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Daniel Higgins

Daniel Higgins
An avid rugby fan with a specific nose for anything mildly egg-shaped. Looking to be an opinion that counts!

Gloucester Talks For Proposed Takeover ‘Productive’

GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 17: A general view of the Kingsholm Stadium prior to the European Rugby Challenge Cup pool 5 match between Gloucester Rugby and Oyonnax at Kingsholm Stadium on January 17, 2015 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Today we have learned more information about the potential takeover of Gloucester rugby club by Mohed Altrad the Montpellier owner. News from the rugby club today was that intense discussion with the European rugby chiefs were positive and that the Montpellier owner has moved closer to completing the takeover. As stated before, the board of European Club Rugby have come out …

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France Name Squad Of 24 For Crucial Ireland Game

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 12: Guy Noves, the France head coach looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Scotland at Stade de France on February 12, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Guy Noves has named his initial France squad of 24 players to play against Ireland in a week and a half. The French team left it late against Scotland to confirm their win, so it would be no surprise to anyone if the experienced coach decided to chop and change some of his starting line-up. Guy Noves has brought back …

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Eddie Jones Is Using Jose Mourinho’s Template To Win Games Late On

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 11: Eddie Jones the head coach of England looks on as his team warm up prior to kickoff during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at the Principality Stadium on February 11, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

England’s victories over the last year have been constant, but often late coming in their games. Eddie Jones puts this down to a practice used by Jose Mourinho. Called tactical periodisation, it is the brainchild of noted Portuguese lecturer Vitor Frade. The tactic focusses on being prepared for four distinct moments within a match. With huge importance being placed on …

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Six Nations: Assessing Each Nation’s Best Ball Carrier

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Louis Picamoles of France leaves the pitch after the RBS Six Nations match between England and France at Twickenham Stadium on February 4, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

With the second round of Six Nations fixures taking place this weekend, let’s evaluate the players who punch the biggest holes in opposing defences. If you watched the England France game last week if would have been plainly clear that England were lacking the go-forward that the Vunipolas usually give them. They were a changed team when James Haskell came …

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All Blacks Hotel Room Bug Suspect Has Been Charged

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 20: All Blacks players perform the Haka during the Bledisloe Cup Rugby Championship match between the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks at ANZ Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

The New South Wales police department have brought charges against a 51-year-old gentleman who allegedly placed a hi-tech listening device in the New Zealand team’s hotel room. Last August when the All Blacks came to Sydney to play the Australians, a small device was found sewn into the back of a chair by the side’s security team. The build-up for …

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