Total Flanker

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Country:United Kingdom

A Rugby Blog...the older I get the better I was



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The only surprise at the news that HM Revenue and Customs is launching an investigation into the tax affairs of the grassroots game in England is that it has taken this long.HMRC has apparently identified clubs who “may not be applying the PAYE reg...

I’m beginning to like Nigel Melville as acting CEO at the RFU.Ok, so potentially he has a £4.7 million lawsuit hanging over him in the US following his stint as Chief Executive of USA Rugby but, hey, nobody’s perfect.What I like about Melville a...

There’s a report in today’s Telegraph that new figures, compiled by the Rugby Players’ Association, show that 62% of retired professional rugby players have suffered mental health problems - ranging from panic attacks to suicidal thoughts - sin...

With only 4 points currently separating the bottom seven teams in the Premiership and a realistic prospect of one of the league's traditional big hitters being relegated at the end of the season, talk of ending relegation has once more raised its hea...

I must admit to remaining ambivalent about the Barbarians' place in today's rugby calendar.Don't get me wrong, I love the concept of top players from different countries coming together to socialise, share experiences and play off-the-cuff rugby - it...

SPEAK NO EVIL!Ah, you’ve just got to love the RFU.No, you really do – as former CEO Francis Baron and former chairman Graeme Cattermole have just found out, having been stripped of their complimentary tickets and hospitality for international mat...

There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth amongst English rugby pundits at the news that Andy Farrell is to replace Joe Schmidt as Ireland's head coach after the World Cup in Japan next year.Farrell, you will recall, was jettisoned by England...