The British and Irish Lions 2017 – The Update
Apr17

The British and Irish Lions 2017 – The Update

Starting with an apology for the lack of articles over the 6 nations, I would like to get in a quick “movers and shakers” update on my predicted Lions squad. As the primary northern hemisphere competition, the six Nations is as good a barometer as any of judging a players ability at the top level and therefore their performances in said competition gives a good guideline of where they currently are on form. As always starting off up...

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The British and Irish Lions 2017 Part Three – The Backs
Dec31

The British and Irish Lions 2017 Part Three – The Backs

Having previously looked at squad composition and the likely makeup of the forwards we now turn our attention to the backs. In this article I have put together a composite selection of the backs I believe will go on the plane to New Zealand in June 2017. As before, I would like to state this is what I think we will see not necessarily what I would like to see. Let’s start with the half backs who will be tasked with controlling...

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The British and Irish Lions 2017 Part Two – The Forwards
Dec29

The British and Irish Lions 2017 Part Two – The Forwards

As with all good teams you start up front with the big lads, so following on from my previous article discussing the split of next year’s Lions party, I’m going to take a look at the forwards who I believe will go on the plane. Before starting my list, I would like to again state this is what I think we will see and not necessarily what I would like to see. So to begin the front row: Loosehead When going down to New Zealand many Lions...

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The British and Irish Lions 2017 Part One – The Squad by Nation
Dec24

The British and Irish Lions 2017 Part One – The Squad by Nation

As the year of the Lions rolls around the makeup of the squad has unsurprisingly become one of the main topics of debate on social media and clubs across the UK. As such I thought it time I waded in on the subject to try and add some kind of sense to it. We start with some research looking into the composition of the last 2 tours. Unsurprisingly, considering the continuity of coaching staff, both tours took a squad of 37 players with...

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England – Strike Move Analysis
Nov27

England – Strike Move Analysis

The pressures of winning test matches, along with the set piece fiasco of late, have led to a decrease in 1st phase strike moves. Most test sides, at least in the northern hemisphere, have started taking the safer option of creating space through phase play, more often than not crashing up a runner first to set a platform they can build from. However with England, much as he did with Japan, Eddie Jones has started...

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