Author Archive for Michael Halsey

London-born Michael Halsey currently plays for New York Rugby Club, having previously played in England, Australia and Austria. Having always harboured dreams of being a sports journalist, joining the RWU team has finally given him a outlet through which to share his love of the game

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A Tale of Two Teams; Exeter and Wasps: Contrasting Styles Set in Premiership Battle

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NEW YORK, NY – After two thrilling semifinals in which both teams clinched victory from the jaws of defeat in the final minutes, Exeter Chiefs and Wasps will go head to head this Saturday in the Aviva Premiership playoff final.  With Wasps having won the Premiership in the regular season while Exeter finished a very close […]

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Saracens: Perennial Rugby Underachievers To Dominant Global Force

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NEW YORK, NY – “Too much of sport operates under the tyranny of the result; the core principle at Saracens is that we gather talented people together, treat them unbelievably well and in return they try unbelievable hard. That is it. Everything else – winning or losing matches, winning or losing Cups – are just […]

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Electric Final Round of Aviva Premiership Makes Absorbing Playoff Picture

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NEW YORK, NY – It would be remiss of me to open an article focused on English Premiership rugby without firstly offering thoughts and best wishes to the Youngs family.  Over the weekend, Leicester and England scrum half Ben Youngs very understandably withdrew from the upcoming British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand on learning […]

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Rugby Players Confessions: Thrills, Pills, Ligament Aches; Why We Do It.

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“Rugby taught me the most important life lessons; lessons of accountability, sacrifice, humility…” -Michael Halsey, New York Rugby Club NEW YORK, NY – I felt the tell-tale “pop” in my right knee as my foot planted and my body twisted in an attempt to catch the pass thrown behind me.  Cue searing pain, lots of […]

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Halsey On Rugby: Latest on Lions, Eddie Jones Controversy, European Semifinals

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NEW YORK, NY  – A busy week in the European rugby world; Warren Gatland picked only two Scots in his Lions squad, Eddie Jones picked 15 uncapped players in his England squad to tour Argentina and there was the excitement of semifinals in European competition.  All in all there’s plenty to talk about! Let’s start […]

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Over to you, Mister Warren Gatland; Lions Squad Selection Preview

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CARDIFF, WALES – Lions fans the world over are waiting with baited breath ahead of next Wednesday’s tour squad announcement. Debating who should be in the squad, starting XV and who should captain the tour has been a favourite pastime of rugby fans in clubhouses and pubs across the globe over the past few months. […]

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