Shop Rugby Blog

Super Rugby – Where Things Stand

We’re just a few rounds from the 2019 Super Rugby playoffs and as things stand, we’re set for a very interesting set of quarterfinals. Crusaders as the top seed? No surprises there. The real news comes from Buenos Aires, as the Jaguares of Argentina are currently third seeds for playoffs. This would be a first ever home quarter-final for the South American side, a huge milestone for them considering how new the team is to Super Rugby. In the more traditional sphere of the competition, the Australian and South African teams... Read More

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Judgement Day VII preview

On the 27th of April 2019, over 40,000 people will pour into the Principality Stadium to watch a double header containing four teams that hold no hopes of making it to the Pro14 playoffs this season, that is unless Benneton suffer a shock defeat to Zebre. It’s been very much a season of ups and downs for Welsh rugby, from panicking about project reset to winning a 6 Nations grand slam a week later. However, Judgement Day affords the chance for Welsh rugby to end on a high. The possibility... Read More

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Shop Rugby’s Six Nations Preview

The Six Nations before a Rugby World Cup always has a strange atmosphere to it. Normally the pinnacle of European international Rugby, it has to make do with playing second fiddle to its quadrennial younger, but much larger, sibling. All the talk around the pundits will be about preparing for the big tournament in Japan later this year, and how form and injuries will play their part for every team hoping to compete for the game’s biggest trophy. Not us! We at Shop Rugby live in the moment, and as such,... Read More

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Do traditions have a place in the future of rugby?

This year’s Autumn international fixtures feature a familiar set of match-ups, Wales play Australia yet again and England and Ireland have mouth-watering meetings with the All Blacks. However these five-star fixtures aren’t what’s getting us at Shop Rugby most excited for November, it’s the return of a very special kind of match which has made a sudden and slightly unexpected comeback. Club v Country fixtures are seemingly back on the international calendar and it marks the start of the change of the global rugby season that many believed wasn’t meant to begin... Read More

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Welsh regions European preview

Timisoara Saracens v Dragons It’s not been the start that Dragons would have wanted this season, especially after the arrival of their big-name signings. Their fortunes were summarised in last weekend’s derby match against the Cardiff Blues, an initial period of hope followed by a lapse in discipline and another disappointing loss. All is not lost, however, for the European Challenge Cup is where Dragons have performed best in recent seasons and summer’s influx of experience should only help them in their quest for tangible success. The Gwent side will... Read More

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The build up to the 21st place final – 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens

The 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens men’s tournament will be taking a very odd shape when it kicks off on the 20th of July at AT&T Park, and we’re not just talking about the baseball diamond the matches will played on. Doing away with the traditional pool stages, the competition will be played in a straight knockout format with the lower seeded sides fighting it out for the right to play the big boys (top eight seeded teams) who qualified directly for the round of 16. It’s an attempt to streamline... Read More

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Tier One Summer Rugby Round Up

South Africa – We wrote in our blog post before the start of these tours that Rassie Erasmus will most likely lose this series but will be happy to lean from the losses against a strong England team. How wrong could we have been? South Africa tore the English defence to shreds in the first two tests (After a slow first 20 mins in both) led by the incalculably inspirational Siya Kolisi. The returning Willie le Roux was outstanding, Faf de Klerk raised himself up to one of the best scrum... Read More

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New product: Bearhug supports

We’re proud to now be supplying a great selection of products from Bearhug. From your ankles all the way up to your wrists, Bearhug supports will have you covered. Made from sustainably sourced bamboo charcoal, these comfortable and breathable supports can help you regulate your body temperature and improve blood circulation. Based just down the road from us in Caerphilly, Bearhug is a young Welsh company that aims to provide for athletes of any kind, from rugby to running to hockey to hiking and everything in between. Don’t forget to enter our... Read More

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The Cardiff Blues: Why winning the Challenge Cup meant so much

It can often be a confusing time following the Cardiff Blues. Questions over identity, finances, coaching and even if they’ll actually have a home ground in the future have hovered over the team since the region was formed in 2003. As things stand you wouldn’t think there’s a lot to be happy about at the Cardiff Arms Park at the moment, with the ground falling apart and talks with Cardiff Athletic Club over renovating the stadium seemingly going nowhere in addition to their constant money issues and losing their fourth... Read More

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England’s tour of South Africa

So far, 2018 has not been kind to English rugby. At the top level there was the disappointment of the Six Nations, finishing fifth for the first time since the competition expanded in 2000. At club level there have been debates raging about ring-fencing, finances and player welfare. Understandably after having such a strong run of games when Eddie Jones took over, recent events have caused some panic amongst fans and media alike. With Paul Gustard leaving the England coaching team to join Harlequins as the latest obstacle for the... Read More