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Oscar Reilly

Oscar is a 17 year old aspiring Journalist from London. Oscar plays rugby for Ireland Exiles U18 and St Georges College 1st XV. Follow me on twitter: @ozreilly7
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Rob Howley the innterim head coach of Wales watches over his team's warm up prior to kickoff during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Wales at Murrayfield Stadium on February 25, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Rob Howley Names Wales Side For Six Nations Clash Against France

Wales have announced their team for their final Six Nations match of 2017 against France, and interim coach Rob Howley has decided to remain with the 23 man squad who dispatched Ireland 22-9 last weekend. Hooker Ken Owens will win his 50th cap, while Taulupe Faletau will start on the bench having just returned from injury. While Wales will surely be …

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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 19: Alex Goode of England dives to score his team's sixth try during the Old Mutual Wealth series match between England and Fiji at Twickenham Stadium on November 19, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

An Analysis Of England’s Five Best Fullback Options

Fullback is one of the most contested positions in the England set-up at the moment, with head coach Eddie Jones having many different and brilliant options to fill the 15 jersey. Here we take a look at the five main contenders: _________ 5. Mike Brown Over the last few years, Mike Brown has been the go-to man at the back, but …

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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 22: The All Blacks perform the haka prior to the Bledisloe Cup Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australia Wallabies at Eden Park on October 22, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

An Anzac XV To Take On The British And Irish Lions

It has often been argued that the game of the century would be the Lions taking on an Anzac XV – a side made up of the Wallabies and the All Blacks combined.  The brilliance of Lions tours is the bringing together of four nations who are usually rivals (Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales) in the space of just a few …

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BATH, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 13: George Ford of Bath issues instructions during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath and London Welsh at the Recreation Ground on September 13, 2014 in Bath, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The Biggest Aviva Premiership Signings For Next Season So Far

The Aviva Premiership is one of the best leagues in the world and attracts some of the best players from abroad. Here are the biggest transfers for next season already confirmed: The biggest story is the end of the George Ford transfer saga, as he moves from Bath to old club Leicester Tigers, with Freddie Burns moving the other way. …

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Montpellier's President Mohed Altrad (C) looks on prior to the European Rugby Union Cup match between Castres and Montpellier on December 18, 2016 at the Pierre-Antoine Stadium in Castres's southern France. / AFP / REMY GABALDA (Photo credit should read REMY GABALDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Mohed Altrad Blocked From Becoming Gloucester Majority Shareholder

Syrian-born billionaire Mohed Altrad will not become the majority shareholder at Gloucester Rugby, reports Gloucestershire Live. The current owner of Montpellier Herault in the Top 14 has been trying since November to acquire 54 per cent of the club’s shares, but has been told he cannot do this by the European Professional Club Rugby (EPRC) board. The rules state clearly that …

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PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 19: Will Skelton of Australia bumps off Kevin Gourdon of France during the international match between France and Australia at Stade de France on November 19, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Saracens Snap Up Australia International

Saracens have signed Australia lock Will Skelton on a short-term deal with immediate effect, according to the BBC. Skelton has been capped 18 times by his country, and he is a replacement for recently retired captain Alistair Hargreaves, who left the club in October due to the effects of repeated concussions. Director of rugby Mark McCall told the Saracens Club website: …

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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Lucas Noguera of Argentina (R) and Santiago Cordero of Argentina (L) attempt to stop Billy Vunipola of England during the Old Mutual Wealth Series match between England and Argentina at Twickenham Stadium on November 26, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The Five Best Number 8s In World Rugby At Present

Number 8 is one of the most important positions on the field tactically, as the players who feature there are often the link between the forwards and the backs, and are used as a team’s ball carrier when go-forward is needed. Here we take a look at the five best players in the position today. _______ 5. Facundo Isa (Argentina) …

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TWICKENHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: The Aviva Premiership trophy sits on the edge of the pitch during the Aviva Premiership Season Launch 2011-2012 at Twickenham Stadium on August 24, 2011 in Twickenham, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images for Aviva)

Should There Be A Play-Off Between The Championship’s Winners And The Premiership’s Losers?

Taking a break from the international series briefly, it is time to look at the Premiership table and how it has changed while some players have been away on international duty. A familiar pattern has emerged with Saracens leading the way, and with new boys Bristol still winless in 12th, six points behind Worcester. At this stage last year, now relegated …

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ROME, ITALY - NOVEMBER 19: Bryan Habana of South Africa shows his dejection during the international match between Italy v South Africa at Stadio Olimpico on November 19, 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

Habana Dropped By South Africa As Coetzee Makes Changes

South Africa head coach has included 3 debutants in a much changed side for Saturday’s must-win game against Wales. Most notably, Bryan Habana has not been included in the squad, prompting questions to be asked about Coetzee’s selection, as Habana is dropped for the first time in his career when fit, being replaced by uncapped Jamba Ulengo on the wing. …

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Liam Williams set to join Saracens

Wales and Scarlets fullback Liam Williams has signed for Aviva Premiership club Saracens, according to Wales Online.  It is believed that Williams has signed a two-year deal with the European champions, starting at the beginning of next season. Williams has been allegedly signed as a replacement for the departing Chris Ashton. Williams’ move means he’s joining the growing group of Welsh players in …

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England’s Launchbury Has Learnt His Fate After Kick On Fiji’s Tikoirotuma

England second-row Joe Launchbury has received a two-week ban for kicking Asaeli Tikoirotuma during England’s victory over Fiji on Saturday, according to the BBC. This ban will see him miss all of England’s remaining autumn tests – against Argentina and Australia, and with fellow locks Maro Itoje and George Kruis both sidelined, England’s strength in depth will be tested to its …

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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12: Eben Etzebeth of South Africa receives medical treatment during the Old Mutual Wealth Series match between England and South Africa at Twickenham Stadium on November 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Blow For Springboks As Pivotal Lock Is Ruled Out Of Wales Test

Eben Etzebeth is set to miss another international as he has failed to recover from a concussion sustained against England. Etzebeth also missed last Saturday’s loss to Italy, and with a serious lack of momentum the Springboks will need all the experience the 25-year-old has to offer. However, Springbok head coach Allister Coetzee only had bad news to report on …

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Former Italian Rugby Player Ran “Breaking Bad” Style Drug Lab

A retired Italian rugby player is facing jail time for building a crystal meth lab in his London home, according to the Telegraph. Lorenzo Bocchini formerly of Italian clubs L’Aquila and Viadana has admitted to a series of drug-related offences, including possession of crystal meth and intent to supply. Bocchini was arrested along with his brother and his wife when a police …

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WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 27: Julian Savea (L) and Ardie Savea (R) following the Bledisloe Cup Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australia Wallabies at Westpac Stadium on August 27, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

The International ‘Brothers’ Rugby XV

If a team were assembled, with the simple criteria that all the players in it must have a brother who also plays professional rugby, who would be selected? _____ 1. Mako Vunipola Older Brother to Billy, the Saracens man has been in outstanding form for club and country so far this year. Excellent in the loose and with ball carrying, …

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