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Rugby World Cup 2021/22 Shatters England Hopes Read more »

Rugby World Cup 2021/22 Shatters England Hopes

Those of us who have experienced losing a World Cup Final (for me it was the Student Rugby League final to Australia at Wigan), can vouch for the agony you go through as a coach. You wrestle with every aspect of your team’s preparation. Should…


England & NZ Survive Strong Rivals to Reach RWC 2021 Final Read more »

England & NZ Survive Strong Rivals to Reach RWC 2021 Final

Both England and New Zealand survived the fiercest of mental and physical challenges to reach the Women’s World Cup final – England defeating Canada 26 v 19 and New Zealand narrowly edging France 25 v 24. Competitors don’t like to lose and both Canada and…


England & New Zealand Progress to Semis in Rugby World Cup 2021/22 Read more »

England & New Zealand Progress to Semis in Rugby World Cup 2021/22

England and New Zealand have unsurprisingly secured their places in the next stage of the Rugby World Cup 2021/22 following their defeat of Australia and Wales this past weekend, respectively. Next week they will face off against France and Canada in the Semi-Finals. An England…


TikTok Women’s Six Nations 2022: Future of Women's Rugby Read more »

TikTok Women’s Six Nations 2022: Future of Women’s Rugby

England’s six Nations dominance has been established after beating France 24-12 in the TikTok Women’s Six Nations. The World cup is on the horizon. A seething black force waits in a land far away. A force undergoing change. A force with new leadership. A force…


TikTok Women’s Six Nations 2022 (Round 4): Record 15,836 Crowd Read more »

TikTok Women’s Six Nations 2022 (Round 4): Record 15,836 Crowd

Hastings 1066 – Agincourt 1415 – Bayonne 2022. Stirring occasions in the rivalry between France and England. The fields of Bayonne will echo with the passion of English desire and French flair. A place in history for the victors. Will Johnson or Macron open the…


TikTok Women’s Six Nations 2022 (Round 3): England Dominates Read more »

TikTok Women’s Six Nations 2022 (Round 3): England Dominates

In front of a huge Kingsholm crowd (beautifully re-named Queensholm by a commentator), England sent out a message to World rugby organisers. Don’t wait to totally professionalise women’s rugby otherwise a two, maybe 3 tier system will develop where some teams are just too powerful…


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