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Laporte To Cull Foreign Internationals In French Rugby, Will The Rest Of International Rugby Follow?

‘If you want something done, do it yourself’ is the age old adage and the attitude that has largely been adopted by new Fédération Française de Rugby President Bernard Laporte. The former Toulon Director of Rugby was elected as the FFR’s latest president after taking over from Pierre Camou earlier this month. One of Laporte’s main promises in his run for presidency …

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Hayden Triggs And Pat Lam Exemplify Rugby’s Changing Culture

When you’re a journalist you come across all different types of people. You talk to people with a clear agenda, you talk to people who just want to be heard, you talk to people who are used to the media and those who aren’t. In sports journalism you often want to talk to those who haven’t received a near undergraduate degree in …

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Pundit Arena’s Rugby Wishlist For 2017

With 2016 quickly coming to a close and after a fantastic 12 months of international rugby, we look back at the year in full and make five wishes for 2017. 5) A return to rugby’s traditional values The sport has always prided itself on its moral compass, treasuring such values as honesty and integrity. However, in recent years professionalism has …

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How Good Is The All Blacks’ Depth? Ranking The Top Three Players In Every Position

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Samuel Whitelock of the All Blacks dives over to score a try during the Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the South Africa Springboks at AMI Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

Following Paul Wassell’s article on England’s unprecedented (that’s how you spell it, Donald) squad depth, we take a look at the only team in the way of Eddie Jones’ marauding men: the All Blacks. How does their player depth measure up heading into 2017? _______ Loosehead Props 1. Joe Moody 2. Wyatt Crockett 3. Ofa Tu’ungafasi Bubbling under: Daniel Lienert-Brown, …

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Five Reasons Why Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather Will Happen

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It’s a fight that many view as a sideshow or some form of circus. However, if Conor McGregor actually faces Floyd Mayweather in a boxing ring, it will undoubtedly be the most watched event in the history of combat sports.  When the Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather rumour initially started to gather momentum last summer, HBO pundit, Max Kellerman, perfectly …

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Opinion: Why We All Love The Romance Of Connacht

Despite possessing limited financial fire power in comparison to most of the major teams in European rugby, Connacht’s latest win over Wasps shows sometimes heart and soul can mean so much more than money. The Pro 12 champions continue to inspire fans right across the global rugby community with their intelligence and forethought, but most importantly their determination. These were …

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Opinion: Anthony Pettis – Are The Curtains Closing On Showtime?

TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 10: Anthony Pettis of the United States looks on in his fight for the Interim Featherweight Title with Max Holloway of the United States during the UFC 206 event at Air Canada Centre on December 10, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Anthony Pettis’ latest loss to Max Holloway appears to mark the beginning of the end of a career which has failed to live up to its full potential. 2015 began the same way 2014 ended for “Showtime”- as a champion destined for greatness in the lightweight division. At UFC 181, the 155-pound king returned to the octagon following 16 months …

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Why Do Rugby Players Respect Their Referees More Than Footballers Do?

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14: Phil Jones of Manchester United (L) and Marcos Rojo of Manchester United (R) argue with the referee after there was no penalty given during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester United at Selhurst Park on December 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Nigel Owen’s recent suggestion that football take retrospective action against diving is not the first time rugby referees have took a somewhat superior stance and offered suggestions to their football counterparts. You can’t blame Owens and his fellow rugby referees for feeling slightly smug about controlling and having the respect of men two or three times their size, while football …

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On The Cusp – Sinead Kavanagh – Part 1

In 2014 Peter Elijah Lungu, Executive Director of the Zambian Institute for Sustainable Development, wrote that order exists in disorder. Lungu wrote in a piece titled Organized Chaos: The Natural Law of Order that ‘all living organisms are guided by unwritten laws, which provide guidance and natural order even for the animals in the jungle.’ Traditionally, the lion is the unquestioned king of the jungle, …

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Opinion: Do Manchester City Need Another Centre-Back In January?

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City is seen prior to the Premier League match between Burnley and Manchester City at Turf Moor on November 26, 2016 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Every season, Manchester City invest in a new centre-half, without ever seemingly strengthening their defence. After the 3-1 home loss to Chelsea, the cheque book could well come out again in January. The Chelsea defeat was somewhat flattering to the visitors, considering Kevin De Bruyne missed an open goal in the second half to put City 2-0 ahead. However, it …

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The Terrible Truth Behind The Chapecoense Tragedy

The director of Brazil's Chapecoense football club, Marcelo Zolet, holds a replica of a Copa Sudamericana trophy, sent by the president of Colombia's Independiente Santa Fe, Cesar Pastrana (not in frame) as a tribute, at Olaya Herrera airport in Medellin, Colombia on December 1, 2016. / AFP / STR / RAUL ARBOLEDA (Photo credit should read RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)

The world of football was in shock this week as a chartered plane carrying the Brazilian football team Chapecoense crash landed in Colombia, killing almost everyone on board. Seventy one people lost their lives last Monday when the LaMia Airlines Flight 2933 crashed landed into the mountains about 53 miles from Medellín airport, Columbia. Seventy seven people were on board …

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