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Pocock Again Calls for Rugby Ban in Schools Leave a comment Read more »

Pocock Again Calls for Rugby Ban in Schools

Once again an article in one of the UK newspapers is suggesting that rugby should be banned in schools. These types of articles seem to be wheeled out on a semi-regular basis backed by a report of Professor Pollock, which focuses on rugby as the…


The All Blacks Exemplify Superior Speed of Thought Leave a comment Read more »

The All Blacks Exemplify Superior Speed of Thought

The 2016 Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship Opener over the weekend between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Qantas Australian Wallabies showcased the difference between a good team and a world-class team. Looking at the result of 42-8 to New Zealand, you may think…


3 Things Wrong with Professional Rugby Today Leave a comment Read more »

3 Things Wrong with Professional Rugby Today

A few things are bugging me about the professional game at the minute. So I thought I’d share my thoughts and see what other people’s views are. 1. The scrum (or lack of it) in the game   Now this might seem a very odd…


Is the culture of rugby changing? Leave a comment Read more »

Is the culture of rugby changing?

During the World Cup I wrote a piece about by my fear that the culture and spirit of rugby was changing. The piece was about the abuse leveled at the referee, Craig Joubert, following the match between Scotland and Australia. Rugby is often held up…


RFU 's Artificial Grass Pitches Initiative: Is It A Good Idea? Leave a comment Read more »

RFU ‘s Artificial Grass Pitches Initiative: Is It A Good Idea?

At the last RFU Council meeting in December an announcement was made that the RFU will fund 100 floodlit artificial grass pitches (“AGPs“) over the next four years for grassroots rugby. The idea for the AGP strategy is, in theory, a very good one. These…


Is Grassroots Rugby Really Thriving? Leave a comment Read more »

Is Grassroots Rugby Really Thriving?

In a recent article in the Telegraph, Steve Grainger, Rugby Football Union’s development director, stated that rugby is thriving at grassroots levels. This article was shared on Facebook amongst a number of my friends scattered across the country and a very different picture seemed to…


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