Newcastle Falcons On The Up

12 months ago the Newcastle Falcons were in a very dark place indeed. Gary Gold had failed in his bid to get Newcastle off the summit of the table (after taking over from Alan Tait), and despite a last day win against London Wasps, the Falcons finished at the root of the table with what could only be described as …

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Billy Twelvetrees and the Great Lions Adventure

News hit the British Isles last night that Billy Twelvetrees was to be called up to the Lions squad as cover for the Centre and Out Half positions.  To many outside of England, and people who don’t follow the Aviva Premiership, the name, as outstanding as it is, will be a new one, having only secured his fifth International cap …

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Are The Warriors Ready for Pre-Season Part II

Following on from my previous article; “Part 1 of 2 The Forwards” here is my take on the Worcester Warriors backs. Preseason is underway.  Although the current training is only swimming, weights and fitness, it is a chance for a first look at the Warrior backs that will run out at Sixways for the 2013/14 Aviva Premiership. Scrum Half A …

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June International Test Matches Preview Round 2

The June Internationals series features another smorgasbord of rugby this weekend offering something for everybody.  There is the second instalment in the series between the two Rugby World Cup 2011 finalists, while Ireland, Wales, England and Scotland have British and Irish Lions depleted sides on display.  I am looking forward to the Samoa vs Italy game the most following Samoa’s …

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Writers Wanted

We’re currently looking for some new writers to join our team and help contribute to In The Loose in whichever way they see fit. Whether you’re an aspiring sports journalist or a clapped out has-been struggling to prop up the scrum then give us a shout, we’re as all-inclusive as we can be (that means no football tarts). We’re looking …

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Should The Lions Be Playing More International Warm-Ups?

With the Lions having just nilled an Australian NSW Combined Counties side that included a carpenter, plumber, electrical engineer, medical student and removal man in the squad surely it is time to reconsider the Lions concept. The 64 -0 victory was preceded by a 59 – 8 victory over the Barbarians and a 69 – 17 win over a weakened Western …

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Scottish Warrior- A Week in the Life of Alex Grove

As many Worcester Warriors fans can tell you, Alex Grove has remained the heart and soul of the club for many seasons now. An Academy product, who has also represented Scotland at A and first team level, Grove has hauled together a tremendous 110 appearances for the club, and will hopefully add to the number in the near future. A …

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Demystifying Supplements – Protein Powders

It’s hard to watch a professional rugby match these days without at least one panning shot of a bench full of man mountains consuming vast quantities of protein out of branded shakers. This trend has become such a common site that it is now creeping into the amateur game with many players grabbing for their shaker before a pint straight …

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