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Wales on verge of Grand Slam after penultimate Six Nations weekend

Wales took another step closer to a shock 2021 Six Nations win following an imperious performance in Rome and losses for both rival contenders, France and Scotland, in what proved to be an enthralling weekend of rugby. Wales outplayed, outthought and outworked a dawdling Italian side which more than ever have looked out of their […]

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Plenty to play for in penultimate Six Nations round

This weekend marks the second last round of the 2021 Six Nations. Expect entertaining and compelling rugby throughout, with all three matches involving the remaining title contenders, Wales, France and Scotland, while their respective opponents Italy, England and Ireland all have a point to prove. So, what exactly should we look forward to in each […]

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Grand Slam becomes real prospect for Wales after England victory

Nothing raises the heart rate like a Wales-England match in Cardiff – an entire nation enkindled by pyrotechnics, Eddie Butler’s soliloquys and hair-raising anthems, all before kick-off. Thereafter, the nerves only proliferate. For Welsh supporters on Saturday, these nerves finally settled in the 74th minute, when replacement fly-half Callum Sheedy knocked over his third penalty […]

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Oceans Apart reviewed: a daring exposé of Pacific rugby

This shocking and impactful documentary is a must watch for all rugby fans. Created by former Samoa player, Dan Leo, who was dropped from the national team for being too outspoken on the issues of corruption within the union, Oceans Apart shows the almost dystopian position of Pacific Island rugby players, stuck between a union […]

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Shaun Edwards Exclusive: The Student speaks to a rugby legend

Shaun Edwards has been the defence coach for the French international rugby union team for the best part of a year. Life in France appears to have been treating him well. On the pitch, France narrowly missed out on the 2020 Six Nations title on points difference to England and he has a home World […]

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New tournament, familiar flaws: Wales fall to sixth consecutive defeat

Wales fell to a 32-9 defeat to Ireland in the Autumn Nations opener amid building pressure on head coach Wayne Pivac. After five consecutive defeats, the head coach would surely have hoped for better from his men in the key areas of the scrum and breakdown. The team’s expansive game plan was neutered by their […]

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Successive Grand Slams no surprise for dominant Red Roses

England’s wide margins of victory against all but their nearest rivals France paint a picture of dominance. Another title secured with a game to spare. A team which appears far ahead of all others. Whilst the achievement cannot be dismissed, England secured back-to-back Grand Slams on Sunday with a win over Italy, is it particularly […]

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Rugby in the time of coronavirus: an urgent enquiry into the future of rugby union

June 17th. This is the date that football fans in Britain, and across the globe, are looking forward to. The Premier League is returning. Yes, it will be very different. Stadiums will be empty, pubs will be closed, living rooms will be full. It is a ‘new normal’ for top flight English football, but crucially, […]