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Closed shop - Six Nations Championship
Closed Shop; Six Nations Championship status quo unjustifiable
Edward Anderson - Apr 7, 2021

With both the Six Nations Championship wrapped up and the Rugby Europe Championship 2021 on pause until the summer, the status quo that is the 6 Nation’s closed shop is the question that won’t go away. There has been a repeated failure by one of the championship partners. With Italy continually living down to original […]



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European Player of the Year nominees #EPOTY2021
Meet the Best – European Player of the Year nominees #EPOTY2021

Yet again, a selection of men from assorted clubs will be in competition to claim European Player of the Year 2021. Picked from all sides apart from the Gallagher Premiership, to discover the one player from French Top 14, and the Guinness PRO14 leagues who are judged by both in a public vote and most […]

Steve Tandy
Who is Steve Tandy and what can he offer the Lions?
Ross Sanderson - Apr 15, 2021

This week British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland announced his coaching panel to join him for this year’s tour to South Africa and among them is Scotland’s Steve Tandy. Tandy joins up with the Lions as the defence coach alongside attack coach Gregor Townsend, forwards coach Robin McBryde and kicking coach Neil Jenkins. […]

Premiership Rugby reschedules fixtures in respect of Prince Phillip
Premiership Rugby reschedules fixtures in respect of HRH Prince Phillip

In a nod of respect and with consideration for the impending Royal memorial service for the late HRH Duke of Edinburgh, a media release confirmed that Gallagher Premiership Rugby reschedules fixtures on Saturday 17 April to avoid a clash with Prince Phillip’s funeral. All four matches will still be shown live on BT Sport, with […]

Rugby and faith
Rugby and Faith
Thomas Booth - Apr 14, 2021

Rugby and faith

Moana Pasifika and Fijian Drua granted conditional Super Rugby licences
Moana Pasifika and Fijian Drua granted conditional Super Rugby licences

The news that so many have been dreaming of, is that much closer. Disclosed to media on Wednesday, April 14, Moana Pasifika and Fijian Drua have been granted conditional Super Rugby licences by New Zealand Rugby which could set the stage for those sides to compete in 2022. In a significant step forward for Pacific […]

Golden Point Extra Time win has vital impact for Chiefs
In context, Golden Point Extra Time win has vital impact for Chiefs

Notwithstanding Highlanders fans being upset, this weekend’s Super Rugby Aotearoa golden point extra-time win has vital context for the Chiefs 2021 season. By outlasting the home side in the relentless back-and-forth nature of their match in Dunedin, after the sides ended 80 minutes at 23-all, the reality of a draw in Super Rugby now has […]

Paddy Ryan runs with the bal in Super Rugby action against the Rebels in 2018 at Melbourne, Australia
MLR San Diego Legion sign former Super Rugby player Paddy Ryan

Paddy Ryan (pictured above) will join the second half of the 2021 MLR season. This will be his second stint with the San Diego Legion, with Ryan’s first stint in San Diego came in 2019, where he scored 15 points in 18 games. Paddy Ryan and his professional career It is official, Paddy Ryan is […]

Five Rugby Intellectuals
Five rugby intellectuals
Thomas Booth - Apr 9, 2021

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