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Why Exeter Chiefs Exemplify Leadership Leave a comment Read more »

Why Exeter Chiefs Exemplify Leadership

Let me start this by saying that I have been to many special sporting occasions over the last 15 years, but I have rarely witnessed anything like the Exeter Chiefs v Wasps semi-final at the Aviva Premiership on Saturday May 21st 2016. What struck me…


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…


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…


Why Can’t Professional Teams Scrummage? Read more »

Why Can’t Professional Teams Scrummage?

I’ll start this piece by declaring that I have not had any experience of ever having been in a scrum. Something, along with never having eaten a kebab, I intend to maintain for some considerable time if I can. Last weekend I was up early…


SILENT SUNDAYS–A view from inside the tent 1 Comment Read more »

SILENT SUNDAYS–A view from inside the tent

The furore (too strong a word? Kerfuffle might be better) over the #SilentSundays experiment run by my local governing body Yorkshire Rugby Football Union (YRFU) over the last two weekends of Age Grade rugby was something of a surprise – and yet, knowing rugby folk…


New Scrum Laws: A Bit of a Farce? Leave a comment Read more »

New Scrum Laws: A Bit of a Farce?

  Is crouch-bind-set the start of the end of the game for all sizes? New scrum laws this season have, in my opinion, seen this area of the game turn into a bit of a farce. In many games that I have watched, both on…


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