Welcome to the dumpTackle Rugby Blog. Here you will find our regular ramblings about big games, massive hits, major shenanigans and great tees.
We shared this funny little image across all of our social media platforms this week and received huge amounts of likes and shares (thank you muchly).
We thought it might be interesting for us to explain some of the inspiration behind it.
You will have noticed that the internet is rife with tools to help you procrastinate and what seems to be becoming one of the most popular tools of procrastination are these lists with obscure numbers as a prefix, such as "35 things only bar men will understand" or "27 things 90s kids will remember" or "11 things smurfs teach you about life" anyway, you get the idea. The trouble that we face as rugby fans is that these sites responsible for the ever popular lists, don't give two hoots about us. I know, sad times right? We will get our violin out.
We aren't complicated folk - We like beer. We like our mates. We like hitting people. If we can find something that ecompasses all of these things and calls it a sport, then we are all in! So surely making a list of things rugby players and fans experience would be easy enough for them? Well apparently it isn't and that's why we stepped in. Call it civil service, call it our moral responsibility, call it what you will, but we have done it. For you guys, for fans of rugby who actually don't care what barmen think, or smurfs teach us about life.
We hope you enjoy or list of things that only true fans and players of our beloved game will understand!
Team dumpTackle have decided to dedicate our three latest tees to one of the most inspiring and influential Rugby players of all time. The man has been hailed as 'Rugby's first true global superstar' and even that fails to do him justice. As the man was such a monumental juggernaut of a player, we have (in true dumpTackle style) invented a Haulage brand in his name, because what else could sum up this great man's power, speed, dedication and reliability?
Take a look for yourself...
It's that time again - we've got some great new tees for you! A t-shirt that could be a 'best smeller', our most Leinstertaining t-shirt yet, and another Jonah Lomu tee. Feast your eyes:
We've launched three brand new tees for your wearing pleasure this February! First up we've got our identity parade tee:
Another wendyball bashing tee with a bit of a 'usual suspects' twist. Wear with pride around football supporters and watch as they struggle to understand the joke...
An approach to life that we can all get behind - living for the weekend where beer and rugby reign supreme.
All is Fair in Love and Rugby. It's true because this t-shirt says so...
Footballers seem hell bent on proving to the world that Rugby is greater than Football. These characters below are the chief ambassadors for the campaign that shows us that Football is all about diving, cheating, fighting and morally reprehensible behaviour.
See if you agree with our 'Most Punchable Team Ever':
As the seasoned 2012 steps off the pitch, and the newcomer with promise, 2013, comes on as his replacement, we’re all pretty excited to see what he can do…
Last year was a pretty exciting one for us – we expanded to now supplying three rugby stores (yes, that’s physical location, bricks and mortar rugby shops), launched a lot more great designs which included the surprisingly popular ‘Scrum Wars’, and our brand new Lions range, and slowly but surely got into the hearts and minds of an increasing number of rugby fans around the World.
This year though, we’re going to kick it up a gear. We’ve done plenty of scribbling of ideas, on various bits of paper, drank a lot more tea, and worn very thoughtful looks on our faces, and we’ve decided that this year we’d like to:
• Redesign the website
• Launch new products including socks, mugs, bags, hoodies and polos.
• Let everyone know what we’re doing a bit more - because what’s the point in scoring a try if you can’t tell your mates/partner/parents/people at the bus stop/dogs/goldfish/workmates about it?
• Run an awesome campaign for true rugby fans (still in the scribbling stage)
• Expand our designs and products to become the undisputedly best rugby brand in the UK
• and…Get a call up to the Lions squad
We’ve got plenty more ideas too, so don’t worry, there’s a lot more to come from Team dumpTackle! We’re not the biggest team out there, and we certainly don’t have the budget to make big money signings and advertising campaigns, but what we do have is passion and ambition and a growing number of great supporters that we hope will continue to follow us through what we hope will be a really exciting year.
Here’s to 2013!
The dumpTackle Team
If you’re a fan of dumpTackle and think you can help this small rugby brand in some way, then let us know by sending over an email to hello@dumpTackle.com. No idea is silly and we’re happy to work with clubs of all sizes, other companies, or just enterprising individuals. Basically everyone except Brian Moore (he’d drive us round the bend…)
Ever wondered how heavy the heaviest Premiership player is in KitKat Chunky's? Or how tall the tallest player is in the uncommon unit of kicking tees? Well, feast your eyes on this little beauty...
dumpTackle have gathered some great rugby stats and thrown them together in this rather pretty infographic for you. Make sure you study them hard and whip out one of the facts when you're next at the pub or at a game!
Click on the infographic above to see a version that's taller than Haskell and twice as ugly...
Last week we came over all Christmassy at dT towers and decided to spark a festive Twitter hashtag frenzy with some #rugbyplayerxmaspuns. Below are a few of the entries that made us chuckle – some because they’re quite good, others because they are horrendously bad!
The Twelvetrees Of Christmas
Jingle Duncan Bell
Santa will need help from Rudolf (Straeuli) and (Phil) Vixen(ry) to delivery all this present
I saw three 'Cips' come sailing in, on Christmas Day, on Christmas Day
Jingle all the Wade
Whilst shepherds watch Tom Croft by night
We Three Alex Kings of Orient Are
Hartley the Herald Angels Sing
Goode King Wenceslas
Connell Ye Faithful.
O'driscoll town of Bethlehem
All I want for Christmas in Manuuuuuu
The Christmas Henson(g)
Pass me the Mike Sherry - it's Xmas!
A-Wade in a Manger
(Gary) Gold, (Ben) Franks-insence and (Brian) Moore.
Kiss me underneath the Mistle-Bowe
Deck the Turner-Halls with boughs of Holly
The Cameron Shepherds watch their flocks by night
"Santa Classens Is Coming to Town"
Have yourself a (Nic) Berry Christmas
Remember to follow us on Twitter to get involved in the rugby banter!
dumpTackle has been around for nearly two years now (!) and in that time we have provided a lot of responsible, rugby loving adults with the great quality, great humour, egg chasing themed t-shirts they live in and love.
Some of our designs, such as the now iconic ‘Rugby>Football’, have been so popular that we’ve had emails from parents wanting us to clothe their rugby mad children in some of the greatest t-shirts the sporting world has to offer. We accepted the challenge, and we now sell children’s t-shirts on dumpTackle.com.
Here’s a selection of the tees we now offer for little people:
Check out the rest of our kids tees here!
Do you remember back in August when we were searching for Britain’s Worst Rugby Team? Well, guess what?! We found them!
Egham Hollowegians RFC ‘the friendliest rugby club in Surrey’ play in the ‘Surrey Four’ league, which is technically lower than any other league in Britain, if not the World! In the past seven years, they have finished rock bottom no fewer than five times. It’s not all doom and gloom however, because even though they’re utterly diabolical on the pitch, they more than make up for it with their thriving social side, team spirit and all round bloody niceness…
Make no mistake, this is definitely a club on the up, (although only really since dumpTackle got involved).
For winning the title of Britain’s Worst Team, Egham Hollowegians’ bagged themselves a once in a season sponsorship opportunity with the fan’s brand of rugby clothing, the purveyors of the finest Rugby banter, leaders of epic rugby shenanigans, the one and only - dumpTackle. Not only are we helping them out with their stash, we’ll also be sharing in all of their achievements on and off the pitch (although mainly off the pitch as they don’t achieve much on it…)