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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Anatomy of a Try – Agustín Creevy July 2015
Jul22

Anatomy of a Try – Agustín Creevy July 2015

View image | gettyimages.com   The Maul is  clearly a hot topic in world rugby at the moment, used frequently throughout the Six Nations, the Super XV and the NH leagues it raises eyebrows, receives praise and irritates people the world over in equal amounts. In the first round of The Rugby Championship 3 of the 7 tries scored in the game were from the lineout drive. The All Blacks utilising the seldom used Shift Drive to...

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New Zealand vs England –  Focus on Englands Defensive Woes
Jun25

New Zealand vs England – Focus on Englands Defensive Woes

Alas it was not to be, 3-0 to New Zealand. Expected? Maybe so, but England must have hoped for a test win. They showed a lot of encouraging signs but for all their endeavor they still came up significantly short. Combative yes, competitive, yes, but for about 30-40 minutes of the test series New Zealand tore England apart with attacking Rugby that exposed huge flaws in their game. Defence has been a big part of England's...

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