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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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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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Everest Awaits For Britain and Ireland’s Finest: Michael Halsey on British and Irish Lions

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NEW YORK, NY – “This, is your Everest, boys!” So said legendary British and Irish Lions‘ forward coach Jim Telfer’s immortal words (clip below) prior to the first test of the 1997 South Africa tour remain powerful enough to send a shiver down the spine of any rugby fan.  They serve as a reminder of […]

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