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Tri-Nations Preview

  This summer’s Tri-Nations looks set to be one of the most exciting in recent times.  With the World Cup looming in September, and with the challenge of the Northern Hemisphere teams looking fragile, it is to the Southern Hemisphere we will be looking for the next World Champions.  Many are predicting a New Zealand […]

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Player Profiles

Player Profile: Phil Vickery

Position: Prop Height: 1.91 m (6? 3?) Weight: 121 kg (19 st 0 lb)Date of Birth: 14th March 1976 Birthplace: Barnstaple Honours: England (52 caps) British Isles (3 caps)  A favourite of The Rugby Blog, The Raging Bull is the current England captain and one of few survivors from the 2003 World Cup-winning team – […]

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Rugby World Cup

Rugby World Cup Tickets

Rugby World Cup tickets are far and few between at the moment, but I’ve found a canny way of getting hold of some. TicketCity is an American site which has tickets for most games still available.  Tickets to see the USA are a bit overpriced, but other matches don’t look too bad.  Obviously some games […]

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World Cup Diary – Rugby World Cup predictions

Below are my predictions for the World Cup matches.  Let me know what you think.   Pool A Winner:  South Africa  Runner Up:  England   I can’t see England beating South Africa unfortunately, and I’m optimistic we will beat Samoa, but not completely confident.   Pool B Winner:  Wales  Runner Up:  Australia   I think Wales will beat Australia, […]

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Player Profile: James Haskell

Position: Flanker Weight 17st 6lbs (111kg) Height 6ft  4” (1.93m). Date of Birth: 2/4/85 Birthplace: Windsor, Berks. James Haskell is widely tipped to feature in England’s back row at this year’s Rugby World Cup.  The Wasps back row was given his opportunity through injuries to players such as Joe Worsley, but he has seized it with both hands […]

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England’s style v size debate

This week Brian Ashton faces a difficult dilemma – whether to select a squad full of promising young talent, or choose some rugby giants that can live with the power of the bigger teams. Players such as Mathew Tait, Nick Abendanon and David Strettle are very promising players, full of enthusiasm and not afraid to […]

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New England rugby strip

The RFU seems to have taken a leaf out of the rugby league books with the new England rugby union strip.  The red slash across the front makes it look like some sort of superhero costume that wouldn’t look out of place with a flowing red cape in tow.  In another light, the way the […]

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Rugby World Cup

Rugby World Cup Preview video

Have a look at this video to whet your appetite…

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World Cup Diary – 7th June

This is the first post in the World Cup Diary series, which will focus on build up to the big event and then daily updates on the action and anything noteworthy.  Keep an eye out for commentary on news and events as they happen. For now though, here is my England team for the World […]

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Player Profile: Jonny Wilkinson

Date of Birth: 25th May 1979 Birthplace: Frimley Position: Fly Half Height: 1.78 m (5′ 10″) Weight: 85 kg (13 st 5 lb) Honours: England (57 caps) British Isles (5 caps) Where better to start my new Player Profiles series than with Wilko, possibly the most famous name in world rugby.  Most renowned for kicking […]