Ryan Unveils Plans to Turn Around Warriors Fortunes

Worcester Warriors have today officially unveiled Dean Ryan as the clubs new Director of Rugby for the 2013/14 season. After a disappointing season in which the Warriors accumulated just 5 victories in the Aviva Premiership, the club opted to part company with incumbent Richard Hill to make way for the return of Ryan to the club game. Ryan returns off …

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Lions Glory Hinges on Finding the Right Balance

On Thursday Warren Gatland put months of speculation to an end by revealing the names of the 37 men charged with delivering the British and Irish Lions a series victory for the first time since 1997. There were no real surprises (apart from the absences of Chris Robshaw and Rory Best) and as expected the core of the squad was …

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Australian Pride Rubbishes Lions Roar

WARREN Gatland threw up few surprises when The Lions Squad was announced last Tuesday. The inclusion of Matt Stevens and Dylan Hartley may have raised some eyebrows, and the exclusion of Johnny Wilkinson certainly caused a stir amongst the British press, but what did our rivals down under think? Gatland’s decision to take big, powerful players certainly struck a chord. …

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Getting Fit for Sevens Season

  Rugby is a multi-faceted sport requiring a high degree of all-round fitness, this is applicable to every form of the sport, but to none more than rugby sevens. 7s requires a whole different level of conditioning compared to the 15-a-side game as although the games last less than 20 minutes they are still played on a full-sized pitch but …

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England Tour to Argentina – Predictions

Amidst all the talk and press about the British & Irish Lions heading to Australia, many of the select few who missed out on Gatland’s pick will be turning their attention to Argentina, and the two tests they face against Los Pumas. Surely Lancaster will look to bring in a few, inexperienced faces to make the most of the large …

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Lions and Cubs – no Pussycats

After having a few days to dwell on Gatland’s British & Irish Lions selections, his 37 man squad seems rather more impressive and ‘well-rounded’ than at first glance. Particularly, after the last month of analysis and prediction from pundits and fans alike, many were shocked at some of his choices, however Gatland still remained much composed and almost nonchalant about …

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The Professional Era – Not All Progress is Forward

Having had my say on attitudes within the RFU and on the scheduling of World Cup fixtures to suit those who believe another country lies beyond the boundaries of the M25 it got me thinking about a fascinating book I read last year – ‘Southern Comfort – The Story of Borders Rugby’ by Neil Drysdale, The book was highly recommended …

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