Bloodandmud.com Awards 2013

Here’s this blog’s take on 2013. Be warned: If you want best player and most improved full back type awards then you’re looking in the wrong place.

Golden Overlord Of Justice And Destruction Award: Samson Lee. The future’s bright, the future’s orange.

Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Failure: Clermont Auvergne, adding the Heineken Cup to the list of things they’ve not quite won in the last five years.

Bad Timing Award: Dylan Hartley. There’s never a good time to swear at a ref, but in the Prem final immdediately prior to a Lions tour, he picked one of the worst ones.

Missed Opportunity Award: Rory Best. Did he actually go on the Lions tour in Hartley’s place, I can’t remember a single thing he did on there.

Inexplicable Seasonality Award: Wales. GOOD most of the year. SHIT in the Autumn

Wear The Right Shoes: Top 5 Rugby Boots

Rugby is a
demanding contact sport, and even if you’re in good physical shape, accidents
can still occur; so to avoid any unwanted injuries you need to find out the
shape of your foot. You can do this by taking the wet test. By following these simple steps you’ll
be able to determine what rugby boots you’ll need to play at your best and
ensure you are as safe as possible.

To make sure you
get the perfect rugby boots to make help you play at your best while ensuring you’re
comfortable, here are Millet Sports’ Top 5 Rugby Boots:

1, ASICS Lethal Testimonial ST Rugby Boots

Let’s start with what not to wear, it is
illegal for you to wear boots made for American football unless you cut off or
otherwise remove the cleat in the middle of the toe. It’s illegal because,
unlike American football, rugby is a violent game and there’s a good chance
someone will get their face stepped on – so remove the cleat before it ends up
in someone’s eye. Other sports shoes like sneakers/trainers/plimsoles are very
unwise as they give you no support or traction. 
For an all-rounder, the ASICS Lethal Testimonial boot combines
everything a player needs from protection, speed, comfort and traction.

2, Adidas
Predator Incurza X-TRX SG

The UK is known for its rain, so it’s a
safe bet that you’re going to need rugby boots that are low-cut with additional
traction. Unlike mid-cut, low-cut boots are more like regular shoes that don’t
encase the ankle, making them lighter so provide more freedom to move around in.
These boots feature extra traction, a powerful ball connection and a Traxion SG
outsole which gives added grip, ensuring that it won’t back down on naturally
wet grounds.

Win a pair of tickets to the Marriott London Sevens on 12th & 13th May

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Chris Cracknell and Michaela Staniford wearing the new England Rugby Sevens kit to be worn exclusively at the Marriott London Sevens

The world’s finest rugby sevens talent will be on show at Twickenham Stadium in the Marriott London Sevens on the 12th and 13th May. This year thousands of fans in flowing flares and groovy afros will embrace the 1970s disco theme, while enjoying the fast, expansive rugby at one of the top events in the London social calendar. 

Last year’s festival of rugby saw a world record  100,000 fans head through the gates over the two days. With 35,000 tickets already sold, the 2012 event is on course to be even bigger and better.

During March weekend tickets for all the action on 12th & 13th May are available from just £20. After that, weekend passes start from £30, single day tickets from £18 and kids tickets at £5 each day.  Visit www.rfu.com/tickets or call 0844 847 2492.  (Tickets are subject to availability and booking fees apply)

But, if you and a friend fancy going to the event courtesy of your favourite rugby blog, then simply send your name and address to this email, and please put Sevens Comp in the subject line.  Good luck!

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