There are currently 7.6million people around the world playing rugby and an HSBC Future of Rugby Report predicts that with rugby sevens as the spark, it will ignite significant growth that will double this number to 15million over the next ten years.
When you live each day with regimented and disciplined training, diet and conditioning, it's very hard to adapt to normal life afterwards. Strangely you miss the training regimes, the camaraderie and working as part of a team. In a very small way, I can relate to that camaraderie, the team work and the bond that the military have...
On Tuesday a 26-man England Rugby training squad assembled in Brighton for a three-day camp. Even though only there are many familiar faces missing due to their Premiership semi-final commitments this opening camp marks the start of England's preparations to head Down Under.
Rugby joining the Olympics this year presents an incredible opportunity, both for Fiji and for rugby as a whole. We collectively just need to make sure we safeguard the sport with the correct regulations, so the whole world can benefit from the love for rugby that I've witnessed as coach of Fiji.
Rugby is certain to become more and more a global game, just as Hong Kong is a truly global tournament. New nations are already emerging and this is only set to continue in the coming years as the Olympic opportunity grows interest in rugby from governing bodies.
With the vaguest hint of summer on the horizon, with the promise/advent of T-shirts, crop tops, vests and the like. Plus with you all now fully understanding, despite the lunatic fringe suggesting otherwise, there is sadly no such thing as a quick fix, this means starting to train to get into shape, now!
Barely weeks after the first English Premiership rugby game played in New Jersey, USA by Saracens and London Irish, new evidence has emerged of an earlier American connection to another historic London club.
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 them work hard for it.
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It was a stage that Eddie Jones' England almost slipped up on however their opening purpose combined with sheer will and guts saw them through to deliver a hugely satisfying 25-21 victory.
Well that is the end of another Rugby Six Nations weekend. England are crowned as champions with a game to spare and the whole championship has seen s...
Rugby has long been one of the UK's major sports, with supporters flocking from all over the country to follow the home nations. The RBS Six Nations has always played a big part in attracting fans to the sport. In fact, it's never been more popular - as shown by the record breaking British TV audience of 9.63 million who saw England fall short on the final day of last year's tournament.
This open letter makes a valid point but those who have written it have focused only on the risk of injury in rugby and ignored all the positive benefits that rugby provides such as physical fitness, team work, resilience and risk tolerance. I agree that children and parents need to be aware of the risks of contact sports but, just because something is risky, doesn't mean it should be banned.
Few would argue against encouraging kids to participate in sports they enjoy and that help them develop as a person - but their safety in doing so should be of paramount importance. That's why it's vital today's letter endorsing the banning of contact rugby in schools is embraced as a chance to ensure rugby's long-term future as a key part of our sporting culture.
We will ban heading the ball in football and you aren't allowed to touch anyone when trying to tackle them either. God knows what we would do with horse riding, maybe just ban it all together and let's turn gymnastics into ballroom dancing where there is no danger of kids falling off beams, pommel horses or them getting hurt doing flips.
Our school kids and their parents should have the right to chose whether or not to participate in contact sports, and be encouraged by the knowledge that they will be well coached and managed. It is no fun and to no advantage for 11 year olds to be chucked into an environment that if poorly coached and badly managed, is as unsafe as the critics claim. That's the real issue.