Tight Clashes up and down the Table – National League Rugby results

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The National League One, leagues Two South and North rugby competitions all roared back into life this weekend just passed,  after the well-deserved Christmas break. Gratefully, only two games were postponed all weekend ensuring that all supporters go their fix in what ended up being a fascinating weekend. David Challis is here to bring you all […] READ MORE


The England Number Eight debate

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After a highly successful Autumn international campaign, England rugby fans will be full of expectations as we head into the 2022 Six Nations Championship. One of the big questions they will ask is who will win come out on top in the England number eight debate. England will start with a massive clash against Scotland […] READ MORE


National Leagues Rugby returns 2022

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For many clubs, with the National Leagues Rugby returning to English rugby union competition, some will have had almost a month since their last outing in the next round of fixtures. The impacts of the latest wave of the Omicron COVID-19 variant; coupled with the Christmas break, have had quite an impact on the season. […] READ MORE


Rugby 2021: A year in reflection

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For many, the vintage of rugby 2021 will probably raise a lot of discussion and differing opinions. That shouldn’t be a bad thing, with less than two years away from the Rugby World Cup 2023 in France. Here, our Last Word on Sports rugby department selected a few articles that represented the year in rugby […] READ MORE


England Rugby 2021: State of the Nation report a positive one

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There is never a dull moment under Eddie Jones whether you are an England rugby fan, a player or a coach. The usual stoushes and flirting with the media, lost in translation barbs over Great Britain’s most promising sports stars (think tennis) and selections that no one saw coming. But, Eddie Jones has got England’s […] READ MORE


Rosslyn Park FC; sit down interview with Dom Shabbo

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Those who followed rugby prior to the 1990s will be well-aware of the name Rosslyn Park FC. The London side was one of the country’s top teams, twice reaching the final of the National Cup. They have plenty of historic moments since their inception in 1879, which includes partaking in the first-ever rugby games in […] READ MORE


Eddie Jones faces Farrell selection headache; England v Australia

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England’s emphatic win over Tonga has given Eddie Jones a number of selection headaches ahead of England v Australia on Saturday. Every coach wants options but for Jones, he may have to make the biggest selection call of his England coaching tenure. Does he relegate Owen Farell now and promote Marcus Smith? The clamour to […] READ MORE


Red Roses win seals favouritism for RWC2021 above rivals New Zealand

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Twin victories; and powerful wins over their Rugby World Cup rivals, mean that this latest Red Roses win has sealed the England women’s favouritism for RWC2021 above their rivals, New Zealand. Record wins at that. 56-15. Another record-winning margin over the current World Champions. And following on from the previous week’s record Red Roses win […] READ MORE


Springbok end of year tour team selection: Opinion

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The Springbok end of year tour kicks off on Saturday against Scotland. Much has been said of the conservative selection, but Jacques Neinaber has opted for continuity. Which regular Springboks were not selected? The omissions from Nienaber’s squad were all injury-enforced. Faf de Klerk (hip flexor), Cheslin Kolbe (knee), Frans Malherbe (neck), Pieter-Steph du Toit […] READ MORE