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Saracens face unprecedented penalty in wake of salary cap

Saracens are in hot water, there is no doubt. 35 points down and £5.36m out of pocket – is English rugby about to witness the fall of a dynasty? As an Exeter fan, it is hard to turn a sympathetic eye to Sarries’ plight. After a nine-month investigation into suspected salary cap breaches, to have […]

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Before the flood: England’s defeat of All Blacks shows real progress

There is no doubt in my mind that 26 October saw a defining moment in world rugby history. An engagement of two nations, dressed in a royal pride of black and white, played the most anticipated eighty minutes of test rugby the sport has ever seen. In typical student fashion – bathrobes included – we […]

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After the flood: heartbreak again as England fall short in final

England have been waiting for an opportunity to raise the Webb-Ellis Cup for over a decade. Their form this World Cup has been indisputably good: they are strong favourites walking onto the field in Yokohama on Saturday. The ball takes to the air and as the camera pans past officials and coaches, it finds its […]

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Spirited Scotland fall short against the Mighty Blossoms

We have had anticipation, excitement and world-class rugby. Japan 2019 has left nothing to the imagination, gifting rugby fans worldwide with a tournament destined for the history books. The recent fixture between Japan and Scotland was to be no different. Storm Hagibis threatened the Scottish side with an automatic knock-out from the tournament. Having not […]

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England on track: is rugby coming home this year?

The last decade of English World Cup rugby has seen much controversy and little consistency. 2011; England’s ‘antics’ and ‘off-field’ distractions took over Martin Johnson’s grasp of their World Cup. From ball swapping to inappropriate comments, England’s time spent south culminated in a £3,000 fine awarded to Manu Tuilagi for taking a disorderly dip in […]

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Rugby World Cup Spotlight: can Tonga exceed expectations?

The stage is set. Rugby’s worldwide fanbase draws teams from hats, excitedly reading the names of South Africa, New Zealand and England from the back of torn pieces of paper. With as many victories as there have been tournaments shared between the top-tier teams, fans are filled with hope that their draw will lead them […]