Heineken Semi-Finals: Superstar sell-outs or damp squibs?

There was an interesting article in The Guardian this week, by rugby correspondent Paul Rees, entitled ‘Heineken Cup torn between a rock and an empty place for semi-final crowds’.  In summary, it talked about the frustration among European clubs (Aviva Premiership ones in particular) in staging semi-finals at national stadia which, given the very quick…

THE VIEW FROM DOWN UNDER: An Easter Message

Here at Red Rugby we’ve been thinking…if Christmas Day has an annual message of peace, love and harmony (delivered expertly every year from good ol’ Liz II), why doesn’t Easter? There’s obviously a gap in the market.  And we believe the rugby community is best placed to deliver that message to the world.  After all,…

NEWS: New European Cup will go ahead in 2014/2015

Peace in our time.  After almost two years of political wrangling, it was announced yesterday (Thursday 10th April 2014) that agreement has been reached on the format, revenue distribution and shared TV rights for, what will be called, the European Rugby Champions Cup.  The new 20-team tournament, which will start in October this year, will…