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Jeff Probyn: All shapes and sizes should play rugby

Money, money, money, it’s a rich man’s sport. The increase in the salary cap, up by £500,000 to £5 million, will do little to help..

January 30, 2014

Jeff Probyn: Italians have a lot to gain by forming their own league

The comments of Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) president Alfredo Gavazzi  that they may remove their two professional teams from the Rabo..

January 24, 2014

Jeff Probyn: Just 20 games to go for Stuart Lancaster to get it right

With last week’s additions to the Elite Player Squad, Stuart Lancaster gets his one and only chance to choose the players who will take..

January 16, 2014

Jeff Probyn: Why I’m backing the WRU in showdown with regions

As if the Greek tragedy of the European Cup was not enough we now have a Welsh suicide pact that seems destined to create mayhem across the..

January 9, 2014

Jeff Probyn: Why didn’t BT deal with the other leagues as well?

As the European row still rumbles along with a myriad of possible outcomes, it’s time to reflect on what started it. The sudden..

January 3, 2014

Jeff Probyn: One hundred years on – and rugby hasn’t changed

There is a saying that there is nothing new in rugby and I think I may have found the proof. While clearing the attic, I have discovered a..

December 20, 2013

Jeff Probyn: South African link would make Stuart Lancaster happy

Last week I said the Premiership would have to look further afield if they wanted to find a replacement for those they have left behind in..

December 13, 2013

Jeff Probyn: Fans are shortchanged twice in one bad week

What do the RFU and the Premiership have in common? First, both have hit the headlines this week with announcements that most rugby fans..

December 6, 2013

Jeff Probyn: Joe Marler has moved above Mako Vunipola in the prop order

As the end of this season’s Autumn Internationals are approaching, what have we learned? England set a goal of three wins out of three..

November 27, 2013

Jeff Probyn: The good, bad and ugly of the scrum machines

So at last we have the answer to all scrum problems – the new scrum machine being used by Bath Rugby is so advanced that it can tell its..

November 22, 2013

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