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England in France: World Cup 2015 warmup

August 21, 2015

Games of rugby between France and England are hardly a rare occurrence, but this weekend and last have seen a couple of the most meaningful friendlies in a long time between the two nations as they both prepare for the World Cup in England later in the year. Last weekend England either clutched out a 19-14 win or got lucky after failing to convert their dominance into a more emphatic […]

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Australia: RWC 2015 Winners?

August 12, 2015

Due to poor planning, we can’t provide you with the correct answer exactly, but it certainly feels like a couple of weeks ago you might have got better than 35/4 on Australia winning the World Cup this autumn. That price, courtesy of 10Bet, is actually a mite more generous than the average, and ever since their win over New Zealand to secure the 2015 Rugby Championship the numbers have been […]

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Strettle nettled?

June 23, 2015

Playing for your nation is supposed to be the highest honour you can achieve in most team sports, although individual games like tennis and golf are less interested in flags for the most part. When it comes to the pinnacle of that area, it is almost always the World Cup that represents the best of the best competing for honour, and since the inception of the rugby union version back […]

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Jerry Collins, a tremendous man

June 6, 2015

Big footballers will play this weekend for big clubs, but some sportsmen are just big on any pitch, at any time. Yesterday we lost one of the biggest men ever to play the game of rugby union when Jerry Collins and his wife were killed in a car crash near Beziers, in France, and tragically their daughter is in critical condition at the time of writing, and both the age […]

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Why Stuart Lancaster must be sacked

June 2, 2015

The connection between rugby union and public schools has long been a comedy staple, serving the more sneering, working class comics more often than their Oxbridge contemporaries, and as a joke it definitely has legs. There are many differences between the men of the oval ball and those involved in the rounder-balled game, and it is certainly true that there is an expectation of a greater level of education if […]

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Heroes: In sickness and in health

May 17, 2015

It isn’t easy being famous, and sometimes we are guilty as a sporting public of expecting too much from men and women who are only really trained to do one thing, albeit to an incredibly high level, and normally a physical thing at that. You can talk all you want about ‘footballing intelligence’, ‘race craft’ and ‘game sense’ all you want, but these are all really just euphemisms for the […]

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