Rugby Thoughts – Aviva Premiership Table

I had a longer look at the Premiership table this week and few interesting things jumped out, so here are some thoughts on the Premiership table. Perhaps I should wait a week before writing this, if my predictions are correct Exeter will be topping the table and that would be amazing. OK it would be... Continue Reading →


Exeter’s Coaching Philosophy

A very interesting talk by Rob Baxter from a year and a half ago. He covers how Exeter Chiefs structured their Championship promotion season and what he believes Chiefs do differently to the other clubs in the Premiership.

Aviva Premiership 2014-2015 Round 8 Predictions

This is the half way point of the Aviva games in the international window. Will any teams be able to take advantage? Well here are my predictions. How did the predictions go last weekend? First up here's the link to last weekend's review. 3 out of 6 isn't great but there was a draw and also... Continue Reading →

November Internationals 2014 Round 4 Predictions

Another full on weekend of international rugby, it's all starting to feel a bit glutinous. Anyway here are my predictions and amazingly there are no match ups that will be repeated at the world cup.How did last weekends predictions go? First up here's a link to last week's review. 7 out of 9 was fairly... Continue Reading →

November Internationals 2014 Round 3 Review

Another weekend of good International rugby with more close games and a couple of surprises. Here's my round-up. How did the predictions go? First up here is the link to my predictions. 7 out of 9 isn't bad, I trusted my English lads too much and France really seemed to have turned a corner. Nailed all... Continue Reading →

James Hook – What Might Have Been… Or Could Still Be?

Sharing Sunday: a good post about James Hook written before he was called up as an injury replacement to the Welsh squad.


Port Talbot-born James Hook has amassed an impressive 350 points for Wales during his 8 year tenure for the national side. Yet amidst news that the utility back has been left out of the national squad for the upcoming Autumn internationals, onlookers begin to question what the future has in store for the 29 year old.

Wales' 4th highest point scorer lining up a kick at goal - Photo Credit: BBC Wales’ 4th highest point scorer lining up a kick at goal – Photo Credit: BBC

Hook burst onto the scene with a try on debut during a narrow defeat to Argentina in 2006. Despite the loss to the Pumas, the Welsh left the Puerto Madryn with one of the most exciting young players in British rugby acquiring an impressive first cap.

Melville's player report on 20 year old James Hook - Photo credit: The Guardian Melville’s player report on 20 year old James Hook – Photo credit: The Guardian

From as early an age as 20, there was much to be excited about. In 2006, former England…

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