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France's flanker Charles Ollivon celebrates win on November 12, 2022
Connor Dickins - Nov 25, 2022

Are ‘rugby values’ truly superior to those of other sports? Not according to Rugby analyst Robbie Owen (or Squidge Rugby, as preferably known). According to Owen, rugby often pats itself on the back for actions that “other sports can do without needing a round of applause”. Some fans may not like it, but he is […]

USA Eagles/Portugal RWC Playoff qualification match

After two rounds of RWC playoff qualification matches completed, two out of the four sides in this knockout tournament remain; the USA Eagles and Portugal. And one last game is scheduled for  Friday, November 18. Qualification for the 2023 Rugby World Cup (RWC) is limited to 24 sides, and just one place remains in Pool […]

World Rugby Awards 2022 nominees

With players and clubs able to successfully reactivate their calendars after the pandemic, the World Rugby Awards 2022 ceremony in Monaco is set to celebrate a ‘full year of footy’. Nominees have been unveiled across all categories, in the afterglow of the successful 2021 Rugby World Cup, and with two more weeks of the Autumn […]

November Internationals had some great matches including France winning by a single point

Several of the November Internationals played over this weekend were won by just a single-point margin. Wins by France in the dying minutes showed that close contests might be the trend this Autumn – unless you are in New Zealand. The All Blacks [as per usual] flagged the normal standards of offence, putting 55 points […]

Rudderless and sloppy England loss at Twickenham against Los Pumas 29-30
Charlie Inglefield - Nov 7, 2022

Argentina were by far the better team in their deserved victory over England on Sunday afternoon. A ‘rudderless and sloppy’ England loss at Twickenham against Los Pumas was the visitor’s first triumph at the ground in 16 years. It was a special performance by Michael Cheika’s Pumas built on rock-hard defense and sheer desire. As […]

Ireland defeat the Springboks

Ireland beat the Springboks in Dublin on Saturday. Ireland was better on the night, but there are some obvious Bok mistakes that cannot be overlooked and need to be questioned. When Ireland beat the Springboks on Saturday, it was not a surprise. Most pundits picked Ireland to win by between five to eight points. Those […]

All Blacks bring to Cardiff Autumn International fixture
Iestyn Rhys Thomas - Nov 4, 2022

After a mixed Rugby Championship tournament; which saw New Zealand lift the title -despite a defeat to South Africa and a first home loss to Argentina – this weekend’s Cardiff Autumn International fixture continues to demand the very best of the All Blacks 2022 team. After the All Blacks kicked off their northern hemisphere tour […]

England rugby squad need to work on a game plan
Charlie Inglefield - Nov 2, 2022

The ideal scenario for England rugby squad is of course four wins out of four during this 2022 Autumn Nations series. However, two priorities that continue to hinder England and Eddie Jones are their attack and the side’s game plan. That would be the wins for England during this autumn nation series – produce a […]

Springbok rugby flyhalf depth

Springbok Rugby flyhalf depth has been keeping fans busy in discussions since the last Test played against Argentina in Durban as part of the Rugby Championship. The discussion raised its head after Head Coach Jacques Nienaber elected to play veteran Frans Steyn at flyhalf. The first Test in 14 years that he played in the […]

England's Marlie Packer poses for a selfie with fans two months before the Women's Rugby World Cup
Edward Munro-Martin - Oct 3, 2022

It’s World Cup week! On Saturday, the Red Roses begin their task of winning the Women’s Rugby World Cup for the third time. They enter the tournament as hot favourites and are on an incredible 25-game winning streak! Who though are the players that are crucial to making this England side tick and who will […]

Eddie Jones Rugby World Cup alternatives
David Jones - Oct 2, 2022

Who should Eddie Jones be looking at ahead of the Rugby World Cup The Gallagher Premiership is back and now in full swing. Most of the internationals have made a return to their clubs after a busy summer period at Test level too. Eyes are coming around to the national team once more. The Autumn […]

Prevent Biometrics’ instrumented mouthguards worn at Rugby World Cup

As the build-up continues, news out that the World’s top female rugby players are to wear smart mouthguards at the Rugby World Cup 2021 is a landmark agreement to help reduce concussions and introduce technology into the sport. ‘Smart’ instrumented mouthguards will be offered to all Rugby World Cup 2021 teams ahead of the October […]

