England v New Zealand: 3rd test

June 20, 2014

Two down, one to go, and so far not a single win for England to show over the All Blacks is a fairly succinct summary of the situation in New Zealand, but there is promise about the way England have played that isn’t evident from the raw results. So far six points separate the two sides over the course of 160 minutes of rugby, and if you take New Zealand […]

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England: 2015 in mind

June 15, 2014

Although each region of world rugby has its own specific title and trophy that is normally contested on an annual basis the advent of the Rugby World Cup in 1987 forever changed the way teams are built and generations developed, with the top nations always looking to peak in time to become champions of the world. For New Zealand, universally considered the best side in the world for most of […]

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England: Be brave

June 9, 2014

It’s been a while since Stuart Lancaster had any real work to do as England Ruby Union coach, and last weekend was his first taste of the top level since the autumn when his side went South and faced New Zealand in Auckland. Playing the All Blacks anywhere is a very difficult thing to do, but matches in Auckland are second only to Carisbrook’s famous House of Pain for their […]

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Heineken Cup final preview

May 21, 2014

The Heineken Cup is one of, if not the biggest club competition in world rugby union, and this weekend the final in Cardiff sees Toulon and Saracens go head-to-head in pursuit of that elusive trophy. For the fans and clubs alike this is a massive, and potentially once in a lifetime opportunity, and with French ‘galacticos’ Toulon having Sebastian Bruno and Jonny Wilkinson playing their last game of professional rugby […]

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Jonny Wilkinson: None better

May 19, 2014

There are times when I’ve felt like the article being written is more of the ‘press view’ that one held personally, often when discussing the retirement of a great player that isn’t a favourite, and today we have the perfect example of that. If Ryan Giggs stepping away from being a Premier League player were the topic of this piece it would still sound and smell the same, of course, […]

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Rugby League: Too tragic

April 8, 2014

In the last couple of weeks there have been two incidents in Rugby League that have really made the wider world of sport sit up and take notice. The Brett Ferres tackle on Jonny Lomax this weekend just passed was an awful moment and the St Helens player was very lucky to escape without serious injury, but coming on the back of the broken neck suffered by Alex McKinnon of […]

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