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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]

WRU Announce Takeover Of Newport Gwent Dragons

The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has today announced its intention to takeover the Newport Gwent Dragons (NGD) region, both on and off the field. The WRU already owned 50% of the region, but with NGD struggling to find external investment, the WRU has moved in to formally become the region’s owners. The proposed transaction includes the purchase of the nine-acre …

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A Potential England Squad To Tour Argentina

With England likely to have a significant number of their players on the Lions tour later this year, coach Eddie Jones has a chance to experiment with some second stringers and new players in a two test series against Argentina in the summer. Eddie Jones’ Current Crop Below we have named a squad of 32 (the same size as the …

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England’s Six Nations Campaign – The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Eddie Jones’ England team finished an overall superb fourteen months on a particularly disappointing low point against a dominant Ireland side on Saturday evening, but the side still have much to take out of their Six Nations campaign. We review the good, the bad and the ugly of this year’s tournament. The Good As well as winning four games out …

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England Player Ratings V Ireland

After England lost their first game in 19 matches and missed out on a back-to-back Grand Slam – thanks to a superb Irish defence – we rate the entire England 23 out of 10. 1) Joe Marler A solid enough performance in the first half, but being replaced at half time was telling. He is likely to lose his spot …

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Old Heads, Young Shoulders: Why England Are So Successful

It’s the kind of transformation that is more associated with the make-believe world of Hollywood than real life, but England’s revival from World Cup flops to being on the brink of back-to-back Grand Slams and on the cusp of breaking a tier one world record for consecutive wins is truly exceptional an achievement. Much credit must go to Eddie Jones …

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EXCLUSIVE – Dreams Of America: The Rise And Fall Of PRO Rugby

For an outsider, America is endlessly fascinating. A place of breathtaking landscapes, a land of contrasts and colossal in scale; it is seemingly boundless potential and uniquely inspiring. Its people absorbed the world around them and shaped a culture that is defined by optimism, hope and uninhibited ambition. In America the impossible is made possible by an unrelenting desire to …

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World Rugby Announce Huge Changes To Global Calendar

World Rugby, the sport’s global body, have announced signifcant changes to the long-term global calendar. The new 2020-32 schedule now prioritises rest periods, as well as supporting the sport’s tier two nations further, and brings further accord to the relationship between the international and domestic games. “Agreement on an optimised global calendar that provides certainty and sustainability over the decade …

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Eddie Jones Names England Squad To Face Ireland

England coach Eddie Jones has named a 25 man squad to prepare to take on Ireland on Saturday. The entire 23 from the 61 – 21 thrashing of Scotland is retained, with winger Jonny May and hooker Tommy Taylor also staying with the squad for this week’s preparations. Whilst it is very likely the coaches will select the same starting …

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England’s World Cup Squad Starts To Take Shape

As the second Six Nations in the latest World Cup cycle draws to a close this weekend, England’s plans for the next edition of the tournament in 2019 are moving up a gear – with almost as many as two thirds of the 31 man squad looking near certain to be selected for the competition in two years’ time. Barring …

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