Top international coach for Glos and World Rugby calendar vote

The man who started the Leinster golden era and took a team from nowhere to the RWC final has been linked to Glos. Are we overjoyed?….

Meanwhile on 30 June there will be votes on the new global calendar and an international window this year from October. T14 understandably don’t want to play through the summer, but want a Spring world club cup every four years.

For me rugby is a winter sport, especially in a hot place like southern France or South Africa. The key for me is having test windows without club matches in the middle.

It’s War

Thought it was time to separate this out from the Burgess thread because it now looks like all out war between the clubs and the players.

Whilst understanding the need for the game to cut its cloth, this does look like pretty despicable opportunism by the clubs in holding a gun to players’ heads, especially those not out of contract.

Difficult to see this ending prettily. Depending on your generation I’d guess either a Boomer outcome or a Snowflake outcome – and as I’ve predicted for a while an early end to the season.




Premiership Rugby Returns

“The clubs will need to satisfy a number of requirements to start stage one as we continue the huge amount of work being undertaken to enable a safe return to training,” said professional game board chairman Chris Booy.

Premiership clubs also agree to Lord Myners review

Wibble Rugby: The latest Video/Feedback/Advice

Hello Gentlemen,


I wanted to ask you guys all a favour as it were.

I’ve recently started up with the Wibble Videos again, and this one, is the format i want to start doing going forward. The Jingle, the titles, Blackadder references, a little humour but not much. All in all an effort to move away from Squidge as whilst he’s great, i want it to be my work rather than an imitation.

However, i’m still very much looking for feedback and stuff that can make it better. If you boys do have time, it’d mean a lot to get your thoughts. Its long, and goes into a lot of detail, but this is the kind of thing i want to be doing now (As i’m starting Performance Analysis MSc in Hartpury this September). So will need to do something else other than my IT Job!

Any comments, shares, feedback you can provide, it’d mean an awful lot.



How England 2003 can influence the new attacj

Hey guys!

Hope you’re keeping well. This I have wanted to write about for a seriously long time.

England 2003, without doubt the best England team there ever has been. Some of their attack was quite astounding, and. Could work even better than what is going on today with the use of League defences.

Hope you boys enjoy it! But yeah. A throwback to when we were genuinely the best team in the World. This is something I appreciate.

Also. Heavily advise to watch Squidges video on SA last night. A bit of heavy viewing, especially reliving the final. But cannot deny it is a sublime piece of work.

Cheers boys and keep safe!


Player revolt?

Reports by Neil Fissler of The Rugby Paper that Bath Rugby are the first team to ‘revolt’ over the proposed 25% cut in wages. Having written a letter to Tarquin and Craig asking for their reconsideration.

Following the breaking of this story Charlie Ewels, club captain has written a letter in response denying the claims. You can read his response for yourself here if you wish to.

Fissler still claims he has proof  with several video messages from players as well as a copy of the letter sent to Bruce Craig.

So fake news or not? Let DTRR decide.

Saturday Matchday Thread

Ok boys here it is, the day is on us. Can the dastardly Kiwis gain revenge for the semi final rout in Japan or will Eddie’s boys reinforce their superiority? Some selection shockers – Back on the bench? Who is Johnston? Neither of the Simmonds brothers in the 23? Bizarre. Still, in Eddie we trust.

Weirdly the clash is relegated to Sky Mix channel 145 at 15:00. Hey ho, main channels’ loss.

Looks a close one however you cut it but ever the optimist I’m going for England by 3.



England: Jason Robinson; James Simpson-Daniel, Will Greenwood, Mike Tindall, Ben Cohen; Jonny Wilkinson, Matt Dawson; Lawrence Dallaglio, Richard Hill, Lewis Moody, Danny Grewcock, Martin Johnson (captain), Phil Vickery, Steve Thompson, Trevor Woodman.
Replacements: Regan, Leonard, Kay, Back, Healey, Johnston, Stimpson.

New Zealand: Ben Blair; Doug Howlett, Tana Umaga, Keith Lowen, Jonah Lomu; Carlos Spencer, Steve Devine; Sam Broomhall, Marty Holah, Taine Randell (captain), Keith Robinson , Ali Williams, Kees Meeuws, Andrew Hore, Joe McDonnell.
Replacements: Mealamu, Hayman, Mika, So’oialo, Lee, Mehrtens, M. Robinson.

Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)