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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Reset The Scrum

“The scrum is a fundamental and dynamic part of our game. It is important that we continue to promote the best possible player welfare standards and this trial process is about putting players first and delivering a reduction of the forces on engagement, which could have significant positive effects on long-term player welfare.” – Bernard Lapasset, IRB chairman. So yet AGAIN, …

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The Importance of Community Rugby

Football has always been the superior sport throughout British society, dominating school PE lessons, attendance figures and annoyingly 90% of Sky Sports News coverage! Yet Rugby Union’s popularity is growing tremendously, with the RFU predicting participation rates to be tipping 200,000 in England alone. After successive Six Nations and Sevens Series, interest in the sport is soaring, and now English …

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5 benefits of Cage Vipr Conditioning

Vipr conditioning is a new take on a fitness ‘’class’’ from man behind school of hard knocks Chris Chudleigh and Vipr. This article will discuss why these sessions offer more ‘’bang for your buck’’ than other traditional workout classes and are particularly useful for people participating in team sports such as rugby etc. Sport specificity Vipr conditioning is unlike any …

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Penalties in Rugby Need to be Reduced to 2 Points!

In the last month or so it has really hit home for me just how dull games of rugby can be during the deep, dark winter months in the Northern Hemisphere. [adsenseyu1] I came to this ‘startling’ realisation for two reasons; firstly a Sean Maloney highlight reel of Super XV try scorers has once again reignited my interest in the …

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Tackling and Defence – The Two Must Never Be Taken Seperately

Bizarre title but if you think about it tackling is a skill, defence is a composite of skills combined that incorporates tackling, amongst other facets, that combine to make your try line impregnable.  To teach tackling without reference to how you are going to defend could mean that you practise 1000s of head on tackles in training but actually in …

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