As Rio approaches more athletes are drawn to the opportunity to compete for their country in sevens rugby. In our last Royal Lyme sevens rugby series blog we featured some of the big stars looking to shine in Rio. Continue reading
Rugby Sevens will join the ranks of Olympic sports this year when 12 teams will contest for the gold medal. Men’s and women’s teams will showcase their skills on sport’s biggest stage, taking the fast paced sport to a new global audience. Continue reading
Australia’s David Pocock was King of the breakdown at the RWC with a total of 17 turnovers in the tournament.
The breakdown is increasingly seen as an area where a game is won or lost. Turnovers are the ultimate measure of success but there is also great value in slowing down the opponent’s ball as this allows your team to regroup defensively. However the laws around the breakdown mean that it can also cost your team vital penalties if your technique is judged to be incorrect. Continue reading
The midfield maestros that form the centre partnership are the focus of the latest Royall Lyme Rugby World Cup XV squad selection. While it was tempting to pick an established partnership, I went instead for two players who each excelled for their countries in the 12 and 13 shirts.
The Back Row in any team is about the combination of players that gives the team options and balance in key areas. For my Royall Lyme Rugby World Cup XV flanker pairing I have gone for two players who faced each other in the iconic 1995 RWC Final, one was a debutant who made his name in the tournament and the other an established leader who was carrying the expectation of a nation on his shoulders. Continue reading
Having played hooker myself the choice of the No 2 for the Royall Lyme Rugby World Cup XV was a tough one. There were a number of players who inspired me during my career and whose approach to the game I really admire. Any one of them would have graced this team but a decision had to be made so I have gone for the legendary All Blacks captain Sean Fitzpatrick. Continue reading