FROM THE ARCHIVES: Pro12 taken out the back and ‘put out of its misery’

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN AUGUST 2016. Officials from the Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Italian rugby unions have dramatically announced there will be no Pro12 league for the 2016/17 season. After a full twenty minutes of “passionate debate” and “soul searching”, tournament organisers agreed on Monday it was time to put the league to rest. At a hastily assembled press conference, league spokesperson Patrick Connor revealed the the much maligned league was…

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East Terrace editor gets picked in second row for ‘Rugby’ – new prestige magazine

James Stafford, editor and founder of the The East Terrace, has penned a piece for Rugby – a new journal ‘capturing the spirit of the greatest game’. Stafford’s article looks at Nyrsko Rugby Club, a newly formed side in a small town in the Czech Republic. For anyone with an interest in quality sports writing, beautiful photography and content that goes beyond the banal cliches and platitudes of most rugby magazines, Rugby…

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BBC rugby directors continue with avant-garde, replay heavy, Greengrass style camera work

We’ve written on the brilliance of BBC’s live rugby direction before. It was one of the most popular articles we’ve ever run. With a filming philosophy that blends Paul Greengrass, French Avant Garde and the freestyling attitude of a 90-year-old using an iPhone for the first time, BBC rugby directors can always be relied upon to give you an ‘immersive’ experience to endure. Fiercely committed to showing viewers at least 65%…

Observations on the Six Nations: Auntie just a little too much on the ball

UPDATE: (23/02/17) We contacted the BBC team for comment on this piece and provided a few questions for the broadcast team to try and get insight into the decision making process and reasoning behind the directing of the match broadcast feed. Sadly we were informed they were too busy ahead of the weekend’s rugby to get involved on this occasion.  Until around the 1960s there was little doubt watching a…

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Wales release findings of New Zealand tour report

ORGINALLY PUBLISHED JULY 2016. After a grim summer tour to New Zealand, where Wales lost all four of its matches, the Welsh Rugby Union has released the findings of its post tour analysis report. Wales faced the All Blacks three times along with what was effectively a Chiefs ‘A/B’ team and lost by an aggregate score of 161-56. Speaking at a press conference where the report was released, Welsh coach…

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Wilkinson awarded Lifetime ‘Mike Pyke Nonchalant Try Scoring Award’

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2011: Long time readers of The East Terrace will remember the highly valued Mike Pyke Nonchalant Try Scoring Award.  It is awarded to those players who refuse to go all vulgar and hysterical after grounding the ball for a five point score, and simply trot back to their allocated field position to receive the forthcoming kick off. For these noble warriors there are no vulgar acts of…

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Animal welfare groups outrage at ‘canary’ Welsh rugby jersey

The Welsh Rugby Union is under intense fire from animal rights group after being accused of animal cruelty. Just days after the WRU revealed its new bright yellow ‘change’ playing strip, animal rights groups have come forward with shocking claims relating to the manufacturing of the high-tech jerseys. According to PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) each of the new yellow Welsh jerseys requires the plumage of up to…

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