bloodandmud.com – what are we all about?

Sometime in the summer of 2007 we were looking around the web for some decent rugby coverage and found there is a lot of it out there.  What we also discovered was that the majority of sites all came from the same groups: serious broadsheet analysis; Rugby World-style sycophancy; tabloid nonsense (they really know nothing about rugby); or specialist club sites and the like.

In short, there were very few sites out there the truly harnessed the rugby fan culture by being knowledgable about the game but not taking the game, or itself, too seriously.  Thus we set about remedying this inbalance with bloodandmud.com.

We think we are doing OK, but don’t just take our word for it, here’s what The Times had to say:

“The dearth of really good rugby blogs is a shame considering the wealth of humour and mythology that the game contains, but www.bloodandmud.com streaks ahead with a fast-paced mix of wit and video clips.”

The blog was also named by The Daily Telegraph as one of the Top 20 Rugby Union Websites

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22 comments

Hi,

My name is Jonathan Gibson and I work for the BBC and we own the licensing rights to all 5/6 nations rugby.

I see that you have some of this footage on your website. What you are doing is illegal unless you license the footage through us, there is a cost involved with this footage.

Please let me know if you would like to license this footage. If not please can you remove this from your website or we will have to start legal procedures.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards

Jonathan

jonathen gibson, stop working agains’t the real fans.
The BBC DONT put this shit up for us to see.
Surely instead of wasting time and energy attacking the sites about having the stuff up. You should slap BBC brand on it and allow it to be. Can hardly see BBC having a massive problem with it anyway- as our tax goes directly towards the running of the BBC- a public service.

Maybe its a competitor sight playing dirty? They would hardly tell you to take it down via the comments section..

ARG rant over

Wow, I can’t believe you would consider the comment section of a blog as the appropriate venue to air your grievances, as ridiculous and petty as they may be. Just let the fans enjoy some good rugby, I highly doubt that a minor clip on the internet will put the BBC out of business…

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Thanks and congratulations for your job.

Just wondering if coming top in the blood and mud RWC Sport Guru pool was worth a tiny shout out?

Cheers,

Dez

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Blood and Mud,

Would you be able to add my website to your blog roll of honour? I’m a big fan of the site and it’s nice to see a good humoured rugby blog on the net as rugby doesn’t seem to get as much coverage as other sports.

Here’s my link if you would be so kind!

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Cheers,

Phil

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No matter how much discussion on individual matches rugby will
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so flawed. The fact that the ball is in play for less than a quarter
of match time speaks for itself. There are far too many petty
regulations which constantly impede flow of play for reasons which the
crowd invariably cannot see or understand, and which so often mean the
game is won on negative scoring (penalties) rather than through tries.
The outcome often therefore depends simply on whichever team has the
best goal kicker. Let’s find a way to stop scrum collapses, and get rid of all the ineffective regulations (especially the accidental knock-on, which time and again stops a promising flow of play because of an inconsequential fumble which usually disadvantages the attacker anyway). It’s time for influential commentators and journalists to look at the wider picture and start campaigning against entrenched views.

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