Rugby: Artificial Pitch vs. Natural Grass

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In both codes of rugby, like many sports, there is always a debate between the merits of an artificial pitch and natural grass. Most stadiums in both rugby league and union have natural grass. However, there is a growing number of rugby stadiums using an artificial pitch as their main surface. Previously, Raheem Bashir has […] READ MORE


Gareth Steenson – A Career Retrospective

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Kicking off David Challis’ series looking back at careers of great Premiership players who are reaching the twilight of their careers is the great Gareth Steenson. There seemed no better place to start than the man that guided Exeter Chiefs all the way from a mid-table Championship side to the Champions of England. Early Days […] READ MORE


Leicester Tigers – England’s Greatest Sides 1997-2002

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David Challis’ kicks off a series on great English club sides. He takes a look at the great Leicester Tigers side that dominated domestic and European rugby at the dawn of professionalism. This saw Tigers overtake Bath as England’s most successful side. This squad also played a vital role in England’s successful World Cup campaign […] READ MORE


Leicester Tigers struggles are incomparable

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On last week’s episode of the Rugby Pod, Andy Goode and Jim Hamilton made the comparison between Leicester Tigers and Manchester United. They were alluding to the recent fall from grace of both former champions of England. However, this is, without doubt, the wrong comparison to make. On the face of it, the comparison fits. […] READ MORE



2019 Farah Palmer Cup set to be the ‘Best Ever’

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After months of waiting, the schedule for the 2019 Farah Palmer Cup has been released. And acknowledging the growth of the women’s game across the globe, this year’s competition is set to be the ‘Best Ever’. After three successful and well supported seasons in its current name, the Women’s national provincial championship has developed from an […] READ MORE