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learn.compactappliance.com

9 Recycling Tips that Everyone Should Know

Hey Hey! It is always Earth Day around here :) when you are out and about good people, we're thinking rugby tournaments... :) PLEASE REDUCE AND RECYCLE!!

https://learn.compactappliance.com/recycling-tips/

learn.compactappliance.com Everyone knows that recycling is good for the environment. Are you sure you know exactly what you can and can't recycle? Click to learn more.

nzherald.co.nz

Gregor Paul: Two All Blacks back three options in play

Nice dig into the strategy of the All Blacks...

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/rugby/news/article.cfm?c_id=80&objectid=12224034

nzherald.co.nz COMMENT: The injury loss of McKenzie has put the spotlight on the All Blacks' back three.

thetakeout.com

Study: Teen boys eat less junk food if they think that makes them rebellious

Interesting study result....use it 😊

https://thetakeout.com/study-teenagers-buy-junk-food-rebel-rebellious-chicago-1834111866

thetakeout.com Because it’s adults who create anti-smoking, safe-sex, and nutrition campaigns for teens, their ideas can sometimes come off as, well, misdirected. If you sat through D.A.R.E. presentations in school, you probably have some thoughts on the program’s effectiveness. Researchers from The University...

cnn.com

Ruth Bader Ginsburg thanks US women's soccer team for jersey

Super tribute idea...

https://www-m.cnn.com/2019/04/13/politics/ruth-bader-ginsburg-us-womens-soccer-jersey-shebelieves-cup/index.html?r=https%3A%2F%2Fmail.google.com%2Fmail%2Fmu%2Fmp%2F340%2F&rm=1

cnn.com Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg now has a new shirt she can wear for her workouts.

irishmirror.ie

Folau sacked as Australian rugby chiefs take action over homophobic post

It's 2019, FoLau[ghs]...Come on...

https://www.irishmirror.ie/sport/rugby-union/israel-folau-sacked-australian-rugby-14332261

irishmirror.ie Folau has been deemed by the union's integrity unit to have committed a "high-level breach of the Professional Players' Code of Conduct"

usarugby.org

USA Rugby and Major League Rugby formalize strategic agreement

Big news on the home front!

https://www.usarugby.org/2019/04/usa-rugby-and-major-league-rugby-formalize-strategic-agreement/

usarugby.org Agreement emphasizes cohesive working relationship to foster success of professional rugby and high-level talent in the United States.

aspca.org

April Is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month!

#NationalPetDay... #rugbydogs are the best :)

https://www.aspca.org/news/april-prevention-cruelty-animals-month

aspca.org April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month! Check out these exciting ways you can get involved, make a difference and help us spread the word about preventing cruelty.

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247sports.com

Kyle Guy pens pair of raw, transparent letters to himself

WahooWa!!!

Loving the poise and authenticity of #uva....

#NationalChampions

https://247sports.com/college/virginia/Bolt/Virginia-Cavaliers-Basketball-Kyle-Guy-pens-pair-of-raw-transparent-letters-to-himself-117658713

247sports.com All-ACC first-teamer, All-American, Virginia Cavaliers’ guard Kyle Guy published two letters he wrote to himself on social media on Tuesday.

edition.cnn.com

NBA's Kyle Korver writes about confronting racism as a white man

Korver hits home with this important offering....

https://www-m.cnn.com/2019/04/08/sport/kyle-korver-white-privilege/index.html?r=https%3A%2F%2Fnews.google.com%2F

edition.cnn.com Utah Jazz guard Kyle Korver described two incidents involving black players in the NBA that made him reflect on racism and his own privilege.

theodysseyonline.com

An Open (Love) Letter To Tony Bennett

Giving a #classy coach respect - a model across all sports!
#GoHoos !!!

https://www.theodysseyonline.com/open-love-letter-tony-bennett

Virginia Cavaliers

theodysseyonline.com You're the best thing that has ever happened to UVA athletics.

