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Update: Racing 92 and Stade Français merger is OFF. But what did the proposal say about the finances of European club rugby?

On Friday 17 March 2017, Sports Shorts posted about the unlikely proposed merger of two of France’s largest and most prestigious club rugby sides: Racing 92 and Stade Français.  The announcement, made by the Racing 92 Chief, Jacky Lorenzetti and the Stade Français President, Thomas Savare, on 13 March 2017 sent shockwaves through the rugby … Continue Reading

A selection of the biggest sporting defeats in history: a little light relief for Scottish sport fans

In an attempt to move on from the nightmare Calcutta Cup fixture on 11 March 2017 (in which Scotland lost to England 61-21, a score line that equalled Scotland’s greatest margin of loss against its old rivals), this author went on the hunt for some of the biggest sporting defeats in history. A little background … Continue Reading

England v Italy – The fox outfoxed. Coaching masterstroke or a devaluing of the game?

During the Autumn Internationals in November last year Australian jackal-in-chief David Pocock seemingly loitered in an offside position before intercepting a pass from Ireland’s Connor Murray and nearly scoring a try. It subsequently transpired that Pocock was aware of, and exploiting, a loophole in the rules of the game created when no ruck is formed … Continue Reading

Lift the Weight – a positive approach to tackling mental health problems in rugby

On Sunday 19 February 2017, the Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) launched ‘Lift the Weight’, its online hub and campaign, that ‘aims to help remove the stigma surrounding mental health issues and offer the necessary tools and support to enable our members to enjoy a healthy and fulfilling life, both on the field and off it.’. … Continue Reading

RFU announces Arscott decision and deems tactical leak to be “Inside Information”

Last month, Sports Shorts considered Tom Arscott’s sacking by the Aviva Premiership Rugby side Sale Sharks.  Not only was this a fairly novel occurrence of a member of a sports team being sacked by their current employer for a breach of confidentiality, it also served to highlight, in a broader employment context, the obligations of … Continue Reading

The 2017 6 Nations Championship – The Year of the Bonus Point?

For some, mainly rugby fans, the 6 Nations Championship truly represents the most wonderful time of the year. 15 test matches played over 7 weekends provide an opportunity to renew sporting and national rivalries in one of sports great annual competitions. In the last 2 years the rugby has culminated in nail-biting finishes with Ireland’s … Continue Reading

Ben Barba: Rugby League, Rugby Union and Cocaine

When a professional athlete tests positive for a prohibited substance, the consequences can be severe.  The athlete may be banned (either for a set period or for the remainder of their lifetime), they may have their results revoked, they may face the imposition of a financial penalty (together with any financial loss that occurs as … Continue Reading

Leaked line-out codes and duties of confidentiality

Confidential leaks and allegations of espionage have abounded in recent months in both sporting and political contexts, whether that be the furore surrounding alleged hacking relating to the US presidential election or the shadowy Fancy Bears gaining access to the databases of both the World Anti-Doping Agency and the United States Anti-Doping Agency. And now … Continue Reading

The prevention of head injuries in cricket: will new regulations help?

Concussion is a contentious issue in sport and is a topic that has previously been covered by Sports Shorts here, here and here.  Many sports involve physical contact and, in the professional era where sportspeople are stronger, faster and more athletic than at any time before, the risk of serious injury is high.  The onus … Continue Reading

UPDATE: The second coming of Bradford Bulls

A fortnight ago, Sports Shorts commented upon the liquidation of Bradford Bulls and the challenges that this posed to Rugby League’s governing body, the Rugby Football League (“RFL”). To briefly recap the events that preceded the liquidation of the former World Club and Super League Champions and its immediate aftermath: Bradford Bulls, a former giant of … Continue Reading

World Rugby – Is a tougher approach to head contact enough to tackle the growing issue of concussion?

Back in November 2016 World rugby announced the introduction of a new tougher approach to accidental and reckless head contact through two new categories of dangerous tackle within the laws of the game. The effect of these changes is to promote and encourage a lower height in the tackle situation which in turn it is … Continue Reading

Has Johan’s Goosen been cooked?

Last month, my colleague Rosie Duckworth wrote a great blog about the Denny Solomona situation following his ‘retirement’ from rugby league to pick up a contract with rugby union side, Sale Sharks.  Rosie referenced another brewing situation and now the Johan Goosen story is simmering towards boiling point. Goosen is/was a South African international rugby … Continue Reading

Last Post of the Year

Since we launched in August this year Sports Shorts has posted 86 blogs covering a multitude of topics including: a look at new rules concerning Premier League shirt sponsorship; a review of UK Sport and Sport England’s ‘Code for Sports Governance’ consideration of England Rugby’s training camps; an analysis of the FIFA Poppy Dispute (twice); … Continue Reading

One to watch: will Denny Solomona be the Jean-Marc Bosman of rugby?

The most recent clash between Rugby League and Union, centred on New Zealand born winger Denny Solomona, came to a head last week when, on 13 December, Solomona formally announced his retirement from Rugby League (leaving club Castleford two years before the expiry of his contract) for a move to Union club Sale Sharks on a … Continue Reading

Dylan Hartley – Saint or Sinner?

After Eddie Jones was named Head Coach of the England rugby team a little over a year ago one of his first controversial decisions (see here for some others) was to name Dylan Hartley as captain in place of Chris Robshaw. Several pundits questioned the logic of replacing Robshaw with New Zealand born Hartley who, … Continue Reading

Should rugby union become a bit less ‘hard-hitting’?

The November Internationals have made for some interesting viewing, not just for the fans, but the neutrals too. Japan were only just beaten with a drop goal in the dying minutes by Wales in Cardiff.  England continued their winning streak under Eddie Jones, despite playing Argentina with a man down for the majority of the … Continue Reading
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