Scotland's World Cup was extremely productive and, by in large, positive whereas England's was testing, taxing and at times torturous. The view in Scotland, and many other places, was that this would be the year that the Scots finally re-gained the Calcutta Cup and in doing so make the start of Eddie Jones' reign a challenging one.
As another major rugby tournament draws near, recent discussion has focused on the risk of head trauma and concussion, both short and long term, which has become a highly debated issue in sports across the world. Much of the impetus for this has arisen from American sports such as American Football and ice hockey.
Rugby's worst keep secret was revealed this week when new England coach Eddie Jones confirmed that Dylan Hartley will captain the team for the annua...
I don't think when it comes to health and indeed training, one can ever overdo the message about ensuring you are getting the right nutrition to properly fuel your activities. So I won't make any apologies for writing this for my column.
In October 2009, I set out on a rugby tour to France with thirty teenage boys. I had uncovered the sad story at our London club, Rosslyn Park, of a lost Great War memorial; a 1919 press clipping stated 72 had died, but no names. Some 109 names of men who lived, loved, played, fought and fell have now emerged from club records and lost memory.
As we approach New Year's Eve it is the perfect time to reflect back on the calendar year and review a few of the key Aviva Premiership numbers. Stuart Farmer Media Services combined with the Opta's Statistics are just the ticket to deliver a few records and facts from a busy 2015 of domestic rugby.
10 years ago, most people had never even heard of 'macros' (macronutrients). These days, we're letting ourselves be defined by them. But with so many different styles of eating out there, how do you know who to listen to?
A big back is the epitome of true strength. Any skinny guy can get a set of washboard abs. Most people can build up their biceps through mindless curls. But a big back? That takes hard work and dedication.
Already in the Aviva Premiership there have been a number of plots and subplots that none of us would have predicted at the start of the season. In only six domestic rounds we've seen individuals leave clubs, individuals expectedly or unexpectedly renew contracts, teams thrive and teams misfire and there's so much more to come!
Today's musings I suspect will resonate with many people. Traditionally 1 January, with its famed New Year Resolution, is the day when "everyone's life changes for the better" or at least it would do, if only they had the time. Or at least that's what they say.
Often European victories on the road are few and far between however this year Wasps are making a habit of going away and spoiling parties. At The Recreation Ground Dai Young's side's victory was as emphatic as they come and it reinforces their strong position in this year's European Champions Cup.
In the past few weeks in my weekly column I have talked about superfoods and all the health benefits and goodness they bring. The critical importance of nutrition within the whole fitness and training cycle. As well as the importance of performing exercises correctly, using the right form and technique.
One of the first things I discovered was that my own country, the USA, are actually the current Olympic rugby champions, having won gold at the 15-a-side game in 1924, beating hosts France. At the medal ceremony, The Star Spangled Banner was apparently drowned out by the booing and hissing of French fans, and the American team had to be escorted to their locker room under police protection.
Just like when it comes to healthy and unhealthy fats, the key is to learn which carbs we should and shouldn't be eating. As with most things in life it's about achieving the right balance and avoiding the polar extremes a number of so called, self-appointed experts, would have you believe that's what you need to do.
For the rugby fan the hassle of the match is taken away as your tickets are available at your abode on arrival and are combined with a thermal spa experience, something that you certainly don't get with a normal match day away trip?!!
Without question the pressure of England's top role is immense, the union with the greatest resources and greatest player base in the world should be the one that is pushing the sport forwards and leading the charge. Currently England are not however my great hope is that this appointment is a successful one and one that leads to a very bright future for England Rugby.