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rugbydump.com

Schalk Brits' past comes back to haunt him as he gets heavier sanction for 'Angry Warthog' punch up | RugbyDump - Rugby News & Videos

Is this 'more like it'? :)

#rugby rocks!

https://www.rugbydump.com/news/schalk-brits-past-comes-back-to-haunt-him-as-he-gets-heavier-sanction-for-angry-warthog-punch-up

rugbydump.com Rugby World Cup hopeful Schalk Brits has been dealt a blow to his ambitions after being suspended following the old school punch up Sharks hooker Akker van der Merwe on Saturday. Both players pleaded guilty, but the mitaging factors differed slightly.

walesonline.co.uk

Former Scarlets star's 's**t behaviour' sparks anger across rugby

Um, yeaaaah, that's called #soccer, boys :)

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/former-scarlets-stars-st-behaviour-16062660

USA Rugby Munster Rugby Supporters Club

walesonline.co.uk Video footage of the incident is rather theatrical

edition.cnn.com

Crusaders and Waratahs pay tribute to Christchurch victims

Classy emotional #rugby tribute to NZ victims...

https://www-m.cnn.com/2019/03/23/sport/crusaders-waratahs-super-rugby-christchurch-new-zealand-spt-intl/index.html?r=https%3A%2F%2Fnews.google.com%2F&rm=1

edition.cnn.com Players from the Crusaders and the New South Wales Waratahs came together in a huddle ahead of Saturday's Super Rugby game to pay tribute to the victims of the mosque shootings in Christchurch.

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talkingrugbyunion.co.uk

USA Women to line-up against Barbarians in Denver

Great coverage, buuuut... is this a pic of a female rugby player? Seems like maybe a stock Barbarian photo- um, and there's no head.

Weirdness abounds... Talking Rugby Union...?

USA Rugby
England Rugby

http://www.talkingrugbyunion.co.uk/usa-women-to-line-up-against-barbarians-in-denver/22512.htm

talkingrugbyunion.co.uk Barbarians Women side will face an international side for the first time when they head to Denver to take on USA Women’s Eagles.

talkingrugbyunion.co.uk

USA Women to line-up against Barbarians in Denver

Great coverage, buuuut... is this a pic of a female rugby player? Seems like maybe a stock Barbarian photo- um, and there's no head.

Weirdness abounds... Talking Rugby Union...?

USA Rugby
England Rugby

http://www.talkingrugbyunion.co.uk/usa-women-to-line-up-against-barbarians-in-denver/22512.htm

talkingrugbyunion.co.uk Barbarians Women side will face an international side for the first time when they head to Denver to take on USA Women’s Eagles.

scotsman.com

Finn Russell makes surprising admission about epic Six Nations Calcutta Cup draw with England

You gotta love #rugby players... we just turn the other non-fractured CHEEK :)

https://www.scotsman.com/sport/rugby-union/scotland/finn-russell-makes-surprising-admission-about-epic-six-nations-calcutta-cup-draw-with-england-1-4892007

scotsman.com Calcutta Cup hero Finn Russell has revealed that he played in Saturday’s epic 38-38 draw at Twickenham - in which he was man of the match - with a fractured cheek.

premiershiprugby.com

Newcastle sign USA Eagles international Peterson - Premiership Rugby

6'8" USA Eagle movin' up 😊

https://www.premiershiprugby.com/2018-2019/newcastle-sign-usa-eagles-international-peterson/

premiershiprugby.com American international lock Greg Peterson will be a Newcastle Falcons player next season after signing a two-year deal with the Kingston Park club. The 27-year-old has 22 international caps to his name, the most recent of which came earlier this month, and is currently playing for French Top 14 club...

stuff.co.nz

England to bring in psychologist to help mental struggles ahead of Rugby World Cup

Can a shrink help?

https://i.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/international/111384530/england-to-bring-in-psychologist-to-help-mental-struggles-ahead-of-rugby-world-cup

stuff.co.nz Eddie Jones admits his team is struggling under pressure and likens them to the ABs during NZ's long World Cup drought.

rugbypass.com

Ex-England captain Will Carling leaps to the defence of Owen Farrell on Twitter

On whose shoulders will we put these massive collapses? Can they fit on one man's?

