Alan Dymock

Alan Dymock

Alan is the features editor at Rugby World. He specialises in long-reads and detailed studies, as well as stories of far-flung events and quirky characters.

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Do rugby hookers get the yips?

It was a flyer of an idea: do rugby hookers get the yips throwing in, like nervy golfers standing over makeable putts? But right away, former Canada hooker Ray Barkwill…

The history of foreign tens at the Sharks

The legacy of foreign tens at the Sharks Gregor Townsend remembers just how sharp the contrast was when he went from training one day with the Borders to pitching up…

The Premiership bye weeks explored

The Premiership bye weeks explored Perhaps it’s a case of 13 being lucky for some, but with an odd number of teams in the Gallagher Premiership this term, so arises…

James Slipper

THE LOOSEHEAD reflects on it now as fuel for an incredible career revival, but there’s no avoiding the unravelling that occurred in 2018 when Wallaby James Slipper was stood down…

Biarritz prop

The Biarritz prop with a fascinating second life Ever since he was a kid, Guy Millar loved taking things apart. A useful trait in a destructive tighthead, you might presume.…

Nigeria rugby

Understanding Nigeria rugby So fervid is Khaled Babbou that he calls back right away. The Rugby Africa president had been sent a question about rugby in Nigeria and the shock…