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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

Team GB: Rugby 7s and the perennial complications of being British

It was reported on 26 September 2016 that formal discussions are being held to determine whether the Team GB Rugby 7s squad should become a permanently funded programme.   In practice, this would mean a pooling of resources between the Rugby Unions of England, Wales and Scotland (each of whom currently fund a team which competes … Continue Reading

Sporting Success for Squire Patton Boggs

Sunday brought more silverware for the Squire Patton Boggs rugby 7s team with victory in the Robert Walters Law Society 7s. Group wins over the Law Society RFC and Clyde & Co saw the team advance into the Cup competition unbeaten as the dark horses. Quarter and semi-final wins over Travers Smith and Simmons & … Continue Reading

Breaching sports rules and regulations: a brief history of the “-gate”

The line between winning and losing is often thin.  Throughout the history of sport, sportsmen and women have consistently demonstrated that they will go to remarkable lengths to gain any advantage they can, no matter how marginal. For this reason, sports governing bodies implement rules and regulations.  The purpose of these is to set out … Continue Reading

Rio 2016: a win for Rugby 7s

Rugby’s history at the Olympic Games 18 May 1924, Colombes Stadium, Paris: in front of 50,000 predominantly French fans, the USA beat France 17-3 to win the gold medal and claim the coveted Olympic Champion title. Fast forward 92 years to Rio 2016 and the American rugby team are still reigning Olympic Champions without their … Continue Reading