How a rugby game became a battle against apartheid 'Without coal Wales would be part of England' Six ways Rugby changed the world "Rugby was obviously started by young men in private schools....but as society changed in the late 19th Century more and more people from different backgrounds came into the game and gave it a sense of local identity. … [Read more...] about Six Nations: How did Welsh rugby become a game for all?
The ultimate insult could come in May, when the final of the European Champions Cup is held in Marseille. Saracens reached the quarterfinals on Sunday when they beat French team Racing 92 27-24 despite playing for the majority of the game with 14 men, illustrating the strength and depth of the English team. … [Read more...] about Cheating champs cause shock waves
A higher or sliding-scale threshold would, the clubs believe, benefit English players at the age of 22 and 23 who are still developing. "As it stands clubs are being forced into really difficult decisions and it's to the detriment of developing talent," a club source said. … [Read more...] about Exclusive: Exeter Chiefs call for tweaks to £30k salary-cap threshold for academy players
Dow is one of only three players – along with Heather Kerr and Ellena Perry – in the England squad for the autumn internationals not to have a full-time contract with the RFU, who signed up 28 players in January. Instead the wing has forced her way in by excelling for Wasps, for whom she ran in seven tries in the first six matches of this season. … [Read more...] about Engineer Abby Dow out to bolt down England contract against France
None of this made the papers, obviously, because football is football and, depressingly, it is seen as perverse for human beings from different tribes to mix with each other as they do in both rugby codes. Different worlds, and all that, but sometimes rugby forgets to celebrate its greatest strength, namely its power to unite the unlikeliest of people on and of the field. Dilute that special quality, lose the humour that remains the game’s safety net and fail to nourish the sport’s image and 2019 will be remembered as the year that rugby union, at a critical moment in its history, threw it all away. … [Read more...] about This must not be the year when rugby union trashes its finest qualities