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Too involved: Olivier Azam directs Toulon from the sidelines

Rugby Rant: Coaches need to trust their captains

AH! BACK-SEAT drivers, don’t they get on your nerves? “Left here”, “It’s green”, “Slow down”. SHUT UP! Well, now we have our very own back-seat drivers in rugby, and they’re…

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Hotshot: Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff RFC)

Was rugby always your top sport? I played football until I went to comprehensive school, but it was a bit soft for my liking! Is openside your favourite position? Yes.…

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Hotshot: Max Crumpton (Saracens)

How did you first get into rugby? I played football from when I was very little and I had a trial with Arsenal at U10s but didn’t get in. So…

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Rugby World – August 2013 edition contents

[imagebrowser id=41] THE ECSTASY and agony of the Lions series is transported to the pages of Rugby World’s August issue, in which we have exclusive interviews with some of the…

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Hotshot: Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)

How did you get into rugby? Mum took me to my local club, Battersea Ironsides, when I was eight. I had been playing football but I kept being too rough. Have…

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Hotshot: Jonny Gray (Glasgow)

When did you take up rugby? My friend’s dad took me along to Cambuslang rugby club when I was seven and I stayed with them until I was 16. I…

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Rugby Rant: It’s time to revive the drop-goal

IT’S TEN years since Jonny Wilkinson helped net rugby’s greatest prize courtesy of a dramatic drop-goal. And it’s four years since the now retired Ronan O’Gara dropped a goal in…

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Hotshot: Amber Reed (Bristol)

Your uncle Andy played at lock for Scotland, so were you always into rugby? I was always interested because my dad and brother played too, but I played football. Then…

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Rugby Rant: Italy’s club game is dying!

ITALIAN RUGBY has sold its soul to the devil. In the name of high-level rugby, it has forgotten the club game. The development of players is now all in the…

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Hotshot: Rhys Patchell (Cardiff Blues)

When did you first play at fly-half? I was a full-back until I was in the Blues South U16 squad and then, because Cory Allen was being picked ahead of…