The unnatural birth of Professional Rugby and its handicaps now

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Immediately upon becoming professional, Rugby Union went global. The first Professional Rugby competition was Super Rugby, now all but dead in the water. This is the story of how that came about and how the peace deal made then influences rugby’s development now. Rugby, of either code, is a story both of tribalism and exclusivity. […] READ MORE


Mercer topples Radradra in Round 19 Premiership Stats

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After a stellar week for Bath, Zach Mercer has toppled Radradra atop of the tackles list in round 19 of the Premiership stats. Last week Radradra topped almost all attacking categories demonstrating his worth to Bristol. He is still up there in most but with a bit more competition this week. Back again we take […] READ MORE


Is Alfie Barbeary the real deal?

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The 19 year old hooker/flanker hit the headlines last night, and for all the right reasons. However, lets look into the making of the man and whether Alfie Barbeary has what it takes to fulfil the potential often spoke about. What was witnessed on Wednesday night was definitely an impressive performance from a dominant and […] READ MORE


Owen Farrell: The ban is too short

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Owen Farrell faced a disciplinary hearing last night, after the red card he received over the weekend. He received a five match ban. All considered, this is far too short. What Owen Farrell got is fair in accordance to the laws, there is no mistaking that. The initial entry level punishment the committee agreed on […] READ MORE


Owen Farrell banned for five games

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The much anticipated disciplinary panel of the England captain has laid down the punishment. It sees Owen Farrell banned for five games. This rules him out of the Champions Cup quarter-final against Leinster. Owen Farrell appeared before an online independent disciplinary panel this evening and has been handed a five-match suspension. — Saracens Rugby Club […] READ MORE


Gallagher Premiership Team of the Week – Round 17

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The Gallagher Premiership bank holiday action has thrown up plenty of huge performances. Here is the Team of the Week from round 17.  15. Mike Brown It was a great weekend for fullbacks, with the likes of Luke James, Jason Woodward and Stuart Hogg all putting in worthy shifts. It was Brown’s leadership and sheer […] READ MORE


Jason Woodward looking for 80 minute performance from Gloucester

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Gallagher Premiership action continues to come thick and fast as Round 18 approaches. Gloucester will face London Irish at Kingsholm, with both sides still hopeful of claiming a Champions Cup spot for next season. Jason Woodward and Alex King spoke to the media ahead of this game. James Barker brings you the latest insight from Gloucester’s […] READ MORE


Gallagher Premiership new recruits progress

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Rugby is well and truly back under way. The continuation of the 2019/2020 season has been a welcome return to TV screens across the country. This season is peculiar in that we are getting a real taste of the Gallagher Premiership new recruits for what would’ve been the 2020/2021 campaign. Now three rounds of the […] READ MORE


Rees-Zammit and Earl chasing Chris Ashton’s record

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Louis Rees-Zammit and Ben Earl are leading the race to become the top try-scorer in the 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership with the best strike-rate ever recorded. Research from The Rugby Tipster highlights a number of new records if they continue their scoring form for the rest of the season. Form scorers clash at Kingsholm Both will […] READ MORE


Gallagher Premiership Round 15 Preview

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Round 14 was by no means a box office restart to the league. Some matches were cagey with high amounts of ball out of play time. However, it certainly has wetted the appetite of rugby fans and they are ready for more. Gallagher Premiership Round 15 gives an opportunity for the teams that looked rusty […] READ MORE