Getting My Rugby Fix in the Off Season

One of the big problems I find in the rugby off-season is getting my fix of rugby whilst I wait for pre-season to start. This year has been particularly difficult for me having had three forwards simultaneously land on my ankle leaving it look more like the insides of an old ladies stocking than anything I would want to flaunt …

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The Story of Ealing Trailfinders Success

After two seasons in National League One Ealing gained promotion to the second tier of English rugby for the first time in their history last season. On a historic day for all involved with the club a convincing win against Coventry by a score line of 41-17 sealed what had a been a great season for the London side. Suffering …

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A King Sized Mess

The Southern Kings first foray into Super Rugby has certainly polarised rugby supporters in South Africa and it about time that the Executive Council of SARU takes responsibility for the lead roles which they have played in this disaster. Most of the facts of this farce are well known to rugby followers in the country, but are well worth repeating. …

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Sharp Shooter – Interview With Bedford Blues Star Jake Sharp

Despite narrowly losing out to Newcastle Falcons in the Championship play-off final last month, Bedford Blues young fly half Jake Sharp is clearly very much in the ascendency. Sharp scored all of the Blues points in the second leg of the final in an enthralling game but is anything but disappointed after the defeat. It is clear from the beginning of …

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Key Talking Points from the Lions Tests so Far

With the second Lions test now over and the series standing at 1-a-piece, a few key issues have come to light for both sides; The Lions Midfield Combination This is not a direct criticism of Brian O’Driscoll or his midfield compatriot Jonathan Davies, both are outstanding players in their own right as they have proved on numerous occasions. The issue however …

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Have the Lions Lost Faith in Their Own Abilities?

I recently tried to quit smoking. Hindsight has shown me that this was a critical error in judgement because it’s the middle of the Lions Tour. Why did I take on a task with such short sighted ambition?  Could I have tried harder? These are probably the same questions the Lions players and Coaches will be asking themselves after today’s …

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Three Areas the Lions Have to Improve to Clinch Series Glory

Warren Gatland has made five changes to the Lions starting XV ahead of the second test in Melbourne on Saturday. Two of the changes were forced by injury with Alex Corbisiero and Paul O’Connell replaced by Mako Vunipola and Geoff Parling. The other changes see Dan Lydiate, Ben Youngs and Tommy Bowe coming in for Tom Croft, Mike Phillips and …

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