Jamie Noon Looking to the Future

  Ex-England and Falcons player Jamie Noon reflects on a fantastic finish to his career with French side Brive after helping them to promotion back to the Top 14 and discussed what the future holds. How does it feel to know you can leave Brive knowing they will be back in the top flight next year? It’s obviously great to …

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The Plastic Pitch Debate

With Cardiff Blues set to follow in the footsteps of Saracens by introducing an artificial pitch at the Arms Park, is rugby leading the way in the artificial pitch stakes? Yesterday the Cardiff Blues board agreed to insert the artificial pitch at the Arms Park in time for the new season due to the shocking state of the current turf. …

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Christian Wade Not Done Yet

After a season in which 22-year-old Wasps flyer Christian Wade was named LV= Young Player of the Year, RPA Young Player of the Year and RPA Player of the Year whilst also finishing joint top try-scorer in the Premiership having scored 12 tries in 20 appearances, Wade it would seem could be forgiven for kicking back and putting his feet …

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Worcester Warriors- Is Ryan the Answer?

It was a matter of hours after Richard Hill was sacked, that former Gloucester Coach, Dean Ryan, had taken over the somewhat hopeless head post at Sixways. Worcester, in typical fashion, had another underwhelming, underachieving season in the Premiership and had a certain Mike Scott to thank for their avoidance of relegation. A Warriors supporter myself, I have been accustomed …

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Cage Rugby for the Minis & Juniors

I can hear the traditionalists at Old Luckgiftians sucking their teeth from here; “Cage Rugby! What on earth is that? Absolutely preposterous, no place for thuggery like that in our game” Even worse that it be suggested as a means of developing young players as opposed to the accepted methods we currently use.  Well let me outline what we currently …

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Big Player Moves Are Damaging National Rugby Teams Both Sides Of The Channel

Reading Dave’s commentary about ‘Rugby’s Movers and Shakers – Who’s Going Where …’ helped crystallise some thoughts in my mind regarding the direction and future of the professional game, and some of the disturbing parallels I am seeing emerge with the Premier League in football. Reading Dave’s commentary about ‘Rugby’s Movers and Shakers – Who’s Going Where …’ helped crystallise …

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Current Legends Super XV Team

Below I have pulled together a starting XV plus a replacements bench based on the legends of the game who have still been plying their trade up until the end of this season. The only rules were that the player has to be older than 33 and that they must have represented their country on more than 10 occasions so here goes… …

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The Emperor of Toulon – Mourad Boudjellal

Whilst most of the plaudits on Saturday will have gone to Jonny Wilkinson and his band of international galactico team-mates in the Southern city of Toulon, it is to the clubs President and owner Mourad Boudjellal that much of the praise must go. Boudjellal has bankrolled the club in recent seasons helping them attract star names such as Jonny Wilkinson, …

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