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Should Ashton drop Jonny?

With Danny Cipriani in the England squad, the number 10 shirt appears to be more than a one-horse race. Jonny Wilkinson has been the undisputed bearer over the past few years (except when he was injured, obviously) and few can question his place amongst the best players of all time. But Wasps fly-half Cipriani has […]

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English teams look set to dominate Heineken Cup

This weekend sees the finale of Europe’s premier club competition, and the English teams look set to dominate the quarter-final places. There is a possibility that all four quarter final ties will be played in England, with London Irish, Gloucester, Saracens and Wasps sitting atop their respective pools with better records than the other pool […]

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Mixed reaction to Ashton’s squad, but reasons to get excited

A quick scour of the message boards in rugby cyberspace reveals a less than positive reaction to Brian Ashton’s first post-World Cup squad. Those who bandied around phrases like ‘fresh start’ and ‘new era’ in recent weeks have been disappointed with the selection. Mind you they will not have been half as disappointed as some […]

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Six Nations Fixtures 2008

Many people seem to think that the world ends after Christmas, hence people saying, “We must meet up before Christmas” or “Can you get that done before Christmas?” Fear not – here at The Rugby Blog, we are able to look beyond the festivities and we like what we see on the horizon. The 2008 […]

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Gloucester point the way for England backs to run riot

Rumours of the demise of English back play have been greatly exaggerated. That is the conclusion which can be reached after the Heineken Cup offered up yet another mouth-watering weekend of action. After seeing the stuttering, deep-lying, uninspired displays by England’s backs for much of the World Cup, it was heartening and thrilling to see […]

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Exorcising the Matfield demons: Six Nations 2008

Despite the fact 2 full weeks have passed since the Rugby World Cup, I’m sure I’m not alone in lacking the ability to focus on anything beyond the realms of rugby. Work; responsibilities; relationships; friendships; the ability to socialise without occasionally drifting off; staring into the swirling depths of a pint glass and reliving Mathew […]