Dave Nicoll

Could This Be The Most Exciting Six Nations Yet?

The final day of the 2015 Six Nations will live long in the memory, but can 2016’s tournament top it for excitement? In 2016, wherever you look there are reasons to be excited. From the new coaches leading England and France into the tournament, through to young players looking to break into the teams, there is something for everyone to get excited about. …

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Classic Rugby Shirts In A Synthetic World

If you’re anything like me, you may be getting sick of only being able to get your hands on the latest synthetic versions of modern rugby shirts. It seems almost impossible to get your hands on classic cotton rugby shirts that don’t feel like they were made from cardboard. The rise of the synthetic shirt has become an increasingly common …

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Stuart Lancaster Steps Down As Coach Of England

Stuart Lancaster has left his post as England coach following the team’s early exit from the World Cup. England became the first host nation to be eliminated in the group stageswhen they lost matches to Wales and Australia in Pool A. “I ultimately accept and take responsibility for the team’s performance,” said Lancaster. It was the first time an England …

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Lancaster Names 31-Man England Rugby World Cup Squad

England today announced their squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The 31-strong group of 17 forwards and 14 backs – drawn from eight Premiership clubs – will open their campaign against Fiji at Twickenham Stadium on Friday 18 September. England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “It’s really positive that we have such depth and options to choose from. Selection …

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Is Money Damaging Rugby?

For years rugby fans have been passing comment on the over-inflated wages so prevalent in football these days, but could that be about to change? Although wages in rugby are still minuscule compared to the astronomical salaries of football’s top stars, the gap does seem to be slowly but surely closing, with big spending Top 14 sides no longer the …

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3 Steps To Improving Rugby’s Concussion Issue

Rugby has taken huge leaps forward in recent years when it comes to concussion, however there is still a long way to go before the issue is properly dealt with by the powers that be. We have seen a number of high profile incidents in the last few months with Leigh Halfpenny and Mike Brown both being withdrawn during the …

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England’s Rugby World Cup Bolters XV

We take a look at a team of England players who could be set to break their way into the Rugby World Cup squad later this year… 15. Nick Abendanon Abendanon has been in scintillating form for Top 14 side Clermont Auvergne this season and could be a potential bolter should England relax their overseas selection policy. 14. Christian Wade …

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13 Potential World Cup Bolters

We take a look at thirteen players who are currently playing themselves into contention for a place in their sides World Cup squads… 13. Rory Arnold Australia, Lock Arnold has been identified as a player who could help to solve a persistent problem that the Wallabies have had in the second row. 12. Josh Navidi Back Row, Wales Navidi is …

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