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Daniel Gallan

Daniel Gallan is a journalist and university lecturer specialising in the politics and history of sport at St Mary's University and the University of East London. From Johannesburg and now based in London, he has contributed to The Guardian, CNN, ESPN, The Telegraph and various sports titles around the world.

164 Articles
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Interview

Ethan Waller: 'I’d rather bow out with more in the tank than claw onto a career'.

The Northampton prop says he's still in excellent shape but wants to retire now to prioritise his family.

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
12 Apr 2024, 8:28
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Wales women tap into powers of menstruation

Wales’ women are trialling a new concussion tracking technology to help female athletes better understand how the different phas…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
09 Apr 2024, 9:12
Opinion

Louis Rees-Zammit's NFL switch is a net positive for rugby

Which is why the hand-wringing and pearl-clutching over Louis Rees-Zammit’s move to the National Football League has struck a ne…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
06 Apr 2024, 4:13
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Ollie Sleightholme: 'If you speak to players, every single one cares about player safety.'

The young Saints flyer is in a rich vein of try-scoring form and tackles rugby's pressing issues head on

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
03 Apr 2024, 3:18
Opinion

Time to remove the kid gloves with Red Roses

According to Duggan, harsh treatment - in the right context - was a marker of esteem, which is why recent comments by Ugo Monye ab…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
29 Mar 2024, 7:27
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Interview

Andy Christie: 'Diversity breeds strength in a group rather than weakness'

Between Saracens and Scotland, the burgeoning back-rower draws an inner strength that allows his talent to thrive.

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
29 Mar 2024, 4:23
Opinion

So-called 'world's best' Ireland set for Springbok reality check

The kegs of Guinness have been emptied and the confetti has all been swept away. Now that Ireland have secured a second consecutiv…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
21 Mar 2024, 12:56
Opinion

We need to talk about the 6-2 split

It revolves around the use of six forwards and two backs on the bench, a tactic employed by both the Scots and Irish as they were …

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
14 Mar 2024, 13:56
Opinion

Wales player ratings vs France | 2024 Guinness Six Nations

Wales player ratings: A fourth defeat and a one-sided scoreline might point to a team that struggled to match France. And that is …

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
10 Mar 2024, 13:34
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Opinion

Has England's imitation of the Springboks winning machine malfunctioned?

England have recruited a glut of coaches who tasted World Cup success with the Springboks but the golden touch is yet to rub off

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
08 Mar 2024, 3:27
Opinion

Why the world needs a reverse Lions tour

There’s nothing like a British & Irish Lions tour. But what if there was something else? Something that could match the prestige…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
28 Feb 2024, 5:22

Wales player ratings vs Ireland | 2024 Guinness Six Nations

Even Welsh fans must admit that a defeat, and a comfortable one at that, was the most likely outcome at the Aviva. But the result …

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
24 Feb 2024, 10:45
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Are Scotland soft?

The most talented Scottish team in decades continues to flop when the chips are down

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
23 Feb 2024, 6:34

Wales player ratings vs England | 2024 Guinness Six Nations

Wales player ratings: A young Welsh side was asked to go to Twickenham and show some fight. That they did. Daring on attack and fe…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
10 Feb 2024, 13:16
Opinion

The World Cup cycle does matter, despite what Irish fans think

“There is nothing more intoxicating than victory.” So said Robert Greene, the American author of six international best-seller…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
09 Feb 2024, 11:55
Opinion

South Africa is already in the Six Nations

There is so much South African meat knocking about Scottish rugby at the minute that black puddings are being made with kudu blood…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
02 Feb 2024, 4:55
Opinion

Wales player ratings vs Scotland | 2024 Guinness Six Nations

Wales player ratings: There’s no other way to say it. This was truly a game of two halves. Wales were dreadful in the first. Arg…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
03 Feb 2024, 13:13
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Tommaso Allan: 'English press are nasty and brutal - I don't envy English players'

The veteran Italian reflects on a brutal World Cup, life in England and new beginnings for the Azzurri.

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
01 Feb 2024, 3:18
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How Damian Willemse produced the World Cup's iconic image

The Springbok talks historical biographies, wearing his jersey for six days straight, and the scrum call now enshrined in rugby fo…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
28 Jan 2024, 4:33
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'The time is now!' - Rugby must embrace its stars or wither on the vine

ROC Nation Sports president Michael Yormark issues an impassioned plea for change.

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
24 Jan 2024, 9:31
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