Total Flanker

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It appears that Warren Gatland is to be asked to undertake another tour of duty as Head Coach of the British and Irish Lions in South Africa in 2021. Makes perfect sense to me given Gatland's Lions track record - although I'm sure he pretty...

Is a formal reprimand, issued to Billy Vunipola by both the RFU and Saracens for him expressing his support for Israel Folau's homophobic social media post, sufficient punishment?I think so. As a "first offence" I believe the response is both appropr...

Vive la France!

on Apr 13, 2019 in: France, rugby

So, French amateur clubs have voted in a referendum against the French national team appointing a foreign head coach.Perfectly understandable, of course. After all, having a French head coach has worked so well in recent years.Oh, wait ...

Billy, don't be a zero

on Apr 12, 2019

Billy Vunipola's support for Israel Folau is either naive or just plain wrong. According to Vunipola, Folau's Instagram post claiming that "hell awaits" homosexuals (amongst others) was merely a case of Folau saying that people should live their live...

Last weekend saw my son's Under 16 team (of which I am one of the esteemed coaches) finish their league season with a tough 7-7 draw.It was a brutally physical match in which, unfortunately, both of our flankers broke ankles. I've mentioned previousl...

While we're on the subject of youth rugby, I see that the currently voluntary "Half Game Rule" - whereby all age grade players (aged 6-18) in a match day squad get to play at least half a game - will become a regulation from next season.This follows...

Israel Folau is at it again, posting on Instagram this week that hell awaits "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters".Such comments are "unacceptable" according to Rugby Australia.As I've said before,&nbs...