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Scott Quinnell: Kumamoto Is A Taste Of Real Japan

The 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan is just over six months away and on the south island of Kyushu, the city of Kumamoto is getting ready to host Wales v Uruguay in Pool D on October 13th and France v Tonga in Pool C on Oct 6th. Former Wales and British & Irish Lions No.8 Scott Quinnell recently accompanied …

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READING, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: Topsy Ojo of London Irish avoids a tackle from Gareth Steenson of Exeter during the Aviva Premiership match between London Irish v Exeter Chiefs at the Madejski Stadium on February 21, 2016 in Reading, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Topsy Ojo Joins PA Team For England-Ireland Legends Game

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, Pundit Arena is getting set to kick off the weekend in style, with the exclusive live broadcasting of the England-Ireland Legends game. Before Joe Schmidt’s men head to Twickenham in search of the Grand Slam on Saturday, our attention will be focused over the road on Friday night as England Legends take on Ireland Legends for the Stuart …

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Ireland Complete RWC2023 Bid As O’Driscoll Dismisses French Idea Of All Teams Staying To The End

Ireland have put forward their bid presentation to the World Rugby Council to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup in London. An inclusive bid incorporating the north and south of Ireland, the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was part of the delegation present in London alongside IRFU Chief Executive David Sterling and also including Niamh Briggs and bid ambassador Brian O’Driscoll. Their …

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Mako Vunipola Says Wounded Lions Have Point To Prove

Mako Vunipola has spoken about the Lions’ wounded pride after the first test and how the motivation to put things right is spurring Gatland’s men on as they aim to level the series. After the final whistle in Auckland, Warren Gatland spoke about how the Lions forwards needed to up the ante in terms of their physical commitment at set …

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Zinzan Brooke Picks Taulupe Faletau To Start In His Lions XV For First Test

Former All Black Zinzan Brooke recently described the Wales and British & Irish Lions number eight Taulupe Faletau as not having enough “mongrel” to take on New Zealand.  However, speaking exclusively to Pundit Arena, the Kiwi legend has clarified his opinion and admitted that he has changed his view. Brooke said, “I did question Faletau’s selection because I was picking a Test team, Billy …

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 19: Simon Middleton, Head Coach of England Women during the Old Mutual Wealth Series match between England Women and New Zealand Women at Twickenham Stoop on November 19, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images for Harlequins)

England Women’s 28-Player Squad Named For New Zealand Tour

Simon Middleton has named his 28-player squad to tour New Zealand where the Red Roses will play a series of games against Australia, Canada and New Zealand. There’s a welcome return for Emily Braund and Abbie Scott who are back in the fold for the first time since the 2016 Six Nations but there’s unfortunate news for Laura Keates.  The World …

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Jimmy Gopperth Named Aviva Premiership Player of the Season

Wasps’ Jimmy Gopperth has completed an incredible hat-trick of rugby awards as he was named Aviva Premiership Player of the Season at the annual awards in London. Gopperth had already won his club’s Player of the Season title before lifting the Rugby Players’ Association gong prior to this evening. The Kiwi born fly-half helped Wasps climb to first place in …

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Premiership Matches To Show Free-To-Air On Channel 5 next season

Premiership Rugby matches will be shown live on terrestrial television for the first time in the competition’s history, as Premiership Rugby and Channel 5 have today confirmed a landmark four-year deal. The agreement will see Channel 5 broadcast five live games each season from 2017-18, as well as show a highlights programme every Sunday night, covering Premiership Rugby, Anglo-Welsh Cup …

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Rugby Experts Pick Their “Premiership Final XV” And There Are Some Major Omissions

With a month to go until the fifteenth Premiership Rugby Final, a panel of rugby experts have pulled together a greatest “Premiership Final XV” by looking at performances from the players who have played across the Finals. BT Sport commentators Nick Mullins and Alastair Eykyn, Press Association’s Andrew Baldock, ESPN’s Tom Hamilton, Rugby World’s Alan Pearey and former Bath & England …

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Ugo Monye Believes The Aviva Premiership’s Last Playoff Spot Is All But Sewn Up

In a month’s time, Twickenham will host the fifteenth Premiership Rugby Final since the competition began.  As the first team to win the title in 2003, Wasps sit top of the table and have qualified for the semi-finals alongside last year’s runners-up Exeter Chiefs and defending champions Saracens. The final playoff spot is currently held by Leicester Tigers with Bath keen to …

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SALFORD, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Sale Sharks flags are flown during the Aviva Premiership match between Sale Sharks and London Wasps at the Salford City Stadium on May 04, 2013 in Salford, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

Sale Player Alleged To Have Leaked Team Info To Bristol Coach

It is being reported by Neil Fissler of the Sunday Express that a member of the Sale Sharks playing squad is due to face a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday after it was discovered he had passed confidential team information on to an opposition coach. It is understood that both Premiership Rugby and the RFU have been informed, with the leak alleged to …

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Richard Cockerill Poached By Toulon Just Days After Leicester Sacking

Just four days after his sacking by Leicester Tigers, Richard Cockerill has been drafted into the coaching staff at Toulon by head coach Mike Ford.  The announcement from the three time European champions reveals that Cockerill will join the coaching staff in a consultancy role until the end of the season where he will be working alongside Marc del Maso …

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