Springbok Rugby enforcers

Springbok rugby enforcers. South Africa has been blessed with many lock forwards who have carried that mantel. Big brutes who take no-nonsense on the field. A big part of their role is to push the boundaries of physicality. Power is a very important part of their game. Their role at scrum time is critical, providing […]

Springbok women's rugby

Springbok Women’s Rugby may not be well known by many, so Women’s Month in South Africa is the ideal time to share a little more information about how the South African rugby ladies are doing. Ryan Jordan compiled this article with context information supplied by SA Rugby. Springbok Women’s Rugby is well set for future […]

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper takes time off for Mental Health

Last weekend, on the eve of the first Rugby Championship Test match, Wallabies captain Michael Hooper made the call to take time off from the spotlight of International rugby, to take care of his Mental Health. Rugby Australia acted quickly and the 121 Test capped skipper was flown out of Argentina with another teammate who […]

Jamie Roberts' rugby career comes to an end
Thomas Booth - Jul 28, 2022

Jamie Roberts’ rugby career; one that spans over a decade, has come to a close – no surprise to the majority, yet it is with fondness that many International and Welsh fans will look back on his stellar time as part of Warren Gatland’s Welsh team. Jamie Roberts’ rugby career in numbers Roberts honed his […]

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France Wins Bronze Medal over Rugby Canada in Auckland, New Zealand

This Saturday on the last day of the World Cup, France wins bronze medal at Eden Park. This was France’s third-straight bronze medal, and while disappointing not to appear in the Cup final, they completed a confidence-boosting win. Rugby Canada finished in fourth place [for the fourth time] and must look closely at this result. […]

RWC2023 headquarters staff under investigation by French authorities

Staff at the French Rugby RWC2023 headquarters are under investigation by authorities, with news that the France 2023 Ethics Committee was continuing its inquiry into the operation. Reuters stated that ‘Claude Atcher, the chief executive officer of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France [organization], has been sacked after a report by the French Labour […]

Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 final like never before

For 80-minutes of the 2021 Rugby World Cup final, the tide shifted from hemisphere to hemisphere, as New Zealand struggled to overcome the world’s leading rugby team England. Yet in the end, a demonstration of rugby soul from the Southern hemisphere proved to be the winner on the day by the nearest of margins. Played […]

Ayesha Leti-l'iga of New Zealand celebrates making the Women's Rugby World Cup Final last Saturday
Edward Munro-Martin - Jul 28, 2022

It is not hyperbolic to say that this might just be the biggest rugby match in the history of the women’s game. This Women’s Rugby World Cup has seen publicity like never before. Selling out Eden Park for the first round and doing so again for the final, games being televised all across the world, […]

Charlie Atkinson
Ross Sanderson - Jul 28, 2022

Last week, former Wasps flyhalf Charlie Atkinson put pen to paper and signed a new long-term deal with top-flight rivals, and last year’s Premiership winners, Leicester Tigers. He is still yet to play his first game for Steve Borthwick’s side but at just 21 years old, the road ahead looks very bright for Atkinson now […]

The Red Roses' Solid Defence was a Big Reason why they Advanced to the RWC 2021 Final

AUCKLAND, NZ – The Red Roses’ solid defence helped them to advance to its sixth-straight Women’s Rugby World Cup Final. They are the only country to make every Rugby World Cup Final in the 21st century. They also denied Rugby Canada their second appearance in the Rugby World Cup Final. Red Roses’ Solid Defence was […]

Last Sunday saw the WRU AGM take place in the Westgate Hotel, Cardiff. The biggest discussion point following the meeting notes being released was that clubs didn’t manage to reach the 75% voting quota for a new independent Chair. Robert Rees spoke to clubs on both side of the fence to hear their views. WRU […]

Fin Smith
Ross Sanderson - Jul 28, 2022

Following the sad demise of Premiership side Worcester Warriors, flyhalf Fin Smith has just recently signed a new deal with top-flight rivals Northampton Saints. He has also reportedly held talks with Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend this week, as the 20-year-old is yet to choose his international allegiance. With questions marks currently surrounding the number […]