Welcome to our shiny new design here on The Rugby Blog!
We’ve revamped the site ahead of the new season with TRBv4, and this layout will hopefully take us all the way through to the Rugby World Cup in 2015.
The new style brings it up to date with the latest web trends, keeping the fully responsive layout (try it in your mobile or tablet), ‘flat’ design (no shadows, curves etc) and bright, bold colours and fonts.
The eagle-eyed amongst you will also have noticed that we’ve migrated to a new domain – welcome to TheRugbyBlog.com! We’ve lost the .co.uk (which should automatically redirect) and now there’s nothing to prevent world domination…
The key addition is the stream of latest articles on the right hand side – this will appear on every page, and you’ll quickly and easily be able to jump from article to article and scan the list to see what is new.
The design also puts more of a focus on ‘sections’, so you can navigate to the Aviva Premiership section, or the Autumn Internationals section for instance and see the recent articles under that heading.
We’ve also developed a fixtures and results section, and will endeavour to keep it up to date by every Monday morning at the latest. We often find that we’re going elsewhere to find a fixture or match score, so now we’ll be able to jump to the new area to find it.
You can now subscribe by email to The Rugby Blog and you’ll receive an email every lunchtime with links to recently-published articles – head to the Daily Email page and enter your address.
We will continue to focus our in-depth coverage on the northern hemisphere, and the home nations in particular, but we’re looking to add more and more content and will expand the sections for the big four Southern Hemisphere teams and Super Rugby.
There is also scope to add features on domestic lower leagues, such as the RFU Championship, Currie Cup and NPC, but we’ll take it one step at a time.
If you’d like to help us grow, please feel free to get in touch via the contact form.
Jamie has been putting together all sorts of exciting plans for the new season, with the usual favourites like Best of the Weekend and Team of the Week as well as a few new features and regular columns.
We’ll bring you all the details of that, and we’ll start our pre-season build-up in the next week or so.
For now, feel free to leave any feedback on the new site, and bear with us whilst we iron out things like missing images and broken links.