2017 In Review

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31 December 2017

We thought we’d take the opportunity of the end of the year to review what has excited and engaged our readers in 2017.

Most Popular Articles

Our Face-to-Face video interviews grab attention and we’ve picked Lions COO Charlie McEwen and his counterpart at the SRU, Dominic McKay as prime examples from 2017.

Of some great expert columns we’ve picked Mark Evan’s take on The Endless Season and our own publisher Dave Williams’ piece on fan ownership.

In depth club profiles on Munster’s sale of 10 Year Memberships and Hull KR’s Big Listen fan research tap into the ever-increasing requirement of CRM and clubs knowing their market.

World Stage

World Rugby announces five-year international qualification for players from 2020 onwards, while RLIF’s second tier option played havoc with RLWC 2017’s early predictions.

South hemisphere’s Super 18 became the Super 15. Two South African franchises join the quickly-formed Pro14. The Western Force in Perth have been dissolved (unless a new Asia-Pacific league springs up).

Both codes continue to scramble for territory in North America. USA and Canada won the right to host RLWC 2025. The Toronto Wolfpack won promotion to the Kingstone Press Championship in their first season this side of the Atlantic with four other franchises reportedly waiting in the wings.

Major League Rugby starts in the US in 2018, growing from the remains

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