As this season draws to a close and people drift off for their summer holidays, we’ve given The Rugby Blog a redesign ready for the next season.
The new design is generally a lot tidier, so it should be easier to navigate. It’s also more image-dependent which makes it look a little better, so we’ll have a picture with every article – there are still a few to add retrospectively, so bear with us whilst we sort it out. We are on the hunt for any amateur photographers who don’t mind sharing their images with us – drop us a line if you can help.
It’s a bit of a ‘magazine’ layout, which should make it easier to find what you are interested in, each tournament has it’s own section, and we’ll be adding sections for each country that we cover as well.
The tabbed section on the right of the homepage will let you keep an eye on the latest comments and most recent articles. You’ll notice Avatars beside each comment, and you are welcome to add a picture if you like – just register at www.gravatar.com with the same email address that you enter when you comment, and it will come through here by some technological magic.
Coming up on The Rugby Blog
The site will be a little quieter for a few weeks whilst Hutch is in Uganda with the Tag Rugby Trust, but there will be a few articles as we keep things ticking over.
Then we’ll be starting the build up to the new season in earnest – it’s a long year ahead culminating in the Rugby World Cup, so stay with us for the duration as we cover the Guinness Premiership, Magners League, Heineken Cup, all the internationals, going off on the odd rant, sharing our opinions and keeping an eye on those players that could feature for the home countries in New Zealand.
I’m pleased to say that the Podcast will return for the new season – it was something of an experiment last year, but all the feedback we’ve had has been very positive and so Nick Heath will be back with your usual weekly helping of rugby interviews and insight. There’s a new iTunes icon on the right, so click on that and you’ll find every episode in iTunes where you can subscribe.
We are also looking to expand our coverage. We realise that we are fairly England-centric, but we’d like to have more articles about the other home nations to start with, and then take on the rest of the world when we have more capacity. Contributions are always welcomed, and we are looking to expand our writing team, so send us an email if you’d like to be involved.
We really value the comments and discussion by our readers – without it, the site wouldn’t be any good, frankly. I think you’ll agree that it’s better when there are more comments and there’s more discussion, so perhaps you could help spread the word – tell your friends about it, post links to your favourite articles on Twitter and Facebook, forward on our monthly newsletter and generally help us out. At the very least, click the new ‘Like’ button on each article if you have a Facebook account.
We’d really like to know your thoughts on the site, the new design, the ramblings we write or anything else you’d like to get off your chest. Suggestions for new features are always welcome, so again, please get in touch.