Doug Wood

Englishman born and bred, Analysis and Opinion

Champions Cup Qualification Change

The inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup has had little media attention in its build up, the distraction of domestic leagues has done little good for the new competition. A gradual hype would really raise its awareness for part time supporters and fans. The new changes are somewhat controversial, yet should benefit the Pro 12 clubs. Now, the highest ranked Pro12 …

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England’s New Home and Away Kit Unveiled

England have broken the mould with their new kit. They have moved the rose to the centre of the shirt for the first time in the history of English Rugby. The kit will be worn by England throughout the 2014-15 campaign with a new strip unveiled before the start of next year’s World Cup. It is similar to the 2012/2013 …

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How to Solve English Rugby

England’s tour to New Zealand wasn’t a success, but it was by no means a failure. To run the world champions in their own back yard close was worth admiration, however the loss wasn’t all the players fault. England’s national rugby team has been constrained in terms of success and development for the past few years, and needs a quick …

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Premiership Rugby 2014/15 Fixtures and Predictions

This is the full list of Aviva Premiership fixtures for the 2014/2015 season, announced by Craig Doyle in the BT Sport Tower. The fixtures start with Northampton, the reigning champions, and the London Double Header. Also, there is Saracens’ game against Harlequins at Wembley to look forward to later on in the season, and Wasps’ home game labeled ‘The Stinger’ …

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Ian Evans Joins Championship Side Bristol

The second row, who has gained 33 caps for his country, had a deal with Toulon, before it emerged the deal had collapsed. The next step from arguably the best cub in the world? Second tier Bristol, who have already announced the singings of lots of big names. [adsenseyu1] Bristol’s signings for next season: * Ian Evans – Wales lock …

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Trials for ‘Hawkeye’ as TMO Criticism Rises

Technology company Hawkeye is in talks about providing a replacement to the television match official system in rugby. Hawkeye, could be used in time for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Hawkeye founder Paul Hawkins said: “We are in conversation with Premiership Rugby and the IRB.” The IRB is going to carry out a trial of the TMO system until August …

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Farrell and Vunipola Doubtful for Premiership Final

Owen Farrell is 50-50 whether he will be fit to play in the Aviva premiership Final after picking up an ankle injury. During the warm-up to the Heineken Cup Final, Owen Farrell tripped up over a television wire, and despite playing on, he looked in pain as he walked off the pitch. “We have some concerns over Mako and potentially …

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Saracens Extensive Preparation to win the Heineken Cup Final

Owen Farrell and Alex Goode, the two perennial goal kickers for Saracens will be flown over to Cardiff and back again for their Kicking practice. Mark McCall’s extensive preparation could be crucial in what is expected to be a tight encounter. In a bid to keep squad spirit, they are flown back so they can all leave together on the …

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