The Lions 2013 Squad

Now that Warren Gatland has finally unveiled his 37 man touring party for this years Lions tour to Australia we take an in-depth look at the selections and how they might impact this years tests. Captain Sam Warburton Possibly the biggest decision for Gatland and his coaching team was who would lead the Lions throughout the tour and during the test matches. …

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Lions Squad Announced

          The Lions squad has been announced for the 2013 tour to Australia by tour manager Andy Irivine. Warren Gatland also confirmed as suspected that Sam Warburton has been installed as tour captain. The squad is as follows; Full-back; Leigh Halfpenny, Stuart Hogg, Rob Kearney Wing; Tommy Bowe, Alex Cuthbert, Sean Maitland, George North Centre; Jonathan Davies, …

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Joe Schmidt Named as New Ireland Rugby Coach

            Leinster’s head coach Joe Schmidt has just been confirmed as the new head coach of Ireland rugby. The Kiwi coach has long been the favourite to take over after Declan Kidney stood down after Ireland’s disappointing six nations campaign this year. Schmidt joins with an impressive coaching record having worked as backs coach at …

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Def Leppard sponsor Rhiwbina rugby under 10s

            Cardiff based Rhiwbina rugby club have today been able to announce that their new shirt sponsor is none other than rock band Def Leppard. The rocking collaboration was negotiated by Rhiwbina coach Richard Proctor who does artwork for the band. Lead singer Joe Elliott said he was delighted to sponsor the team “because Richard is …

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Sale Sharks Confirm Three New Signings

        Sale Sharks have today confirmed the capture of three new players for next season. The club announced this morning the capture of last seasons Cardiff Blues player of the year Michael Paterson, Russian giant Kirill Kulemin and flanked Charlie Walker-Blair. The trio will add weight and depth to a somewhat depleted Sale pack after the loss of …

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First on the Plane & Worthy Contenders for The Lions

I’m no Warren Gatland and, apart from the money, influence and prestige (are women an option here?), I wouldn’t want to be when faced with choosing this years squad. That said, and for what it’s worth, here are my nailed-on, dead-cert, first names on the plane and some of my preferred first choices. I have little or no relevant skills …

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Andy Powell – Cross Coder

Strange this one. A couple of days before the club announced that Andy ‘Big Guns’ Powell was crossing over to the dark side with Wigan Warriors, I picked up a rumour to this effect, How very strange that only 4 weeks before he was talking openly about hoping to sign a contract extension with Sale where, for my money, he …

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The North/South Divide Threat to Premiership Rugby

As a proud Scot who grew up on  a diet of haggis, broth and real football at East Fife(?), imagine my horror when, aged 13, my folks dragged me down amongst the Scouse Sassenachs on, still unfinished, missionary work only to find that my new school only played rugby. Horror!!! As a strapping young lad with an enormous left hoof, …

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