Saracens v Newcastle – A Backlash Coming Newcastle’s Way?

Saracens returned to Allianz Park on the back of Heineken Cup and Premiership losses, with the loss to Northampton being pretty emphatic; I imagine Newcastle may have made the journey south wondering which Saracens they’d be facing.  For Premiership games to be happening during the Autumn Internationals always seems slightly mad. Saracens contributed 5 of the starting 15 to the …

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England RL v Ireland RL – A Country Expects

A quieter week in the England RL camp saw coach Steve McNamara announce 3 changes to his squad; with Lee Mossop and Josh Charnley ‘rested’ and Sam Burgess suspended for a week Tom Briscoe, Sean O’Loughlin and James Graham were drafted in. A sunny afternoon in Huddersfield saw Pat Richards start the game with one of his high, challenging kicks …

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Esher Teach the Students a Lesson

A powerful performance from the pack helps the EEE’s record an impressive bonus point win at Loughborough Students After a last gasp victory against Fylde last weekend Esher was keen to put in a solid performance against Loughborough to keep up with Doncaster at the top of the table. The opening exchanges showed that both sides were willing to run …

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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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