Richard Paxton

Massive sports fan, with a particular passion for both Northern and Southern Hemisphere rugby! Looking to share my thoughts and opinions with others who are equally as interested in all things rugby and/or sports related.

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Reckless Brown sees red for vicious head stamp

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Harlequins’ stunning last-minute victory over Wasps at the weekend was overshadowed by a reckless moment from former England fullback Mike Brown.  The long serving Halequin of more than 15 years and a 72 cap international, was sent from the field in the 44th minute after a clear and direct stamp to the head of Wasps hooker Tommy Taylor. Referee Wayne Barnes and TMO Stuart Terheege could find no mitigation for the action, determining that Brown was ‘conscious’ that the player …

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Emotional Sinckler Impresses After Lions Omission

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Kyle Sinckler bounced back after his shock omission from the Lions squad on Thursday, with a man of the match performance away at Bath today at the Rec. One among a number of high profile omissions, the Bristol, England and 3 times capped Lions prop was conspicuous by his absence from Warren Gatland’s 37-man squad, with Gatland opting to select Scotland’s Zander Fagerson, Wales’ Wyn Jones and Ireland’s Andrew Porter ahead of the 28 year old Sinckler (capped 43 times …

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37 not 36: Lions Squad Announced

37 Not 36: Lions Squad Announced

Lions coach Warren Gatland has named his 37-man squad (not 36) to take on the Springboks this Summer in South Africa. There are some familiar faces, with the inclusion of 3-time tourist Alun Wyn Jones (Wales) named as captain. Jones will be looking to build on the 9 Lions caps he’s already amassed during his long and illustrious career. He is accompanied by 2-time tourists Conor Murray (Ireland), Taulupe Faletau (Wales) and Justin Tipuric (Wales), all of whom tasted success with the …

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Courageous Leicester march on, whilst Bath crumble

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At the start of the 2020-21 season, few would have predicted that Leicester Tigers would be in genuine contention for a major European trophy. Rock bottom of the 2019-20 Gallagher Premiership, Leicester were only spared relegation last season because of Saracen’s mammoth points deductions for breaking salary cap rules. If not for that, one of the most successful clubs in English rugby history would now be competing in the Championship – travelling away to the likes of Cornish Pirates and …

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Sexton’s Lions Tour ambitions: Hanging by a thread?

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Leinster will be without talismanic skipper Jonathon Sexton this weekend for their Heineken Champions Cup clash away to La Rochelle.  After suffering a knock to the head, Ireland’s national team captain was substituted early in Leinster’s semi final victory away at Exeter. He was replaced by Ross Byrne, who impressed against the Chiefs, and will be in line to start at the Stade Marcel-Deflandre. Leinster face a star star studded La Rochelle side who will be looking to reach the first European …

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Chiefs vs Bristol – Champions and Contenders

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Friday night saw champions Exeter Chiefs heading to Ashton Gate Stadium to take on a Bristol Bears side currently sitting top of the Gallagher Premiership. Ahead of the clash, Bristol was 12 points clear of second-placed Exeter, with only 6 games remaining in the regular season. A win for Bristol would all but guarantee them a home semi-final and top spot.  Meanwhile, a win for Exeter would go a long way to securing them a home semi-final at Sandy Park, …

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Will Bath end their staggering silverware drought in 2021?

Will Bath End Their Staggering Silverware Drought In 2021?

Without a major trophy since their 2007-08 Challenge Cup triumph over Worcester Warriors, could Bath finally be about to break their silverware drought? With a gritty victory over their fellow Challenge Cup semi-finalists Leicester Tigers in the Gallagher Premiership at the weekend, and despite some obvious flaws (most notably at scrum time), Bath showed that they are capable of maintaining their composure to rescue a victory in the face of certain defeat.  Over the past decade (and beyond) since they …

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