hail Pelicus, I offered up many viewpoints and observations, peppered with jokes and psudo-classical references.   Based on the response, one of the most evocative pieces I wrote was after the Cal...

Springtime In The Park

HAIL PELICUS!   Springtime In The Park   Spring has officially arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, a fact that causes ruggers and non-ruggers alike to celebrate the end of a long, cold winter.   At least in most places it does - Pelicanland has barely noticed.   Our drought parched landscape...