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England’s Youth Criminal Justice System Needs Reform

Youth criminal justice: it is beginning to seem as though England, yet again, is lagging behind. Not only behind major international bodies like the United Nations and European Union, but also other members of its own Union. And, it continues to ignore the recommendations of its own legal experts. Scotland is acting differently. In the […]

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Sterling-Gomez saga shows need for cool heads in football

For the past week the row between England stars Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez has dominated the football headlines. The pair clashed during Liverpool’s victory against Manchester City, in which tempers flared over the course of a thrilling game between the title favourites at Anfield last weekend. Such incidents have become infamous over the years, […]

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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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The Student’s 2019 Rugby World Cup Awards

With the Rugby World Cup done and dusted it’s an apposite time to reflect on the highlights of the competition with a set of tournament awards. Best Team – Japan South Africa won the tournament and England were mightily impressive in beating the All Blacks but both lose out to the Brave Blossoms here. Not […]

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Newcastle United’s English contingent deserve Southgate’s attention

The international break has returned once again to put the exciting emergence of a new Premier League season on pause. After four wins from their first four UEFA Euro Qualifiers, England have recently fallen to a surprise defeat against the Czech Republic, followed by a convincing win over Bulgaria, albeit one marred by numerous racist […]

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Amid controversy, will The Hundred prove to be a success?

Some of the world’s best cricket stars have made themselves available for the draft of The Hundred, an inaugural 100-ball cricket competition starting in England and Wales next July. Eoin Morgan, Chris Gayle and Steve Smith have all registered their desire to play in the tournament, which will allow audiences to watch the best talent […]

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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 […]