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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

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Wales’ 2018 tour of the Americas

Before Wales head off to San Juan and Santa Fe to face Argentina in a two test series, they will first make a stop in Washington DC to play a warm up game against South Africa. This isn’t the first time an exhibition game such as this has been played on US soil; Ireland famously got their first win against the All Blacks in 2016 at Chicago’s Soldier Field in front of 61,000 fans. The success of that event has led to more chances for Ireland to take the game... Read More

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New South Wales State of Origin 2018

Referred to as Australian sport’s greatest rivalry the State of Origin series is the annual best-of-three Australian rugby league football match series between two state representative sides, the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons. The two states’ teams are frequently referred to as the Blues and Maroons, reflecting the respective colours of their jerseys. This season we are stocking the New South Wales (Blues) choose from; training t-shirt, shirt, shorts or singlet       Check out our full range of rugby league kit here The State of... Read More

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NEW ARRIVALS| NRL 2018 Home Shirts

Check out our great range of NRL Home shirts. Lightweight and breathable, the shirts are fully sublimated with embroidered NRL and team badges. These eye catching shirts can be worn casually or for training.   View the full NRL collection on our website.