New Season Plans on The Rugby Blog

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As the beginning of the Northern Hemisphere domestic season draws ever closer, and the Southern Hemisphere’s focus shifts from Super Rugby to The Rugby Championship, here’s what’s coming up this season on TRB.

New Features

Change is good, right? That’s what we’ve heard anyway, and we’ve got a host of exciting new features lined up. The captioned-picture galleries comprising photos tweeted by the players were a huge success over the Lions tour so we’ll be continuing that more regularly, as well as posting our favourite rugby videos each week.

There’ll be even more chance to get involved yourselves with weekly polls and quiz-type features, and we’ll also be delving into the past to post a weekly ‘from the archives’ piece (from bizarre fantasy teams to raging opinion articles about Johno’s rubbish selection policy) for a light-hearted look how things have changed over the years. There’ll be loads more as the season goes on, as well.

As you may have noticed already, we’ve added a Daily Email feature, which means you don’t even need to type the URL in anymore (although who are we kidding, it’s in most of your bookmark bars anyway). It takes two seconds to sign up and you’ll get all of our latest stuff delivered straight to your inbox.

The Classics

Aside from all these shiny new features, and much like George Chuter in the Tigers front row, the old stuff will keep plodding along as well. Best of the weekend will continue in its Monday morning slot, while there will be Teams of the Week from the Aviva Premiership, RaboDirect PRO12 and Heineken and Amlin Challenge Cups.

Pre-season previews of all the teams in both leagues will be coming up in the next few weeks as well, and given the percentage of the game’s best players plying their trade in the Top 14 this season, we’ll be bringing you more coverage of that also.

International scout notes will continue mid-week as all nations continue to build towards the 2015 Rugby World Cup, while we’ll continue to share our SuperBru predictions every Friday before the weekend’s games – keep an eye out for details of all the TRB pools you can get involved in.

In international terms, there’ll be the usual big game previews for all the important matches, including the upcoming Rugby Championship, as well as the player ratings we all love to dispute.

Even Bigger Team

We’re very excited to welcome even more writers to our team this season. Under the watchful eye of editor Jamie Hosie, stalwarts such as Hutch, Alex Shaw, David Blair, Charlie Morgan, Al Pickering, Jono Frank and Patch Cheshire will all continue to be involved regularly – as will our Super Rugby expert, Jackie Smit, once the 2014 season gets underway again.

Chris Francis, Conor Long and Jamie Lyall all did a stirling job over the Lions tour and will continue into the new season, while there will be fresh faces in the forms of Rhys Hopkins and Will Taylor. Don’t be surprised to see other new names as the season develops, either.

Feedback

As always, the whole point of what we do is to get you involved. So whether it’s in the comments section below or through our contact form, please get in touch with any thoughts/suggestions/improvements you have for us.

We can’t wait for the new season to get started, and hope you’ll join us for the ride!

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