Rugby Rant

Rare chance: Bucharest Wolves are one of the lucky few minnows to play European rugby

Rugby Rant: European rugby letting down minnows

Last year, one team in eight in Europe was from outside the three professional leagues. This year, it’ll be one in 20. At the most. Another day, another disappointment, as…

Time to talk: This interview was at full-time, but the half-time chat is pointless

Rugby Rant: The half-time interview is pointless

As I looked around the Stade Jean Bouin midway through the Women’s World Cup final, I noticed Magali Harvey giving a TV interview on the pitch. The half-time interview has…

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Rugby Rant: Diving in the pro game

THE SAYING goes that ‘footballers spend the whole game pretending they’re hurt, whilst rugby players spend the whole game pretending they’re not’. Rugby union is an increasingly brutal, attritional game, and…

IRB Women's Sevens World Series

Rugby Rant: Fund GB women’s sevens!

SEVENS’ admission into the Olympics is one of the most exciting developments in rugby in decades. In the women’s game it is probably the most transformational development ever. Here, at…

Members of the 'Valley Fort' and 'D B Pi

Rugby Rant: Leave kids’ rugby alone!

Allyson Pollock, professor of public health research and policy at Queen Mary University of London, is meddling with our game. For the second time in four years she is openly…

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Rugby Rant: ‘Forwards rugby’ a drab spectacle

THE SIGHT of two colossal packs throwing the proverbial kitchen sink at each other is becoming all too common in the northern hemisphere. This year’s Six Nations was far from…

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…

Jonny Wilkinson

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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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…