Weekend Rugby Review – 6 July

The al New Zealand final lived up to its billing. We were treated to a tough fight with some great moments of skill and here is my review.
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5 GREAT RUGBY TOUR DESTINATIONS (THAT WON’T BREAK YOUR BUDGET!)

Expat Dad SG:

Sharing Sunday: It’s a bit of a sales pitch but also good to hear about grassroots tour destinations.

Originally posted on miTour:

With the popularity of rugby growing all over the world, there are now very few places where you won’t be able to play games against good local opposition AND have a fantastic time away from the pitch. We see rugby festivals popping up all over the place nowadays so we’ve outlined some of the many options below for you to consider when organising your next trip away with your team

1. NETHERLANDS

Firstly, you will struggle to go anywhere in the world to find sporting facilities to match those in the Netherlands and, coupled with the famous Dutch hospitality that you’ll receive, you can understand why touring in Holland is growing in popularity.

Secondly, there are several rugby festivals that rival any to be found across Europe. One of those is the RC Hilversum Festival which takes place over the ever-popular Easter weekend. Teams travel from all over the world…

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London Irish are a team to watch out for next season

Expat Dad SG:

Sharing Sunday: Pre-season has already started for many teams. It looks like the fans are getting warmed up too. I would caution too much Irish optimism and tell them to look at Gloucester’s season. There are quality additions but they will need time to gel.

Originally posted on A Quick Tap:

With the Rugby World Cup looming large on the horizon the start of the 2015/16 Aviva Premiership season has understandably taken a back seat. A flurry of transfer activity has taken place for many teams which has gone under the radar. New recruits from the Southern Hemisphere arriving post World Cup are numerous and for London Irish this includes a new head coach, Tom Coventry, from the Chiefs alongside a number of players. They have also recruited talent from closer to home making their squad the most competitive it has been for a number of seasons.

The London Irish academy has produced numerous excellent players in recent years only for them to be picked off by bigger clubs. The club played an important role in the development of both Delon and Steffon Armitage. More recently Jonathan Joseph, Marland Yarde, Anthony Watson, Tom Homer, Matt Garvey, Jamie Gibson and Alex Corbisiero…

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Melbourne Rebels – The Breakthrough Season

This has been a breakthrough season for the Melbourne Rebels. The young franchise racked up a number of firsts including giving me my first Super Rugby interview. Here are my thoughts after Assistant Coach Zane Hilton very graciously gave up some of his time to have a chat with me. Continue reading