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Ian Foster's All Blacks gain a Pass Mark (Pumas loss notwithstanding)
Ian Foster’s All Blacks earn pass mark (Pumas loss notwithstanding)

Even with a barely tolerable 50% win ratio, Ian Foster’s All Blacks gain a pass mark in the books of most fair-minded critics. Most, although the so-called ‘brutal fans’ might still struggle with the overall results of 2020. Saturday’s victory over Argentina has pushed the team just into the pass category. Not a strong season, […]

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Who Could Win the 2023 World Cup? Wales Edition
T.J. Davies - Dec 4, 2020

You can’t predict much these days, but you can be sure, on any given weekend, an international-level coach will say, “we’re building a squad for the 2023 World Cup.” But does this hold much meaning? It’s catchy, it moves the interview on, but when the winners and the losers are saying it, it seems a […]

Who would be in an expanded Women’s Rugby World Cup?

This week, World Rugby announced the Women’s Rugby World Cup will be expanded from 12 to 16 teams. Which begs the question: which teams would likely qualify for 2025? Of the 12 teams competing in New Zealand in 2021, 7 qualified courtesy of their placement in the last World Cup. Fiji and South Africa came […]

Chicago tripleheader 'Rugby Weekend' involves Maori All Blacks and Black Ferns
Māori All Blacks v Moana Pasifika a belated nod to Heritage

When these two sides clash, the Māori All Blacks v Moana Pasifika fixture on December 5 is going to be both a nod to cultural heritage of indigenous rugby culture in New Zealand, as well as one more reward for rugby fans who have had a ‘less than satisfactory year’ [thanks to Covid]. The colours […]

Pat Lam “Excited” by a 20% Sinckler on the rise for Bristol
Pat Lam “excited” by a 20% Sinckler on the rise for Bristol

Speaking in response to comments made by Bristol Bears prop Kyle Sinckler, Pat Lam said that he is excited by what is to come. Sinckler said that moving club during lockdown and being unable to see his family has made him feel he is operating at 20%. Given that leaves for a five-fold improvement that […]

Rob Baxter Backs Sam Simmonds To Keep Pushing For England Selection
Rob Baxter backs Sam Simmonds to keep pushing for England selection

Rob Baxter has provided support for Sam Simmonds after another week went by without an international call up. Speaking ahead of the visit of Bath this weekend Rob Baxter addressed the media to show understanding for the situation of Sam Simmonds but also of Eddie Jones and the England setup. David Challis caught up with […]

Gallagher Premiership
Gallagher Premiership clubs tier system ahead of crowd return

Gallagher Premiership clubs have learned today of their status in the tier system that could see them welcome back crowds. Some will be able to host supporters, whilst others remain crowd-less.  How does the tier system work? There are three tiers. Tier one will see 4,000 fans attending sporting events, tier two with 2,000 supporters […]

Chasing pack struggle in Gallagher Premiership Round One

After less than a month away, Premiership rugby is back. Champions Exeter Chiefs have already taken their usual spot at the top of the league table, after putting in the most convincing win of Gallagher Premiership Round One. They beat Harlequins, who are joined at the bottom of the table by fellow ‘mid-table’ chasers Gloucester […]

2021 Rugby World Cup
Women’s pools announced for 2021 Rugby World Cup draw in New Zealand

Leading Women’s International rugby teams have awaited confirmation of pools for the 2021 Rugby World Cup draw, and World Rugby confirmed those on Friday, November 20. In a presentation in Auckland that included New Zealand past and present players, World Rugby confirmed the groupings and drew balls representing teams that will contest in the three […]