An Armchair Supporters Guide to Scrummaging

Paul chats with Hawke's Bay Scrum Coach, Francisco Jose Deformes , about scrummaging and what to look for

Rugby World Cup 2019 Disciplinary Review

It's a pleasure to have Nicks Johnson write a guest piece about the disciplinary process at the Rugby World Cup in Japan. She is an expert in the disciplinary happenings in rugby. Some have described the Rugby World Cup 2019 (RWC 2019) as the ‘dirtiest tournament in history’[1]. It is true to say that by... Continue Reading →

Is the new English season all it’s cracked up to be?

The RFU, Premiership Rugby and the Rugby Players Association have announced a new structure to the English season. It will start from the 2019-2020 season for 3 years and they talk about player welfare and reducing the amount of club and international overlap. But there are only so many weeks in a year, so can... Continue Reading →

Championship to Premiership Gap

Michael Aylwin has written a good piece on Sport500 about the inevitability of the demise of London Welsh. But what do people mean when they talk about the gap between the Championship and Premiership. I'll take a look at some of the less obvious issues that aren't often talked about. I'm a very strong believer... Continue Reading →

A week in the life of a rugby player

If you're anything like me you've never been a professional rugby player or sports person. I wouldn't even describe myself as an amateur sports person. I'm a guy that has a "9-5" office job that might go for the occasional run and plays a little social touch. So when I'm watching a player talking they... Continue Reading →

The RFU Doping Report Review

The RFU published it's annual anti-doping report for the season 2014-2015 back in December, it's a report that gets referred to occasionally but rarely reported on. This is the second year that I have read this report and here is my review of what it says. I reviewed the last report as part of a bigger... Continue Reading →

World Rugby Funding Models

I had the opportunity to have a chat with William Glenwright, who is the General Manger for World Rugby in Asia & Oceania, about the way that World Rugby funds it’s various programs around the world. Tier 2 and especially the Pacific Island funding is something that I have taken an interest in and was also... Continue Reading →

Tonga 7s an interview with Andrew Katoa

The Tonga 7s side were over in Auckland for the  Oceania 7s Olympic Qualifier tournament, so I jumped at the opportunity to interview Andrew Katoa their coach. We talked about the goals and challenges for the Islanders. When I mentioned to friends that I was interviewing the Tonga 7s coach the response was that they are... Continue Reading →

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