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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Rugby World Cup Ticket Prices Set to Average £80 a Game

An article in the typically understated Daily Mail today is indicating that the average ticket price for Rugby World Cup 215 is set to come in at around £80. This is yet another blow to fans who yesterday found out that the knock-out rounds of the tournament will be held exclusively in London and Cardiff. This means fans North of Birmingham are now …

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The North / South Rugby Divide – Part 2

So, Debbie Jeavons is the new CEO of England Rugby 2015, starting her role in October. Debbie who?, you may ask. Well, ‘Our Debs’ certainly has the pedigree to make the World Cup a commercial success having run her own sports consultancy before becoming general secretary of the International Tennis Federation (she was a tennis player), and she is largely …

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Rugby World Cup Fixtures & Venues Announced

The venues and fixtures have been officially confirmed for Rugby World Cup 2015 in England. It has been confirmed that 13 venues will be used that cover 10 English cities and the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and as earlier reported the match scheduling has been amended to redress the balance between top tier nations and other competitors. The full list of venues …

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The Forgotten Lions

Having analysed the Lions squad yesterday I thought it might be nice to have a look at those individuals who missed out on the squad. The best way in which to do this I figured was to create a team out of the forgotten souls so the below is what I dreamed up. 1. Ryan Grant 2. Rory Best 3. …

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Bath Confirm George Ford Capture

In one of the less surprising announcements of the Premiership rugby season Bath have finally confirmed the capture of England Saxons and Leicester Tigers star George Ford. Ford represents a significant coup for Gary Gold at Bath with Leicester believed to have been keen to retain the services of the fly-half. In addition to this Bath were able to confirm …

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