New Zealand are still the team to beat in an ever evolving sport
Last year’s World Cup was won by pre-tournament favorites New Zealand, and once again the All Blacks showed they are both technically and physically the best side on the planet. Since then England have acquired Eddie Jones as their head coach and gone on to win the Grand Slam at the Six Nations. The first ever foreigner to manage England, it now means all home nations in Rugby Union are coached by foreign managers.
With the Six Nations being played in winter months, the country’s travel abroad to play in Summer internationals and hone their skills in the southern hemisphere. Back home after a what will be a hard summer, the players return to their clubs to compete for the domestic leagues, cups and European honors, climaxing in the European Cup Final in early May.
Switching codes we head over to Rugby League where the pace is a bit more frantic then that of Union. The Super League is where the action is at weekends where the teams are fighting to make it to the play offs and then the Grand Final in Manchester, where the likes of Leeds, Wigan and St Helens usually find themselves in the month of October.
In the International arena the World Cup is being played in 2017 with fourteen countries fighting out the chance to be crowned world champion. The usual suspects are Australia and New Zealand, while the Great British side will also fancy a bite of the pie.
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