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Does your business want to get involved, whilst reaching over 9000 rugby made Facebook followers? I am looking for business support to help me achieve my dream of travelling to France and watching the group matches for the France 2023 Rugby World Cup. Why am I doing it? Firstly I want to  inspire transplant and…

New world rugby schedule could come in as a result of Covid-19

Current World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont believes the “spirit of collaboration” the sport has witnessed in response to the coronavirus pandemic will lead to a new international calendar. Rather than a “spirit of collaboration”, I feel it could be a “spirit of desperation”, forced upon a sport not known for dramatic changes, but pushed into…

World champs South Africa ‘could join Six Nations and remain in Rugby Championship’

Former Springboks skipper Jean de Villiers has reopened the debate about the Springboks heading to the northern hemisphere…do you agree? 109-times capped South African skipper de Villiers believes the Springboks could play in a newly-expanded ‘Seven Nations’ while honouring their Rugby Championship commitments with Argentina, the All Blacks and Australia later on in the year….

Rory Best says northern hemisphere nations should play through the summer

Rory Best says the coronavirus crisis could offer northern hemisphere nations a chance to road test summer rugby with a view to aligning their seasons with their southern counterparts. Do northern hemisphere players and fans feel rugby is a summer sport? The former Ireland captain believes southern hemisphere nations’ historical dominance at World Cup time…

Rugby Australia set to benefit from World Rugby relief fund

Rugby Australia’s financial problems could be alleviated by a $158m World Rugby relief fund as the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on sporting events and organisations. The fund, comprising advances and loans, will be available for Six Nations and Sanzaar unions requiring immediate emergency funding, subject to criteria being met. The package could be…

Eddie Jones to lead England at 2023 rugby World Cup in France

Fans up and down England have country have been coming to terms with the news that Eddie Jones will lead England at 2023 rugby World Cup in France. I for one love the idea. What’s not to love. Jones steered England to the final of the 2019 tournament in Japan, however the tremendous performance against…

All Blacks lose against the Aussies…

Australia have recorded their highest-ever score against the All Blacks as they beat the world champions 47-26 in the Rugby Championship in Perth. Is the curse of All Black choking around the world cup returned? It was the Wallabies’ first win over New Zealand since 2017, however they did have the benefit of playing over…

Joe Schmidt plans to roll the dice for against Italy warm up

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is planning to roll the dice in his new line-up for his side’s first World Cup warm-up match against Italy. Jean Kleyn will make his international debut while Dave Kearney returns after 2 years of being on the sidelines. Rhys Ruddock captains the side from the back row, where he…

How to watch Rugby World Cup matches in the UK

The good news is all 48 matches will be shown live across various ITV platforms, with most games on ITV1, though ITV4 will also provide coverage. For our Welsh-language friends, you can check out channel S4C who will also air nine games throughout the tournament including an opening group match, all four Wales group matches…

Will Wales win against England?

Wales head coach Warren Gatland to select his strongest team for their opening Rugby World Cup warm-up game against England. Will Eddie Jones be following suit or use the match to make some final alterations to his final squad? Gatland’s side play at Twickenham on Sunday, 11 August before hosting the English six days later,…

Time to reflect…

Over the last months I’ve had to focus on home life, rather than my rugby, as my father was taken ill and sadly passed away at the grand age of 84. Dad loved sport, mainly football, cricket and bowls, but loved hearing about tales of rugby matches played, tours attended and the reasons I had…

Who is in England’s Rugby World Cup Group?

England will play France, Argentina, USA and Tonga in the Rugby World Cup 2019. The opening match with Tonga will certainly offer a warm, but tough welcome to the tournament, with hard hitting Tonga taking on England in the Sapporo Dome. USA are the next team to face England in Kobe Misaki Stadium, followed by…

Could Faf De Klerk by player of the tournament

Scrum half nounRUGBY a half back who puts the ball into the scrum and stands ready to receive it again. That’s the dictionary definition, however for me it should be rewritten… A half back who not only puts the ball into the scrum and stands ready to receive it, but also has … A pass…

What made the 20 tear-jerking moments from the 2015 Rugby World Cup?

