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1871: The First International

1871: The First International

Six Nations · Historical Series

Scotland and England have provided some memorable fixtures over the years, but both teams contested the first rugby football international in 1871, shortly after the founding of the Rugby Football Union earlier in the year. Join us as we take a look at the game, and the impact it had on the growing sport.

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The Red Rose’s Tale

The Red Rose’s Tale

Spirit Of The Game

“Truly amazing, what people can get used to, as long as there are a few compensations.” This is not an unguarded soundbite from any of the interviews conducted this week by a variety of men in ties talking about why a group of those same men made a decision about the future of women, but a quote from Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”.

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When Harlequins Rose From The Ashes

When Harlequins Rose From The Ashes

Aviva Premiership · Historical Series

The closing minutes of the 2004-05 Premiership season found Harlequins in a precarious position; one kick would decide and define their future. Join us as we explore the journey from that moment to its ecstatic climax.

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Match Analysis: All Blacks v Lions Third Test

Match Analysis: All Blacks v Lions Third Test

British & Irish Lions · Match Analysis

The Lions and the All Blacks played out a thrilling series decider at Eden Park in what will go down as one of the most tense and greatest Lions matches of all time.

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Match Analysis: All Blacks v Lions - Second Test

Match Analysis: All Blacks v Lions - Second Test

British & Irish Lions · Match Analysis

At times it looked like the Lions had confounded their progress in this fixture with ill discipline, but they stayed strong to the last, securing an incredible victory that brings the test series level.

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Match Analysis: All Blacks v Lions - First Test

Match Analysis: All Blacks v Lions - First Test

British & Irish Lions · Match Analysis

The first round of the three test series falls in New Zealand’s favour after a dominant performance from the All Blacks pack allows them to control the game and finish comfortable winners. Join us as we analyse the key areas of a game that portrayed rugby at its finest.

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The 99 call for equality

The 99 call for equality

Spirit Of The Game

Rugby is building towards a brighter, more inclusive future, but it still has a long way to go. Join our senior writer Peter Randall as he discusses equality in rugby.

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Match Analysis: Wasps v Exeter Chiefs

Match Analysis: Wasps v Exeter Chiefs

Aviva Premiership · Match Analysis · Tactics Handbook

Having finished the regular season tied on points at the top of the table, Wasps and Exeter delivered one of the most exhilarating finals that the tournament has ever seen. Join us as we take a look at the highs and lows of the game and its climatic finish.

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The Anomalous 1973 Five Nations

The Anomalous 1973 Five Nations

Six Nations · Historical Series

The 1973 incarnation of the then Five Nations competition is different. Something happened that is very unlikely, indeed virtually impossible, to ever happen again. Join us as we take a look at how the tournament unfolded and it's unexpected climax.

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Saving Rugby

Saving Rugby

Six Nations · Rugby Championship · Spirit Of The Game

Rugby is a game steeped in tradition and romance. However it is the same sentiment that holds it back from what it could become. In order to save itself, we argue that rugby needs to take a step back in order to move forward.

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When Wales fought back against Scotland in 1988

When Wales fought back against Scotland in 1988

Six Nations · Historical Series

The Six Nations continues to provide some of the most scintillating rugby we have ever seen, but back when it was still the Five Nations, Wales scored two memorable tries in a fightback that claimed victory over Scotland in 1988.

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The Birth of the English Champion

The Birth of the English Champion

Aviva Premiership · Historical Series

Before 1987, there was no true national league system in English rugby. The inaugural season of the Courage League National Division 1 would see the very first national English champion crowned - the prize for which Premiership clubs now fight.

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Josef Schmidt: Ireland's Mastermind

Josef Schmidt: Ireland's Mastermind

Six Nations · Tactics Handbook

Josef Schmidt is one of the great thinkers of the game, and his tactical acumen has guided Ireland to one of, if not their greatest period of history. Two Six Nations championships and their first ever victory over the All Blacks has surely cemented his place as the greatest coach Ireland have ever had.

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Jean Prat: The First to 50

Jean Prat: The First to 50

Six Nations · Legend Series

The first player to reach 50 caps, as well as earning himself the nickname 'Monsieur Rugby', Jean Prat is arguably one of the greatest players of all time. His arrival onto the international scene was a large part of France's rise from a second rate side to one of the commanding nations on the international stage in the 1950s.

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The Kings Who Missed Their Coronation

The Kings Who Missed Their Coronation

Aviva Premiership · Historical Series

Ten years after rugby had gone professional, one club had risen to the top of the domestic game, but with the introduction of playoffs to decide a winner, Gloucester would never see themselves crowned champions.

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Carwyn James: The Greatest Coach Wales Never Had

Carwyn James: The Greatest Coach Wales Never Had

British & Irish Lions · Legend Series

Carwyn James was a brilliant polymath; he was an activist, poet and visionary rugby coach, whose brand of creative, attacking rugby marked him out as one of the greatest coaches of all time.

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When The Romans Ruled

When The Romans Ruled

Aviva Premiership · Historical Series

During the fledgling years of the English Premier Championship, one club stood head and shoulders above their rivals. Four championships in a row, and six wins in nine seasons saw Bath assert their dominance over English club rugby.

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Alexander Obolensky: England’s Flying Prince

Alexander Obolensky: England’s Flying Prince

Legend Series

Today, there is an ongoing debate over national eligibility, with foreign players seemingly choosing their nationality by the country that adopts them. However, the story is not a new one; this story is about a Russian Prince that gave everything for England.

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David Gallaher: The Detached Wing Forward

David Gallaher: The Detached Wing Forward

Legend Series

In 1905, the All Black legend came into being. At its head was the taciturn David Gallaher, captain and detached wing forward.

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Can Rugby be Beautiful?

Rugby World Cup 2015 · Spirit Of The Game

One might think it hard to argue the case for a game where controlled brutality is a defining factor, but Edward puts forward compelling reasons why rugby could just be the most beautiful game of them all.

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Forwards rugby isn't entertainment

Spirit Of The Game

Different people have different perspectives on what entertaining rugby is, and Edward Kerr wants to argue the case for the forwards game.

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