Guinness PRO 12 – Final Four Decided

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And so 12 were reduced to the ‘Final Four’ in the 2016 Guinness PRO 12. Going into the final weekend of the PRO 12v it was already confirmed that Glasgow Warriors, Connacht and Leinster had made it into the playoffs (though, at the time, not necessarily in that order) and by Saturday afternoon, an impressive 46-26 win […] READ MORE


PRO 12 Permutations

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Alright everybody, calculators at the ready – it’s time to sort out the PRO 12 Permutations! With one round of rugby left to be played, the Guinness PRO12 finds itself in rather unfamiliar territory – every game counts towards something, be that top four qualification or Champions’ Cup qualification. When the decision was taken to […] READ MORE


Ulster's Embarrassment of Riches

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Ulster’s Embarrassment of Riches in their back line is something to be marveled at. A couple of weeks ago we saw the triumphant return of Tommy Bowe. Having been sidelined during the World Cup with a knee injury, it was a long road back for the Monaghan-born winger but, after six months of gruelling rehab, […] READ MORE


Refereeing Problems in Britain

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Recently the question over refereeing problems has been brought up. Is the standard dropping and how can we improve it? OVERVIEW This is not a rant at referee’s and crucially we are all thankful for the work they do at all levels of the game – without them there would be no games at all. However […] READ MORE


The PRO 12 Run-In

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With just three rounds of Guinness PRO12 action left to navigate, it’s worth looking at the movers and shakers in the league. Who is going to make the end of season play-offs and who is going to be on the outside looking in? The PRO12 Run-In is heating up… The PRO 12 Run-In LEINSTER RUGBY […] READ MORE


Newport Gwent Dragons Shake-Up

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Newport Gwent Dragons are currently undergoing massive changes, but what does this mean for Gwents’ struggling super club and its supporters? Newport Gwent Dragons Shake-Up SELLING TIME The Dragons, to give them their shortened name, are going to sell off all shares in an attempt to rein-gage the region to a competitive level both on […] READ MORE


Welsh Regions Financial Viability

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After 13 years of Welsh regions, I think it’s fair to say that they have been of mixed success. Are they financially viable in the modern pro era though? Welsh Regions Financial Viability CARDIFF BLUES In the year ending June 2015 the Cardiff Blues made a loss of almost £240,000. The Blues’ loss was better […] READ MORE


NFL Style Draft For Welsh Regions?

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The USA adopts the idea of a draft to get players from college to professional teams, where there are several rounds and each team gets a pick. The question is, could a mock draft work in Wales? HOW WILL IT WORK AND BENEFITS If we split Wales’ youth players into four sections (north, east, south, […] READ MORE



Pro12: Festive Feast

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Ah Christmas, the time of the Festive Feast. Amidst the turkey, the stuffing and the dreaded Brussel sprouts, the Guinness PRO12 played host to 12 Christmas crackers (I’m sorry, I had to get that pun in there somewhere) as derby fever gripped all four nations and left us amazed in wonder at some of the […] READ MORE