2015 was an amazing world cup for numerous reasons. As a England fan, it was bitter-sweet. Seeing England knocked out so early was heartbreaking, especially as I had tickets for the England vs Australia match. For me, the most memorable experience from the tournament however was the Japan team turning over South Africa in Brighton….

Does England win against Barbarians predict anything for the RWC 2019?

A young and inexperienced England men’s XV produced an entertaining performance to beat the Barbarians, but did Eddie Jones learn anything from this match? They won 51-43 with head coach Eddie Jones watching on, however most media commentators are stating none of the squad are expected to be part of Jones’ plans for the World…

Tokyo street photography brings electric dreams alive

I recently came across the work of Jun Yamamoto on social media and I was astounded how his street photography had captured Tokyo in a way that I had only imagined in my dreams. Crowds, neon lights, tall buildings, hustle, energy, electricity, modernity mixed with ages of the Shogun, it was all visible in his…

Could Cipriani be in line for an England call up?

It’s being reported that Danny Cipriani was prohibited from selection by the Barbarians against England, which points towards possible inclusion in Eddie Jones’ World Cup training squad. Cipriani has been in stunning form this season for Gloucester, and although he missed out on an England call up, many thought Pat Lam might let the distinguished fly…

Ireland announce training squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup

Japan will be the final charge for Ireland’s captain Rory Best, as he says goodbye to playing for Ireland at his fourth Rugby World Cup after he was named in Joe Schmidt’s training squad for Japan 2019. Ulster hooker Best, who announced in April that he would retire at the showpiece tournament, is one of…

Could Joe Marler play for England in the Rugby World Cup?

As an England and Quins fan, Marler is a rugby legend and can walk on water. No further comment needed As a Dad, Marler has inspired my son to play rugby and after actually meeting him, shown a side not many opposing fans have seen…he’s really a nice chap. He wished my son happy birthday…

Will Japan run out of beer during the Rugby World Cup?

Don’t panic and keep calm. It could be the stuff of nightmares for rugby fans, however organisers of the upcoming World Cup in Japan have raised concerns that bars and restaurants in host cities could potentially run out of beer during the tournament. It’s a valid concern, as I know the Bok fans drank Villa Park dry…

Donald Trump attends Sumo bout

Whether you like his politics or not, you need to see not only the action in this Sumo bout, but also the size of the trophy! #SumoSize In a tweet later that evening, President Trump stated “Tonight in Tokyo, Japan at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan Stadium, it was my great honour to present the first-ever U.S….

Argentina announce provisional World Cup squad!

Argentina have included five European-based players in their provisional 46-man squad for this year’s rugby World Cup in Japan. Coach Mario Ledesma announced on Saturday that Juan Figal, who plays for Saracens, Nicolas Sanchez and Ramiro Herrera (Stade Francais), Facundo Isa (Toulon) and Benjamin Urdapilleta (Castres) have all made the final 46. “Some players from abroad…

Where are the fanzones in the Japan Rugby World Cup?

When I am on my travels in Japan and I haven’t got a ticket for a particular match…then one place I intend to head to and soak up the atmosphere is the Fanzones. Having experienced fanzones in England and France, I’m looking forward to seeing what Japan has to offer. No ticket for a match?…

Who will be Ref at the Rugby World Cup 2019?

Rugby is a game where not only is the team sheet closely looked at prior to kick off, but also who will be in control in the centre of the pitch. I am therefore excited to see World Rugby has announced the squad of 23 match officials selected to take charge of the 48 matches…

Where to watch the 6 Nations on TV

Struggling to work out which 6 Nations match is on BBC or ITV? Don’t worry, here’s your viewers guide to the last 3 rounds of the 6 Nations. ROUND THREE France vs Scotland…. Stade de France (Paris)…. Saturday, February 23…. 2.15pm GMT…. BBC Wales vs England…. Principality Stadium (Cardiff)…. Saturday, February 23…. 4.45pm GMT…. BBC…

Johnson reveals what really happened in Dublin

Possibly one of the highlights of the England 2003 6 Nations campaign, neigh of his career, Martin Johnson recounts the really happened in Dublin when he refused to move the England team to ensure the President of Ireland avoided going off the red carpet to shake hands with the Ireland team. Was it a masterclass…