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Opinion: Why Blackadder Won’t Be A Quick Fix To Bath’s Problems

SUVA, FIJI - JULY 01: Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder before the round 15 Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium on July 1, 2016 in Suva, Fiji. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Many Bath fans will have welcomed the appointment of Todd Blackadder from the Crusaders as director of rugby at the west country club after a lengthy and protracted selection process. Blackadder is a proven operator, having been in charge of the Super Rugby franchise since 2009, leading them to two finals in that time, albeit without winning either of them. …

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The England Backrow: A New Direction?

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18: Eddie Jones, (R) the England head coach, congratulates the England back row forward Chris Robshaw, (L), Billy Vunipola and James Haskell after their victory during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at AAMI Park on June 18, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The makeup and effectiveness of the English backrow has been a constant source of debate and frustration for many fans over the past decade. Until the redemption of Chris Robshaw and the reinvigoration of James Haskell under Eddie Jones, the red rose’s backrow unit often came off second best at the battle of the breakdown. Many sought to explain this …

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