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Opinion: Impersonating An All Black Will Not Make You A Lion

during the match between the Auckland Blues and the British & Irish Lions at Eden Park on June 7, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand.

There was the ethos that underpinned Stuart Lancaster’s tenure as England’s coach and strategist. England must become more like the All Blacks. Unfortunately, with England this elusive feat simply proved too much and that accolade, remains exclusively reserved to those that wear the black jersey with the silver fern. Warren Gatland’s Lions side risk falling into a similar trap. This …

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Another Rugby League Inside Centre Is Not The Answer For English Rugby

As we approach the opening Tests of the summer this weekend, the rumour mill surrounding England’s tour of Australia is turning; churning out midfield combinations left, right and most importantly inside centre. One gathering momentum is that of Rugby League star Ben Te’o. One cannot doubt his pedigree or indeed his sheer size, standing at 6’2 weighing around 17 stone, …

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The Eddie Jones Appointment: A Tale of Two Penalties

Fate, how very cruel it can be. The careers of Stuart Lancaster and Eddie Jones can be reduced down to a tale of two penalties. How the fortunes of each of them could have changed if Japan had played it safe and kicked for the points against South Africa, or if England had chosen to do exactly that against Wales. International rugby is …

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Opinion: England’s Coaches Aren’t The Problem, It’s The RFU Itself

It’s 2003, Jonny’s drop goal sails through the posts marking the pinnacle of England Rugby. The footage is more or less ingrained on any England rugby fan’s psyche because, quite frankly, not much has happened since.  Yes, there have been some great performances; the destruction of New Zealand at Twickenham, that evening at the Millennium Stadium in this year’s Six …

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Sam Burgess Exit Is A Tragedy For Rugby Union

Sam Burgess’ exit comes despite weeks of guarantees from Bath’s senior management that he was steadfastly remaining at the Rec. You could be forgiven for thinking the same. This is a man who played 79 minutes with a broken cheekbone and eye socket. He’s not one to shy away from a challenge. So why did he leave? We await the …

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World Rugby Is In Danger Of Becoming A Nanny State

Never mind the fear of not making selection. Or picking up an injury. Recently it seems like the number one threat to playing time is World Rugby’s Citing Commissioner.  Bosch, Ford, Grey, Hooper, Tuilagi, Macovei, Waqaniburto, O’Brien. The list goes on. What do they have in common? They, like many others in this World Cup, have felt the wrath of the …

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