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  • Premiership Rugby Is Too Detached

    There is an assumption in England that the system we have is natural and, ultimately, that it works. But our own rugby culture, in which the path to professionalism is increasingly through the academy structure, [...]

  • In The Loose World Cup Predictions

    One week out from the start of the World Cup, we glanced through the World Cup fixtures, read some palms, consulted the oracle, made some snap decisions, and are prophesying the following... Pool A: 1st [...]

  • Eddie Jones Primed To Deliver World Cup Glory

    Few coaches in World Rugby enjoy such notoriety as Eddie Jones, few are so bullish and controversial, and few have enjoyed such a long and storied career. Labelled arrogant by his detractors, Jones knows only [...]

  • Quinlan Lashes Out At ‘Bitter’ Gatland

    Alan Quinlan, the ex-Ireland and Munster backrow, has hit out at Warren Gatland for ‘condescending and insulting’ comments following Ireland’s victory over Wales in Dublin. He went on to suggest that Gatland was ‘bitter’ about [...]

  • Jones Opts For a Blend of Old and New

    Eddie Jones has named an exciting side to face Italy in Newcastle tonight, resting a number of core individuals whilst maintaining the spine (George, B. Vunipola, Youngs and Farrell) that is likely to be his [...]

Understanding Union: The Schism With Rugby League

4 weeks ago|

Today, professionalism remains a controversial topic of discussion. Rugby union’s traditionalists (the so-called Blazers), who decry a game now awash with sponsorship and television money, remain. Likewise, there are those who are more enthusiastic about [...]

Cuts, Cuts, Cuts: Grassroots Funding Simplified

4 weeks ago|

Inside the ivory tower of Whitehall politics, and the disorientating world of Sports England funding reports, there is another language used altogether. Phrases such as “new strategy” and “redirection of resources” are of course, however, [...]

Kearnan Myall and Mental Health in Rugby

4 weeks ago|

Former Sale, England and Wasps lock Kearnan Myall shocked the rugby world this week. In an interview with The Guardian he revealed his struggles with mental illness as a professional rugby player. Both England and [...]

Rudderless Scotland Look Vulnerable

4 weeks ago|

Predictions have been a dangerous game this summer, even more so than usual. Having been tipped as favourites, Wales were dominated by England (who were then lauded as champions elect) only to retake world number [...]

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