https://www.rugbypass.com/news/ex-england-captain-will-carling-leaps-to-the-defence-of-owen-farrell-on-twitter

rugbypass.com In light of England’s unprecedented collapse against Scotland on Saturday, and indeed their Six Nations as a whole, captain Owen Farrell has come under a lot of criticism from fans on social media for his leadership.

washingtonpost.com

Iditarod front runner drops out of race after dogs disagree over bathroom break

Super interesting scenario occurs in the pack when the boss gets mad!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/03/12/iditarod-front-runner-drops-out-race-after-dogs-disagree-over-bathroom-break/

washingtonpost.com Nicolas Petit and his 10 dogs were less than 200 miles from the finish line and in the lead when a disagreement between two dogs caused the sled to pause then come completely halt.

standard.co.uk

Gustard believes small-fry Smith has big future in the game

Does this 'wee' flyhalf have a biiig future?

https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/rugby/paul-gustard-believes-smallfry-marcus-smith-has-big-future-in-the-game-a4089171.html

standard.co.uk Paul Gustard cannot help but offer a smile and a joke when asked how Marcus Smith can stay so grounded when it would appear as though he has the rugby world at his feet. “Well, he is grounded because he is 5ft 8in — he can’t be anything more than that!” Gustard tells Standard Sport. But behi...

scrummagazine.com

A look at the stats: where has the Six Nations gone wrong for Scotland? | SCRUM

Fun, compressed pop into the stats for Scotland #rugby.

https://scrummagazine.com/a-look-at-the-stats-where-has-the-six-nations-gone-wrong-for-scotland/

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walesonline.co.uk

Ireland star reveals Warren Gatland drives Joe Schmidt mad

#rugby insider spiills on real rivalry!

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/ireland-star-reveals-warren-gatland-15934338

walesonline.co.uk 'I know for a fact he's the only coach that gets under Joe Schmidt's skin.'

businessinsider.com

An MLS player was ejected for flicking an opponent's ear and the resulting video is both awesome and sad

Wow. #soccer #flops... There is nothing like them! Especially in #rugby, thank goodness :-)

http://www.businessinsider.com/diego-chara-flicked-ear-diego-rossi-flop-soccer-2019-3

businessinsider.com Diego Chará was given a red card during the Portland Timbers' loss to LAFC on Sunday. Chará, who had already received a yellow card in the first half, flicked Diego Rossi's ear right in front of the referee. While the grade-school antics of Chará are worth admonishing, Rossi also unleashed a worl...

rugbypass.com

Hastings calls out 'mediocre' Laidlaw and three other Scottish players

Do 'call-outs' like this help or hurt a #rugby team? Hmmmm...

https://www.rugbypass.com/news/hastings-calls-out-mediocre-laidlaw-and-three-other-scottish-players

rugbypass.com Scott Hastings says the onus is on Greig Laidlaw and other senior Scotland players to step up when they lock horns with Wales.

rugby365.com

Rugby365

Very in-depth and yet [:)] interesting read on this HIA call!

SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT:--law guru Paul Dobson looks at a controversial incident that prompted SANZAAR to issue a rebuke of match officials.

Towards the end of the match between the Reds and the Crusaders in Brisbane on Saturday, there was an intervention that led to the Crusaders’ being reduced to 14 men for the last six minutes of the match.

https://rugby365.com/laws-referees/law-discussions/law-discussion-hia-controversy

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northamptonchron.co.uk

Saints duo post pictures of injuries picked up on Saracens' artificial surface

Turf troubles are REAL!!!!

https://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/sport/saints-duo-post-pictures-of-injuries-picked-up-on-saracens-artificial-surface-1-8833120

northamptonchron.co.uk Two Saints players have posted pictures of their injuries on social media after Saturday's game on Saracens' artifical surface at Allianz Park.

independent.co.uk

Pacific Islands considering Rugby World Cup boycott

And then there's this!!!

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-union/international/rugby-world-cup-2019-boycott-pacific-islands-fiji-samoa-tonga-players-welfare-dan-leo-league-plans-a8803076.html

Players from Fiji, Samoa and Tonga are threatening to boycott this year’s Rugby World Cup in response to World Rugby’s ‘calamitous’ proposalto ringfence the ‘World League’

walesonline.co.uk

PRO14 poised to become PRO16 as Super Rugby teams push to join next year

Sometimes it seems keeping up with #rugby leagues worldwide is a sport in and of itself :) Eh?

