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Paul Wassell

Paul Wassell
Paul is an English teacher by day and an avid rugby fan the rest of the time. You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook, or contact him at [email protected]

Sale Sharks Sack Player After Team Leak Allegations

Sale Sharks v Harlequins - Aviva Premiership

Sale Sharks have today announced that winger Tom Arscott has had his contract terminated with the club. The statement released on behalf of the club reads: “Sale Sharks have today terminated the contract of Tom Arscott with immediate effect following a disciplinary investigation and hearing. No further comment will be made in accordance with the club’s disciplinary procedure.” It is …

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RFU To Push For Five-Year Residency Rule

England v South Africa - Old Mutual Wealth Series

England’s governing body, the RFU, are to push for the existing global residency rule to be extended from three years to five, meaning players not born in or with parentage from their adopted country must live in that nation for at least five years to qualify. According to The Telegraph, the RFU’s chief executive is keen to see a change …

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What Is Elliot Daly’s Best Position For England?

England v South Africa - International Match

England tyro Elliot Daly has already played in two positions for his country in his fledging international career and could line up for the national team at fullback as well, but where on the pitch would be best for him, his country and his future? We assess his options. Whilst Daly is a prodigious talent and has been impressive for …

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Aiming For The Summit: How Rugby In Switzerland Is On Its Way To The Top

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What’s the first thing that comes into your head when you think of Switzerland? Gourmet chocolate? Cratered cheese? Perhaps it’s the famous Swiss Alps. After all, there are over 450 mountains in the country, and mountaineers from all over the world come to conquer its demanding peaks. They are not for the faint-hearted. For rugby lovers in Switzerland it is …

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The ‘Homegrown’ England XV: Do England Rely On Foreign-Born Talent?

Scotland v England - RBS Six Nations

Since the dawn of professionalism England has been accused by many of relying heavily on foreign-born talent to bolster its ranks at the highest level of the sport. The thorny issue of rugby’s residency rules has come back into the rugby community’s collective consciousness once more with new FFR president Bernard Laporte stating only ‘homegrown’ players will be able to …

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Testing Out Depth: Three England XVs For 2017

Australia v England

England coach Eddie Jones faces some tough selection challenges in 2017, with increasing depth in nearly all positions and a Lions tour that will see the Australian lose a number of his first choice players. In an interview with former England coach Clive Woodward, Eddie Jones explained his plans for 2017 and how he intends to deal with the issue …

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Richard Cockerill Leaves Leicester Tigers

Exeter Chiefs v Leicester Tigers - Aviva Premiership

English club Leicester Tigers have announced that Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill is to leave his position with immediate effect. Cockerill’s association with the club is a long one given he is a former Tigers player himself and has been on the club’s coaching staff since 2004. He took up the position of Director of Rugby back in 2010. However, …

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