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Crunch Time for Ireland

In the world of rugby writing, there are certain rules and conventions. Most of these are unwritten; some are relatively modern in conception, but all hold true nonetheless. 645 more words

Super Rugby 2017 Preview & Predictions

With Super Rugby about to kickoff it was beyond time that I put my thoughts on camera. I’m not going to talk too much about the format or what the powers that be are planning as I… 67 more words


6 Nations: 7 Nations #6Nations @The_Six_Nations

Last year’s Six Nations was won before the final round. And so it really put the case forward for adding bonus points to the series. As you know, that has since happened.  287 more words


Wingers on the way out? How wingers have gone from being integral to just another player in the line-up

For those who grew up watching Rugby Union on the memories of Martin Johnson lifting the Webb Ellis Trophy for the first time, Jonny Wilkinson kicking that drop-goal, we shouldn’t forget a key piece of magic that ensured that England made it to the 2003 World Cup Final. 771 more words

A night Out with Nigel Owens

I’ve had a busy morning teaching and a busy afternoon meeting some interesting people from IBM and elsewhere in connection with Data Innovation Institute business, so just time to mention that I’m looking forward tonight to an event at Cardiff Metropolitan University (whose campus is not far from my house) … 160 more words


Jackson or Sexton, Sexton or Jackson and other 6 Nations thoughts

In the words of the flight of the conchords, it’s business time!

The 6 Nations moves into the important minutes this weekend as week 3 of the competition kicks off. 939 more words

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