Dave Nicoll

Stuart Lancaster Steps Down As Coach Of England

Stuart Lancaster has left his post as England coach following the team’s early exit from the World Cup. England became the first host nation to be eliminated in the group stageswhen they lost matches to Wales and Australia in Pool A. “I ultimately accept and take responsibility for the team’s performance,” said Lancaster. It was the first time an England …

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Lancaster Names 31-Man England Rugby World Cup Squad

England today announced their squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The 31-strong group of 17 forwards and 14 backs – drawn from eight Premiership clubs – will open their campaign against Fiji at Twickenham Stadium on Friday 18 September. England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “It’s really positive that we have such depth and options to choose from. Selection …

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Is Money Damaging Rugby?

For years rugby fans have been passing comment on the over-inflated wages so prevalent in football these days, but could that be about to change? Although wages in rugby are still minuscule compared to the astronomical salaries of football’s top stars, the gap does seem to be slowly but surely closing, with big spending Top 14 sides no longer the …

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3 Steps To Improving Rugby’s Concussion Issue

Rugby has taken huge leaps forward in recent years when it comes to concussion, however there is still a long way to go before the issue is properly dealt with by the powers that be. We have seen a number of high profile incidents in the last few months with Leigh Halfpenny and Mike Brown both being withdrawn during the …

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England’s Rugby World Cup Bolters XV

We take a look at a team of England players who could be set to break their way into the Rugby World Cup squad later this year… 15. Nick Abendanon Abendanon has been in scintillating form for Top 14 side Clermont Auvergne this season and could be a potential bolter should England relax their overseas selection policy. 14. Christian Wade …

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13 Potential World Cup Bolters

We take a look at thirteen players who are currently playing themselves into contention for a place in their sides World Cup squads… 13. Rory Arnold Australia, Lock Arnold has been identified as a player who could help to solve a persistent problem that the Wallabies have had in the second row. 12. Josh Navidi Back Row, Wales Navidi is …

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Could Harlequins Win The Premiership With This XV Next Season?

Next season looks like it could be a huge one for Harlequins as they look to bolster a squad that has hugely under-performed so far this year, here’s there potential starting XV… *This side is based on Harlequins current squad, confirmed signings and strong rumours 15. Mike Brown The England full back is still one of the very best around …

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Rugby’s Monsters XV – Would This Be The Biggest Team Ever?

We take a look at the biggest players from the World’s top leagues and put together a team based on the biggest most powerful players in rugby… 15. Josh Matavesi 6’1″ 112kg The Ospreys utility back is capable of slotting in across the back line for both club and country (Fiji). 14. Giovanbattista Venditti 6’2″ 111kg The Italian winger has brought …

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