My Favourite Premiership Teams Ever

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”

Using Statistics to Find the Best Rugby Player 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”

Rugby’s Understudies

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 Transition to Position-less Rugby

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”

Why AJ MacGinty is the Best 10 in the Premiership

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”

Every Premiership Team’s Best Former XV

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”

The Best Rugby Player From Every English County

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”

Ringfencing: Premiership Rugby and the Cinderella Story Myth

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”

Tuilagi Move Signals Power-Shift Back to the North

As an 18 year-old whose memory doesn’t stretch back as far as 2006 my experience as a Sale Shark’s fan has been dominated by mid table obscurity and the revolving door of academy talents moving to the South in search of playoff rugby and England caps. In the last 5 years 4 academy graduates movedContinue reading “Tuilagi Move Signals Power-Shift Back to the North”

My 2021 Lions XV

Although the immediate rugby calendar is shrouded with doubt and uncertainty one major event which seems set to transpire is next summer’s British and Irish Lions’ tour of South Africa. Destined to be a monumental event, South Africa has long been a favourite tour destination of Brits due to its devoted rugby culture and fierceContinue reading “My 2021 Lions XV”