By Ben Nurse Rugby prides itself on being a game for all shapes and sizes and for every type of person. A game that transcends occupation and ethnicity to unite everyone under one mutual passion. Every region in England loves rugby equally but unfortunately rugby doesn’t love the regions equally. The regional distribution of professionalContinue reading “The Regional Disparity in English Rugby”
Twitter: BenNurse8 I am seemingly in a niche minority among rugby fans as i am far from partisan or monogamous with one single club and i tend to go through phases of supporting clubs that i enjoy watching as an impartial neutral whether it be due to their cast of characters or exciting brand ofContinue reading “My Favourite Premiership Teams Ever”
Rugby is uniquely different from other major sports in that it is hard to measure how good a player is in relation to his peers. In nearly all other sports there is a single statistic that can more or less be used to compare players, goals in football, runs/wickets in cricket, points in basketball, homerunsContinue reading “Using Statistics to Find the Best Rugby Player Ever”
A lot has been made of the future of the English Premiership and specifically it’s format after recent rumours that a ringfenced, 14-team Premiership is imminent. But what about the hypothetical possibility that England follows in the footsteps of it’s Western neighbours, Wales and Ireland, and create a a 4-team league based on regions? ThisContinue reading “What if the Premiership was split into Regions?”
Written by Ben Nurse – https://twitter.com/BenNurse8 and Olly Wallace: https://twitter.com/LastWordOlly The traditional career path for an international rugby player is to come into the squad as a young player and work up through the reserves and the bench and become a starter. Players will sit behind a more experienced player in the pecking order andContinue reading “Rugby’s Understudies”
The rugby community loves to laugh at Eddie Jones’ comments about ‘hybrid players’ after he famously suggested that Jack Nowell could play flanker or that Ben Curry could play scrum half. However, behind the satirical and sarcastic façade there is far more truth to Eddie’s theories than first appears. The way that modern rugby isContinue reading “The Transition to Position-less Rugby”
Alan Leon MacGinty is a Dublin born, American international, fly half. After only playing a total of 502 Premiership minutes last season AJ has experienced a rugby renaissance of sorts and already has 772 Premiership minutes so far this season after just 11 games and has nailed down the 10 shirt. Despite his mercurial formContinue reading “Why AJ MacGinty is the Best 10 in the Premiership”
The big news in the rugby world this past week was the appointment of former Saracens head coach, Alex Sanderson, as Sale Sharks Director of Rugby. This news, coming almost exactly a year on from former Saracen, Steve Borthwick, being appointed as Leicester Tiger’s DOR, prompted me to say in discord “Saracens are taking overContinue reading “Every Premiership Team’s Best Former XV”
Bath and North East Somerset: Tom Dunn/ Billy BurnsBedfordshire: Lewis LudlowBerkshire: Jack Willis/ Harry RandallBristol: Ellis GengeBuckinghamshire: Henry TaylorCambridgeshire: Max MalinsCheshire: Tommy Taylor/ James GaskellCornwall: Luke Cowan-DickieCounty Durham: Adam RadwanCumbria: Mark WilsonDerbyshire: Jonathan JosephDevon: Henry SladeDorset: Charlie EwelsEast Sussex: Joe MarlerEssex: Mikey HaywoodGloucestershire: Lloyd EvansGreater London: Maro ItojeGreater Manchester: Owen FarrellHampshire: Joe Marchant/ Mike BrownHerefordshire:Continue reading “The Best Rugby Player From Every English County”
If you asked me one month ago for my opinion on ring fencing I would have told you that the idea of it made me physically ill and that it was the worst thing that could ever happen to Premiership rugby. However, ask me today and I will tell it is the only reasonable solutionContinue reading “Ringfencing: Premiership Rugby and the Cinderella Story Myth”
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