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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 [...]

The Changing Nature of Community Rugby

3 months ago|

This year the RFU celebrates the second anniversary of its award winning inclusivity programme ‘Project Rugby,’ which has, thus far, seen 25,000 new players, from a variety of backgrounds, become involved in the game. However, [...]

Paying Players in Amateur Rugby

3 months ago|

The relationship between rugby union and professionalism is fraught and longstanding. It’s continual distaste to the idea of paying players, at least that of rugby’s traditionalists, is often labelled as elitist and exclusive, as it [...]

Lessons From The U-20’s World Cup

3 months ago|

On Saturday, France became only the third team in Under 20 World Cup history to retain the title, defeating Australia 24-23 in Rosario. Remarkably however, the headline result came not from the final, but the [...]

Assessing The Health of Grassroots Rugby

3 months ago|

Rugby has always been a sport centred on the community. The clubhouse is a hub that unites generations, old friends, family and teammates. Camaraderie and community are part of the package, and however commercial, professional [...]

Have the Southern Hemisphere Lost Ground?

3 months ago|

Historically, it is the southern hemisphere who have dominated the Rugby World Cup. Only England, in 2003, out of the northern sides have ever won the Webb Ellis Cup, whereas both Australia and South Africa [...]

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