All Six Nations Squads (2022)

All the squads for the Guinness Six Nations rugby tournament were announced in January 2022. We’ve broken down the squads by forwards and backs and called out the most notable omissions. As has been the trend in recent years, France named the largest squad while Italy name the smallest. England Six Nations Squad Eddie Jones … Read more

What Is A Flanker In Rugby? (Explained)

There are two flankers in the starting fifteen players on a rugby union team. They wear the six or seven shirts and are often distinguished as the “blindside” and “openside” flanker. This article describes the role of a flanker in rugby and the differences between the two types. What Do Flankers Do In A Rugby … Read more

How Many Tackles Do Rugby Players Make?

We looked at the statistics for tackles during the 2021 Six Nations Rugby Championship. This article uses these figures to calculate how many tackles are made by players in a rugby match. You may be surprised to see that there are huge differences between player positions. How Many Tackles Do Rugby Players Make? This graph … Read more

Top Ten World’s Greatest Flankers

Here is our pick of the world’s ten best blindside or openside flankers since the 1970s. This article runs through their most memorable achievements and why they’ve made our cut. So, how did we decide the player rankings? Read on. Rules For Our Ratings We set some rules that immediately eliminated some great flankers. You … Read more

Bill McLaren Rugby Quotes (With Explanations)

Bill McLaren was a legendary commentator on rugby matches. He was renowned for his turns of phrase. Many of his quips and quotes live on in the fond memories of rugby supporters. You’ll find some lists of McLaren quotes that don’t clarify who he’s talking about. The proud scot also liked to use Scottish phrasing … Read more

Five Greatest English Flankers Of All Time

Here is our pick of the five best blindside or openside flankers to play for England. This article runs through their most memorable achievements and why they’ve made our cut. Neil Back Wavell Wakenfield (revolutionized flanker play) Richard Hill Peter Winterbottom Chris Robshaw (yes, we said it!) So, how did we decide the player rankings? … Read more

Who Is The Best English Flanker Of All Time?

It’s tough to pick the best English flanker, and we went back and forth between three different choices. The main reason that Neil Back is our choice it is that he wasn’t just one of the most highly skilled players. He proved that forwards who aren’t natural behemoths can dominate matches in the modern game … Read more

Five Greatest Irish Flankers Of All Time

Here is our pick of the five best blindside or openside flankers to play for Ireland. This article runs through their most memorable achievements and why they’ve made our cut. Sean O’Brien Fergus Slattery David Wallace Stephen Ferris Gordon Hamilton (a left-field pick, we know!) Top Five Irish Flankers Three of our top five flankers … Read more

Who Is The Best Irish Flanker Of All Time?

To decide on the best Irish flanker in rugby history, we drew up a shortlist of world-class players who played blindside or openside flanker for Ireland. Whittling down the shortlist was hard enough. But only one can be chosen as the best of all time. It’s a tough job, but someone had to step up … Read more

Big List Of Welsh Rugby Player Names

Here are the names of Welsh rugby players who played for Wales who made their international debut since the sport went professional. The International Rugby Board agreed to allow professional rugby in August 1995. This is why I cut off the list at this date. Welsh Rugby Player Names In the Professional Era The list … Read more