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

What a Difference a Few Months Makes...

(0) Comments | Posted 12 April 2016 | (12:21)

After finishing a home Rugby World Cup with the official title of the 'worst performing host nation in the history of the tournament' there wasn't the buoyancy and feel good factor surrounding our elite side and English rugby that was hoped for from a home Rugby World Cup. Instead the...

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Wasps v Exeter Chiefs - Best 80 Minutes of the Season by a Country Mile!

(0) Comments | Posted 11 April 2016 | (15:59)

'We should have a great game because we've got two teams that love to play ball' 

Those were the words of Brian O'Driscoll as the players were readying themselves for kick-off at the Ricoh Arena. We all knew that Brian was right in his prediction however I think that it...

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Grand Slam Winners 2016 - England Rugby

(0) Comments | Posted 21 March 2016 | (23:00)

England Rugby - Grand Slam Winners.

As Nigel Owens blew the full time whistle at the Stade de France and Swing Low Sweet Chariot reverberated around the stadium the emotion poured out of England's players. Finally they'd achieved their goal and victory tasted even sweeter because France had made...

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Spring in England Rugby's Step

(0) Comments | Posted 18 March 2016 | (23:00)

It is safe to say that when England crashed out of a home Rugby World Cup the nation was a fairly gloomy place. Years of preparation, both on and off the field, had come to nothing and that hurt, a lot.  

As an onlooker into the England camp I...

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A Sweet Victory for England Rugby - England v Wales RBS 6 Nations

(0) Comments | Posted 14 March 2016 | (17:48)

'Greatness is defined by being able to do it on the big stage and the great thing about Saturday is that it is a big stage isn't it?'

It was a stage that Eddie Jones' England almost slipped up on however their opening purpose combined with sheer will and guts...

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Time for England Rugby to Take Another Step Forward as They Host Wales at Twickenham

(0) Comments | Posted 11 March 2016 | (23:00)

"There's that intense rivalry there, and you're never going to get away from that. There's this little country sitting there next to a big country. It's little brother, big brother."

Eddie Jones may not be a native Englishman however he fully understands the ferocity of the rivalry between England and...

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Eddie Jones Is Pulling All of the Strings and Playing the Media Game With Ease

(0) Comments | Posted 1 March 2016 | (12:48)

As soon as Eddie Jones' was confirmed as England's new head coach it was clear that England were going to enter a new era and one that was quite different to what we had seen previously. Eddie Jones is not a man to entertain the word compromise, the Australian does...

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Astute Eddie Jones on Track But the True Tests for England Rugby Are Ahead

(0) Comments | Posted 25 February 2016 | (23:00)

On Saturday when England will return to Twickenham Stadium for the first time since their 'less than ideal' Rugby World Cup Eddie Jones will have been in charge for exactly 99 days. For those looking on that seems like a sizeable amount of time however the man himself has openly...

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Rock Solid Leadership on the Field Pays Dividends - Premiership Rugby

(0) Comments | Posted 19 February 2016 | (14:35)

Regardless of the sport every team in the world will have their leadership group or a leader. These are the individuals that shape the conduct and set the standards for those around them and without true quality being housed in that group achieving success, or changing the way a side...

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Job Done In Italy - England Rugby

(0) Comments | Posted 14 February 2016 | (20:32)

There are two ways of looking at England's 40 - 9 victory over Italy. One is to focus on the opening 50 minutes and pick holes in the side and the other is to take the match as a whole and focus on the manner in which Eddie Jones' side...

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A Victorious Platform to Work From - England Rugby

(1) Comments | Posted 8 February 2016 | (23:00)

The Calcutta Cup has been a part of rugby history since 1882 and in recent years the fixture has been largely dominated by England. However leading into this year's meeting the feeling was that it was going to be tighter, and closer, than ever before.

Scotland's World Cup was...

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The Waiting Is Almost Over - England Rugby

(1) Comments | Posted 4 February 2016 | (23:00)

Professional sportsmen and women will always tell you that after they've suffered a devastating loss the only thing that they want to do is to go back straight onto the field and right the wrongs. That desire remains just as strong regardless of level of sport being played and without...

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Decoding The Dark Arts - England Rugby

(0) Comments | Posted 4 February 2016 | (07:02)

One of the gospel truths in rugby is how vital it is to have a solid scrummage in order to lay the foundations of a side's performance. The intricacies of the dark arts aren't easily deciphered however one individual that assists greatly in explaining this mysterious area is David Flatman....

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With A Little Help From My Friend - England Rugby

(0) Comments | Posted 29 January 2016 | (21:14)

On Friday evening we witnessed George Smith making Premiership Rugby look easy as he led from the front for Wasps against the Northampton Saints. 

Before Round 10 of the Aviva Premiership Wasps' record against the Saints didn't make for pretty reading as they had won just one of the last 13 encounters against Jim...

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Captain Hartley - Will This Be an Inspired Decision by Eddie Jones?

(0) Comments | Posted 25 January 2016 | (23:00)

With exactly 12 days to go before the start of the RBS 6 Nations Eddie Jones has announced Dylan Hartley as his captain for the tournament. The rumours that the Northampton Saint would be given the job started at the back end of last year and as a result this...

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England Calling But First RCT Toulon for Henry Thomas

(0) Comments | Posted 20 January 2016 | (10:44)

Henry Thomas, is perhaps not one of the most recognisable names in Eddie Jones' maiden England Rugby EPS squad and he certainly isn't one that has been discussed to the hill over the last few weeks however the prop is more than ready to change that by making an impact...

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A Premiership Rugby Champions Cup Spotlight on Round 5

(0) Comments | Posted 18 January 2016 | (16:36)

This term's Champions Cup has already contained many twists and turns and Round 5 was absolutely no different as it delivered last-gasp surprises and enthralling matches. After their impressive form, and Round 5 victories, both Saracens and the Leicester Tigers throughly deserve their home quarter-finals and three others keep their...

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Eddie Jones' England Senior Squad for RBS 6 Nations

(0) Comments | Posted 13 January 2016 | (18:57)

England's new head coach is not your shy and retiring type, far from it, instead he is a charismatic and forthright Australian that knows what he wants. He has made it very clear that this will be his International side that beats to the sound of his drum, and today...

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British and Irish Lions Welcome Standard Life Insurance as a Principle Partner for 2017 New Zealand Tour

(0) Comments | Posted 12 January 2016 | (14:10)

In just over 500 days the most iconic Northern Hemisphere touring side will run out at Eden Park and face the double World Champions as the Lions and New Zealand will meet for the first of three tests. 

At this moment in time we cannot be sure of any of...

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Champions Cup Spotlight - Bath Rugby Find Their Feet Against the European Champions

(0) Comments | Posted 11 January 2016 | (08:54)

Professional sport can be agonising and I expect that if you ask any neutral that watched yesterday's match at the Stade Felix Mayol they will say that the visitors deserved a draw, at the very least. 

We often hear coaches, and indeed Mike Ford, talk about fine margins and never...

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