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Common Sense Prevails As Changes To Champions Cup Qualification Announced

With the Champions Cup over for another season, tournament organisers have announced a restructuring to how teams will qualify for European rugby’s premier club competition.  In the PRO12, the top six teams in the competition automatically qualify for the Champions Cup but a team from each country participating in the competition was also guaranteed a place which meant that you always …

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Six Nations Fixtures Have Been Announced And You Couldn’t Ask For A Better Day For England V Ireland

What a Six Nations this is going to be. The 2017 iteration of the northern hemisphere’s premier rugby tournament certainly threw up some incredibly exciting moments.   From Scotland’s thrilling victory over Ireland in the tournament opener to Wales’ bruising win over Ireland in the Principality Stadium and finally, to Ireland’s excellent win over England in the final match of …

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Watch: Check Out Who’s In The Running For Premiership Try Of The Season

After an incredibly exciting 22 rounds of Premiership action, there are just three games remaining until we find out who will be crowned champions for the 2016/2017 season.  The Premiership semi-finals take place this weekend and we are set for some mouth-watering action as Exeter Chiefs host recently crowned European Champions, Saracens, while Wasps host Leicester Tigers at the Ricoh …

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“And For Me There Is Nothing More Emotive Than A Lions Test.” Ian McGeechan On That Famous Emotional Speech

For most players, representing the British & Irish Lions is the pinnacle of their respective rugby careers and it’s not hard to see why. For representing the Lions is not only an endorsement of your own rugby credentials but it’s also an honour. You join a special list of famous players, warriors who but their heart and soul into playing for that …

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Louis Picamoles Has Signed a “Pre-Contract” To Join Montpellier In The Summer

This could well be rugby’s transfer saga of the summer. Over the last number of weeks, there has been a lot of speculation about the playing future of Louis Picamoles.  There have been many reports coming out France that Montpellier’s president, Mohed Altrad, is determined to bring the 31-year-old back row back to his native France. However, Picamoles is just one year …

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Some Serious Talent In Contention For Premiership Young Player Of The Year Award

It’s award season in the northern hemisphere as players begin to receive various accolades for their performances this season.  Across the PRO12, Top 14 and Aviva Premiership, players are dusting off their tuxedos as they attend different events showcasing the best performers of the 2016/2017 season. There is always huge interest and debate when it comes to the distribution of …

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Graham Henry Reckons Tana Umaga And Keven Mealamu Handled The Brian O’Driscoll Incident Pretty Well

It was inevitable that conversation surrounding the infamous Brian O’Driscoll incident from the 2005 British & Irish Lions Tour would rear its head in the coming weeks.  Over the last few days, many people have been discussing the comments made by Kevan Mealamu who was one of the players, along with Tana Umaga, who ended O’Driscoll’s season with that dangerous spear …

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