Robert Staniforth

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England endure Six Nations heartbreak

England finished second for the fourth consecutive year, but it was Ireland who came out on top of one of the most impressive Six Nations weekends ever. Four teams still had a mathematical chance of lifting the trophy going into the last day, three of whom equal but for their points difference. Wales, sat in…

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Concussion controversy in Six Nations

When I refer to a C-word in sport, many people assume I mean “cheat”, understandably given the prevalence of doping, fixing and tampering in many arenas of the sporting world. However, there is now a word even more taboo than cheat – “concussion”. This year’s Six Nations has thrown the issue firmly into the spotlight,…

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Six Nations contenders announce squads

England will travel to the Millennium Stadium on February 6th as they get the RBS Six Nations underway against Wales. Last week, the final squad announcements took place and now eyes turn to the tournament, but what of the chances of the Home Nations? Scotland seem to have been one of the perennial underachievers in…

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Autumn Tests: Scotland thrive but England slump

Moth-ball the national shirts until February, the Autumn Internationals are over. There were some great games, some incredible tries and a mixture of expected and impressive performances. All eyes now turn to the 2015 Six Nations and beyond. With the Rugby World Cup looming next September, can we read anything into what might happen when…

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Why are there so few gay sports personalities

That age old question, forever in and out of public consciousness, has once again been touted this week: why are there so few openly gay active sportsmen and women? In fact, not just the players, but in every aspect of the sporting world, the governance and the officials included, you struggle to find active gay…

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England announce squad for autumn internationals

England head coach Stuart Lancaster has named his initial 33-man Elite Player Squad (EPS) for their upcoming November test matches against New Zealand, South Africa, Samoa and Australia. The announcement was moved from its more traditional August slot to enable the England coaches to watch players in domestic and European action as competition for places…

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