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…on Newcastle Falcons’ slow decline and the southward drift of the Aviva Premiership

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Rob Andrew celebrates the 97/98 Premiership title

The most hated man in English rugby celebrates Newcastle's only Premiership title in 1998.

Another English Premiership season and it’s another relegation battle for the Newcastle Falcons. The early pace-setters of the professional era have been in decline for several years and thus it is little surprise that the club that escaped the drop last season by points difference are now staring the abyss in the face. Read the rest of this entry »


Written by Michael Farrow

March 30, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Posted in Rugby Union

…on Italian teams joining the Magners League

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Stadio Flaminio

Stadio Flaminio - On its way to the Magners League apparently

It’s been a long time coming. With the Italians seemingly going backwards at international level, two Italian sides are set to join the Magners League in 2010, finally providing domestic players with top level club competition. Many Italians have to move to France or England to improve but this will hopefully act as the conduit to the top level for improving the top Italians. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Michael Farrow

March 26, 2009 at 10:30 pm

Posted in Rugby Union

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…on why rugby union teams will keep going across the divide

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Chris Ashton

"You can try and stop me but the money's too good"

Increasingly rugby teams here and across the English Channel are focusing on getting quality rugby footballers to their club, irrespective of the code they play. Northampton have focused on Wigan’s fullback, Chris Ashton. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Michael Farrow

March 22, 2007 at 8:10 pm

Posted in Rugby League, Rugby Union

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