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Two Sevens Signings

Deborah Fleming and Holly Aitchison become the first of the established England 7s stars to opt for a return to 15s. And who do they join? Saracens, of course. Only the best will do, though Deborah has every excuse – she is a long-term Saracen. She has been England’s first-choice flyer for several seasons. Let’s

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Source: RFU

New Red Roses kit unveiled

Umbro has today revealed its new England Rugby match day kit that will be worn by the England men’s and Red Roses teams, following the announcement that the global sports brand has become the Official Technical Kit Partner to England Rugby. The iconic double-diamond of Umbro goes on sale for supporters as of the 11th

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Source: SRU

Rugby Transfers at Home and Abroad

One transfer that slipped under the radar sees Lucy Attwood of Bristol and England move to Lyon for the coming season. This unexpected decision makes one more position available for the string of Welsh caps who have arrived at Shaftesbury Park. Lyon, or ‘Lou’ as they are known, recently climbed up to Elite 1 in

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Source: Bruce Perkins

Red Rose Rugby to suffer Grievous Losses

Was I too Pessimistic? – I fear not – The Guardian has seen a copy of the RFU review of its financial standing and the consequences. According to Paul Rees (1 August 2020) the news could scarcely be worse for women’s rugby. The proposal is that only 30 contracts will be renewed – as against

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Source: Inpho

Rugby – How long should the Bench be?

It’s reliably reported that World Rugby is seriously considering reducing the number of replacements allowed. At present it is a very generous eight. Once upon a time it was zero. If a player had to retire from the field through injury, too bad. Famous stories were told of teams winning a game they had played

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Fifteens and Sevens come almost toe to toe

World Rugby has confirmed the dates of the Rugby World Cup 2021. They remain as originally published: 18 September – 16 October. So the gap from the Tokyo Olympics amounts to less than seven weeks. At the end of March I wrote: ‘But the calendar looks hostile.’ And so it proves to be. We must

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