Recommended Rugby Reads

I’ll be updating this page throughout the season with links to good articles, podcasts, blogs, writers, books and more.

Good stuff from Russ Petty on the strange nationality bias at play in certain positions in France.

Great piece by Brian O’Connor on the strange aversion to Ireland’s number 8 from certain quarters, and the probably reasons why.

Brilliant piece on concussion and contact in sport by Brendan Fanning.

Great stuff from ESPN Scrum on the rise of Western Force in 2014 and their enigmatic coach.

Charlie Morgan of ESPN Scrum makes some excellent points about rugby snobbishness and the irony of denigrating other sports to show rugby in a better light.

Every time I hear Enda McNulty speak, I’m impressed by his positive attitude and approach to sport & business psychology. Good piece in the Irish Examiner with Kieran Shannon about his role with the Leinster and Ireland rugby sides.

Best rugby journalist on the island at the moment? While this piece would never work in a newspaper, Kinsella’s examination of Ireland’s march to the 6 Nations is a great illustration of multimedia journalism in sport.

Love analytical pieces like this. Ben Darwin of ‘The Roar’ delves deep into the transfer process, with a particular focus on rugby players.

The excellent Murray Kinsella takes a look at Luke Fitzgerald’s recent form in gif format and why he could be an integral part of Joe’s 6N plans.

The Guardian’s Rob Kitson interviews Stuart Lancaster who offers some good insights into his mindset about the culture he wants to infuse into  England’s national side.

NZ rugby guru Wayne Smith on the fallacy of using stats alone to guide judgement on a player on The Rugby Site.

Great piece from Sean Farrell of taking a look back at one of the best Irish rugby days ever, that colossal win over the old enemy way back in ’04.

Lovely stuff from the Thornmeister on the eve of O’Driscoll’s last game in green on home soil.