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/pro14-poised-become-pro16-super-15906502

walesonline.co.uk It would allow the competition to address one of its major issues

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the42.ie

'He makes me feel incredibly stupid': Fardy excited by Dunne's potential

Super smart rugby player excels on the pitch and inspires humility... check it :)

https://www.the42.ie/scott-fardy-jack-dunne-4513081-Feb2019/

the42.ie The young second row, who is studying theoretical physics, has recently made his senior breakthrough at Leinster.

walesonline.co.uk

England force Wales to keep the Principality Stadium roof OPEN

*medium sized whine....'we want it thiiiiiis way'

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/england-force-wales-keep-principality-15866029

walesonline.co.uk Wales would always prefer the roof be closed but both teams must agree under Six Nations regulations

westerntelegraph.co.uk

'You're risking M4 chaos in Newport': Wales boss Gatland warns England over travel plans

Traffic whoas...tractors and busses, oh my!

https://www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/sport/walesrugby/17449949.youre-risking-m4-chaos-in-newport-wales-boss-warren-gatland-warns-england-ahead-of-six-nations-showdown/

westerntelegraph.co.uk WALES boss Warren Gatland has warned England they are making a “significant mistake” ahead of Saturday’s Six Nations title showdown by risking…

intheloose.com

Scotland Facing Real Test of Character Before World Cup

Here we go...

https://intheloose.com/2019/02/21/scotland-facing-real-test-of-character-before-world-cup/

intheloose.com If we were to sum up Scotland’s form in recent seasons, “relatively ok, although potential to do much better." A classic line given by school teachers to summarise an average student. Some might argue that the word average shouldn’t be associated with a team like Scotland, after all they have ...

changingthegameproject.com

"Is there a difference between Coaching Girls and Coaching Boys?" with Dr. Kristen Dieffenbach - Changing the Game Project

Amazing conversation about sports and coaching and gender - click through and get interested and then dig in when you have a little bit of time. And make sure to send it around to folks. Discussion leads to understanding!

https://changingthegameproject.com/is-there-a-difference-between-coaching-girls-and-coaching-boys-with-dr-kristen-dieffenbach/

changingthegameproject.com Kristen Dieffenbach is an associate professor of Athletic Coaching Education and the director of the Center for Applied Coaching and Sport Science at West Virginia University. She earned her PhD in exercise and sport science with an emphasis in sport and exercise psychology and is an Association of....

businessinsider.com

A group of pilots in Russia adopted a wild bear, and launched a crowdfunding campaign to feed him and build him a home

Not a super #rugby story, but still full of love and respect, just like us!

https://www.businessinsider.com/russian-pilots-adopt-bear-crowdfunds-food-and-home-2019-2

businessinsider.com Pilots in Russia's Oreshkovo airfield adopted Mansur the bear in 2016. He's now getting so big the pilots need more money to feed and house him.

the42.ie

'There's been a few tears shed' - O'Brien hopes to play for Ireland after move

Love some #rugby tears and old-school sentiments :)

https://www.the42.ie/sean-obrien-leinster-london-irish-4501682-Feb2019/

the42.ie The 32-year-old will join London Irish after this year’s World Cup.

theguardian.com

Wales gladiator Alun Wyn Jones rages against the dying of the light | Robert Kitson

Will AWJ rage this weekend?!!
A classic #rugby piece from The Guardian... and here comes a showdown!!

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2019/feb/19/wales-alun-wyn-jones-six-nations-england

theguardian.com With his 132nd Test on Saturday the captain will move within 16 caps of Richie McCaw – and England should expect to be hit by an elemental force

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skysports.com

RFU launches rugby in the comunity campaign

Very cute video getting folks excited to play #rugby in England... we love you, ruggers!

And--
Hmmmm, how times change :)

https://www.skysports.com/rugby-union/news/12321/11637225/rfu-launches-rugby-in-the-comunity-campaign

skysports.com England Rugby has unveiled a new marketing campaign to increase participation across all formats of the game.

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