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English Rugby Has ‘Hit an All Time Low’ 9

Posted on November 30, 2011 by Thomas Rooney

There has been a lot of recent confusion and turmoil for the English rugby team.

After the abysmal Rugby World Cup campaign, English rugby has hit ‘rock bottom’ according to the Rugby Football Union’s elite rugby director Rob Andrew.

Not only did England get knocked out at the quarter-final stage, but there were issues with player behaviour too, something which has been highlighted once again by leaked documents.

Those over at rugbyboots.net note how a confidential report – reviewing the team’s performances and general World Cup campaign – fell into the hands of a newspaper this week and has now been published for the world to see.

It has been a very embarrassing couple of days for English rugby, with the coaching staff and players receiving criticism for their role in a poor campaign in South Africa.

Describing the fall-out, Andrew said: “I am absolutely shattered by what is going on both on and off the field.”

“The RFU has to sort itself out. This is rock bottom, the lowest of the low, and it can’t be allowed to continue.” Read the rest of this entry →

Rugby World Cup: Andy Robinson Defends Scotland’s Preparations 5

Posted on August 13, 2011 by Thomas Rooney

Andy Robinson is comfortable in how he is preparing his Scottish team for the Rugby World Cup.

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson has defended Scotland’s preparations ahead of the upcoming World Cup, insisting two warm up games are more than enough for his side to get in shape for the tournament next month.

Robinson’s side pulled off a surprise win at Murrayfield last week over Ireland, running in a late try to record a 10-6 victory.

Next they face Italy in two weeks’ time while their Northern Hemisphere rivals play this weekend  and the Tri Nations continues with South Africa taking on Australia, prompting suggestions the Scots could be undercooked when they take to the field for their first game at the World Cup against Romania on 10th September.

Those vying for a Scottish World Cup shirt will have limited time to stake a claim for a spot on the plane to New Zealand compared to the rest of their rivals in Europe and beyond. Read the rest of this entry →

Is The Super Bowl Bigger Than Rugby’s Six Nations Championship? 1

Posted on February 13, 2010 by Marianne Bevis
In Some places, the Rugby Six Nations Championship is bigger than the Super Bowl.

In Some places, the Rugby Six Nations Championship is bigger than the Super Bowl.

You’d be forgiven—if you are American—for thinking that the entire sporting world fell into awed silence as the brouhaha that is Super Bowl swept along everyone with even the faintest of pulses.

And of course this year’s spectacle had the extra wow factor of an emotional New Orleans back-story: underdog, triumph over adversity, not a dry eye in the house.

For many on the other side of “the pond,” though, that New Orleans back-story was the front story, too, because American football remains an impenetrable anachronism for most of us…well for this particular correspondent, anyway!

So last weekend, our focus was rather more Euro-centred. While the padded up and helmeted Superbowl heroes began their campaign to the predetermined rhythm of the broadcasters’ advertising breaks, its stripped down, bare-knuckled equivalent—the Six Nations Championship—was just getting under way.

This is a competition where deep-rooted loyalties have been determined by the history books, with the English the common foe. It may be hundreds of years since a king Edward or a king Henry strode into Scotland or Wales, Ireland or France, but an unspoken resentment still simmers in the veins.

That complex tapestry of history, married with the visceral sport that is rugby union, makes the Six Nations championship one of the most intense and compelling competitions in sport.

Which is Bigger? The Super Bowl or the Rugby Six Nations Championship?

  • Six Nations Championship (46%, 6 Votes)
  • Super Bowl (31%, 4 Votes)
  • Doesn't Matter, the World Cup is Bigger Than Both (23%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

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