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 2014: Where are England’s ball carriers?
Dec24

England 2014: Where are England’s ball carriers?

View image | gettyimages.com 12 months is a long time in Rugby Union and it’s not that uncommon to see a well oiled machine start to stutter and splutter. England, whilst not awful, have gone from one of the strongest attacking teams in the Six Nations to a team searching for a spark. Additionally in the four weeks of the Autumn internationals they went from a team looking to put away the SH giants and set out their stall ahead...

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Focus on: Japan
Jul23

Focus on: Japan

Whilst the Home Nations were off touring the Southern Hemisphere giants, the so called “Tier 2” Pacific Nations Cup was under way and serving up some fantastically competitive Rugby. Japan took the Asia Pacific title beating Canada and the USA away in two captivating games to take the B pool of the competition.  Under Eddie Jones, Japan have made some interesting strides. For all who don’t know Jones is the...

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Keep it Simple Stupid – Focus on New Zealand vs England 2nd Test
Jun15

Keep it Simple Stupid – Focus on New Zealand vs England 2nd Test

Game two and the series to New Zealand. But did we expect anything less? While it was a very good game to watch, and England were competitive throughout, it was New Zealand’s ability, post half time break, to raise and maintain the intensity for a 20 minute period that was the major difference. Within those 20 minutes they gave one of the most clinical displays of attacking Rugby you are likely to see, but what struck...

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