Emma Thurston
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 52,000 views.

Rugby is my passion, it enables me to meet and interview inspirational people, witness magical moments 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 - 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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The Barbarians Are in Town

(0) Comments | Posted 26 May 2015 | (09:16)

The Barbarians is time honoured tradition and one that every player of any age or stage in their career hopes to be a part of. From World Cup Winners to British and Irish Lions' legends, running out for Barbarians is on the to do list for every single player in...

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Emotional Exit for Saracens - European Champions Cup

(0) Comments | Posted 21 April 2015 | (11:00)

It was a gladiatorial contest with a mercenary ending for Mark McCall's Saracens in their European Semi Final. Saracens rode the waves of emotion, they successfully silenced the forty thousand plus fanatical French fans and yet they fell short as one moment and one lapse of concentration cost them and...

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European Champions Cup - ASM Clermont Auvergne vs. Saracens

(0) Comments | Posted 17 April 2015 | (14:53)

'They are a very good side'. Those were the words that Saracens' Director of Rugby Mark McCall used to described ASM Clermont Auvergne when asked about them in the immediate aftermath of his squad's victory over the Leicester Tigers in the domestic competition last weekend. Now, for those of you...

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Pride, Passion and Power - England vs France RBS 6 Nations

(0) Comments | Posted 23 March 2015 | (09:13)

On Saturday 21 March 2015 Twickenham Stadium experienced one of the most dramatic, intense and enthralling games of them all, from the opening minute to the final seconds it enraptured us and the drama was played out in an atmosphere beyond anything that I have ever experienced on home soil....

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Positive Frustration for England Rugby - 2015 Calcutta Cup Review

(0) Comments | Posted 16 March 2015 | (23:00)

As the last of the sunshine set over Twickenham Stadium England and Scotland completed their final preparations ready for the 2015 Calcutta Cup; England hadn't lost against Scotland at Twickenham for 29 years and after the hurt of Dublin the expectation was for them to deliver a ruthless, show stopping...

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Irish Eyes Are Smiling, English Hearts Are Broken - RBS 6 Nations Review

(0) Comments | Posted 2 March 2015 | (12:41)

The build up surrounding England Rugby's trip to Dublin had been intense, for two weeks we had discussed the match ups, pondered on the strategies and come 3pm on Sunday 1st March expectations were high. Hearts across the country predicted an English win by 3, based on the character they...

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RBS 6 Nations Preview - Ireland vs. England

(0) Comments | Posted 28 February 2015 | (18:24)

Strength is depth, it is a phrase that we have been itching to be able to use to describe England Rugby for a long time and if I'm brutally honest the words never quite fitted perfectly, instead England had depth but only in pockets, in one or two positions. However now in...

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Time to Deliver on Home Soil - England v Italy RBS 6 Nations Round 2

(0) Comments | Posted 13 February 2015 | (07:18)

When the final whistle blew in Cardiff it was a glorious moment filled with euphoria and jubilation, England had conquered the odds and their Millennium Stadium demons in stunning fashion and had delivered the best possible start to the year. However the fact of the matter is that it was...

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A Friday Night In Cardiff - England vs. Wales RBS 6 Nations Opener

(1) Comments | Posted 4 February 2015 | (13:01)

'This year it is all about winning', now is the time for England to march on from their developmental stage and deliver, these were the overarching messages from the men in charge at the first squad announcement of the year just 14 days ago. In last year's RBS 6 Nations...

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