What brings you here?

As you all know it has been a while since we graced your screens, mainly due to moving home, new jobs, no Internet etc. But we are well and truly back and in our absence it appears you guys have been Googling a lot of strange things to bring you to our page. We get a list of them and so I thought we should share with you some of our favourites. Directly copied and pasted from our list so beware of spelling errors etc but I had a real chuckle at them and hope you do too!

 

“Dan Cole rugby topless” (whatever floats your boat….)

“Chris Robshaw boxers/briefs”

“David Flatman pictures nakeds”

”Is Jamie Noon still playing” (of course)

”Dan Cole rugby sisters” ( I wouldn’t mess with them)

“David Flathands naked” (Edward Scissorhands nemesis?)

“Funny rugby retirement reasons” (are there any?)

“Alesana girlfriend” (seriously people do not mess!!)

“Danny Care hairy legs” ( has someone heard a rumour?)

“I love Jamie George Saracens”

“Jamie George fan club”

“Jamie George rugby fan blog” (I think we have a Jamie George fan following us!!)

“Leicester Tigers team Cher” (don’t remember this half time entertainment)

“Manu Tuilagi muscles”

“Professor Andy Forsyth” ( when did this happen?)

“Ritchie Gray flying squad” (See above!!!)

“How do I recruit new rugby players” (If you are having to ask google Jim Mallinder….)

“James Haskell the Body”

“Ben Pienaar penis” (Ok guys just wrong!)

“Chris Robshaw nude”

“Joe Marler Arsehole” (is he or do you want to see it, either way bad Google search)

“Is Chris Robshaw deaf”

“Tom Catterick holiday plans” (wanting to join him?)

“Rugby player q&a blonde or brunette”

“Is rugby about who you know not what you know”

“Is Benjamin Ryan from England sevens married”

“Why did Manu punch Ashton and not get in trouble” (hahahaha)

“nude rugby Rachel Scott” (who is she?)

“@debspeters chest pics #getthenorksoutdebs” (I know she will appreciate this won’t you Debs?)

 

One last note, I also saw a lot of your names on there been googling ourselves have we ;)…..

Olney Sevens!

Olney Sevens 2012

Olney 7s 2012 With five hugely successful events behind the club and a growing reputation the 2012 Olney 7s promises to be another great rugby day out. The standard of 7s and the quality of competition at Olney 7s continues to improve year on year. This year’s event takes place on Saturday 7th July at the home of Buckinghamshire based Olney Rugby Club, not far from J14 of the M1. The main Data-Re open tournament, for up to 20 teams, has a cash prize of £500 to the winning team.  Competition for this tournament looks good for 2012 with previous winners POD, joined once again by Carmarthen Warriors, Clic Sargent Godfathers, Qube, Hammerheads and Marauders Belief Academy.

 

New faces this year include Trojan 7s, Royals Sevens, The Cockatoos, Redstone 7s and Olney’s local rivals Aylesbury RFC.  With returning teams including Hollywood 7s and Crispin Rhodes Crusaders the player’s complimentary Olney 7s T shirts will be seen all over the country after July 7th!

Now in its second year is the Hopping Mad tournament, aimed at players who are mainly over 30 or play in lower club or work sides.  Interest in this social tournament has been very high and places were filled quickly.  This may have something to do with the liquid prize from the tournament sponsors; The Olney based Hopping Mad Brewery! Olney 7s is a superb spectator and family day out.

Entrance is free with both tournaments starting with the pool stages from 10.30 in the morning, continuing with all teams entering the knockout stages in the afternoon.  Finals and presentations to the winning teams should be complete by 6.30 pm.  BBQ and food is on sale and the bar is open all day.

The social side continues into the night with a hog roast and MK band ‘Legion’ playing live on stage. ‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank Olney for having us for the weekend. The club were fantastic hosts and the event seemed to be exceptionally well received across both tournaments. Looking forward to Olney 7s 2012!’ said Phil Tomlinson from Sheffield Bears after last year’s event.

