Rugby

Rugby League: Too tragic

April 8, 2014
GiantsTackle

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 the NRL’s Newcastle Knights it is producing a lot of noise, worry and justified anger. McKinnon may spend the rest of his life as a quadriplegic due to a tackle […]

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Six Nations: One day left

March 10, 2014
BoD

After a weekend of wonderful rugby and no small amount of emotion, we’re a little bit closer to knowing who will be crowned Six Nations champions, and as lovely as it is that Brian O’Driscoll should have the chance to win in his last year in the green shirt it is something of a shame that his side could secure victory by dint of having smashed Italy, rather than having beaten their direct rivals England. Down the years the great man and his pals haven’t taken all that many of the chances that have come their way, almost to the […]

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Wales at Twickenham: Old crunch

March 8, 2014
SLancaster

Like Everton at Liverpool or Jose Mourinho at the Nou Camp there is a definite sense before this game that the Welsh want us all to know England are not a team they are scared of, to the point where it almost seems like the lady doth protest too much. We know Warren Gatland is both a good coach and a stubborn man, prone to putting personal preference above true ability at points in his career but he knows how to get the best out of his Wales XV and they come in today with every hope of turning over […]

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Six Nations: Two to go

March 6, 2014
SLancaster

With three games down and the table starting to take shape, there are a few conclusions we can begin to draw about the 2014 Six Nations Championship, and the first is that France are still the worst-managed team in the world. A side packed with huge talent, power and skill that has won two of their three matches already seems like one you’d want to be in charge of, but right now they cannot find a coach capable of giving them the direction and gameplan required to dominate a competition they are the best squad in, to the point that […]

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Big Sam Burgess: White knight

February 26, 2014
BurgessSuit

It’s been a week or so since the annoucnement, but in that time the rest of the world of sport has been quite busy so we’ve not have time at Bet123 towers to fully express just how exciting it is to hear that Sam Burgess has signed for Bath Rugby Union. It may actually have become even more of a big deal in the week since the move was made as we’ve had yet another example of the sheer mediocrity that Billy Twelvetrees brings to the England centres, and when you consider that Burgess will most likely be teamed with […]

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6 Nations: England v Ireland

February 21, 2014
BoD

I know it isn’t exactly the best way to start this piece, but I’d just like to express my sincere hope that the game this evening between England and Ireland is played on a rugby pitch rather than an impossible quagmire as featured at the Millennium Stadium. Non-Sky fans aren’t treated to a lot of elite union through the sporting calendar, and the Welsh arguments about weather would hold more water (no pun intended) if it weren’t for the fact they regularly produce god-awful pitches, so it is to be hoped that the Twickenham ground staff are better prepared for […]

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