Autumn Internationals- Chapter 1 is a story of victory for England

It’s safe to say I will be on a high going into next weeks contest against the Pumas at Twickenham, as I’m sure many England fans will be. An inspirational example of trust, work rate, commitment and cohesion gave England a much deserved 20-13 win over the Wallabies a matter of days after the 10 year celebration of England’s famous …

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Can the Wallabies Win A Grand Slam Tour?

Can the Wallabies turn around a patchy 2013 season by winning a Grand Slam Tour with Northern Hemisphere victories against England, Italy, Ireland, Scotland and Wales?  This Autumn International tour is a true litmus test for the Wallabies under their new coach Ewen McKenzie.  They are ranked fourth in the world in the latest IRB rankings and despite looking impressive …

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An Evening With Sale Sharks

Last night fans, players and staff descended on the recently christened AJ Bell Stadium in Salford for the Sale Sharks open night. With over 450 fans being joined by a host of star names the evening proved to be a great success for all involved. The evening gave fans the opportunity to meet with players and staff, ask their questions …

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New Zealand Super Rugby 2014 Squads Named – Who Missed the Cut?

The New Zealand Super Rugby Squads have been named for 2014 and there are some really unlucky players to miss out on contracts.  It is difficult to know what goes on behind the scenes, but some of these players may not play the style that the Super Rugby franchise wants to play.  I also think that some players who are …

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Physicality is the Name of the Game for England

When Australia arrive at Twickenham on Saturday they will be facing a very different England side from the team they outthought and outmanoeuvred 12 months ago. Since then England have gone on to comprehensively beat the All Blacks, they have won a two match test series in Argentina, but most crucially they suffered a chastening defeat to Wales. That game …

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Can Scotland Find Hope in Adversity?

Scotland’s interim Head Coach Scott Johnson was dealt yet another blow today with news that winger Tim Visser will be out injured until next year The news makes an already stretched backline look even thinner with British & Irish Lion Stuart Hogg also out of the upcoming internationals. This is a huge blow to a Scotland side that seemed to …

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Rugby League World Cup 2013 – Opening Weekend

A bit of preamble – has to be done! Being sports mad and needing to have fixtures to look forward to I bought my tickets for the RLWC openers, semis and final as soon as I could, so it feels like I’ve been waiting an age! And so on Saturday 26th October I found myself sitting in the magnificent Millenium …

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ITM Cup Final Review 2013 – Canterbury and Tasman Win!

The ITM Cup rugby is over for 2013 with Canterbury winning their sixth straight title with a 29 – 13 win over Wellington, while Tasman won a cliff hanger 26-25 over Hawke’s Bay. Canterbury’s experience in winning the big games with experienced campaigners like Andy Ellis and George Whitelock in their element shone through as Canterbury won 29 -13.  Canterbury …

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