International

Penalties in Rugby Need to be Reduced to 2 Points!

In the last month or so it has really hit home for me just how dull games of rugby can be during the deep, dark winter months in the Northern Hemisphere. [adsenseyu1] I came to this ‘startling’ realisation for two reasons; firstly a Sean Maloney highlight reel of Super XV try scorers has once again reignited my interest in the …

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Rugby Villains

SOMETIMES in sport a player comes along who completely grabs your attention, you know the one that every time he gets the ball you lean forward in your seat, mouth slightly open, poised to shout so everyone in your house (and next door) is aware something beautiful has just happened. We all have a favourite player, we all have that …

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Have the IRB Finally Nailed the Scrum Sequence?

The International Rugby Board Council has at last announced the implementation of a global trial of the “crouch, bind, set” scrum engagement sequence. The new sequence is aimed at enhancing player welfare by reducing impact on engagement by up to 25 per cent in elite competition. The scrum engagement has been the bane of the modern game with half of …

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England Squad Announcement

Apparently some girl from the Black Eyed Peas called Fergie retired today so somehow this resulted in the England squad announcement being demoted to the very bottom of the sporting pile. Well without further ado here it is; Forwards (18) Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby, 2 caps) Rob Buchanan (Harlequins, uncapped) Calum Clark (Northampton Saints, uncapped) Alex Corbisiero (London Irish, 18 …

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Australia’s Lion Tamers

  As we prepare for the Lions tour of Australia this summer we take a look at the men charged with halting the Lions pride. Now that Gatland has shown his hand for this summers tour, attention must turn to counterpart Robbie Deans as he looks at the players he will send out to take on the Lions. Recent form …

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Lions Glory Hinges on Finding the Right Balance

On Thursday Warren Gatland put months of speculation to an end by revealing the names of the 37 men charged with delivering the British and Irish Lions a series victory for the first time since 1997. There were no real surprises (apart from the absences of Chris Robshaw and Rory Best) and as expected the core of the squad was …

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Australian Pride Rubbishes Lions Roar

WARREN Gatland threw up few surprises when The Lions Squad was announced last Tuesday. The inclusion of Matt Stevens and Dylan Hartley may have raised some eyebrows, and the exclusion of Johnny Wilkinson certainly caused a stir amongst the British press, but what did our rivals down under think? Gatland’s decision to take big, powerful players certainly struck a chord. …

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England Tour to Argentina – Predictions

Amidst all the talk and press about the British & Irish Lions heading to Australia, many of the select few who missed out on Gatland’s pick will be turning their attention to Argentina, and the two tests they face against Los Pumas. Surely Lancaster will look to bring in a few, inexperienced faces to make the most of the large …

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