Pick ‘N’ Go: May 2016

Your guide to the best rugby stuff on the Web from the month of May.

Welcome to the first Pick ‘N’ Go on the rugbystore blog! Each month we’ll be highlighting the best rugby stuff from the web that you might have missed from the last 30 days.

For May, we’ve picked out five great rugby related pieces. From the ‘forgotten men of rugby’ to a video that’ll help you get on board the Lions hype train. Go take a look!

1. The Wild West Of Rugby – The Guardian

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What have we Picked: Robert Kitson explains the plight of the rugby professionals competing in the English Championship. After receiving a letter from former Yorkshire Carnegie player, Ben Hooper, Kitson explains the risks and player exploitation that takes place just under the Premiership level.

Why you should Go read it: It’s an eye opener for anyone interested in watching or playing club level rugby. While getting to play rugby for money is obviously a dream job for many, it shouldn’t come with the risks presented here. Read it and help bring these issues into the spotlight.

2. Scotland Win the London Sevens – World Rugby

What have we Picked: The moment Scotland seized a last minute victory, thanks to great try from Dougie Fife, in the London Sevens to secure their first ever World Rugby Sevens series.

Why you should Go watch it: Given that Sevens originated in the Scottish Borders it’s surprising that the national team hasn’t been able to grab a victory on the World Rugby Sevens circuit until this. The look on the players faces is worth the watch.

3. Who Will Coach Bath Next? – Rugby World

What have we Picked: After a disappointing season, Bath management let Mike Ford go. The folks over at Rugby World  put together a list of the likely contenders to fill the still vacant spot.

Why you should Go read it: Speculation is fun! Although Johann van Graan still appears to be the favourite to take the Bath job, the suggestions put forward by RW all make sense. They were a club in the ascendency before this lacklustre season and they are a club rich in history and players, we can’t wait to see what a new coach can do with the set up at the Rec.

4. Player Tips from David Wallace – rugbystore blog

Wallace on the Lions tour of South Africa in 2009.
Wallace on the Lions tour of South Africa in 2009.

What have we Picked: Former Lion, Munster and Ireland player, David Wallace, gives some fantastic insight and tips for amateur rugby players looking to break into the professional level.

Why you should Go Read it: From how to deal with nerves to what other sport you should be watching, Wallace provides amateur players with sound advice and exposes Donncha O’Callaghan’s strange superstitions.

5. Get Hyped for the 2017 Lions Tour! The All Blacks are Ready – All Blacks 

What have we Picked: Drums, war dances, clips from the 2005 Tour and a breakdown of the tough opposition the Lions will face when they head to New Zealand next summer. Next year can’t come quick enough.

Why you should Go watch it: It will have been 12 years since the Lions last toured New Zealand next summer, it’s time to start getting excited for what should be an epic event and this video will do just that.

That’s all in the Pick ‘N’ Go for May 2016! Let us know in the comments what you’ve been reading/watching about rugby recently + Tell us over on Facebook or Twitter if there is anything you think we should include for next months edition!

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