The waiting is nearly over and the Rugby World Cup is upon us. Here are my predictions for the first group of 8 games. Before we get into that here is a link to my tournament preview. England v Fiji The opening game with all the extra attention that brings can affect players in strange... Continue Reading →
The phony war is over and we are a matter of days away from the big event finally starting. All the international rugby for the past 2 years has all had an undercurrent of looking forward to now. Here is my preview. What I'm going to do is go through each of the pools and... Continue Reading →
It might feel like the lull before the storm with no International Rugby going on but it was a very busy weekend of domestic rugby. Here is a quick round-up of the scores and a couple of comments. Top 14 Castres 35 - 26 US Oyonnax Toulon 45 - 24 La Rochelle Racing Metro 92 23 -... Continue Reading →
With the news that the investigation into Aviva Premiership salary cap breaches has been cancelled I thought it was time to talk about the governance of the game. There have been several rugby governance issues that have come up this year across the world so I'll highlight the ones that I have noticed. Starting with... Continue Reading →
Bob Dwyer, the Rugby World Cup winning coach, once said that to win the Rugby World Cup your team needs to have 5 players who would be in the World 15. So I thought I'd pick a World 15 and see which teams are best equipped to win the Rugby World Cup 2015. First up... Continue Reading →
The last big weekend of international rugby before the Rugby World Cup, here i.e. my review of the action. August Internationals Georgia 15 - 16 Canada England 21 - 13 Ireland Georgia 10 - 13 Japan Wales 23 - 19 Italy France 19 - 16 Scotland USA 10 - 47 Australia Canada 18 - 47 Fiji... Continue Reading →
Sharing Sunday: It’s good to see that the RFU are trying but clearly it’s not perfect and you hope that the decision makers are in touch with the grass routes clubs.
I recently attended the internal, unofficial launch of a national campaign designed to incentivise more ex-rugby players to get back into the game. The campaign, created by the RFU in collaboration with sports marketing agency Ear to the Ground, concerns a hand picked selection of mere 50 clubs around the UK and providing them with online and offline marketing collateral to use on club literature to raise the profile of both their club and the Return To Rugby campaign.
The notion of the programme is that rugby clubs promote the return to rugby scheme through a plethora of mediums (press, radio, web and social media), which generates a number of people to attend a 6 week re-introduction to the game of rugby, sessions led by an RFU community coach. Over the weeks, the players on this programme are phased in to the main squad, thus ensuring that the transition at…
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During the Asian 5 Nations the Korean coach said that he would like to play Japan without their foreign players. This got me thinking about the the stereo types that we have in rugby and I thought I'd have a look at the facts. Here I'm going to look at where all the players at... Continue Reading →
We are into the last few warmup games before the Rugby World Cup, all the squads have been chosen and it's nearly the lull before the storm. But before we get there here are my predictions. First a link to my review of last weekend's action. So how did last weekend's predictions go? 2 from... Continue Reading →