Emma Thurston
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Creator and Author of Out On The Full Rugby.

After years of ardent rugby support Out On The Full blossomed from sending emails to my Father to ensure he was up to speed on the latest news to point that it has reached today with over 96,000 views.

Rugby is my passion, it enables me to meet and interview inspirational people, witness sporting history and share all of this with others.

At the age of 27 with the home Rugby World Cup 2015 fast approaching and just a year of formal Out On The Full writing under my belt the world of Premiership and England Rugby remains my oyster!

Entries by Emma Thurston

England Rugby - Stuart Lancaster Announces His 31 Man Rugby World Cup Squad

(0) Comments | Posted 28 August 2015 | (09:08)

For two years Stuart Lancaster had yesterday, 27 August, etched in his mind as the day that he was going to announce the 31 individuals that would represent him, his coaching team and this country in a home Rugby World Cup. That it is the level of detail that has gone...

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England Rugby - Selection Time for Stuart Lancaster

(0) Comments | Posted 26 August 2015 | (00:00)

After months and months of speculation, opinions and heated discussions the time has come for England to finalise their 31 man Rugby World Cup squad and to submit it to World Rugby. It seems only yesterday that we were commenting on the wider 50 man training squad and in the...

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England Rugby's Parisian Crunch Lacked Bite But They'll Be Fine Come the Rugby World Cup

(1) Comments | Posted 24 August 2015 | (00:00)

The emotions surrounding England Rugby are now running higher than ever courtesy of Saturday evening's match in Paris. For those of you that saw the encounter you will know what I mean when I say that it wasn't a glorious 80 minutes of rugby, in fact by all accounts it...

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Monye Making A Difference - Urban Rugby Squad

(0) Comments | Posted 20 August 2015 | (10:49)

One of the things that those of us immersed in the world of rugby are proud of is our sport's ability to help shape individuals for the better. The core values of rugby; respect, teamwork, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship ring true at every level of the game and senior players...

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England Rugby - Strong Competition

(0) Comments | Posted 17 August 2015 | (08:17)

Saturday's Test match against France certainly answered some of the questions that Stuart Lancaster and his coaching team had about individuals and units within their squad however some still remain. The most positive take out from England's opening Warm Up victory was that it displayed the depth of English talent;...

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England Rugby - A Positive First Hit Out

(0) Comments | Posted 17 August 2015 | (08:13)

As Stuart Lancaster woke up this morning I expect that he was feeling pretty content with the match that unfolded in front of his eyes last night for by anyone's standards, including his own, England's first hit out was a positive one. Of course there are areas that weren't perfect...

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Sam Burgess' Rugby Union Acid Test

(0) Comments | Posted 11 August 2015 | (08:27)

It is the great potential of Sam Burgess as a Rugby Union player that means that this opportunity to trial him against France at inside centre could not have been discarded by Stuart Lancaster. There is no question that without Manu Tuilagi's presence England are missing a spot of physicality...

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Opportunity Knocks - Exciting England Side's Chance To Excel

(0) Comments | Posted 10 August 2015 | (20:05)

England's starting XV to face France this Saturday contains no less than 13 changes to the one that delivered the most magnificent finale to the 2015 RBS 6 Nations competition. This statistic is not set to alarm anyone instead it should be encouraging for it once again highlights the depth of talent...

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Rugby's Unique Qualities on Display at Bath Rugby

(0) Comments | Posted 9 August 2015 | (13:26)

Stepping off the train on Saturday afternoon I'd be forgiven for thinking that it was a match day in the middle of May for the City of Bath was filled with blue, black and white shirts. As we all know we are well and truly in the middle of the...

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England Rugby - Central Focus

(0) Comments | Posted 29 July 2015 | (12:26)

The partnerships in the centre have been an area of focus for the past two seasons with a few different options reviewed due to injuries and scheduling of fixtures [New Zealand tour]. The fact is cementing this axis with the right blend is critical, we all know this, therefore 'mixing'...

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Rugby Aid 2015

(0) Comments | Posted 28 July 2015 | (08:16)

When Mike Tindall hung up his boots after almost two decades of rugby he did so with 75 International Caps to his name and 206 Premiership appearances. England's centre was the was the last member of the famous 2003 squad to bow out of professional rugby and like so many...

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England Rugby - Grafting in Denver

(0) Comments | Posted 27 July 2015 | (09:23)

For the past two weeks England Rugby have swapped the leafy suburbs of Bagshot in Surrey for the place commonly referred to as the 'Mile-High City', Denver in Colorado. The air may be thinner, with a documented 17% less oxygen than cities at sea level, however the focus and intensity...

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England Rugby - Strettle, Selection and More

(0) Comments | Posted 25 June 2015 | (16:08)

On Tuesday lunchtime Stuart Lancaster addressed the press for the first time from inside the England Rugby World Cup Training Camp; all fifty players had arrived at Pennyhill Park the day before and were in the middle of their first double day of training.

In the opening three weeks...

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An Esteemed Perspective - Jonny Wilkinson on England & Rugby World Cup 2015

(0) Comments | Posted 15 June 2015 | (15:30)

From an English viewpoint the most iconic moment of rugby was a perfectly executed drop goal that occurred after 100 minutes of action in the Telstra Dome in Sydney over a decade ago. It was the culmination of years of preparation, work and sacrifice and was the denouement of the...

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The 31 Man Conundrum - Selecting England Rugby's World Cup Squad

(1) Comments | Posted 13 June 2015 | (00:00)

By now I'm sure that you are well aware that the off season isn't my favourite part of the year, I won't say it again for fear of sounding like a broken record however what it has done is to give me time to ponder on a stab at the...

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Marking 100 Days to Go Prior to a Home Rugby World Cup

(0) Comments | Posted 12 June 2015 | (08:40)

'Without question for rugby and England this is the biggest year since 1871, since the union was founded for a number of reasons'

The opening words of the RFU's Chief Executive said it all, we are here and it is now, 100 days to go until the greatest tournament ever....

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England Rugby - Positively Positioned

(0) Comments | Posted 3 June 2015 | (18:32)

So here we are, the domestic season has finished and the 50 selected for England's Rugby World Cup training camp are getting in some well earned rest and relaxation before they enter the most gruelling and important few months of their lives. Over the past few weeks the misdemeanours of...

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The Aviva Premiership Final - Saracens' Success

(0) Comments | Posted 1 June 2015 | (08:23)

It was Saracens' fourth final in six years whilst it was Bath's first since 2004 and for forty minutes on the Twickenham turf the contrast in their experience showed. Saracens channeled twelve months of the pent up hurt and frustration into a storming opening half of rugby that was described...

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The Aviva Premiership Final 2015

(1) Comments | Posted 30 May 2015 | (00:00)

... and then there were two. Exactly eight months and 18n days after the Wayne Barnes blew the whistle to open the Aviva Premiership Season at Franklin's Gardens we found out which two Aviva Premiership sides would go head to head for the 2015 trophy; Saracens and Bath. The two...

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Hartley Out of Rugby World Cup Squad

(0) Comments | Posted 29 May 2015 | (22:17)

For the second time in two weeks Stuart Lancaster found himself facing a very large decision due to a player's discipline. Once again Stuart has made the 'big call', the call that rules out Dylan Hartley of another major competition and that ends his home Rugby World Cup hopes. As...

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