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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…


Joubert Controversy-Change in Rugby Culture? 2 Comments Read more »

Joubert Controversy-Change in Rugby Culture?

The fallout from the last couple of minutes of the Rugby World Cup quarter-final between Australia and Scotland is still rumbling along in the media. For those of you that missed it, on Sunday night the referee Craig Joubert made the wrong decision in awarding…


Brave Japan Create Sporting History Leave a comment Read more »

Brave Japan Create Sporting History

The Rugby World Cup threw up one of the greatest moments of sport last Saturday. The expectation by most was that it was going to be one way traffic – after all, it was a game where a nation who had previously won the tournament…


Rugby World Cup to Inspire Youngsters to Play Leave a comment Read more »

Rugby World Cup to Inspire Youngsters to Play

This past weekend was the start of the Rugby World Cup – the 3rd largest sporting event on the planet in terms of coverage (the only two events which beat it are the Football World Cup and the Olympic Games). This is the best opportunity…


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