In March of this year, a body called the Sport Collision Injury Collective published a now famous letter calling for a ban on tackling in school's rugby. The reaction made interesting viewing with allegations that the authors of the letter were subjected to abuse online. This sort of abuse is totally unacceptable but also demonstrates the depth of feeling that the subject raised.
The long and the short of it is that Eddie Jones has some serious thinking to do and pressure on his shoulders to nail it first time. He is expected to announce his EPS squad in just a week's time and today, on the 6th January, there are just 31 days until the BT Murrayfield Stadium awaits Jones and his side for their first International encounter...
The overarching feeling from Friday's press conference is that England are in good hands however there is plenty for Eddie Jones to get his teeth into and we all know how quickly time is ticking by, the RBS 6 Nations is just over 70 days away.
Richie McCaw, like the late Jonah Lomu, deserves his place in the history books as one of the greatest to have ever played our game. He has inspired millions around the world and has left the sport in a better place than when be arrived in it. From this day on the All Blacks will not be the same and one thing is for sure, the man stepping into that 7 jersey has some very, very large boots to fill.
Rugby has lost a true gentleman and a great man. There is a warmth in knowing that the most iconic All Black ever saw his nation make history this autumn however at 40 years old Jonah has been taken far, far too soon. Rest In Peace.
At 12.03pm on 11th November a press release was issued from England Rugby entitled RFU Statement: Stuart Lancaster, the ensuing statement contained the information that England's head coach had resigned 'by mutual consent' and will no longer direct England's elite performance group.
Our favourite New Zealand sportsman was in the news once again this weekend for both his rugby and for his extraordinary off-field act of generosity - and he taught us an important lesson on fetishizing in the process.
A Rugby World Cup Final is the pinnacle of our sport, it is what our elite players strive to be a part of during every moment of their careers and it is what they dream about when they are children.
At the start of the World Cup, in any sport, the hope is that you will get to the final and that the two best teams in the world will be going head to head against each other. As previous World Cups have shown this ambition doesn't always come to fruition however it is safe to say in the 2015 Rugby World Cup that goal has been achieved and the ensuing final has the potential to be one of the all time classics.
Watching the last fixture of the Rugby World Cup pool stages on Sunday night between Japan and United States confirmed one. The term 'Tier 2' might need to be re-addressed sooner rather than later...
If I say that the controversy surrounding rugby referee Craig Joubert is no more than a media invention, no doubt many people will disagree... "NO," ...
Sitting amongst some disheartened Welsh, Irish and English, to witness the same genuine excitement and hope that so deeply resonated in Scottish hearts was extremely humbling. There is no doubt that the British people have a common bond, even if it does sometimes take a great game to truly show this. Scotland will always have my heart and Britain will always be my home.
As an Anglo-Scot currently living in a Australia the results of the Rugby Union World Cup quarter finals doesn't surprise me. Granted Scotland should really have beaten Australia, which would have been a wonderful poke in the eye for the other Northern Hemisphere teams, but really an all Southern Hemisphere semi finals says a lot not just about rugby but the influence that wealth has on talent, organisations and societies.
Sport has the ability to bring together people of all ages. The Rugby World Cup quarter-finals this weekend will draw huge crowds; to the stadiums, to our pubs and to gatherings in homes and the grassroots clubs that are at the centre of so many of our communities.
Perhaps this is going to be a slow process, it certainly seems that way. I'm trying my best to fill that void and find that meaning in my life and I hope that what I am trying to create with the interests I have off field form together to fill that void. They need to as it feels pretty big at the moment.
Facing into this weekend against Argentina, it's likely that Ireland are more psychologically robust this time around, but the Pumas are a quality side who know how to play it tough and smart. Irish supporters won't have forgotten how well Juan Martín Hernández can build a score for his team...