Have the IRB Finally Nailed the Scrum Sequence?

The International Rugby Board Council has at last announced the implementation of a global trial of the “crouch, bind, set” scrum engagement sequence. The new sequence is aimed at enhancing player welfare by reducing impact on engagement by up to 25 per cent in elite competition. The scrum engagement has been the bane of the modern game with half of …

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BT Sport Announce Great Value Premiership Rugby Package

After much fan-fair but very little substance to date, BT have finally announced the details of their newly arranged sports packages. The great news is that Premiership rugby fans who are BT customers will be able to potentially watch 69 live games per year for free, whilst for non-customers the £12 a month seems like ridiculously good value given the cost of …

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England Squad Announcement

Apparently some girl from the Black Eyed Peas called Fergie retired today so somehow this resulted in the England squad announcement being demoted to the very bottom of the sporting pile. Well without further ado here it is; Forwards (18) Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby, 2 caps) Rob Buchanan (Harlequins, uncapped) Calum Clark (Northampton Saints, uncapped) Alex Corbisiero (London Irish, 18 …

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Australia’s Lion Tamers

  As we prepare for the Lions tour of Australia this summer we take a look at the men charged with halting the Lions pride. Now that Gatland has shown his hand for this summers tour, attention must turn to counterpart Robbie Deans as he looks at the players he will send out to take on the Lions. Recent form …

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Sevens Heaven as World Club 7s Unveiled

  Twickenham is set to host stage to the inaugural World Club 7s tournament this August. For the first time the competition will bring together the best club sides from both established and emerging teams from the Northern and Southern hemisphere. The tournament will bring together clubs from Auckland to Los Angeles and out to Moscow in a competition that …

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Ryan Unveils Plans to Turn Around Warriors Fortunes

Worcester Warriors have today officially unveiled Dean Ryan as the clubs new Director of Rugby for the 2013/14 season. After a disappointing season in which the Warriors accumulated just 5 victories in the Aviva Premiership, the club opted to part company with incumbent Richard Hill to make way for the return of Ryan to the club game. Ryan returns off …

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Lions Glory Hinges on Finding the Right Balance

On Thursday Warren Gatland put months of speculation to an end by revealing the names of the 37 men charged with delivering the British and Irish Lions a series victory for the first time since 1997. There were no real surprises (apart from the absences of Chris Robshaw and Rory Best) and as expected the core of the squad was …

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Australian Pride Rubbishes Lions Roar

WARREN Gatland threw up few surprises when The Lions Squad was announced last Tuesday. The inclusion of Matt Stevens and Dylan Hartley may have raised some eyebrows, and the exclusion of Johnny Wilkinson certainly caused a stir amongst the British press, but what did our rivals down under think? Gatland’s decision to take big, powerful players certainly struck a chord. …

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