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The players, teams , issues involved with the Rugby World Cup 2015


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Quade and rugby magic

Is Michael Cheika planning on bringing Will Genia and Quade Cooper back into the Wallaby test team. Cheika coached the Waratahs to 2014 success with Bernard Foley at fly-half. Foley is the incumbent but is Cheika going to replace him?
What benefits does Quade Cooper bring to a rugby team? Anyone who has seen him in good form knows that he totally dominates a game. He has the ability to draw defenders onto him. He can step past players in the tightest of spaces. He off-loads out of the tackle thus releasing players around him. He identifies swiftly where the holes are to attack. He has numerous kicks in his arsenal, loves the banana kick. Continue reading


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Michael Cheika

A coach that has coached team/club/franchise to the major club/franchise competitions in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
Michael Cheika in his playing days was a No.8 playing more than 300 games for Randwick and captaining the team from 1997 to 1999. Michael Cheika represented New South Wales and played for teams in France and Italy. He represented Australia at U-21 level. Continue reading


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Soldier Field

Soldier Field is a 61500 capacity stadium in Chicago, USA. It opened in 1924 and is home to the Chicago bears. This Saturday Soldier Field will be host to Test match rugby.

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soldier field home of the Chicago Bears

The hosts the US Eagles are ranked 18th in the IRB (International Rugby Board)rankings vs New Zealand’s All Blacks ranked number one in world rugby. Is this a mismatch that has no value to either team or is this something more significant? Continue reading


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Lancaster has chosen

To me the 2 biggest omissions from Stuart Lancaster’s squad for the Autumn internationals are Danny Cipriani and Chris Ashton.
Lancaster has chosen Owen Farrell a good player and an outstanding goalkicker but let’s face it we are all waiting for a real spark to light up his game. Continue reading


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Countdown to facing the All Blacks

The All Blacks is the benchmark by which every other team measure their success. They are the team that everyone wants to beat. Victories against them are a scarcity.
So as an armchair,self appointed, expert I’d like to discuss England’s chances for their 8th November showdown with the men from the land of the long white cloud. Continue reading


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England’s Midfield

From the little bit of rugby I’ve seen of the Premiership so far this season. Bath’s centre pairing of Kyle Eastmond and Jonathan Joseph have been in scintillating form. In-¬†form at club level doesn’t always translate to success at international level. They are the in-form pair. That’s a point to note , is that they are a combination that works, already playing together week in week out. Both players have tasted test rugby and performed well. Continue reading


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How many of the Autumn internationals will England win?

England play New Zealand , South Africa, Australia and Samoa in the November tests.