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RUGBY WORLD: We hear you’re one of the Ireland team’s jokers…
FERGUS McFADDEN: No, that’s Donncha O’Callaghan. He gets up on the mic to hand out fines and punishments. Andrew Trimble is a funny guy too. He’s got a dry sense of humour, which I find very funny. It’s no holds barred – he even slags off coaches!
Posted 310 days ago
IN 2010 Gareth Delve, who has won 11 caps for Wales, swapped Gloucester for Australia and the Melbourne Rebels. Here the back-rower talks birthdays, boarding school and bodybuilding…
I had visions of being the next Jonah Lomu. I started out on the wing, but my lack of pace caught up with me. I had a dabble at second-row and absolutely hated it – you’re in close proximity to the props! – so I settled in the back row.
Posted 317 days ago
OLYMPIC WEIGHTLIFTING can help improve your performance on the pitch, writes former champion Giles Greenwood.
Rugby players spend their time in the gym doing heavy strength exercises such as squats, deadlifts and bench-presses. These form the bedrock of many serious programmes and have the advantage of being highly effective all-round strength builders.
They’re directly applicable to forwards who apply ‘slow’ strength during…
Posted 326 days ago
THE NORTH are still playing catch-up – that’s the message from Stuart Barnes as Rugby World digests the lessons of the home nation summer tours in our August 2012 issue. We have exclusive interviews with Chris Robshaw and Sam Warburton , two back-rows growing into great national captains. Ireland star Cian Healy tells us about a change of approach while…
Posted 326 days ago
WE’RE delighted to announce a major signing this month – John Dams, one of the world’s foremost strength and conditioning experts, joins us as our new fitness editor. He starts here by looking at general strength and range of motion.
Warm Up: These first two warm-up exercises are good for improving general mobility around the hips. Perform over a ten-metre area
Posted 350 days ago
DID YOU know that if you have a cardiac arrest outside of hospital and with no trained people nearby, your survival rate is just 6%? Incredibly, this rises to 60% if there is a defibrillator to hand.
These statistics, coupled with recent events like the tragic death of schoolboy Luke Chapman while playing rugby, highlight the need for clubs and schools…
Posted 351 days ago
HOW DO you turn darkness into light? Old Bristolians found a way. Five years ago, Robbie Stuart, their second-team captain and Brizzley Bear mascot at Bristol, complained of feeling tired. On the day that England beat Australia in RWC 2007, he was diagnosed with leukaemia.
Undeterred by the gruelling chemo that lay ahead, he set about organising events – from dodgeball…
Posted 352 days ago
IT’S THE start of the new global calendar, with seven northern hemisphere countries down south for end-of-season tours. The July issue of Rugby World looks ahead to the Test action in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific islands through the eyes of four home nation stars – Manu Tuilagi, Gethin Jenkins, Brian O’Driscoll and Nick De Luca. Plus,…
Posted 367 days ago
AT THE risk of sounding smug, rugby is once again leading the way in the world of sports writing. At this week’s British Sports Book Awards, the Biography of the Year gong went to Engage, the astonishingly powerful account of Matt Hampson’s life after sustaining a catastrophic rugby injury during England U21 training in 2005.