Category Archives: Rugby Posts

A collection of reports, views, commentary and analysis of the game of Rugby Union

Swing Very Low — Sweet Chariot

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By my reckoning, England are as good as out of the World Cup. It will take a miracle, based on last night’s performance, for Stuart Lancaster’s men to beat Australia and not to become the first World Cup hosts to … Continue reading

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WILL SAM BURGESS WALK ON WATER, SINK OR MUTATE… AGAIN?

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I had a dream the other night. In all honesty, it was more of a quasi-religious-stroke-rugby nightmare. In my dream Sam Burgess had become the New Messiah — the New Rugby Messiah. And the worst part was, the following day … Continue reading

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A BLOG FROM MANLY — MAINLY ABOUT MANLY SPORTS

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Warning: this blog is predominately about Super 15 Rugby; so if that doesn’t float your boat, look away now. I’ve never had much interest in Super Rugby — the Southern Hemisphere competition involving Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and now, … Continue reading

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Greene King IPA Championship Final, second leg

Memorial Stadium, Bristol Bristol 20, London Welsh 21 (London Welsh win 48-28 on aggregate) Aviva Premiership rugby will return to Oxford’s Kassam Stadium next season thanks to London Welsh’s 20-point aggregate win over promotion favourites Bristol. London Welsh bounced back … Continue reading

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GREENE KING IPA CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL, 1st leg,

London Welsh 27, Bristol, 8  London Welsh take a 19-point lead to a sold out Memorial Stadium next Wednesday following a master-class of precision rugby in atrocious conditions at the Kassam on Wednesday night. Bristol opened and closed the scoring, … Continue reading

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GKIPA Championship semi-finals second leg

Bristol and London Welsh will contest a two-legged final with the winner replacing Worcester in the Aviva Premiership next season. That the two top teams after the regular season should battle it out in the final is a validation of … Continue reading

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GKIPA CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL WRAP, 1ST LEG

With an aggregate century of points from the first leg of the GKIPA play-offs, a mere 10 separate the four sides vying for admission to the Aviva Premiership. With Rotherham wicking up the gas to finish just a Juan Pablo … Continue reading

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GKIPA Championship wrap, week 23

Ealing, the division’s whipping boys for so long this season, finally crashed out of the GKIPA Championship despite a valiant fightback that took them to within an inch of survival. Trailfinders take the road back to League 1 Ealing 29, … Continue reading

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Greene King IPA Championship wrap, week 22

There’s an old saying that there are two certainties in life: death and taxes, but now there appears to be a third: that Bristol will implode, come the final quarter of a game they’ve totally dominated. Bristol brilliance marred by … Continue reading

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GREENE KING IPA CHAMPIONSHIP WRAP, week 21

With comfortable wins for the top four clubs cementing their play-off slots, attention turns to the titanic struggle for survival at the foot of the Greene King IPA Championship table. Ealing earn chance of reprieve Ealing Trailfinders 37, Nottingham 35 … Continue reading

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