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Five Talking Points Ahead Of The New Guinness PRO14 Season

The worst kept secret in rugby was finally confirmed this morning when Celtic Rugby confirmed that former South African Super Rugby sides, the Southern Kings and the Cheetahs would join the PRO12 with the tournament being rebranded as the Guinness PRO14.  Although various leaks and reports over the last few weeks suggested the format of the tournament, there was still …

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PRO14 Has Finally Been Confirmed And Here Is How It Will Work

After weeks and months of speculation, the addition of the Southern Kings and the Cheetahs to the PRO12 has finally been confirmed by tournament organisers.  Of course, the league now comprises of 14 teams and a result, the tournament has been rebranded the Guinness PRO14. As has been reported over the last number of weeks, the new competition will consist …

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Former Connacht Coach Michael Bradley To Take Over The Reins At Zebre

After speculation last week regarding Zebre’s future participation in the PRO12 proved to be false, the Italian club has announced the management structure for the coming season.  Zebre is now under the control of the Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) who have released a statement today outlining the coaching staff of the club. Former Connacht and Edinburgh head coach, Michael Bradley, …

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Lichfield RFC Set To Say Goodbye To England Stars After RFU Snub

Becky Williams is the Director Of Rugby with Lichfield Ladies Rugby Club which was formed 25 years ago. They are one of the most successful clubs in English domestic rugby and since their inception, they have progressed to England’s top tier, the Women’s Premiership.  They are also known as a ‘full-house’ club, one which has a U-13, U-15, U-18 and …

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Waratahs Have Returned To Preseason Training Just Two Weeks After Their Last Match

It was certainly a season to forget for the NSW Waratahs. The Sydney based Super Rugby side finished their 2017 campaign with just four victories after 15 fixtures. Like their Australian counterparts, they failed to record any victory over New Zealand opposition and they finished behind the Brumbies, the Queensland Reds and the Western Force in the Australian standings.  Head …

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Massive Blow For Ireland As Niamh Briggs Ruled Out Of World Cup

Ireland has been hit with a major blow ahead of the Women’s Rugby World Cup with the news that Ireland captain, Niamh Briggs, has been ruled out of the tournament.  Briggs missed Ireland’s Six Nations campaign with a hamstring injury, an injury which she successfully recovered from and her fitness was deemed a huge coup for Ireland as they look …

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Leigh Halfpenny On The Verge Of Making Return To The PRO12

The future of Leigh Halfpenny has been one of the major talking points of this summer. The Welshman was released early from his contract with French heavyweights Toulon and there has been no shortage of clubs interested in the fullback.  All the Welsh regions have shown an interest, in addition to Premiership clubs such as Bath and Wasps. However, one …

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Watch: TJ Perenara Lands Monster 69m Penalty During Hurricanes Training In South Africa

With just 48 hours to go until the Lions and the Hurricanes face off in Johannesburg in the semi-final of this year’s Super Rugby competition, the Hurricanes squad are currently going through their paces in South Africa.  Playing in South Africa comes with a number of challenges; a hostile home crowd, long travel times and perhaps more importantly, the altitude. …

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Fans Are Not One Bit Happy With Arsenal’s New Away Jersey

Arsenal will kick off their 2017/2018 Premier League against Leicester City at the Emirates on August 11 but not before they face off against fierce rivals Chelsea at Wembley in the Community Shield a week before hand.  After an incredibly disappointing campaign last time out, Arsenal will look for some major improvement and they hope the likes of Alexandre Lacazette will …

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Wallabies Set For New Captain As Stephen Moore Is To Retire From International Rugby

Wallabies captain, Stephen Moore, will retire from international rugby at the end of the year, meaning that his last appearance for Australia will likely come on their tour of Europe in November.  Moore told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) that he will also step down as captain of the Wallabies immediately, and it is being suggested that Michael Hooper will take …

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