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Have a flutter on the game up north


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 22 Jul 2013 at 09:08
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The pride and the passion that the best players from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland brought to the British and Irish Lions’ jersey by overcoming the mighty Australians down under illustrates the strength in depth of the domestic game in the UK and Ireland. The advent of professionalism, the newly found multinational nature of rugby union and the latest success of the Lions, mean that interest in the game worldwide has never been higher.

The intensity and the money-spinning nature of the English Premiership means that the top club sides in England are some of the strongest on earth. From the first week of September, players from rugby’s giants, such as Harlequins, Leicester Tigers, and Saracens will stride out each week for 80 minutes of combat. They present a picture more reminiscent of a gladiatorial contest than a sporting match. While much focus is on the English Premiership, the success of Dublin based Leinster in the Heineken Cup (rugby’s European Champions’ League) just over a year ago emphasises the competitiveness of the Pro12 league. Pro12 comprises the best teams from Italy, Ireland, Wales and Scotland. With the bulk of the Lions’ squad being made up of Welsh players, attention is sure to turn to top clubs from the principality such as Cardiff Blues, Llanelli Starlets and the Ospreys. They will be meeting other Irish power houses Munster and Ulster and the likes of Scottish titans Edinburgh.

As strong as the domestic British and Irish leagues are currently, there’s no disputing the fact that the reigning Heineken League champions, Toulon, hail from France. Toulon like other tope French sides Toulouse and Clermont have lured the cream of world rugby from Europe and down under. With the likes of Johnny Wilkinson kicking them to the pinnacle of world club rugby, Toulon will be desperate to cling on to title come October when the Heineken Cup’s European heavyweights once again face off against one another.

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7 Comments

  • Trick question, what did the British and Irish Lions need to win the first series in 20 years…..???? Well somewhere in that retoric must be some interesting stats where a Southern Hemisphere coach and the least amount of England players
    must also make for some good reading…I love wales and Ireland as a rugby supporter. And even with a Brit gran I can’t help but enjoy a England loss…

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.07.13 11:03:06 by BoerSeun Reply
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  • Something in this article sticks out like a sore thumb :twisted:

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.07.13 13:02:02 by gatewayshark Reply
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  • @gatewayshark (Comment 2) : the bills, mate…

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.07.13 14:21:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • Unfortunately for the Welsh regions they have been gutted of all their stars for the upcoming season! For all the bulging profits the WRU have posted these past few years, their regional teams finances are in the gutter.

    Hopefully the ‘Scottish titans Edinburgh’ can start actually caring about the league, or anything if the last season is to go by, and Glasgow can push on and go one or two steps further and win the Pro 12.

    Or at least not lose to one of Ospreys/ Leinster there again. Sick of it.

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.07.13 14:39:35 by Seaton Reply

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  • @BoerSeun (Comment 1) : Me too, mainly just because the English supporters (even the bloody commentators) have their heads shoved a bit too far up their asses.

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.07.13 15:44:44 by David12246 Reply

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  • I will skip this cause as soon as I put money on a team they WILL lose.

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.07.13 22:35:39 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 6) : please put money on the LIONS this weekend

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.07.13 09:53:15 by robdylan Reply
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