Are you putting together or simply want to help promote a rugby event? Well get in touch we would love to hear from you

@therugbydiary or rugbydiary@gmail.com

For more information on the Olney 7’s see the links below.

www.olneyrfc.co.uk  and www.pitchero.com/clubs/olney7s

Duncan Bell, The past, present and future

As manyof you will already know Duncan Bell announced his decision to retire this week. However the real shock came when he openly talked about his depression and how it has affected him over the years. After a manic week Duncan Bell kindly took the time out to chat with The Rugby Diary about times gone by and everything that is yet to come!

The Interview

As the rugby world has recently learned, you are to retire at the end of this season. What has been your favourite memory of your playing career?

Well unfortunately for you, I must say it is without doubt when we played Leicester in a Heineken Cup quarter final game at the Walker Stadium. We were under the cosh for ages, and even down to 13 for last part of the game. We were there as underdogs and everything was going against us, but somehow we turned the game around and won and ended up in a European Cup semi-final game.

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Rugby League Round-up

Written by Craig Halstead

The middle week-end of April was a very busy one for sport – the Grand National, the FA Cup semi- finals and the entry of all fourteen Engage Super League clubs into the 2012 Carnegie Challenge Cup competition! The Challenge Cup is undoubtedly Rugby League’s most enduring and traditionally exciting tournament, not least because of the prize that all RL players covet….a chance to showcase their talents at the home of British sport – Wembley Stadium.

History tells us that professional Rugby League is a sport rooted in the North of England – and although the London Broncos (newly named this year after a spell as Harlequins Rugby League), the valiant London Skolars and two semi-professional clubs in Wales do magnificent jobs in spreading the gospel – it is still true today that the game professionally tends to span the M62 corridor. It is little wonder then that RL players treat the opportunity of contesting the Challenge Cup Final in the south of England, in our country’s capital city and at a magnificent stadium like Wembley as the highlight of their season.

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Poaching, Players not Eggs…

Written by Ian Milligan

An insight into grass roots rugby.

In an age where we see rules and regulations for nearly every aspect of our game it was disappointing recently to find that there is nothing to address the poaching of players. To be clear on this, if players want to move teams for whatever reason then that’s fine, we should wish them well and all the best for their rugby career. The twist on this is if a coach is seeking to create a “super team” and is approaching players to encourage them into his team; this is wrong. The impact on the local game is huge.

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Super 15 – Round One

(Ding, ding! ) By Louis D’Aubrey

The first week of Super Rugby is done and dusted. Understandably there were some scrappy games after the break, but some great games as well. I was unfortunate not to be able to have seen all the games, financial year ends and stocktaking not my idea of spending a weekend when there is some rugga on TV. I did get to watch some games at least, and will comment on those games, and give the scores.
Every game with the exception of the Stormers vs. Hurricanes had a winning margin of less than seven, just showing again how competitive it is out here. The very first game was the Crusaders against the Blues, I really wish I could have watched this game, the few highlights I managed to get showed a game that was well played and had the Crusaders win with one point!

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Get ready for the Super 15!

By: Louis D’Aubrey

Super 15 gets underway this weekend!

Super rugby, 15 teams, three countries, each game as intense as a test match, pride, guts, glory, defeat, and tears; yes it is that time again. Super rugby season 2012 kicks off in less than a week, and I am honoured to have been asked to cover this competition for The Rugby Diary. I would like to use my first article to say thank you to Tori for this great opportunity, and to introduce myself and the teams who take part on the field of battle.

I am a huge rugby fan, the articles that I will be placing will be as unbiased as can be, and will be my opinion and views, you do not have to agree with me, but that will neither make me wrong or you right. I am a huge Sharks fan, but as far as I can help it, will not report with one eye.
The competition has 15 contenders, too many in my view, but then I don’t get paid the big bucks that SANZAR officials get paid. The competition in the professional era has evolved from 12 teams, to 14 and now 15. The format works a little differently these days than the traditional round robin type of format. There are 3 conferences, New Zealand, South Africa, and Australia. Without going into gory detail on how the format works, the teams compete to be in the top 6 of the overall log. I will explain the full format in another posting. It would be great if you folks in the northern hemisphere adopts a Super 15 team, I won’t try and influence your decision in this quick breakdown.

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