Where Are They Now: England’s 2011 Junior World Championship Squad

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3 days until the start of the Rugby World Cup 2015, and we’ve reached the final instalment of my series looking back on the careers of our youth stars who placed second in the surrogate 2011 competition [see here for first, second and third articles]. We’ve seen the likes of England stars George Ford and […] READ MORE


A Manu Sized Problem

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Manu Tuilagi may not be featuring in this year’s World Cup, but the void left by his absence will provide many a headache for Stuart Lancaster, who perhaps would have been looking to use the Leicester centre as a powerhouse in midfield alongside those who shone in this year’s Six Nation’s campaign. With the announcement […] READ MORE


Are The Irish England’s Biggest Challenge?

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Despite a somewhat slow start against Italy, England come into round three of the this year’s Six Nations tournament off the back of two successful fixtures both home and away. Now their biggest test will be travelling to Dublin to face an almighty Irish side. Initial favourites going into the 2015 campaign, Ireland will also […] READ MORE




A Good Weekend for Rugby

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What a weekend of rugby that was!  I managed to watch most of Tigers v Scarlets, Glasgow v Montpellier, Sarries v Munster, all of Quins v Wasps, Saints v Ospreys and Toulouse v Bath.  Exhausted!! It’s always great when a side that hasn’t had the most supportive of press going into a weekend absolutely shows […] READ MORE


Lancaster’s Centre Conundrum

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With the absence of the reliable and rampaging Manu Tuilagi due to injury, England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster has a centre conundrum on his hands. It is well known that Lancaster has a preference for a ‘ball-player’ at inside-centre and for the other centre to punch holes in the opposition defence. The question is, however, […] READ MORE