England Rugby Archive

How are the top 5 rugby prospects getting on?

In August, The Observer newspaper published an article outlining their top five hot rugby prospects or ‘ones to watch. With the new season about to be a month old lets have a look at how these are getting on. 1. Tom Stephenson (Northampton) Unfortunately for Tom, the big England U20’s centre has yet to make

England side to Face Scotland, bit boring really

So the brave new world of English rugby announces itself to the world with a bit of a damp squib. Charlie Hodgson at Fly-Half I’ve just seen described by Matt Dawson as “One of the best fly-halves England have had”. Which must count as some major disservice to all others who have donned the jersey.

England Announce Team for Opening RWC2011 Fixtures

Martin Johnson has announced his Team to face Argentina in their opening fixture, no great surprises other than Armitage on the wing in place of the injured mark Cueto. Full selection as follows: England: Ben Foden, Chris Ashton, Manu Tuilagi, Mike Tindall (captain), Delon Armitage, Jonny Wilkinson, Richard Wigglesworth, Andrew Sheridan, Steve Thompson, Dan Cole,

Heineken Cup 2011/12 Draw

So here we have it. The tier system threw up a bit of a surprise with the Cardiff Blues in Tier 1, for reasons why head to @HarpinOnRugby he’s a man with all the answers. So here’s what we have to look forward too: Pool 1: Munster, Northampton, Scarlets, Castres Pool 2: Cardiff, London Irish,

Six Nations 2011, 1 down 2 to go, What have we learnt? Twitter doesn’t like Brian Moore

Good start, good game. We have learnt that Wales lack confidence, Mike Phillips can be good but also very very bad. We have learnt that Chris Ashton is getting better at the highest level, even at avoiding yellow cards. We have learnt that Bradley Davies is by far and away Wales’ most effective ball carrier

All the teams for this weekends 6 Nations Games in one Place

Just doing some last minute checks on my fantasy rugby teams for this weekend and having jumped from page to page I thought it might be useful to put them all in the same place. Where better than here, so in chronological order: Wales: 15-James Hook, 14-Morgan Stoddart, 13-Jamie Roberts, 12-Jonathan Davies, 11-Shane Williams, 10-Stephen

I love a bet on the Rugby on a Sunday, must be the Catholic in me!

There are a couple of live games on today and I do so enjoy making it a touch more interesting by having a few quid on it.  Cornish Pirates Vs Worcester is up first and I was conned into this one, I heard somebody say somewhere, a valid source! that Worcester have only lost once

England Saxons Overpower Azzuri

Saxons 42 Italy 17 England Saxons put in a fairly impressive display to overcome an above average Italy A side. The Italians looked well drilled and as ever competant at the set peice. In fact their lineout will be the envy of some of the senior sides on display next weekend. For the Saxons there

6 Nations Fantasy Rugby, Predictions, Tipping Comps etc

It’s been a while since I’ve had a proper go at a Fantasy game for the six Nations but I thought it was time to have another go and see whats out there. First off I found the superbru game. It’s not strictly speaking a fantasy rugby game but based on predictions/tipping. Which means it’s

Six Nations 2011, Fancy a flutter?

With the Six Nations just around the corner and with it looking like being one of the closest tournaments we have seen for many years I though I would take a look around and see who the bookies had as favourites. I was more than surprised at what I found:

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Premiership Rugby on ESPN? A good idea? A great idea? Or none of the above?

So this weekend sees the start of another season of Premiership Rugby with a totally new broadcaster. I wonder which will have the greater impact on the entertainment? If the coverage is anything like that of the French Top 14, I’d say we are in for a rough season. Sometimes its great. Tomorrow night there