Primacy of International Rugby – Ray French

Primacy of International Rugby. BBC commentator and dual international Ray French says - International…International rugby, both Union and League, is currently at the centre of discussion and argument throughout the Boardrooms of many professional clubs in both hemispheres. The staging and number of both rugby codes’ showpiece matches are proving a headache for the two governing bodies, while the criteria for eligibility to many of the international squads worldwide surely leaves much to be desired. The qualification to represent your country by birth or parental birth has, it appears, long gone with many Test cap seekers currently representing a nation by virtue of the length of their residence in a given country. In both Union and League the size, power, and...

THE WHISTLEBLOWER – ‘The World at Their Feet’

THE WHISTLEBLOWER ‘The World at Their Feet’ David Matthews recalls some words of wisdom which  still hold good for the Referee. “The secret of it all gentlemen, calmness.” The words of the late, much respected Gordon Mackintosh, speaking to a meeting of the referees way back in the early 1980’s on what made a good referee. He was a distinguished figure in rugby circles, serving as Lancashire County RFU President, President of Waterloo and President of the Liverpool Referees’ Society. I am sure he would have approved of two of our rising stars in England, Ian Tempest from the Liverpool Society and Luke Pearce from Devon. Both of them were involved in Premiership action when Ian refereed Wasps v Gloucester and Luke took charge...

The Whistleblower – David Matthews

THE WHISTLEBLOWER Some things never change David Matthews is unable to fathom the logic of coach assessment What a surprise! After Worcester had narrowly lost their game to Bath in the closing stages, none other than the fair minded Dean Ryan exploded     to reveal that Worcester were "the worst refereed" side in the Premiership. He didn't have in mind a particular referee, though the one who presided over that afternoon's defeat was fresh in the memory, but ALL referees and their assistants who had supervised Worcester's many setbacks in the last two seasons were in the firing line. If evidence was needed, he was in possession of 'secret' data in the form of a 'Trend Report' which, he claimed, showed that Worcester...

THE WHISTLEBLOWER

THE WHISTLEBLOWER Some things never change   David Matthews is unable to fathom the logic of coach assessment What a surprise! After Worcester had narrowly lost their game to Bath in the closing stages, none other than the fair minded Dean Ryan exploded     to reveal that Worcester were "the worst refereed" side in the Premiership. He didn't have in mind a particular referee, though the one who presided over that afternoon's defeat was fresh in the memory, but ALL referees and their assistants who had supervised Worcester's many setbacks in the last two seasons were in the firing line. If evidence was needed, he was in possession of 'secret' data in the form of a 'Trend Report' which, he claimed, showed that Worcester...

Dean Williams world’s largest lock forward?

Could Dean Williams be the world’s largest lock forward? It was good to hear news this week from the Land of the White Cloud about one of our own – former Macclesfield Blues and Sedgley Tigers second row stalwart, Dean Williams. Dean has been making a name for himself down under, not just for his rugby ability where he’s plying his trade with West Auckland-based Suburbs RFC, – the home Club of both Mils Muliania and Craig Dowd – but also for his sheer physical size. Anyone who remembers Deano’s bruising ball carries at Priory Park will need no reminder of that.     Well, it seems like Deano has now ‘officially’ pencilled his name into the record books as probably the world’s...

International Teams: Too Many Foreign Imports.

International Teams: Too Many Foreign Imports. In my own playing days in rugby union in the Sixties and Seventies, and for two or three decades after, there was always a good sprinkling of players with a Northern background who were rewarded with an England cap. Outstanding halves like Bev Risman, Tom Brophy, and John Horton,pacy, clever threequarters like Mike Phillips, Bill Patterson, Jim Roberts, Mike Slemen,and Mike Weston,and tough forwards of the quality of Fran Cotton, Bill Beaumont, Tony Nearey, Roger Uttley and company came to the fore. Throughout the history of the Home Nations tournament there has been no shortage of Northern talent to occupy the white shirt of England or fellow Scots, Irish, and Welsh players to provide...

The Whistleblower

THE WHISTLEBLOWER   Some things never change   David Matthews is unable to fathom the logic of coach assessment   What a surprise! After Worcester had narrowly lost their game to Bath in the closing stages, none other than the fair minded Dean Ryan exploded     to reveal that Worcester were "the worst refereed" side in the Premiership. He didn't have in mind a particular referee, though the one who presided over that afternoon's defeat was fresh in the memory, but ALL referees and their assistants who had supervised Worcester's many setbacks in the last two seasons were in the firing line. If evidence was needed, he was in possession of 'secret' data in the form of a 'Trend Report' which, he claimed, showed that Worcester...

National Clubs Associations response to the proposed League re-organisation

NCA RESPONSE TO ACR PAPER Below is the response, posted on the NCA website, to the RFU's proposal to re-organise the League structures. As Rugby Round-Up understand the position . . . "No one seems to want this re-organisation except the RFU itself".  So, why is the RFU pressing on with this proposal against the clear wishes of the NCA, and particularly the Northern Clubs? Perhaps there needs to be a better explanation from the RFU for this change, and a bit more listening to the wishes of the vast majority of the Clubs? What we all do not want is more bad feeling, and politics in the Game? Have your say: editor@rugbyroundup.com (We are happy to post sensible responses anonymously if requested) This paper (below) summarises...