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Owen Farrell England Izack Rodda

Watch: Owen Farrell In The Spotlight Again With No Arms Tackle

So the vast majority of people on social media reckon Australia should have been awarded a penalty try due to Owen Farrell’s no-arms tackle on Izack Rodda at the end of the first-half.  At half-time, it’s currently deadlocked at 13-13. England got off to a bright start and took a 7-0 lead thanks to a Jonny May try which was …

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Michael Cheika Matt burke

Michael Cheika Defiant Despite Upheaval In Wallabies Camp

Australia coach Michael Cheika insisted the Wallabies were fully committed to the cause after his extraordinary revelation on the eve of their 2018 finale against England that two veteran backs had been dropped for inviting women into their hotel room. The breach of team discipline involving Adam Ashley-Cooper and Kurtley Beale occurred after Australia’s 9-6 defeat by Wales in Cardiff …

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Leinster Ulster PRO14

7 Try Leinster Thump Ospreys On Mixed Night For Irish Provinces

Leinster continued their relentless march to achieve the top spot in Conference B of the Guinness PRO14 thanks to a thumping 52-7 win against the Ospreys at the RDS.  Three first-half tries from Conor O’Brien, Scott Penny and Nick McCarthy gave Leinster a 24-0 lead at halftime and it didn’t get any better for Allen Clarke’s side in the second …

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Bernard Jackman Dragons

Bernard Jackman Receives Stadium Ban For Referee Criticism

Bernard Jackman has been given a four-week stadium ban, with the final two weeks suspended until the end of the season, due to the comments the former Ireland hooker made in the aftermath of the Dragons’ loss to the Cardiff Blues in October.  The Dragons lost to the Cardiff Blues 15-23 at Rodney Parade and a week later, Jackman made …

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Kurtley Beale Adam Ashley-Cooper Wallabies Australia

Kurtley Beale And Adam Ashley-Cooper Dropped After Breaking Team Rules

Kurtley Beale and Adam Ashley-Cooper have been dropped from the Wallabies squad ahead of their final Test match against England at Twickenham this Saturday.  It is alleged that both Beale and Ashley-Cooper brought women back to the team hotel after Australia’s 9-6 loss to Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff two week’s ago. According to a report in Australia’s …

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Siya Kolisi Rassie Erasmus Springboks

“Everything You Do, You Do For The Springboks” – Kolisi Hails Erasmus Influence

South Africa captain Siya Kolisi on Friday hailed coach Rassie Erasmus for having restored self-belief in the Springbok camp after a couple of disappointing seasons for one of rugby’s traditional powerhouses. Kolisi was appointed skipper by Erasmus, himself named as head coach in March 2018, after a run of poor results for the two-time world champions. It was no small …

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Ireland Joe Schmidt

Schmidt Makes Wholesale Changes As Ireland Team Named For USA

Joe Schmidt has this afternoon announced his squad for Saturday’s final Test match against the USA and he has made wholesale changes to the team which beat the All Blacks.  In total, only one player who started against the All Blacks will start against the USA and that’s Garry Ringrose. He will partner Stuart McCloskey in a new look midfield …

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Leinster Ulster PRO14

Leinster And Ulster Name Teams As PRO14 Returns

Leinster and Ulster have both announced their teams for this weekend as the Guinness PRO14 returns after a three-week absence.  The last three weeks have seen international rugby take centre stage and although most nations are playing their final Test matches this weekend, the PRO14 returns as we head into the busy festive period. Leinster are up against Ospreys on …

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Eddie Jones England Rugby Tuliagi

Eddie Jones Names England Team For Wallabies Clash

Eddie Jones has named his England matchday 23 for Saturday’s clash with the Wallabies at Twickenham.  There are nine changes to the team which beat Japan while there are three positional switches. Ben Moon and Kyle Sinckler return the front-row and they will pack down on either side of Jamie George who retains his place from Saturday. Maro Itoje has …

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Sean Maguire Ireland Preston Alex Neil

Preston Manager Confirms Sean Maguire Return Date

Preston North End manager Alex Neil has confirmed the likely return date for Republic of Ireland international Sean Maguire as the Cork man recovers from his latest injury setback.  Maguire suffered a hamstring injury during Ireland’s 0-0 draw with Northern Ireland at the Aviva Stadium last week and Neil has said today that the 24-year-old won’t be back in action …

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McKenzie Barrett All Blacks Hansen

Barrett And McKenzie Retained As Hansen Makes 11 Changes To All Blacks Team

The All Blacks will persist with a two-pronged attack against Italy on Saturday, despite coach Steve Hansen ringing the changes after last week’s loss to Ireland. Hansen retained fly-half Beauden Barrett and fullback Damien McKenzie in a starting line-up featuring 11 changes from the side that ran out in Dublin, resisting calls to start the in-form Richie Mo’unga. Instead, Mo’unga …

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Kieran Marmion Ireland Richie Murphy Rugby Larmour

Blow For Connacht As Kieran Marmion Undergoes Surgery

Connacht have received a blow with the news that Kieran Marmion will undergo surgery which will rule him out for the next few months. Marmion played a star role in their 16-9 victory over the All Blacks on Saturday, quashing any fears that Ireland would not be able to beat the best in the world without Conor Murray. It was …

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