Grip Tec Review

So last Saturday brought about the opening game of the season for Wilmslow Rugby Club as we took on local rivals Macclesfield. With forecasters predicting a sodden afternoon in Manchester it seemed like the perfect opportunity to try out my new stash of Grip Tec kindly provide by the guys at Grip Tec UK. Essentially Grip Tec is a new …

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The Salary Cap – France v the ‘Home Nations’

Having looked at the salary cap in Premiership rugby from the viewpoint of a Saracens fan let’s take a look at the world of the Top 14 French clubs. With a few nuances the cap in England is £4.5m in Wales £3.5m. The Irish provinces have no cap in place as such but finances are restricted due to the intertwining …

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ITM Cup Round 5 Preview – Ranfurly Shield Goes On The Line Again!

The ITM Cup Round 5 is here with Taranaki hosting Hawkes Bay in atrocious conditions in New Plymouth tonight before challenging Counties Manukau for the Ranfurly Shield at the weekend. Could this be a case of deja vu from the week before when Counties lost their Wednesday night game before going on to win the Ranfurly Shield in their second …

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Excellent Sale stun Gloucester, and silence The Shed

Running through the fixtures for week one of the Aviva Premiership and with the exception of Worcester it was harder to find a side with a tougher start than Sale. A trip to Gloucester and Castle Grim was probably not the start Steve Diamond would have wanted. Sale arrived at Kingsholm on the back of one of the most disappointing …

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Rising Stars – Northampton Saints

Although much of the talk at the beginning of the season for Northampton Saints is based around the big name signings such as George North, what many will forget is the amount of young talent the squad is brimming with. Here we take a look at six youngsters in the squad who could be set for a breakthrough season… Alex …

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ITM Cup Round 4 Review – The Ranfurly Shield Is A Hot Potato

What a difference a week makes.  Counties went from a close loss to Auckland in the opening game of ITM Cup Round 4 before winning the Ranfurly Shield off Hawkes Bay on Saturday.  It is great to see the Ranfurly Shield going to provincial parts of New Zealand who really appreciate it.  There is still passion in ITM Cup rugby …

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The 10 Commandments of Rugby Union

Ten commandments for all of you rugby lovers out there to live by… [adsenseyu1] Thou shall have no other sports before rugby. Thou shall not make for yourself any idol, for rugby is about the team. Thou must have a colossal gob to play scrum half. Thou shall remember and keep the rugby day holy. Fat lads up front, skinny …

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Saracens at Twickenham

And so the 2013/14 Premiership campaign started for Saracens yesterday; although this fan lives in Essex I love Twickenham I was lucky enough to get there 12 times last season! A shame a fair few of the Saracens fans around me didn’t feel the same! However the team gave us a lot to shout about; we start the season without …

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