The Increasing Cult of The Manager

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Whilst listening to this Sunday’s edition of BBC Radio 5Live’s Sportsweek programme – hosted by the excellent Gary Richardson – there was an interview with former England rugby union coach, Stuart Lancaster. Richardson and he were discussing Lancaster’s time as coach and discussed extensively England’s performance at the previous Rugby World Cup. The way Lancaster […] READ MORE




Stuart Lancaster Gone, But Must Not Be Forgotten

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In the aftermath of what was England’s worst ever performance at a Rugby World Cup, Head Coach Stuart Lancaster has resigned. After three years in the job, the mounting pressures of continued failure have caught up with a man who tried from the outset to change an England side that was in disarray after another […] READ MORE


England out of World Cup after Defeat to Australia

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England are out of the Rugby World Cup after losing 33-13 to Australia. Stuart Lancaster’s men become the first hosts to fail to make it out of the pool stages in Rugby World Cup history.  They will go into next week’s match against Uruguay knowing they are unable to catch either Wales or Australia, who […] READ MORE


England v Australia LIVE

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England v Australia LIVE 21:52 England are out of the World Cup and will head to Manchester next week to face Uruguay with only pride on the line. Australia will face Wales to decide who wins Pool A 21:51 Full Time England 13-33 Australia. 21:49 Try Giteau Australia turn over England at midfield and break […] READ MORE


Billy Vunipola Injury May Save England

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Earlier today it was announced that Billy Vunipola’s leg injury sustained against Wales on Saturday is enough to keep him out for the rest of the world cup after the full extent of the knee ligament problem was unearthed. This injury could save England. As a fan, spectator and commentator on rugby you never want […] READ MORE


As England Lose to Wales, Where Was Luther Burrell?

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The day after England’s historic World Cup loss to Wales, and given the nature of the English defeat, I can’t help but reflect back at the pre-match controversies in the hope of finding some answers. Should Owen Farrell have been picked ahead of George Ford?  Should Sam Burgess have earned his second England start? Did Billy Vunipola deserve […] READ MORE


A Defining Game for Wales

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As Wales’ captain Sam Warburton said this week, “You know it’s coming, it’s a huge game. It’s one of the biggest Wales versus England games in history.” Not like an England Wales game to bring out the hyperbole is it? In fairness, it may, almost be justified on this occasion. Since the draw was made […] READ MORE


Twickenham Ready for the Biggest Game Yet

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It’s December 3rd 2012, the day of the 2015 Rugby World Cup Official Pool Draw. The first ball from pot 3 is revealed, and rugby fans around the world start rubbing their eyes. They can’t believe what they are seeing; they question if they are seeing it correctly. They read it aloud: Pool A. Australia, England, […] READ MORE